New to Me Vintage Dress!

Vintage 50's Dress

I was lucky enough to find some amazing pieces last week on trips to Laced with Romance and Feathers vintage shops here in Austin. I was looking for some unique summer pieces and this was one of the dresses I found (at Laced with Romance). I couldn’t resist the perfect colors in the print: ochres and blues and purples, and even though the buttons wouldn’t fit over my boobs all the way, I decided I could definitely make it work. And here’s proof!

When selecting vintage:

  • Look for pieces that can easily fit into your wardrobe. I think about the colors I wear and the fabrics I love and find those. I love print, for instance, and I always find the most appealing and unique prints when I am shopping for vintage.
  • Think about the cuts that flatter your frame, and learn about the era that made clothing for that frame.
  • For hourglassy ladies, this 1950’s era type of dress is perfect because it nips in at the natural waist and flatters the curves…1960’s mod dresses and 1970’s hipppie caftans look great on less endowed ladies, while the cuts of the 80’s are such that pretty much anyone can wear them (if you are so inclined).
  • Mix in more modern accessories with your vintage pieces. I have unbuttoned my dress (out of necessity) but I also think it’s fun to have a little camisole poking through.

While I am no vintage expert, I love vintage, and these are just a couple things I have picked up along the way…I love to dig through shops and find gems that no one else has, and Austin has great options for vintage. What are your vintage shopping tips and tricks?

Vintage 50's Dress

Vintage 50's Dress

Dress: Vintage (Laced with Romance), Cami: Gap, Sunglasses: RayBan, Clogs: BC, Earrings: Mana Culture

Vintage 50's Dress

July 20, 2011

11 Responses to New to Me Vintage Dress!

  1. Jennifer K. says:

    These are SUPERB tips. I was just thinking this morning about how much I love vintage shopping, but sometimes feel like I won’t actually wear anything that I buy! That’s about to change. Thanks for the tips!

  2. That would be an excellent first date dress – not too much skin, great pattern, and awesome story!! It looks stunning on you :)

  3. Very cool dress — the fit is ideal!

  4. Lyddiegal says:

    That dress doesn’t even look vintage – she’d fit in perfectly with any modern wardrobe. Nice find!

  5. laura says:

    Love this look! And I love your tips! :)

    I, personally, look at the fabric and the type of care I need to give a vintage piece of clothing. If it’s too much work, I don’t even buy it. :)

  6. lisa says:

    fantastic vintage buying advice!!!!! and that dress is a winner on you!!!! 😀

  7. Jess says:

    My only tip is ALWAYS try it on… even if it looks like it fits! Vanity sizing has done a number on our sizing system here in the states.

  8. Jane says:

    Holy Smoking Calico! (Or is it a Liberty print? I don’t know nothin’ about nothin’) But that dress is amazing and you look fabulous in it and I want it – PRETTTTTTTTTTY!

  9. Jamie Rose says:

    That dress is awesome! It looks really nice on you and I love the unique print. I think that shape of dress looks good on pretty much anybody. It’s just super flattering to show off your waist. I love the modern unbuttoning of the top too – even if it was for necessity!

  10. Senta says:

    Great dress! Love the cut. And yep, that’s why I love the 50s fashion. Perfect for my curvy body type.

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