- 5 years ago
I knew I wanted a vintage wedding dress. The only trouble was that there was no way to try them on before purchasing, as I don’t live near any shops that sell them. The solution was a little insane — I decided to buy online (pretty much the easiest way to buy vintage) BUT only buy dresses that cost under 100 dollars. My idea was to buy one from every decade of the 20th century, and in each style, to see what I liked, and resell them afterwards. I didn’t quite manage — I never found a good 20s or 30s, and the 40s one I found fell apart when I put it on. Also because I got a little obsessed with the 1960s. (I know that the 1950s are the current trending favorite, but I find the vibe too demure and little-woman-ish for me.)
One big problem I had was that I’m quite tall, so dresses that were supposed to be floor length were tea-length for me — especially because ladies used to be a lot smaller 100 years ago!
Dress 1 — Edwardian. A an ethereal, gorgeous dress with amazing pin tucks all over. It turns out that cotton is infinitely stronger than silk, so this dress is strong and wearable despite being from 1914! So sad that it was too short for me.
Dress 2 — Early 60s
Dress 3 — Late 60s. I just love this. Unfortunately too short, I think.
Dress 4 — 1970s. This is a lovely high-quality cotton dress covered in embroidery, from Bianchi:
Dress 5 — I’m not sure about the era, but this was my favorite for a long time. I just loved the pearls all over the bodice, the loose sleeves, the unusual lace. I think the lining needs to be changed out, however, as it’s not as long as the organza over it.
Wouldn’t you know it — when I least expected it, I found THE DRESS. It’s flamenco! Ironically, not on line after all, but while minding my own business, out walking past a vintage shop in Berlin. I have not yet ironed it yet, and please excuse the visible bra strap. Also, I’ll need to take it in a bit, make some small repairs, and decide on a sash color. Otherwise, this dress makes me feel pure joy! I can’t wait to dance for happiness in it. (I’ve cut out my face on this one, so as not to completely ruin surprise should someone I know happen upon the thread..)