The baby doll dress has been around for decades, and the style was popular in the 1940s as sexy nightwear. By the 1990s, the baby doll frock had become a symbol of punk chic. Courtney Love wore the style often during her bad-girl days in the group Hole. The dress shape and image of the baby doll has become a liberating force for women these days of a good-girl-gone-bad. It's a playful style that’s also feminine, sexy and a tiny bit rebellious. Maybe that is why the baby doll dress remains a clear favorite among many.
Isabel Marant offers a great take on the baby doll with her Wilby Cotton Dress. The label's baby doll dress features simple lines, smocked details and old-fashioned scalloped edges. The fabric is made of sturdy, black cotton canvas that gives the frock good structure.
Another example comes via the Free People brand in their Forever Lace Baby Doll Dress. The sleeveless piece is adorable in cream or black with a classic mock neck styling and empire bodice. It's a demure and gorgeous, flirty silhouette that is fully lined with a hidden back zip closure and surprise open back.
Bluefly offers another take on the cute baby doll in their Blush Noir Eden dress. The navy rayon fabric is elegant with touches of lace on the short sleeves, across the décolleté and the bottom hem. The frock features a key button back closure. Another great buy is Charlotte Russe's Border Print Bell Sleeve baby doll. The frock is a mix of black and white bohemian prints with a lovely cinched elastic waist. Thin crisscross straps enhance the V-neck in front. It's the ideal dress to wear on those spring music festival days.
The baby doll dress maintains its playful spirit every decade, and a lot of women are drawn to the simple, youthful style it exudes.