Personal Shopper: A 40's style cocktail dress for Elissa

Elissa K. wrote, "I have to go to a gala event where the dress code is 1940s cocktail dresses. HELP! How or where can you even find retro cocktail dresses, and especially on a budget? Not costume-y stuff, Any direction would be appreciated!"

Elissa, according to our resident vintage fiend, One Ring To Rule Them All, eBay and vintage stores (and good tailors + foundation garments!) will be your best friend. Many of the dresses shown here are a bit more 50's style, technically, but with the right accessories can swing 40's style. Have fun at the gala!

1 - Shabby Apple Jitterbug Dress ($76)

2 - Beachland Ballroom Dress ($125)

3 - Bettie Page Clothing Black Embroidered "Sierra" Pencil Dress ($120)

4 - Chic Challenge Dress ($105)

5 - Dixiefried Vintage Inspired Paris Dress ($116)

6 - Shabby Apple Bette D Dress ($88)

7 - 1940's Stye Stop Staring Red Havana Wiggle Dress ($150)

8 - She Knows Just the Dress ($135)

9 - Stop Staring Black & Beige Harlow 40's Style Wiggle Cocktail Dress ($158)

10 - 1950's Style Stop Staring Black Lace Alice Wiggle Dress ($154)

Frustrated in your search for that perfect leather handbag, red stiletto pump, or whatever makes your heart go thump in the night? Send us a request and we might do the shopping work for you in a future Personal Shopper feature!



Posted on 09.25.10 at 4:09 PM

Trashy Diva is another great independent company that does vintage inspired pieces, with a lot of 1940s inspired styles:

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