Oh my, readers…I spotted this vintage find from a mile away and it was love at first sight. Is it from the 60s? 70s? 80s? It’s unclear…but with an updated pair of heels, this vintage find stole my heart. I love when clothes find a second (or third or fourth) life with a new wearer. I just imagine who may have designed this dress many years ago, perhaps wondering how long it would remain in use, perhaps not. Either way, this vintage dress lives to tell another story- this is a totally vintage vibe Monday.
Dress: vintage via thrift ($6)
Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 via Saks Off Fifth ($10 marked down from $60)
Shoes: Kohl’s ($23 marked down from $55)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I would be the first person to say that this dress is not for everyone. It’s actually a very flattering cut, but quite a bold print that could be off-putting if you’re not big into colors/prints in combination. Because the pattern does look quite vintage, I added a very modern heel to keep the dress from looking too vintage-y. For a fall styling, I will add a cardigan, tights, and knee high boots, to again, keep the look modern and fresh.
2)As much as I like designer vintage shops (and there are plenty in Chicago), you definitely pay a premium on vintage pieces in “vintage shops.” I like to find my vintage pieces in charity shops/thrift stores, as the vintage pieces are the same price as any other dresses in the shop. In the Chicagoland area, it’s very common that vintage shop owners will dig through local charity shops on “new arrivals” day and then re-sell the vintage finds in their store-at a marked-up price. I’m guessing this is probably true in other areas, though, of course, cannot be sure. If you are short on time and love vintage, a vintage shop is the way to go. If you don’t mind taking some time digging, you can definitely scope out your local shops on “new arrivals” day yourself and save yourself quite a bit of cash. Just ask your local charity shop when new pieces tend to hit the store- and you’ll probably be thrifting with local boutique owners!
Anyone else have vintage dress styling tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it; happy Monday!