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♛The Details

If you know me, you know I adore a great vintage nautical novelty piece. This dress sent a siren call out to me when I was doing a dealer buy-out in Boston, Mass. I can completely picture it sashaying along the waterfront in that historic city. The fabric is a slightly loose-weave, swingy rayon or rayon/wool blend, soft to the touch, in deep navy blue with snappy white trim highlighting the curvy collar and neckline. Ten golden metal buttons march down the front, each adorned with an eagle and anchor motif, so cool! The bust shelf, turnback short sleeves, gently nipped waistline, and sweeping skirt finish her off majestically.

Side steel zipper closure.

All accessories (belts, jewelry, crinolines, pins, etc.) are for style inspiration only unless indicated.

♛The Measurements

About a modern size L -- can fit taller sizes
Bust (underarm to underarm measured flat, then doubled): 40"/tight 42"
Waist: 30"/tight 33"
Hips: full
Bodice, shoulder to waist seam: 17 1/4"
Length of skirt, waist seam to hem: 29"

♛The Condition

Very good vintage condition. No overt flaws or issues. Recently dry-cleaned. It has belt loops but no belt was found with the dress; the belt loops are a bit tatty but still functional. The buttons appear to have been reattached/reinforced at some time with white thread; personally, I would remove and replace with strong new navy blue thread.

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1940s Dress - Vintage 40s Sailor Navy Two Tone Rayon Bust Shelf Swing Nautical Novelty Eagle Anchor Buttons L - Aye Aye


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: linen or linen blend, metal zipper
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 1593 reviews
  • Favorited by: 31 people