Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but I love the idea of a dress pattern or fabric living on well beyond its years.
The first time I ventured into the world of vintage clothing, I went to an upscale place that had tags on every piece with a date of origin. There weren’t a ton of dresses, but they were well organized. The whole place smelled like flowers and had a dressing room that looked like a fancy tent. Misnomer? Eh. It was,though! That shop was, I think, the best way to ease into vintage shopping.
This was my first vintage dress:
Nowadays, I’ll go just about anywhere for a good, quality find. When I went consignment shopping I found another vintage dress…and for a great price. I did some research on the tag/brand (brand = Wayne Maid) and found out that this particular brand started making dresses in the 1920s! The dresses were made, from what I can tell, until the 1960s.
This dress is not for everyone; I can acknowledge that. But, I loved wearing it and fell in love with the pattern, shape and fabric. There’s just something about wearing a dress that’s been around for over 50 years that makes me feel like I’m honoring all of the smart and fashionable women that came before me. Amazingly, what they were wearing 50 years ago is still relevant today.
Dress: Wayne Maid ($15, sold online for $100+)
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Tights: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20)
Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you haven’t tried vintage shops, consider starting with well-researched (yelp or other modalities) stores and ease into it! Some vintage can still be quite pricey, so also consider looking for pieces that seem like a good price for good quality.
2) Fashion is all about expressing yourself! I was a little on the fence about this dress because I thought maybe it was too retro for work. However, once I put it on, it felt like a perfect fit! Sometimes, you just have to try things on and see if it works for you personally. No matter how good the price is, it’s not a steal if you’re never going to wear it!