My sister and I were walking around town the other day and out of no where she said to me, “You look like you belong in summer in the fifties.”  I laughed at first,then looked down at my ensemble.  Turns out, she was right.  I had the tie-up top, the wayfarer shades, the corduroy cut-off shorts the Brigitte Bardot hair, and I was even drinking an old school glass bottle of Sprite. “Dressing fifties” was sincerely not a conscious choice when I got up in the morning, but  it appears as though I naturally gravitate toward that era.  So when a bride wrote to me asking for help finding the perfect 1950′s style halter swing wedding dress, I just knew I had to help a sister out.  See what our fifties bride had to say:

I have finished the internet and still have had no luck finding my dream dress! All i want is a simple 40′s/50′s style halter neck swing dress in white. all white, no polka dots, cherries or adorable little hot rods. It seems that they’re made in every other color, is there a shortage on white cotton? a tax on creamy poplin? At this point i’m looking at having one made, but if i can find one that would be better (and likely cheaper!) I can haz halp?

Yes!  Yes, you can haz halp!  Here are my picks, complete with oodles and oodles of white cotton and creamy poplin. (Creamy poplin sounds like something I’d want to eat…)

1. Unique Vintage. $98.

2. Queen of Heartz.  $99.

3. Unique Vintage. $88.

4. Queen of Heartz. $60.

5. Laundry by Shelli Segal.  $196.

6. Jessica Simpson. $109.99.

7. Nicole Miller. $352.

8. Dolly Couture Custom Gown. $745.

9. Queen of Heartz. $60.

10. Unique Vintage. $78.

11. Miss Sixty. $128.

12. Vineyard Collection. About $1000.  Find it cheaper ‘used’, here and here.

13. Amsale. About $1000. Buy it cheaper ‘used’, here.

14. David’s Bridal. Under $600.


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14 Responses to “{Reader Request} 50′s Halter Swing Wedding Dress”

  1. Amelia

    Also check out Vivien of Holloway! I was looking there for my bridesmaids at one point. Here are the three plainest whites in their 50's halterneck.

    White lace: http://www.vivienofholloway.com/en/category/50s%2

    White satin: http://www.vivienofholloway.com/en/category/50s%2

    White duchess satin: http://www.vivienofholloway.com/en/category/50s%2

  2. halfpint1011

    My dress came as a strapless and I had straps added … certainly could be a consideration. Esp. as i was looking at ALL the styles listed. But I found my little beauty at (gasp!) David's Bridal and it rocked. Srsly.

  3. Rogue Bride

    Check out Maggie Sottero's Isadora Ann gown too – it's beautiful, and a little fancier than these.

  4. lauren

    Yay! thanks a million! Unique Vintage is about 10 min from my house. I'm heading there now! I can't wait!

  5. Shannon

    so glad you posted this and that Lauren asked this…I am having an April 2012 mad-men-esque affair and needed this post desperately!

  6. Lynn

    That David’s bridal dress was one of my favorites. We couldn’t find a pattern to make something similar, though, and my mom is making a dress. So we went with something else.

  7. Michele

    Wow…what fun these dresses are. Love when the Bride wears such a fun dress. It totally sets the mood for the wedding. These dresses look like a rockin' good time!

  8. Jess

    I'm thinking a very simple, cotton version of one of these for my rehearsal dinner. It doesn't fit the theme of my wedding at all, but it's an adorable alternative for the night before!

  9. Bevin

    Also check Honeypie Boutique: http://honeypieboutique.co.uk/ourshop/cat_230553-

    They're out of the UK, so you have to do some pounds to dollars conversions, but If my math is right, their SUPER cute 50's style dresses are right at $300 USD.

  10. @kateschneider

    I got my dress for a shouldn't-have-been-legal-price so I'm kicking around the idea of a reception dress. It would be far easier to dance in… and one of these would be divine! Thanks!

  11. Emma

    I was coming in to say the sammme thing! (Though I desperately want the white sparly one – mini acceptable polka dot type sparles!)

  12. Private Money Utah

    They all look simple yet elegant! Halter wedding gowns are not common but these ones are nice.

  13. jane

    I love the halter dresses, but I don't think it really looks like a wedding gown. Isn't there a way to make them more elegant with still the halter?

  14. Cheyanne

    OMG I am in love! I've been spazzing out trying to find an affordable dress that looks just like these! This may be just where I get my dress from! You are a LIFESAVER! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!!! ♥