top ten retro dresses

My Top Ten Retro Dresses – for now

I’ve called this post my Top Ten Retro dresses but, well, it isn’t really. I mean, the retro dresses part is true – as most of you know by now, I’m just a little bit obsessed with shopping for retro dresses online, and, as a result of that, I have more than my fair share of them. (There’s always room for more, though, amiright?) With so many amazing retro style dresses to choose from, though, how ON EARTH could I possibly whittle it down to just ten? Or rank them in order? It wouldn’t be fair on the dresses, and it wouldn’t be fair on me, either, really, so let’s just say these are my favourite retro dresses for now.

In fact, you know how people keep using that #lifegoals hashtag all the time? Like, they see something they like online, and they’re all #GOALS? These dresses are my #goals. Er, that makes me sound really shallow, doesn’t it? Obviously I ALSO want to cure cancer and bring about world peace, but there’s no reason why I can’t do that AND be, like, REALLY well dressed, is there? Exactly. So here are my favourite retro-inspired dresses of the moment…

Top Ten Retro Dresses

PinUpCouture Amanda dress

PinUp Couture ‘Amanda’ dress

This dress, people. THIS DRESS. You would not believe the strength of will I’ve had to display to stop myself buying this dress. Or the amount of times I’ve added it to my basket, only to remove it again a few minutes later. This is part of a collaboration between PinUp Girl and bloggers Amanda and Katie of Junebugs and Georgia Peaches, and, well, ya gotta support your fellow bloggers, no? I’m totally prepared to take one for the team here, but because I have literally (LITERALLY) no money right now, I’m going to have to hope this is still in stock when I visit the PUG store in LA later this year. I’m planning to ask to be dropped off there on the way from the airport, actually. And if the dress isn’t there, I’m going to come straight back home in a huff.

retro dresses roundup - Hell Bunny Constance dress

Hell Bunny ‘Constance’ dress

I have quite a few Hell Bunny dresses on my wish list right now, but this one is right at the top, so I’m going to look away now, in case I buy it by accident. Don’t laugh, it’s happened before

Stop Staring Newport dress

Stop Staring Newport dress

I’ve wanted this dress for years. YEARS. Once day I will own it, too. Because, like I said, #GOALS.

Bernie Dexter Cherry Paris dress

Bernie Dexter Cherry Paris Dress

What is it about cherries that makes them so totally irresistible? No idea. But they are, and I want them. If I ever buy this dress, I promise not to wear it with my cherry shoes*. Or my cherry cardigan. Or my cherry brooch.

(*You all know I would struggle not to wear it with the cherry shoes, right? Thought so.)

Lindybop Belina dress

Lindybop Belina dress

I could actually have picked any one of many Lindybop dresses here, but as you know, some of them are real mean girls, and some of them are flibbertigibbets who run off with officers. And now I’ve  just achieved my #lifegoal of working the word “flibbertigibbet” into a blog post. This is a good day, indeed.

Collectif Dorothy dress

Collectif Dorothy dress

We’ve met Dorothy here before, but I think we can all agree that Dorothy is delightful enough to want to meet again, yes? Like, if you were on date with Dorothy, you’d definitely call her the next day, wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t even wait a while so she thought you weren’t interested, THAT’S how much you like her. Retro prom dresses may not be the most practical around, but who wants practical all the time?

tatyana button dress

Tatyana button dress

This dress is so simple it would be easy to overlook it. That would be stupid, though, because it’s awesome.

Dita Von Teese second look dress

Dita Von Teese ‘Second Look’ dress

Also super-simple, also super-awesome. Also, DITA. She’s the queen of retro dresses, and she knows it. She’s also my spirit animal. She probably doesn’t know that, though.

Susannah Versailles dressSusannah ‘Versailles’ dress

So, this dress is about £500, just before you go getting too excited. Well, this is a WISH list, after all…

Tatyana sweet surrender dress

Tatyana ‘Sweet Surrender’ dress

This is almost too sweet to be wholesome, as my mum would say. I’ve always thought “wholesome” was over-rated, though, so who really cares?

And there you have it – my top ten retro dresses of the moment. Because ya gotta have #GOALS, people…

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  • Hi Amber, the Dorothy dress is gorgeous! I just wish i have the height and figure to pull it off. xx

    July 28, 2015
  • Erin


    My Amanda dress arrived a week ago and I (figuratively) died a little with glee. Honestly. Dooooooo it.

    July 28, 2015
  • That cherry dress has been in my online cart for a month now. I always check to see if its still in my size which makes me both happy and not. I have no purpose in my life for that dress!

    July 28, 2015
  • That Belinda dress is really cute!

    July 28, 2015
  • The Versailles one is the one for me 🙂

    July 28, 2015
  • These are all gorgeous but my expensive taste is calling out for that Susannah dress. Definitely a ‘wish’ here! Phew! What a price tag!!

    August 5, 2015
  • Well, I have only just spotted this post, so that Susannah dress is going straight on my list of things to make 🙂

    August 10, 2015
  • Tatyana Button is like $40 right now

    September 7, 2015