Summer dresses at Mondo Kaos

Vintage style summer dresses

We here at home have already sensed the rush of summer a few selected days. The temperature crept gently over the 20 degrees and we can feel how we get lighter, as if the heavy winter coat that can now be packed away, weighed heavier in more ways than one. We can sit outside again and drink iced coffee or meet up with some friends for a glass of wine, and in a little while it's time for summer dresses.

Of course we get lots of beautiful summer dresses in the store, but let's first look at some of the beautiful summer dresses over time, and look at what our wonderful vintage brands have been inspired by. 


Vintage summer dresses from the 1940s

Most summer dresses from 1940s has the beautiful A-shape. They are immediately a little less flashy than 1950s summer dress, but they also emerged at a time when practicality was paramount. As the war approached, the roles of women changed and the dresses went from being ultra feminine to being more practical. The dresses were shortened to the knee to save on fabric and so were 1940s dresses easier to work in. 


1940s characteristics of summer dress


Most summer dresses from the 1940se has the beautiful A-shape. They are immediately a little less flashy than 1950s summer dress, but they also emerged at a time when practicality was paramount. As the war approached, the roles of women changed and the dresses went from being ultra feminine to being more practical. The dresses were shortened to the knee to save on fabric and so were 1940s dresses easier to work in.

I 1940s summer dresses you like to see the small-flowered patterns, and fabrics like cotton and light rayon / viscose, also had 1940s dress typically belts for. 

Shirt dress and sloppy dress

We have already said that A-line dress was the all-dominating style for everyone dresses in the 1940s, but two beautiful designs emerged especially in the 1940s, that was the shirt dress og beat the dress. Both perfect as a symbol of everything a dress should be in the 1940s; feminine, simple, practical and above all versatile. 


We have got several wonderful shirt dresses Home from Very Cherry, eg the delicate little one floral dress, or a super versatile light denim dress just to jump in, instead of jeans. And then of course we have the super popular one beat dress from The Seamstress Of Bloomsbury. This is the perfect one summer dress as it is light and airy, and weighs and fills virtually nothing in the bag.

Aline Summer Dresses.

Of course, we always have a wealth of beautiful 40s inspired Aline dresses such as our bestsellers Ava or Grable dresses from The House Of Foxy

As a novelty, we have got the bestselling dress Grable home in the new fine violet floral print with a navy blue bottom, and the Ava dress we have got in some nice 40's style floral prints, which are more discreet than the ones we see in 1950 ' erne. If you are not into floral print, we of course also have a selection of plain Ava dresses, among others. the nice turquoise that is super nice for the summer.

Vintage style summer dresses from the 1950s


In the late 1940s, Dior's New Look was released, and with it the prevailing dress design of the 1950s! 1950s swing dresses are the essence of a vintage summer dress. Of course, one can wear long-sleeved swing dresses all year round, but no other dress can look as summery as that.

The dress of the 1950s must be seen as a response to all the practicalities and to rationing and the restrictions on the use of fabric. At the same time, the feminine was celebrated in a new way, the hourglass shape could not be pronounced enough at all.

The swing dresses were excellent for summer dresses, with their airy skirts. The swing dresses could have a small sleeve, so-called 'cap sleeve', but were most often either with straps, a neat collar that made it out of straps, or completely without sleeves, cut straight at the shoulders. 

The carvings were deeper than in the 1940s, or the new smart boat carving. 


Fabrics and large patterns in the 1950s

New synthetic substances had been invented, and since they were easier to hold than natural materials, some substances were blend products. However, cotton was also large in the 1950s. 

Pastel colors were the big thing for 1950s summer dresses, flowers were in, but unlike the small flowers of the 40s, the flowers of the 50s had to be large and in strong colors. Abstract patterns and so-called novelty were also super hot. Think, for example, of the famous poodle dress. And the gingham dice and polka dots were not to be missed at all.

We still have some dresses left in the beautiful bird boarder print from Palava; it is the finest novelty print in true 1950s style.

From Unique Vintage we have beautiful new swing dresses, both real summer dresses that are tied with straps on the shoulders and the ¾ sleeves for cooler days. And right in the spirit of the 1950s, they are in dots and dice. 

Summer dresses in vintage style inspired by the 1950s

Of course, we have also taken beautiful swing dresses home in a summer look. We will not cheat you for both polka dots, flowers and pastels.

Just look at the beautiful pastels from e.g. Zoe Vine, as well as the classic Milan dresses from Heart Of Haute in a simple stylish vintage design. 


Which summer dress suits me?

With the large selection of vintage style summer dresses, which summer dress suits me and my vintage summer wardrobe? You can consider which dress shape you usually feel most comfortable in, also you can actually search on just that category on our new website. Of course, you can also search for colors, flowers or dots if that is what appeals to you. 

If you have time and possibly we always recommend that you look past, then we can guide you, and maybe show you a new style you had not thought of before. We are experts in finding just the cut that suits you, so you will find just the summer dress that you will use throughout the summer.


Best regards,

Team Mondo Kaos


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