I spend a lot of time online looking for great vintage inspired clothing. There are many fabulous vintage reproduction clothing designers online now that make our choices more plentiful than ever! While I prefer the classic 1940s dress — simple, A-line, boxy shoulders — others want to sleek and sexy 1940s inspired bombshell look. If you want the latter, you will have more choices.
Here is a collection of a few of my favorite retailers that carry mostly new vintage style 1940s dresses.
1940s Dresses for Sale
VintageDancer – Our goal at VintageDancer.com is to make it easy to find vintage style clothing by era. We do the looking for you and link to many of the best 1940s style dresses from popular online retailers. Start your shopping here with one of these shopping pages:
- 1940s Dresses and 1940s Plus Size Dresses – Two pages of a variety of new 1940s dresses for sale online.
- Pin Up Dresses – Sexy wiggle dresses that gained popularity with pin up girl models in the 1940s.
- 1940s Shirtwaist Dresses – My favorite 1940s style classic dress is the button down shirtwaist or shirt dress. Learn more about this classic style vintage dress. Shop other styles appropriate for day dresses here.
- Formal Dresses – Elegant 1940s style formal dresses perfect for holiday parties, proms, mothers of the bride, and guests of weddings.
- 1940s Wedding Dresses – Vintage inspired wedding dresses with modest tops, A-line full skirts, and plenty of lace for a ’40s touch. Also includes appropriate accessories and shoes.
More Shops with New 1940s Dresses
Unique Vintage – The cream of the crop when it comes to form fitting ’40s pencil dresses are Stop Staring Dresses, available at UV. The best part is that no matter what your size, these dresses are made to make you look good. I own several and can’t wait to buy my next one. Some designs come in plus sizes up to 4XL, too.
Modcloth – With an ever-changing stock of clothing that sells out quickly, Modcloth usually has some 1940s style dresses for sale. They range from classic day dresses to sexy pinup wiggle dresses. Its their 1940s style shoes that I love the most.
eShakti (Amazon) / eShakti.com – If you have a hard time finding clothing that fits your body shape, eShatki is for you! They have many vintage-inspired dresses where you can choose the sleeve type and length, hem length, collar type, and other changeable details. They offer a very wide range of sizes as well. Each dress is made just for you and shipped within 18 days! Making the most authentic-looking 1940s dress requires knowing a bit about 1940s fashion first, or you could always ask me for help.
Miss Candyfloss (SE) – 1940s dress for day and evening as well as jackets, coats, shirts, skirts, pants, and shorts made in small batches in Europe. Classic vintage styles!
Freddies of Pinewood (UK) – Hands down the best in 1940s repro jeans and overalls for women and men.
The House of Foxy (UK) – 1930s, 1940s, 1950s repro and inspired styles. Plus sizes too. Very classic vintage clothing. I am a big fan!
Hell Bunny (Amazon)- Whenever I see a new dress I love, it is usually a Hell Bunny brand. Affordable ’40s and ’50s clothing. Plus sizes up to 6XL.
SongBird Fashions – 1930s to 1960s handmade in the USA dresess, trousers, blouses and skirts. Great for swing dancers. Plus sizes and custom sizes u to 24.
Laura Bakker Fashion (DE) – One of a kind, handmade with natural fabrics, 1940s inspired clothing for women and men. Exceptional quality and vintage aesthetic. Dresses, skirts, tops and pants.
Jitterbuggin (Etsy)– 1940s blouses, pinafores, dresses, skirts, pants and swimsuits. All handmade in the USA.
Karina Dresses – Vintage inspired everyday dresses for women who love vintage but don’t want to obviously look it. Most are knit dresses. Great for plus size and maternity, too. Try the Megan dress for the 40s puff sleeve like this one:
Stop Staring Clothing – 1940s and 1950s style dressy pin up and swing dance dresses, XS-4XL(26), made in the USA. The stretchy materials fits really well, especially if you have natural curves.
Emmy Design (SE) – Very high-quality clothing in the 1930-1960 decades. The knitwear is amazing and very warm.
Heyday! (UK) – 1940s to 1950s clothing. Some items can work for curvy figures.
Miss Candyfloss (SE) – 1940s and 1950s dresses, jackets, coats, shirts, skirts, pants and shorts made in small batches in Europe. Classic vintage styles!
Cherry Velvet (Canada) – 1940s and 1950s plus size dress line that’s sure to unleash your inner bombshell!
Amazon – I am hesitant to recommend finding a dress on Amazon for a few reasons. They are usually knock-off designs, made cheaply and mailed directly from the manufacturer in China (which can take a month or more to arrive). Also if you search Amazon for 1940s dresses, you will get a lot of results that are 1950s instead of 1940s.
In general, ’40s dresses had sleeves, modest tops, and narrow A-line skirts – not full swing skirts. There are few brands that ship directly from the USA (if it listed as Amazon Prime, it does) and are of better quality than others. The benefit of these cheaper brands is that they are usually $40 or less. I include some of them in my shop listings. If you see something you like but are not sure if it is ’40s, ask me before you buy.
Vintage 1940s Dresses for Sale:
Blue Velvet Vintage – One of my all-time favorite vintage clothing sites. Lots of great finds from many different eras. The 1940s dresses are simple and fun- just what a ‘40s dress should be. They are starting to carry reproduction 40s dresses, too.
Hilda’s Haven Plus Size group – A Facebook group to buy and sell plus size genuine vintage clothing
Facebook – I have been buying most of my vintage clothes within various Facebook groups. There are too many to list. Simply use the search feature at the top of the page to search groups for “1940s” “vintage” or “retro.” I have a few groups listed here.