The Vintage Style Dresses You’ll Wear Long After The Hen Party


We love fancy dress. There’s something about slipping your tush into something a million miles away from the norm, especially when it’s all in the name of recreating your favourite era. But being able to wear your vintage hen party frock, long after the big day has been and gone? Well, that’s even better. Here are the vintage dress styles you’ll be wearing long after the hen party has ended.

The Tea Dress

Everyone is wearing tea dresses. Long, short, flirty and floaty; these vintage style classics have been back in a big way for the last couple of summers. Of course, vintage fashion aficionados know that there’s nothing new about this trend. In fact, the floral tea dress was a 1940s favourite, though more modern takes on the trend tend to favour wrap styles rather than the traditional button-down fronts of the original.

For the vintage hen party…

Make like Allie in heartstring-obliterating chick flick, The Notebook, which thanks to its 1940s setting is a feast for the senses when it comes to forties fashion. Complete your vintage hen party look with T-Bar shoes, red lips and victory rolls.

And after the party…

This is one style which guarantees some serious sartorial longevity. Night out? You need nothing more than this dress and your strappiest heels. Those red lips can stick around too. Replace sandals for straw hats and flip-flops on holiday, before layering up with ankle boots and a leather jacket when the winter weather rears its ugly head.


The Shift Dress

Style’s simplest silhouette has stuck around since the sixties, and if you’re keen to parade those perfect pins, this is the dress for you. Twiggy sent the shift dress into the style stratosphere way back when, but it’s the likes of Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo and Fearne Cotton who lead the way today. Sniff out original vintage and you’re likely to come across some pretty colourful, often psychedelic shifts.

For the vintage hen party…

If you’re slipping into a shift dress, it only seems fitting to emulate the iconic Twiggy herself. Whilst an elfin crop is a bonus, those bambi eyes are obligatory. Scoop extra vintage style points by opting for a Peter Pan collar. Perfect!

And after the party…

You gotta let this dress take centre stage, so ditch the jewellery to make sure it’s eyes-first on the frock. Bring the sixties style bang up to date with this winter’s favourite calf-length boots or take it down a notch for daytime with patent loafers.


The Swing Dress

Oh, the swing dress. All eyes front for cinched waists, full skirts and a little hint of boobage peering over a sweetheart neckline. If there’s one dress you need in your vintage hen party arsenal, it is this one. It’s perfect if your hen party is a family affair too; nan will remember how good she looked the first time the look was around and there ain’t nobody who doesn’t get a little giggly at that teeny-weeny waist suddenly making an appearance.

For the vintage hen party…

Baby, you gotta go big! Hitch up that skirt and slip on your petticoat, opt for the highest peep-toe heels you can find, and layer on an extra coat of red lipstick. Rockabilly is one of our favourite vintage hen party looks and if you make like Dita Von Teese, you won’t go far wrong.

And after the party…

Welcome to your new wedding season wonder. The swing dress is big, bold and beautiful, so whilst it’s a little lairy for everyday, the style will see you through countless special occasions. In fact, as one of the most popular dress styles for vintage style bridesmaids, your hen party look may just inspire the big day, too.


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