It’s the second to last day of my spring 10×10 style challenge, and today I’m sharing another casual look. As I mentioned last week, Thursday’s are all about comfort and ease for me, and today was no exception. Even though this outfit is comprised of very basic pieces, I love the classic feel it has. It’s the kind of thing that is definitely laid back, but still has a touch of elegance. I have to admit I did find myself itching to wear a different top then those I chose for my challenge, but I stuck with it, and I’m happy with the result. Plus it’s just one more day until I get to play around with every piece in my closet!
Something about the holiday season always reminds me of my love of vintage clothing styles. Maybe it’s occasions to dress up, watching It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, or listening to crooners sing Christmas tunes, but whatever it is, in December I fall in love with vintage all over again. Today I’m sharing a video full of information on where I shop for vintage, how I know how old the pieces are, and how I incorporate vintage into my minimal closet. You may want to brew yourself some tea or coffee because I’m pretty sure this is the longest video ever to grace my YouTube channel, but I hope you will enjoy it and find it helpful!
Let’s talk vintage!
Hi friends! My apologies for the unintended hiatus I took this past week! Posting will resume as normal this coming week, so do not fear! The reason for my little blogging break was that I decided to put some work into reopening my Etsy shop. I was feeling inspired to create some fun colorful vintage inspired items, so I spent a lot of time working on products I could post to my shop over the last week. I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you today!
So far I’ve listed a lot of embroidery pieces and cup cozies. The cup cozies are inspired by retro dresses, and I’m calling the line Mod Mugs. 😉
I’d love to hear your feedback, and would also love if you would check out Flower Child Shoppe on Etsy! I’ll be updating a lot of the shop information over the next couple of days.
I love to add touches of vintage to my outfits. Be it a garment or accessory, there is something magical about vintage pieces. They have a story and a history and they can be down right fun. When I discuss vintage clothing with friends, they often ask where I find my pieces, and how I know they are vintage. Today, I’m answering those questions by sharing some of my favorite tips and resources for finding vintage clothing at the thrift shop!
Thrift shopping is like treasure hunting- you never know what you will find. Sometimes I have great luck with finding vintage, and other times not as much. This leads me to my first tip:
1. Go to your local thrift shops regularly.
Find out what thrift shops are in your area (thriftshopper.com is great for this!) and go often! I tend to thrift about once a month, but know thrifters who go once a week! Thrift shops are constantly receiving donations that make their way into the store, so the more you go, the better chance you have of finding vintage pieces!
So now that you know where your local thrift shops are, how do you know if a piece is vintage or not? Bring on the next point!
2. Learn about silhouettes from the past 100 years!
This might seem a little daunting, but trust me, it’s simple! Just do some Google searches to find the most popular silhouettes from the various decades. This will give you a better idea of what to look for. For example: after you learn that dresses in the 1950s often had fitted bodices, tiny waists, and very full skirt, when you find a dress that matches that description, you will know to examine it further.
3. It’s all about the label! (and the zipper.)
When I first started to hunt for vintage, the first tip I ever received was to look at the label. Why? To see how it was attached. Today and in recent years, labels are generally sewn in with neat sewing machine stitches across the top of the label. However, in the 1960s and before, labels were neatly tacked in at the four corners with small hand done stitches! This little tip helped me find my first ever vintage piece- a 1940s era cardigan! After you’ve found a hand sewn label, jump on over to the label resource at the Vintage Fashion Guild! This super helpful site will help you date popular vintage brands by the label! I use it all the time!
One other good way to date a piece of clothing is to look at the zipper. After the 1970s, plastic zippers were the norm. From the 1930s-1970s, however, metal zippers were common. You will know a vintage metal zipper when you see one. They are much thicker and sturdier than what we are accustomed to today. One more thing- if the gorgeous dress you found fastens with little hooks and eyes, then it could be your lucky day! Garments that fasten in this method typically pre-date the 1930s!
4. Keep it real.
The bottom line is, as much as we all want to find a flawless 1920s flapper dress in the corner of Goodwill for $5, that probably won’t happen. Vintage clothing is becoming more difficult to find, but there are still some treasures out there! Do it for the love of the pieces and the past! With this mentality, even your smallest finds can become beloved treasures.
I put up a load of new things in the shop today, several of which remind me of Beatrix Potter. Have any of you seen the film Miss Potter? It is one of my favorites (Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor are perfect) and this dotted Swiss blouse reminds me of several of Beatrix’s outfits. I love the Edwardian style of a long high-waisted skirt and airy cotton blouse.
I finally got around to getting some of my paintings printed as note cards. Reading Beatrix Potter’s books as a child (and an adult- who am I kidding?) inspired me to pick up a brush and dabble in water colors in the first place, so now that some of my paintings are printed, I can’t help but think of her.
Do check out the shop if you are interested!