Vintage dresses are all the rage on the red carpet these days with the A-listers. The problem with vintage though is that it takes a great deal of personal charisma and the hoopla and expectation that surrounds a red carpet event to really pull something like this off – not to mention, the skills of a personal dress fitter. There’s just one more problem to buying vintage and making like your favorite Hollywood star at a red carpet event though: vintage women’s dresses were sized for the woman of the 50s. That means that they were sized for women who were shorter and a couple sizes smaller than today’s average woman. If you are buying vintage dresses without trying them on because you have to buy online, you want to make sure that you buy at least two sizes up just to be on the safe side.
Buying vintage can make anyone feel particularly grand. Vintage stands for the days when Paris fashion was at its best with the grand names of French fashion – Chanel, Yves St. Laurent and Gucci, taking the world by storm. But there are other more practical benefits to going vintage maxi dress. To begin with, as many vintage dresses as you shop for, you are helping save the environment by creating less demand for new dresses. And then of course there is the fashion benefit to it – wear vintage dresses anywhere, and you’re completely unlikely to find someone else wearing what you’re wearing.
Vintage dresses are not always available on the cheap either. And this could be a good thing. If you could raid your grandma’s old chest, you could conceivably find a couple of pieces that could be worth thousands. And a way to turn a vintage ensemble completely unique would be to accessorize it with modern belts, caps and jewelry. But not everything is just peachy as it sounds with the vintage movement. To begin with, it’s difficult to find real bargains in vintage dresses anymore. Celebrities and collectors are always on the prowl looking for great bargains and most of the best ones are already taken.
And of course, the term ‘vintage’ is so fashionable now, that stores will mark just about anything as an example of the era. You do need to know where to go to find the kind of deals you need to make vintage work for you. In London for instance, vintage is a real movement and you can find fairs and great colorful events dedicated to fashion of the era. These fairs are so significant that you’ll find shoppers here from all over the world. Buying online, try Etsy, Rusty Zipper and Posh Girl Vintage. It’s all about finding enough pieces to put your unforgettable ensemble together. If you are aiming vintage, you probably are on the right track already.