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?
July 20, 2011