rocking a frock

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We all know by now that I’m a dreamer who has a borderline questionable relationship to clothing and fashion, so it’s no surprise that when I thrifted this dreamy vintage frock (oh yeah, it’s a frock), I heard it calling out that it wanted to be worn and be loved anew. It’s perhaps one of the oddest prints I’ve seen in a while. The fabric print was dubbed the following: dreamsicle gardens, aboreteum wonderland, neon wee villageland, and polyester pink fairyland by various friends. I’m not sure what this pattern was called back when it was made, but one thing is for sure, this vintage frock lives to twirl another day.

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Dress: Vintage at
Buffalo Exchange resale ($15)
Cardigan: Banana Republic (approx $10 marked down from approx $60)
Shoes: Thrifted ($2, retail for approx $30)
Necklace: Vintage via resale ($6)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Whenever I shop vintage, I always look at all of the seams and all of the fabric closely. Unfortunately, some places do stock vintage that is beyond repair (at least in my book) with holes that can’t be mended, etc. Holes that are in the middle of the fabric can be tough to repair, whereas a zipper can be an easy fix. Personally, I took for vintage that doesn’t need any repairs, as I have limited repairing skills. I also wash all vintage inside out, on a gentle cycle, and then line dry the pieces. 

2) This dress looked flat-out costume-y on the rack  (especially the sleeves, as they are huge!), but looked a lot better once it was on. Vintage is one of those things that requires trying things on, and thinking of how you might style something to give it an updated vintage look.  I like to think, in advance, about how I might style something. If I don’t think I can figure out a way to style it, it will just sit in my closet unworn! With this dress, modern heels and a cardigan do a lot to add an updated feeling. 

Anyone else have vintage tips? Falling in love with vintage prints? Thank you so much for stopping by, lovely readers! I appreciate it so much!

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39 thoughts on “rocking a frock

  1. Oh, that print is gorgeous! You really captured its natural whimsy in the photos 🙂 I follow similar protocol when looking for vintage items–always check for holes/tears/stains, and try it on when possible. I do a lot of my vintage hunting online, so I make sure in that case to also double-check the listed measurements and ask questions of the seller if there’s something I’m not clear on.

    • That’s a great point! I agree that sometimes online the measurements can seem confusing (or maybe it’s me not being great with measuring myself?! ha!), so it’s a really good idea to double check with the seller. I also agree that online vintage is a great way to find pieces that you might otherwise never have seen in a store!

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  2. What a unique print!! I agree with your second point…clothes can look so different on the rack than actually on!

  3. The print is AMAZING! “Arboretum wonderland” – love it.

    Nice vintage shopping tips too! Could probably be applied to all second hand/thrift store shopping, not just vintage. Only today, one of the buttons fell off my secondhand top. At least I noticed and can easily sew it back on, but small signs of wear and tear always seem to show up the first time I wear something that isn’t brand new. :/

    -Rebecca
    Idealism never goes out of fashion
    http://mn2nz.wordpress.com

  4. You are rockin’ that frock beautifully! Great colour and how fun are those sleeves?!?!
    It’s so true vintage shopping definitely requires trying on an item instead of judging it on the rack.

    xo, Jackie

  5. aaack, I LOVE YOUR FROCK!! ❤ ❤ and i'm gonna give a new name for the print: psychedelic Japanese garden (because of the bonsai-looking tree, LOL).

    do let me know when you're tired of your old clothes and decide to throw a super sale, i want to be the first in line. 😀

  6. What an adorable frock you found! ❤ I really like the necklace you paired with it. Super cute!! I haven't shopped for Vintage clothing before so I don't have many tips. I'm learning from you!! hehe =)

  7. If you find something and YOU LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the DESIGN, and it’s not in the best shape…and of course the price it great
    ~ buy it and turn it into a purse or pillow or whatever. The possibilities are endless.

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