Add a touch of elegance to your home decor with a dress form mannequin. Meet Miss Mannequin Dress Form and transform your space today.

Dress Form Mannequin

She’s not vintage, nope, not even close!

She’s tall.


And everything in between.

And she’s brand spanking new…

Female Dress Form Mannequin

After years of searching for a fashionable vintage mannequin dress form at an affordable price to add to my decor, my patience wore thin.

I just wasn’t willing to spend $700+ on a vintage dress form, unfortunately. How about you?

I wasn’t always infatuated with the vintage dress forms I found while Thrifting with the Gals, either.

Mannequin Dress Forms

The mannequin dress forms were either the wrong style, too worn and stained, or didn’t have a stable base.

Female Dress Form Mannequin

After scouring Etsy and eBay, I settled on this Female Off-White Jersey Dressmaker Form, which is available from Amazon.

And I love it!

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Today is my 70th blog post with Thrifting with the Gals! Thank you so much for loving this series as much as we do in originating it.

If you are joining me today from our guest host, Wendy of WM Design House, welcome. I just love Wendy’s Saturday series Meet Me in the She Shed, all about crafting and DIYs. Wendy is joining our Thrifting with the Gals blog series this month and is sharing How to Make a DIY Moss Frame Art Gallery. You won’t want to miss it and please tell Wendy I said hello!

This female dress form mannequin will reside in the larger of our two guest bedrooms, gussied up with a welcoming Cascade Ridge Robe made by Sundance Catalog for our guests to enjoy—a robe designed with the mountains in mind.

Cascade Ridge Robe on Mannequin

Unfortunately, the blue bathrobe is no longer available, but the same spirited robe in red is.

Ella thought a matching hat, similar to the one the model wears in the Sundance Catalog, would look smart on our new dress form mannequin. But with spring in the air, I told her we’d have to wait until the fall to add her favorite accessory.

But all kidding aside, there are so many little accessories you could add to this mannequin dress form in the bedroom. Like a blow dryer around the neck, a hairbrush in the pocket, a necklace, slippers, a nightcap, eye shades, etc…

So much fun trying out all the different things!

Next, I added a silver heart necklace with a rope chain to delineate the dress form’s feminity.

And I’m just mad about the little antique grocery store shopping tags that I found on Etsy, which are now sitting on the bedroom’s side table.

Mannequin Dress Form next to bedside table

*These bedside tables are not anything fancy, and they’re not antique. But my dad made them for us back when we purchased our first bed around 26 years ago, with our first home. The bed was unnaturally high, so he built the tables so we could match the height of the bed at the time. I recently painted them Chantilly Lace white to match the trim in this bedroom. The four-post bed in this guest bedroom was also a gift from my parents when we again purchased this home in Vermont, and it is just as tall. So we treasure these simple handmade bedside tables.

A pair of cozy matching slippers at the base of this mannequin dress form would be so cute, too.

What do you think?

Any other suggestions you may have on what else to add?

Let me know in the comments at the end of this post.

Dress Form Mannequin in Bedroom with Bathrobe in blue and red.
Dress Form Mannequin in Bedroom with Bathrobe.

You may also enjoy the post about Mother Nature And An Antique Millinery Hat Mold.

Mannequin Dress Form Store Displays

I was so taken with adding and decorating this Female Off-White Jersey Dressmaker Form in our guest bedroom that I decided to style another one I also own at my vintage window booth.

It’s not as glamorous, but it does the trick!

It was now time to remove the winter scarf and hat and prepare this dress form mannequin for spring.

I first added a string of pearls along with a blue and white striped ladies’ dress shirt with the collar up.

I found this American flag bunting on Amazon and decided to make a festive skirt out of it for the shop’s mannequin dress form.

I simply wrapped it tight around the waist and used a safety pin to secure it to the shirt.

Vintage Booth Display with patriotic dress form mannequin.

Now, this dress form mannequin is all dolled up in the window, headlining all the colors of spring for the window shoppers outside and inside during this drab mud season we are currently in here in Vermont.

You may enjoy the post, Thrift and Antique With Me Right into Mud Season.

And she’s all ready for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, too.

To see more about my vintage booth business, check out these posts.

Dress Form Mannequin Decorating Ideas

I have pined over dress form mannequins in home decor for some time now, and I hope you found inspiration enough here today to start decorating your own dress form mannequin

Here is a round-up of a few more of my favorite dress form mannequins from around the web.

Don’t you love these Christmas dress forms, too? See more in the post, 32 Antique Christmas Decor Treasures to Look for this season.

Two Dress Form Mannequins dressed with evergreens for the holiday season.

You can also view and follow my Pinterest board, Antique & Vintage Collectibles | Dress Forms, for even more ideas.

8 Dress Form Mannequin Decorating Ideas

Vintage Dress Form Mannequins

I recently got lucky and discovered two vintage dress form mannequins at bargain pricing; see more in the 21 Vintage Finds: 4 Days Thrifting in Coastal Maine post.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

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  1. Love your posts, Ann!
    My daughter has a thing for mannequins, also. We went to an auction when Dillards closed their doors here. She picked up a 2-tone wood waiter with his arm in an L shape. She used it in the powder room for hanging hand towels for guests. Talk about a conversation starter!

    1. I love them too and what a cute idea for a bathroom. I bet it looks fantastic!

  2. Such a fun post, Ann! I love how you used the bunting as a skirt for the mannequin in your booth! It looks so cute with the blue and white striped blouse! I have a vintage dress from from 1961! (It has the year stamped on it!) I got it for a good price at an estate sale years ago. It stands in the corner of our waterside guest room. Before my daughter Leah’s wedding I put it to work when I was altering her dress for the rehearsal dinner. I love decor that you can also use, haha!

  3. Adore this post Ann! I love the dress form in your guest room and that robe! I really love how you styled the one in your booth too. We have several in our shop that we love styling up to. Rally fun and inspiring Ann. Love that you added the other bloggers ideas too.

    1. Thanks so much, Kristin! Always happy to be joining you on these tours!

  4. I love your new family member Ann! she fits perfect in your guest bedroom especially with that robe on.
    I enjoyed the story about your bedside tables, it is those things that we treasure the most. Thank you for having me as a guest today.
    I loved thrifting with the gals.

    1. Thanks so much for joining us this month Wendy, we enjoyed having you so much!

  5. There are so many fun ways to decorate with them! I’ve had mine so long, I don’t remember where I got it; have had it since High school! It’s been used in my booths to sell vintage clothes & featured several theater show dresses for grad parties. My daughter has it now & actually uses it when she sews clothes. Thanks for including my post, Ann. Great ideas!

  6. Love your dress form and the cute robe on it. I’m sure it will be fun to dress it up for seasons or holidays.

    1. Thanks so much Marlene, yes I think so too:)

  7. Lisa Anderson says:

    Love it Ann! I have a dress from in my living room and she gets dressed up periodically!

    1. Yes, I know you do and I love it. Don’t you dare get rid of it:) ha ha

  8. Miche Ortega says:

    Miss Mannequin is the perfect touch for your beautiful guest bedroom, and I love the one in your shop. Adding that bunting as a skirt was genius. So festive. I always love seeing what treasures you gals find when you are out thrifting.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it all Miche. I’m excited to decorate the dress forms throughout the seasons this year. So fun and and they make such an impact!

  9. Robyn Huff says:

    This is such a fun project and idea, Ann!

  10. Love your little lady in your beautiful renovated bedroom. The only other thing you might consider adding might be a fresh line dried bath towel over the shoulder. Love your blogs and all the other gals too. Keep up the great work as I look forward to reading about your trips, shopping, etc. Keep up the great work. Sent from a cloudy morning in Ontario, Canada.

    1. Linda, Linda, I love that idea, thanks for sharing! I’m totally going to do that. We’re going to enjoy a sunny day in the 60s here in Vermont today. Thanks again for popping in!

  11. I’m with you Ann, on the dress forms. I have been looking for one for years! You have your lady dressed perfectly! So many fun ideas!

    1. Thank you, Cindy, yes it’s really hard to find a really good vintage or antique one without breaking the bank, unfortunately. Thanks for stopping by Cindy!