Take Care of Your Vintage Party Dresses

Vintage party dresses are one of the most delicate ways to show your sense of style. These outfits have a classical quality in them and therefore, when you are wearing these dresses, you are distinguishing yourself from others with a unique flavor. However, a vintage dress is old by definition which means that you must be very careful in maintaining it. It is very natural to find lose seams, holes and other issues that can make the dress vulnerable to rough use. So, when wearing these dresses, you should always be very careful. Sometimes, people wipe hands on the cloths, or even drop food on them and you must do your best to protect your vintage dress from them.

If you have vintage party dresses in your wardrobe, you must make sure that you also have an emergency repair kit. Generally, this kit would include needles, thread, scissors, pieces of fabric in different shapes and colors and talcum powder. This kit will help you repair any small holes and vulnerability in the seams. Remember, these are important issues that you should check for every now and then to ensure that they are not getting big enough to spoil the entire dress. Also, after wearing a vintage dress, you should hang it up in padded hangers or inside garment bags.

Washing is another challenge for vintage party dresses. First of all, you have to understand that the vintage dresses should not be washed after every wear. Ideally, you should be washing the dress after every 2 or 3 wears. Given that, when you are washing the dress, make sure you are not using the washing machine. Remember, the threads and seams of these dresses may not withstand the turmoil inside the washing machine so be sure to wash them with your hands. Don’t soak the dress in detergent for too long. On the other hand, if you don’t have the time to hand wash them; make sure that you have put the dress inside a wash bag.

After the washing is over, you have to dry the dress properly but don’t use any dryer to dry vintage party dresses. This is because many dryers shrink the fabric. Also, you can’t leave them in the sun to dry as well as the color of the vintage dress will fade very quickly under the sun. So, the ideal way is to dry it in shade. Make sure to follow all the steps I outlined above and vintage party dresses will soon become your best friend!…

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A Beginners Guide to Buying Vintage

VINTAGE – CLOTHING FROM A PREVIOUS ERA

Let’s uncover an appreciation for this avant-garde fashion trend. It may be the elegance attached to these garments or possibly the uniqueness of each piece but if you haven’t discovered vintage attire, you’re missing out. Before you head out to begin exploring, there are a few things that you should know.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

1. Sizing – take note.

Vintage attire fits differently and their sizes take a little getting used to.

Marilyn Monroe was said to have worn a size 12 (US) (16 UK) dress but, by today’s sizes, that would put her at around a size 6/8. At the same time, women wore real foundation garments back then – garments that were both body mounding and size reducing.

• Don`t fret when you read the sizes. Go by the measurements instead. Most good vintage stores will indicate the measurements of their garments.

• If buying vintage online, it is absolutely imperative that you go by measurements!

2. TO TAILOR OR NOT TO TAILOR – THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Experts go back and forth on whether or not you will be damaging the piece or reducing its resale value by tailoring it; however, if it doesn`t fit properly, you will never wear it. I hereby give you permission to tailor away so that you have the perfect fit. I spoke with a vintage store owner in Calgary and a vintage guru from the east and both strongly recommend that you tailor everything.

• My personal motto about clothing: everything should be tailored! There are few one-size-fits-all.

3. TRY, TRY, TRY!

Vintage shopping isn`t like traditional retail! If something doesn`t fit, you can`t ask for a different size because each piece is unique. I encourage you to take some time to warm up to the idea of trying things on -and I mean lots of things! By the way, don`t shop on a full tummy. Shopping just after you eat is a no-no. Remember to wear clothing and shoes that are comfortable and easy to remove.

4. BUY IT!

These are one-of-a-kind pieces. You will likely never find that same piece again so if you really like it, don`t wait. Buy it!

Eras

1920`s Flapper girls were all the rage in the Roaring Twenties but, even though we entered into a more modern era, evening fashion wasn’t always practical for women. Evening wear was all for show and often times it was over the top! Low waisted dresses were introduced, hats became a must and bras became much more common with the ladies. At the same time, girls chopped their hair into adorable bobs. Style Icons: Coco Chanel & Elsa Schiaparelli waist

1930`s The Great Depression forced most women into making their own clothing which, inevitably, resulted in fashion becoming much simpler – still, hats remained a must for ladies’ fashion. Style Icons: Betty Davis, Greta Garbo, Mae West

1940`s Dresses often emphasized an hourglass figure. A-line skirts came …

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Out With The Old Wardrobe and In With The New

Christmas inevitably brings gifts, and for vintage clothing lovers this often includes many additions to our (already overflowing!) wardrobes. Deciding on what to replace, what to keep, and what to put away for a rainy day, can be hard; the last thing you want to do is throw away a key vintage clothing item. Here are some tips to help you make those difficult decisions.

– When was the last time you wore the item? This isn’t as easy as saying “I haven’t worn it for three months so I don’t need it”. Some of our most precious clothes are those that only come out once a week; so don’t just think about when you last wore it, also think about where you last wore it.

– Has it seen better days? Of course, all vintage clothing can have an amount of wear and tear that adds to the charm and authenticity of an item. But, if clothing is torn and you’ve never got round to repairing it, perhaps it is time to let it go.

– Do you like it? This may sound silly, but I know I’m not alone in having bought something, only to get it home and not be so sure. Said item then never sees the light of day, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. With new clothing to replace it, this probably means that now is the time to bite the bullet.

These three tips should help making any decisions about which clothes to replace a little bit easier. And remember, never to throw clothes away unless they are tatty and worn. A trip to your local charity shop is easy and the clothes you may have found difficult to part with will find a lovely new home!…

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A Vintage Maxi Dress For the Tall Girl Or the Short Girl

Can I get away with a long Vintage Maxi dress if I’m short? Yes!!! The cool thing about the maxi dress is that it looks good on every shape and height. The maxi dress is a free flowing loose dress that isn’t meant to show off your legs or waist. So keeping that in mind you can get the dress as long as you want it, it only depends on what you want.

Vintage dresses can come in an ankle length or floor length. If you are afraid of tripping over an extremely long floor length summer dress, try pairing it with a cute pair of wedge style shoes instead of a pair of flat flip flops. Using this trick can even give you the appearance of being much taller than you really are. The vintage maxi dress may not be the best dress to select if you want to show off your shoes. If you want to show of a nice pair of shoes you should wear a nice pencil skirt or a shorter knee length dress.

I know that if you venture out and try a vintage summer dress at either ankle length or even at floor length you will be surprised and satisfied. You should also be adventurous when selecting a print. There are lots of beautiful prints out there. There are floral prints, animal prints, tie dye prints, and much much more. So don’t be afraid to be daring with your wardrobe and especially your dresses. Remember in whatever you do, don’t be afraid to be yourself and go with what you feel and express yourself. Don’t be one of those people who are afraid to express their selves and standout in a crowd. Sometimes it’s good to let your clothing speak for your fashion sense. Just because you’re a short girl under 5.5 doesn’t mean you get step out in style with the longest hottest new styles.…

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Staying Cute This Summer With a Vintage Maxi Dress

Stay cute and sexy this spring session with a vintage maxi dress. It’s easy to wear and most of the times you don’t even need to iron it. Vintage dresses come in lots of expressive prints. Summer dresses are easy to make also. This would be a great budget cutting activity. During this crazy time in the economy it’s very important to find budget friendly activities that agree with your saving plan. Stay-cations are also good for saving money. These are vacations that are taken close to home so that you save money on flights and expensive hotels. Also the price of gas always increases during the summer because that’s when people travel the most. Stay on top of your finances and the cutest styles with creating your very own vintage maxi dress.

Making a vintage maxi dress can be a great way to pass time in the summer. All you need to do is go into your favorite fabric store and find a sowing pattern for a summer dress or something that look similar to it. This project is great for first timers or even experienced seamstresses. This would be a great way to express yourself this summer as well as staying in tuned with the trends. No matter what as a girl you must be cute.

A pattern for the vintage maxi dress is very simple and doesn’t require much sowing or cutting depending on the type you select. One of the hardest things with this project would be selecting your favorite print. When looking through rows and rows of fabrics you can get very inspired and excited. There will lots of different styles and textures of fabric to select from. If you are a first timer you may want to select a fabric that isn’t very expensive just incase you make a mistake.…

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