And here we have the second dress I found on last week’s vintage shopping trip! I was immediately drawn to the print and color of this 70’s wrap dress (from Feathers) because it’s so neutral–I could see an ocean of shoe possibilities in it’s rusty browns. The print is verging on hippie, but is tempered by the fit which is, again, rather snug in the bust. As I remarked in yesterday’s bullet point, the 70’s were a little kinder to small-chested (or perhaps braless) ladies. But I powered ahead and bought this as fast as I could, thus leading to a few more bullets on vintage shopping:
- If it’s not a perfect fit, but gives you a surge of happiness just looking at it, buy it anyway if it’s not too expensive. A tailor could easily fix a dropped seam or these too-wide shoulders (hence my weird shoulder-hiding poses) and it will be worth it if you love it.
- Envision the accessories you can pair it with while you’re trying it on. Ask the sales staff (or your stylist!) to show you a few shoe options with the dress/skirt/pants so that you can see how it will look with heels, flats, or boots.
- Modernize your vintage with makeup! I’m pretty sure the original owner of this dress didn’t wear MAC Russian Red lips with it, but you never know. I think a hit of red gives the outfit a pop that takes it from farm girl to Honda driver (or city-dweller, whatever). This dress might also benefit from a nice smoky eye for more sultry occasions.
This dress made me feel so good to wear, I didn’t even care about my more exposed than usual cleavage and defined shoulders. Vintage makes me feel confident because it’s something no one else has, and it took some effort to find.
Austin ladies, if you’ve got a hankering for vintage but don’t have the time to dig through the offerings, you can hire me to help you! A vintage trip can be incorporated to any Sort, Shop, and Style service and return clients can go on a vintage adventure with me anytime! I will pre-select the items that fit you and your personality, all you have to do is show up and try them on. It’s a fun and efficient way to spice up your closet. I’m basically walking proof of this!
July 21, 2011