Vintage finds are so cool because not only are they genuinely from another time period, but they’re also stylish now. For those who want to follow the trends but still be original,vintage is the way to go. Just like history repeats itself, fashion repeats itself. So something that was popular in the seventies may be coming back into style now. Instead of emulating a look with millions of other ladies wearing the same exact thing, why not go straight to the source and buy vintage?
Lace is timeless and has always been fashionable. Lace is popular amongst wedding dresses but you’ll also find lace in casual wear as well. Vintage lace dresses are an amazing find because you’ll wear something that no one else may have and still look adorable. So next time you wear a lacey dress and someone asked where you got it you can smile and say “it’s vintage”.
Warnings when shopping vintage
Buying a used dress is like shopping for a used car, you want to make sure you’re actually getting a good deal with it in good condition. So when you’re shopping for vintage Lace dresses, thoroughly check the dress before you head to the cash register. You want to make sure that there are no rips, tears, or holes in the dress, if there are consider if you’d be able to easily sew it up and if you can bring it to the attention of the sales clerk and ask for a discount. If not, leave it on the rack. Also check for any odors, if something smells gross, put it back because you don’t want to be that girl who buys smelly used clothes. Lastly check for stains, it may not come out if it’s been there twenty years. When shopping online read the description as the sellers often have disclaimers about the quality of the product. They’ll also list the measurements so make sure to measure yourself first and make sure that it’ll fit, returns would be too much of a hassle. Oh and remember that sizing has fluxed with the times, you may be a size 2 in modern times but a size large vintage, and some dresses may not even have a label on them. Resist your natural inclination to check for the designer and size and instead just try on the gown and see if you like it.
Where to find used Vintage Lace dresses
If it’s meant to be yours, you’ll find it. On a recent trip to Austin, Texas I stumbled upon a cute little vintage store. Inside I found the most beautiful pink lace dress. It’s from the nineties and I swear it’s meant for me. It’s only lace with no underlay, has a pink floral lace print, and white buttons going all the way down the front of the gown which hits just above the knee. It’s tight fitting at the bodice with subtle shoulder pads at the short sleeves and then flows out at the skirt. And the best part was the price, only twenty dollars! You may be wondering how to style a see-through dress. Obviously you need something under it. I wore it to the pool as a bathing suit cover up. You can also style it with a bandeau or bralette and a bandage or pencil skirt underneath. Or if you have a tight body con dress in a solid color that would work well too, every time you wear the lace dress you can wear something different underneath for a whole new look! So definitely check out vintage stores especially when you’re traveling, you never know what you’ll find! Also check out online stores such as ETSY, where you can buy vintage clothes in addition to handmade goods. They have a nice selection of vintage lace frocks; I’ll show you some of the best ones.
Available to purchase online!
A tip for shopping on ETSY.com for vintage lace dresses, don’t just look at the first few pages! This gorgeous rose colored lace dress was hiding on the last page. Just like the color, it has rose flowers in the lace. It’s long sleeved and down to the ankles, maxi dress style. Two styles which are hard to find rolled into one! It’s great for ladies who want a lot of coverage or for those awkward days when it’s sunny but still kind of chilly and you don’t want to show too much skin. Its empire waist is really flattering. Check it out HERE
Make your LBD (Little Black Dress) a VLD (Vintage Lace Dress)! This black lace dress has a full skirt and sweetheart neckline. The bow in the back is so adorable and it has nice, thick straps. It’s great for any occasion you need to dress up for: a wedding, a party, a dance, a funeral even. Get more details HERE
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Maxi dresses are so trendy now, especially for the spring. This vintage lavender dress hits at the ankles with its sheath skirt. This dress looks like a two piece with the scallop edge at the waist and bottom of the skirt. For more information check HERE
So as you can see vintage dresses come in a ton of different styles, colors, and designs. They’re great for someone who’s looking for something different and doesn’t want to have the same dress as a handful of her friends. Search in vintage stores, online, maybe even your mother’s closet for vintage dresses. Good luck!