A treasury of hippie girl dresses

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There are few items as summery and easy as these: I like them when they’re reasonably clean-lined, with lively (but not overwhelming) prints. This sleeveless dress would also double nicely as a beach coverup.

I love the red and pink print here—so rich.

Etsy is crawling with block print dresses, many of which are vintage or one-offs; I like this sweet lemon yellow number.

This dusty rose specimen just looks like it’d flow really nicely.

I dig the low neckline here.

This is meant to be a beach cover-up, but with a cotton slip, you could convert it to streetwear.

The delicate flounces and slightly asymmetrical hem make this one standout.

The pops of orange here are just fantastic.

And finally: here’s a nice streamlined option.

 

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    Lmt
    25 Jun 2020
    9:05pm

    I have been searching high and low for a sleeveless, cotton-y gauzy version under $100 and nothing… anyone have a suggestion?

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    Farah
    25 Jun 2020
    7:16am

    These are all so pretty. I really love the long ones. The colors are beautiful.

    The last one looks like the top of an Indian salwar kameez which is usually wore with pants. I wonder if they use an Indian pattern.

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    Sherri
    24 Jun 2020
    4:27pm

    Coincidentally, the other day I was looking for a simple cotton slip to wear under a couple of sheer cover ups that I’d rather wear as dresses, and I found the same one you did on Etsy. However, since the seller is in Australia, the shipping is almost as much as the slip itself! I searched high and low on several sites including Amazon and it’s really hard to find a lightweight, all cotton loose, knee-length slip! Why is that? Anyone else have a good source?

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      Karen
      24 Jun 2020
      7:51pm

      Vermont country store, when ever you need something and your 1st thought is “like that thing my grandma had” start there
      https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/woven-cotton-half-slip/product/14930

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        Sherri
        25 Jun 2020
        11:55am

        such a good call, Karen, thanks!

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      saochi
      24 Jun 2020
      8:17pm

      Not sure if it’s going to be cotton but take a look @mimumaxi. They’re about to launch a slip – started posting about it on Instagram yesterday

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        Sherri
        25 Jun 2020
        11:59am

        Great find, Saochi, thank you! Love supporting a small business.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Jun 2020
    1:13pm

    Being that I’m a streamlined kinda gal, I go for the frill-free options. I remember (just barely, *wink wink) some of my best times happening in hippie tops and dresses. So, bring ‘em on!

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    Francine
    24 Jun 2020
    12:39pm

    Lovely to look at. But am I the only person who finds these types of dresses HOT and STEAMY? I know everyone says LIGHT and BREEZY, but these are just traveling sweat lodges for me!

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      Mindy
      24 Jun 2020
      4:45pm

      This made me laugh out loud. Ha!

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    Sara
    24 Jun 2020
    11:10am

    The 2 Free People dresses are gorgeous, but keep your eye on the length – at 55″, you have to be taller than me to wear them, or be willing to cut the gorgeous border print off the hem.

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      Viajera
      25 Jun 2020
      1:17pm

      There might be a way to shorten them higher up on the dress and keep the border … but unless the dress has bodice pieces already, then there would be a new seam. So it depends on how picky one is.

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    Carlene
    24 Jun 2020
    10:22am

    That J Crew dress could have stepped right out of June 1973 Mademoiselle magazine, and I am okay with that.

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    Elle T
    26 Jun 2020
    6:15pm

    I ordered the Faherty dress the day of this post and it came today. The dress looks beautiful on me and so thank you, I wouldn’t have found it otherwise. Wasn’t familiar with the company, but reading up, they sound ethically conscientious in their business practices. Good to have another source for boho pieces, since Anthro is a no go for me now!

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    therealblonde
    26 Jun 2020
    5:11pm

    Ah, very tempted to order that pink Free People dress with the low neckline. Reminds me of the dresses we used to wear late 70s/early 80s and as young teens – we called them ‘India dresses’ or ‘batik dresses’ (although they were not really batik).
    It’s a bit pricey (I’ve already been overspending in the sale) but the same price as another Free People dress I got last year, which I wore all summer long and brought out again a couple of weeks ago, so def worth it now its getting a second year’s run.

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    c.w.
    24 Jun 2020
    7:16am

    Ah, the lure of the block print dress! In my hippie days I had a block print dress, skirt and multitude of blouses/shirts even tees. Which means I probably fall into that adage of––and I’m going to get this wrong––if you wore the trend the first time around, you’re too old to wear it the next time it comes into fashion (or something like that). However, I would still happily throw one of these on! The biggest difficulty I see with this trend combined with my height(!!) is the banding around the hem. Have the dress shortened so it doesn’t drag the floor and you lose the banding. Also, the tiers. Dislike the tiers. Always puts me in mind (and not in a good way) of Little House on the Prairie.

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      themis
      24 Jun 2020
      10:17pm

      I don’t mind a tier, because those dresses always move so well. I’m not sure it always translates to still photos, but walking into a room with a dress that swishes for you always draws admiring glances. But I totally agree about sizing, unless you’re model height. I can sew, but I’ve learned not to even look unless the brand will size these for petites. You can shorten it yourself. but then you wreck the proportion and the pattern and the movement.
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      I prefer these with just the tiniest sleeve, too, because of my climate. Long-sleeves are a sweatbox where I live from April – October.

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