Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Classic Shirtwaist

What's a shirtwaist? It's a dress with a tailored shirt style bodice, usually buttoned from neck to waist, and made with a full or straight skirt. Introduced in the 1930's, this style of dress has become a classic through the years and was especially popular in the 50's. Easy to wear and extremely versatile, this style of dress fits beautifully into the wardrobe of any woman.

I find vintage shirtwaist dresses frequently in my hunts, and always pick them up to offer to my customers, and they never last long! Savvy fashionistas know that these gems can be worn in many different ways. Add a belt and jewelry to dress it up a bit. Wear it with or without a crinoline. Leave it unbuttoned over a cami. Slip it on with a pair of sandals on a hot day. Wear it under a cardigan or jacket when the days are cooler.

You'll find shirtwaist dresses in every color of the rainbow fashioned in silk, cotton, rayon or wool. Full skirts, straight skirts, solids, prints. And of course, the quality of a vintage shirtwaist is far superior to anything made today.

See these dresses and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .