Mystery Vintage found in Lawrence, KS

Dear Friends,

I bought this charming wrap-dress last week at an antique mall on Massachusetts Ave. in Lawrence, Kansas– which happens to be one of my all-time favorite vintage shopping towns! This dress is so soft. Seriously- it’s crazy soft. The top is red with small white polka dots and the skirt is a unique purple color featuring two roomy pockets each trimmed with the red and white polka dot material. The beauty of a wrap dress is that, if it fits at all, it always fits perfectly.

The mystery of this dress is, I cannot figure from what decade it hails! The fabric and the wrap style would point to the 1940’s but hemline may be too short for that era. The fit evokes sixties, but the buttons are reminiscent of the early 50’s. Can you help me solve the mystery?

Addition clues:
-ruffle around collar
-white buttons up the front bodice
-one white button fastening the top if the back
-the fabric is thin, made of natural fibers- cotton, I believe

Alright friends! Let me know your best guess!

Nora Jane




  • I actually say later, maybe even 1980s, mid-80s. The ruffle and the color combination seem later to me, like someone was picking favorites selections of past dresses and putting them together with a modern twist. The skirt is too short for the 1940s.

  • It is possible that the dress was made for a petite woman. That would account for the shorter length. It looks perhaps a little short-waisted on someone of your stature. Although still lovely!

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