Account Navigation

Account Navigation

Currency - All prices are in AUD

Currency - All prices are in AUD
 Loading... Please wait...

Viva Vintage Clothing

Vintage romper battle! Mod 1960s versus retro style 70s

Posted by AEM on

With the romper fashion trend taking over everywhere this summer, we thought we'd compare and contrast two rompers of the vintage variety, one from the 60s and one from the late 70s. 

In this corner:

mod 1960s scooter dress 60s romper green cotton print

The 1960s version of the romper shown here is sometimes called a scooter dress, and it could easily be mistaken for a mindress, indeed. A flap or fly-away panel in front and back hides the secret: shorts hidden underneath!


With its bold, lime green windowpane print, this ribbed cotton romper is anything but shy, although the short's inseam is longer than that of many of its modern cousins. (Ladies--this means, no need to tug it down constantly--a major improvement over some modern rompers! Plus, great for bike riding!) The details--like the tiny bows trim, the sturdy cotton fabric and metal zipper closure--make this 60s romper a great alternative to one purchased from a fast fashion chain for around the same price: vintage equals quality!

In this corner:

vintage romper red rayon tropical print 70s does 40s playsuit

The bold tropical print and the soft rayon fabric that drapes beautifully might remind you of 1940s fashions--and you'd be right to think so! This late 1970s version of the romper or playsuit is clearly inspired by 40s rayon dresses, from its print to its styling to its extra wide leg openings. 

red rayon print playsuit romper late 70s 80s

Many fashion trends of the 70s were based on 1940s originals, and this deadstock vintage romper is a great example of how to take your vintage inspiration and make it wearable and modern! Never worn and in amazing condition, this retro style romper has a very flattering cut--and again, its longer shorts inseams make for less tugging and more comfort!

So who wins the battle of the retro romper? 

Personal preference certainly plays a part, since these two rompers have a completely different look...What do you think? 

Either way, shopping vintage means less disposable fashion to clutter up a landfill (our environment wins!) and longer-lasting, better quality garments in your closet (a fashion win!)

  • vintage romper
  • retro romper
  • 70s romper
  • 80s romper
  • 70s does 1940s
  • vintage versus modern
  • 1960s scooter dress
  • 70s playsuit romper