The 1940s shirtwaist dress or shirtdress dress is a classic vintage retro-style dress that has lasted from the 1930s up to today. Clean lines, a flattering A-line skirt, a fitted bodice, and its button-up easy to wear nature made the 1940s shirt dress the most popular dress style of the 1940s. Women wore them as a house dress, tea dress, or informal afternoon dress. They came in solid colors, small floral prints, and plaids. Buttons often contrasted in white against color to make them POP!
Women in the 1950s continued to wear the shirtwaist dress at home. The bust became even more fitted and the skirt extra full, with gathered fabric and a fluffy petticoat. The full length button-down shirt dress was also common in the 1950s as a pretty afternoon party dress.
As popular as they were, finding 1940s or 1950s shirtwaist dresses is not as easy as other dress styles. We did the work for you and found found all of these vintage-inspired shirtwaist dresses for you to chose from: