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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dressing in Vintage for The Holidays

I don't know if I've ever mentioned that I really enjoy vintage clothing. The draw for me is unique pieces that are simply made better. I find the construction, fabric, and details are all superior to what I can find in any retail store for equal price. The key here is same price. Sure I can spend hundreds of dollars for a quality dress, but how about a price range of say, $36 - $80? It's not so easy. So if you haven't bought a dress yet or can't find what you're looking for you might want to try vintage.

I picked up this dress over the weekend at Hot Couture Vintage Fashion in Santa Rosa. I bought the dress above to wear specifically for the holidays. It's from the 1960's and was made by the label Carlye. The Carlye Dress Corporation was a junior label created in 1938 according to the Vintage Fashion Guild.

Here's a closeup of some of the dresses' details. I think my favorite part about the dress is how the velvet wraps around the back of the shoulders. The dress is wool and fully lined.

Here's another vintage dress I wore for a Christmas party held at the Dunsmuir mansion. The theme was Great Gatsby. The dress I'm wearing above was my Great Grandmother's engagement dress. As you can see, my husband didn't dress in 1920's attire much to my dismay.

Anyone else wearing vintage for the holidays? What's your favorite brand or era?


Michelle L. said...

Love both of these. Your Gatsby dress - wow what a cool history, so amazing you have it. You and hubs look adorbs. It's so true, some of the vintage clothes have details you would never find now, even on the priciest things.

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

What a lovely dress!!!
hugs from Brazil

Anonymous said...

im 11 and im wearing a skirt a bought in a vintage fashion fair a while ago

soknitpicky said...

I like both dresses, but the one you wore to the Gatsby party is extra special, especially since it is a family heirloom! Personally, I'm a fan of the Mad Men era look :-)

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