I say I’m a collector, but I’m more of a hoarder. This is especially true with vintage anything. I find something remarkable, and convince myself that if I don’t grab it, it will go overlooked or unappreciated. If it sits on my bookshelf, or coffee table, or in this case, in my closet, I’m saving it from a life of neglect. Yes, I have quite a narrative in my head about it, and a weirdly personal attachment to my vintage clothing. Today, I wanted to share a snippet of some of my favorite items. You’ll notice a theme – black and white – and these are some of the pieces I wear most.
Check out the video below for details on each outfit, and a sneak peak at my shape-wear/undergarment situation to make these dresses fit.
A few tips for shopping for vintage:
Know your measurements. If you know your measurements, you can buy vintage online, which is honestly where I purchase most of my vintage pieces. It’s so nice knowing a dress will fit, rather than hold my breath and pray it does.
Invest in good shape wear. Until very recently, women wore girdles and support underneath their clothes to create their desired shape, so if a dress is a perfect fit in the bust and hips but tight in the waist, grab a girdle to cinch it in.
Bring a slip. Most vintage dresses won’t have lining, so invest in a few slips in white, nude, and black to go under all of your dresses.
Do you collect vintage clothing? Post about it below! I’m always looking for new flea markets or shops to hunt down pieces.
1940s White Lace Dress (Dear Golden on Etsy)
I have a body that works with 1940s cuts or the late 1950s, for some reason, other time periods are a bit challenging for me. Their cut for a more buxom shape, and always have fabulous structure. You’ll also notice they almost always require a slip, as most dresses from this time period come unlined.This is probably one of my most modern looking pieces. I love the simplicity of the white lace, and the cut is just so flattering.
1950s Black and White Dress (Bombyx Vintage on Etsy)
This leopard print bow is such a stunner, and makes me so happy. I love the idea of a dress being beautiful and surprising as you arrive and as you leave, and this dress nails it.
1950s Cream Dress (Dear Golden on Etsy)
I wear this dress all summer long. It’s so comfortable and easy. I can button it all the way up for a demure look with a necklace, or unbotton it and roll up my sleeves for a more modern look.
1950s Lace top (Desert Vintage, Tucson)
Desert vintage is one of my new favorite vintage stores – so many gorgeous finds. But you have to practically refresh your page every hour not to miss out on something marvelous. This lace top is so special and pretty, and I love it paired with an A-line skirt for a very 1950s look.
1950s Black top (Desert Vintage, Tucson)
This shirt is so romantic and makes me feel like a ballerina. The tulle has a wonderful volume to it without making me feel like a cupcake.