Vintage Boho Summer Dress

You know I love vintage clothing – it’s ecologically smart, which is great – but honestly, it’s mostly that I’m selfish. I love finding things that are unique, usually well made, and just little bit more fun than the stuff you usually find in Macy’s or Kohl’s.

For example, this fun and fabulous summer dress:

vintage boho summer dress from Venelle on Etsy

You see what I mean? Look at the detailing at the neck and armhole. And that clever diagonal print! The dress looks cool and comfy (and cotton, which is great). It’s got its own style – you don’t have to DO a lot, if you know what I mean. You could dress it up – a fitted jacket, nipped in at the waist, or just a pretty cardigan). A great pair of heels. It could go to work, to your inlaws, or to dinner.

But most of all? I’d love it casual. Toss this baby on, add a big pair of hoop earrings, maybe a stack of bangles, bare sandals, and go all day. And look good.

I found this sweet dress at Venelle on Etsy. Sophie, the owner/curator, has some fab finds and a great eye. Even with international shipping (I’m in the U.S., Venelle’s in the UK) her items are really affordable. Go shopping, figure a couple or three weeks for shipping, and have fun!

Did I mention how much I love vintage? Yes!

Vintage summer mini dress

Take a look at this super, summertime mini dress:

vintage green mini dress

I love this dress. I love it because it’s JUST A DRESS. It looks great. It’s easy to wear. (I’d wear it with flipflops or strappy high heels, but hey that’s me.) It’s washable. It’s just a dress – the kind you want to toss on in the morning and just GO, and know it’s going to look good, and you’re going to look good, and it’s no big deal.

It doesn’t get much better than that, you know?

It’s available – right now, anyway – at Avid Noise – over at Etsy. Izzi, the shop owner, has some great stuff over there – which you already knew, because you’re looking at this dress.

And: it’s on sale. Go shopping. You’ll thank me.

PS Izzi’s tagline? “Vintage clothes inspired by the many great women in rock.” It’s not a coincidence that her icon at page top looks like Courtney Love… Hey, you know you have to check it out!

1960s Yellow Vintage Dress

You know I think vintage is just the best. And this dress is a terrific example of why. You could wear it anywhere, you could work or play. You could meet his mom in it, you could go shopping with your buds, and you would look right each time. I mean, that’s not easy to do.

1960s yellow cotton vintage summer dress

See what I mean? This dress is EASY. It looks like something you could just toss on, don’t think about it for a minute. Grab some shoes – high heeled sandals, or flip-flops. Or little ballet flats. Whatever. Add a pair of earrings (not that I’m biased towards earrings or anything) and you’re done, dressed, ready to go anywhere and look good.

Okay, maybe add an armful of bangle bracelets.

And did I mention? It is NOT SMALL. It is a size 12 or 14 or 16, depending on who sized it and when (you know vintage isn’t always the same as now.)

I found this darling dress at ShopBTMV on Etsy. The shop’s only been open for a year, and already there are some great finds, fab dresses, and vintage accessories too if that’s your thing.

Go shopping. You’ll thank me.

PS There’s a black velvet grunge backless maxi dress that if it was my size? It would be gone already. Just saying.

Vintage green dress for spring

Yes I have spring on my mind – around here it’s been cold, then warm, then 70, then snowing. I’m ready for spring and sunshine! And then I saw this adorable dress and it is just what I had in mind 🙂

vintage green dress for spring

The color is great – prettier than lime green, not as dark as kelly. Very flattering and easy to wear. And the A-line cut is classic and new at the same time. I’d wear this with a fabulous pair of earrings (wouldn’t even have to be made with stones from my shop, like these peridot sparklies although of course they’d be wonderful) – but anyway, something big and sassy. And a great pair of strappy high heel sandals – or, well, flipflops! This dress is not Fancy – it’s just got good detailing. You don’t need to do a lot of Stuff to wear it.

Bright red lipstick, though.

I found this darling garment at Life on Mars Vintage which, BTW, the name is so great you should go there just because. But DB, the shop owner, really has such terrific items there, you need to go see, like, right away. Trust me.

(And another thing – the sky blue drapey dress? If it was near my size I would grab it – and maybe would take the sleeves off – but then it would be an absolute STAR. Just sayin!)

Vintage wiggle dress

Vintage is just the best, you know? So I’m not going to tell you – I’m going to show you. This vintage wiggle dress is so fabulous!

vintage wiggle dress from joules Jewels Vintage boutique on Etsy

Now I really don’t have to say anything else, because you can see for yourself. But just to mention a few things that occurred to me? This is a year-round dress, for one thing. Add a cardigan or jacket and it’s great for work, winter or summer (you know how cold AC can be). And of course it’s great for date night or church – it’s modest but kinda sexy too.

And! See how good it looks with only a pair of earrings for accessories? Talk about easy! But you could glam it up or down any way you want. And wear it with stilettos or flipflops. This is what clothes are supposed to be – goodlooking, easy to wear, easy to make YOU look good.

I found it in a darling boutique on Etsy, Joules Jewels Vintage. The owner/curator Jillian has a great eye – and some great finds. And did I mention affordable prices? Yes. Go there. You’ll thank me!

Vintage green silk dress

Let me put it this way – this dress is a fine example of why vintage is so wonderful. I don’t even have to talk a lot: let’s take a look.

vintage green silk dress

Such a simple dress. And what that means is, you can wear is so many ways. In summer, absolutely! A pair of flipflops or heels. A fab pair of boho earrings. In fall or winter (like, right now) – toss on a bright red cardigan. Dark green, or red, or black, high heeled Jimmy Choos (or if you’re like me, hunt down some fabulous thrifted heels).

I wouldn’t wear the classic pearl necklace, myself – I’d toss on a long tribal thing, or a multicolor vintage Haskell (Haskell *style*, which I would fake, and it would be great) – or maybe floral tattoos covering my arms (fake, or temporary, but oh well) and just add earrings.

You see what I mean? You can wear this dress anywhere, day or night, and it will look good. Belt it or don’t. High heels or flats. And by the way – they don’t usually tell you this, but silk is uber washable.

I found this treasure at Sydneys Vintage on Etsy. Not only does Syd, the curator/owner, have some GREAT party finds, she also has a coupon code for 20% off!

And this dress – this simple, classic, easy to wear (anywhere) dress – even before using the coupon – is $27.00. Yes. Twenty Seven Dollars plus shipping. Go grab it. Or go shopping for other fab finds. Do it. You’ll thank me.

Vintage bridesmaid dress

I first thought of “party dress”, because add a pair of high-heeled slippers (don’t you lvoe the vintage jargon? pumps, or stilettos, or whatever you want to call them) – and a fab pair of earrings and you will ROCK this dress. Or it will rock you. **

But then I thought: non-matching (but similar color) bridesmaid dresses, which if I was planning another wedding for me that is totally what I would be doing, so that my girls culd have dresses they love that were also coordinated with what I wanted 🙂

And this dress:

vintage blue bridesmaid dress...or party dress

How could you not love this dress? Look at the details! The wonderful shirring, the little bows, the finely-bound armholes, the full skirt! Modest but sexy too. Flirty and fun.

I found it at Jupe De Jour vintage boutique on Etsy, and this darling shop is just full of vintage finds you need to know about. A gorgeous red cheongsam. A pair of vintage brown pumps that believe me if they were my size would already be sold.

A vintage cowboy hat! Go see. You’ll thank me.

Vintage fitted Jaeger jacket

Now this is why I love vintage! It’s that time of year when I want a jacket. Even if it’s not cold yet – well, not COLD yet – it’s chilly enough that a tee and jeans just won’t cut it. I need a jacket. You need a jacket. Yeah, we do.

So when I find a sexy goodlooking jacket like this – and affordable too? I am a happy camper.

vintage Jaeger navy blue fitted jacket or blazer

Can’t you just see this with jeans? Or a long skirt, as shown in another pic. Or with a bodycon dress for clubbing. I love the 40s feel of the jacket – and knowing that I’m not going to see these in every shop.

This beauty can be found at Zues Vintage – if you don’t wait too long. Scott, the owner/curator, has a great eye for detail – and for good value. You’re going to love his shop!

P.S. Right now he’s got a black velvet, 1980s, slinky, off shoulder, which you need to see. And grab before it’s gone. Just saying. You’ll thank me.

Vintage black and white Talbot’s dress

I was looking at party dresses…not really interested in super fussy or “grand evening” dressy – just fun party dresses. And found this little treasure 🙂

vintage black and white Talbots plus size party dress

I love the slightly flirty look – sheer sleeves, long(ish) twirly skirt – but it’s easy and not fussy and wearable. And! It is a Size 16! YMMV or course, but still – it is NOT a size 2. Size 2 is fine and all but you know, not all of us are that tiny.

I’d dress it up (kinda) with a long black necklace and a super fitted jacket for warmth (1940s preferably) – or a black shawl. Or your raincoat, hey, you’re not going to wear the coat all evening, so whatever. But it would work right now – through Spring. Like clothes should 🙂

This little cutie lives at Gypsum Moon Style vintage boutique on Etsy – until some lucky girl grabs it. That girl could be you. Just sayin.

Vintage technicolor jacket :-)

Now this is why vintage is cool. Take a look at this totally wearable, everyday, just-for-fun jacket:

vintage technicolor bomber jacket

It’s basically just a baseball jacket. It’s casual, it’s not meant to be Grand, it’s probably fairly lightweight. Perfect for fall days or nights when you just need a little something. The thing is, somebody decided to make it fun. It’s hand-embroidered, it’s got lots of colors, it’s not super expensive, and you’re definitely not going to see a bunch of them running around the neighborhood.

I found it at Last Call by T a new vintage shop on Etsy. Tierney, the shop owner, has a great eye. She gives details, she has good clear photos, she finds good stuff. This is the kind of shop we all want to find 😉

It’s why vintage is fun. Something a little different, something you can enjoy without stressing about it. Just wear it 🙂