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Sooo cute! Vintage mid 1950s strappy full skirt dress that can actually be worn as a sundress, a cocktail dress, a party dress, *or* a day dress. This I've not seen before. Usually if it's a party or cocktail dress, it's too formal for a sun or day dress. Not this one!

Nipped waist and full skirt, with a fitted bias cut bodice that has gathers above and below the bust, with a wide midriff waist. Spaghetti straps with a pert bow on one side, and knotted on the other.

(Have I mentioned yet how much I love this dress?)

Love the two big box pleats on the center front, which gives the skirt some structure, and is also quite full. The fabric is a ribbed cotton with a nice weight, which also gives the skirt body and almost a sculptural quality. It's striped in white, a blue gray, and black. The bodice/bust was cut on the bias so the stripes are diagonal, and the rest of the dress, horizontal. Very clever, very cute, and very versatile.

Label: None remaining, possibly home tailored, or the original label may have simply fallen out or been removed by its previous owner.
Era: Mid 1950s
Color/s: White with blue-gray and black stripes
Fabric: Cotton
Fastenings: Metal zipper down left side
Size marked: None, approximately a modern U.S. size 4/6

Bust: 34-36ish inches bust (the gathers allow some wiggle room)
Waist: 26-27
Mid shoulder to waist: 17 (adjustable by tying the straps higher or lower)
Mid shoulder to hem: 43

Need help figuring out if it will fit you? Just click on the Contact link at the bottom and I'll be happy to help.

The Condition: Excellent, clean, with no flaws, metal zipper glides smoothly.

The Shipping: Delivered by sunshine and martinis, I mean Priority mail, within the U.S.; International First Class to Canada, and International First Class to Everywhere Else.

Yoohoo, International buyers! Your country may charge you customs fees on your purchase, which you're responsible for paying. Just so you know ahead of time and aren't unpleasantly surprised :)

Vintage 50s 1950s Sun Party Dress S - Cocktail Full Skirt Sundress


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: ribbed cotton
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 255 reviews
  • Favorited by: 118 people