I've had a couple opportunities lately to visit some vintage shops. I really love vintage clothing. I love vintage style, whether it's new or old, of course. But, there's something about actual vintage dresses that you just can't beat. I love thinking about the history vintage dresses have seen.
Check out all those hats! I think I need hats to make a comeback...
I loved this dress. The sheer over-skirt is a little worse for the wear, but the style and the yellow rose fabric is great.
This one was taffeta. There's a similar repro pattern out there--I may need to make this dress. In a brighter fabric, though. Maybe pink?
I've really been into border prints lately. This isn't exactly a border print, of course, but it kind of has the same vibe. How cute would this be with a red cardigan?
Totally a Mad Men dress. In fact, the tag listed it as a 1960s "Secretary Dress."
How's this for a formal. Anyone out there wear gold daisies to prom? 1970s dresses are kind of awesome. :)
I love the simplicity of this 1940s formal.
This one's even better though. If it'd been my size I totally would have bought it to wear to my next 1940s Winter Ball. I love the flowers on the bottom.
I was really excited to find this 1930s dress. I haven't come across many dresses that old. I love the inverted, contrasted pleats and the scalloped button placket. Very cool.
This brocade dress and matching coat were beautiful. And heavy. Very heavy. I can't imagine wearing that out for the evening. My shoulders would be killing me.
This one was actually my size. I was tempted to buy it. I've often wanted a beautiful 1950s prom dress like this (with, of course, a full petticoat underneath to get that fun fluffy skirt). But, really, where would I wear it?
Another 1940s formal. Kind of storybook-esque, with that high collar and the laces on the skirt.
This shop had a bunch of 40s evening gowns. I was having the afternoon of my life. :)
Okay, and this one is a hoot. It's covered in bees and beehives. It's a Utah dress. It even had a matching belt, covered in the same fabric.
See the little scroll with "Utah" on it? I'm kind of in love with this dress. If it'd been my size, I might have bought it just for kitsch value alone!