Vintage blue and black sheath dress

I was on a quest for a dress, and this is not at all what I was looking for. I was trying to find an amber gold wiggle dress – something to go with the topaz glass jewels I mentioned earlier. But I saw this dress and I kept coming back to it. It’s such a GOOD dress!

vintage blue and black sheath dress

I mean, think about it. This dress looks great, just as she’s wearing it. You could go to work, meet the in-laws, go play with the girls. But! So changeable. Wear it with killer pumps, or flipflops. Add a bright red cardigan. Go with the blue-and-black and add a (fake) Armani black jacket.

Or a turtleneck and tights under, in winter. Or a gossamer shawl. And we haven’t even talked about jewelry yet!

This is the kind of clothes that once you find them, you can wear like forever. Summer or winter (that Armani jacket) – casual or dressy. You’ll wear this out, is what you’ll do.

This treasure can be found – until it’s grabbed up anyway – at Buxom Babes Vintage – I mean, even the name is great! Lindsay, the shop owner, has a great eye for detail and good pics. Go shopping, you’ll thank me!

Seriously? this should be your dress!

P.S. I almost forgot to mention. This dress is on sale (only $38.00!) because of a flaw at the back hem, which Lindsay is very up front about – and which in the pics, I cannot even see. Totally worth investigating, and fixing up, or ignoring (because no one will probably notice). But Lindsay was sure to mention it – and that to me is a sign of a good (reliable and smart) online seller!

Vintage white summer dress

I was looking around for a pink sundress. But then I saw this totally adorable white summer A-line, and my brain just went, Okay. Yes.

vintage white summer A-line dress

This is a dress you add some shoes (high heel sandals maybe, or flipflops, or if you have to wear Real shoes, some pink Mary Janes). Earrings of course (I’m biased) – bright pink or green? A stack of bangles too, because I love them. And go. You’re dressed. You could wear this anywhere, work, play, church, shopping, meet the girls, meet the boys. And you’ll look fabulous.

I found this sweet frock at Rogue Girl Vintage on Etsy. I have to tell you, they’ve got some serious chops. Great items, clear and helpful pics, and they give the relevant info that you absolutely need when you’re shopping online.

Summer dresses. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Go peek, you’ll thank me 🙂

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 Blue Party Dress

Now this dress is hot! And I don’t just mean that it’s a summer dress – it’s a year round Wowza dress, is what it is.

vintage blue maxi dress

Look at that detailing! The waist detail, the draping, the spaghetti straps. The sexy slit. The wow factor.

This would feel fabulous – and look fabulous – and it would be easy to wear! Add some earrings, a jazzy necklace if you want, and some great shoes. Or go barefoot. Or wear it with flipflops for casual but glam.

You NEED this party dress. It’s available (as of this writing!) from Sailor Plus Vintage on Etsy. Paige, the curator, has some great finds there (I love the hawaiian print dress!) – and she gives clear, accurate pics and detail – you know how important that is when you’re buying online.

Go shopping. You’ll love it and you’ll thank me.

I mean – Wow!

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 Mod Mini Dress

This minidress is so much fun! Very mod, very 60s – very red. And it totally works 🙂

vintage mod mini dress

You could wear this just as shown – casual sandals, red lipstick, and out the door. Or take tease that hair into a beehive (I’m absolutely seeing a 60s do with this). Or pair it with black tights and it’ll be warm for winter as well as cool 🙂

This is what vintage ought to be – wearable and smart but also fun and sassy. I found this fab dress at Psychedelic Pinup on Etsy. Even the name is funky and fun! Esther, the curator / owner, has clear, informative pics and you know how important that is when you’re buying online. And she’s got some terrific finds – vintage lingerie, party dresses, and even a Sale section! And her items are separated by size – so you can find things that will fit YOU.

Go check her shop – you’re going to 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.