Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

All the money you saved from back to school sales can now be spent on your own back to school shopping…well back to OLD school shopping that is.

 Nothing gets me more excited than a one of a kind 1950s vintage dress or skirt that fits like it was made for me. Why do vintage clothes always fit so well? Not to mention the feeling I get as I am transported back into time as Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy in these items. Each piece having a unique story to tell of what life was like back then- I  LOVE it and consider it to be a big part of my personal style.

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Fashion trends always seem to cycle through every era over and over again- so why not go for the real deal and pair it with something modern? Your grandmother’s closet just may be the new trendy place to look these days as the love for vintage clothing has picked up remarkably in the past decade- sometimes it’s hard to tell what is new and what is old!

I mean, can you tell me what is old school and what is not old school in this outfit?

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

How did you do?

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

How about this one?

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

I decided to ask a vintage clothing expert Nancy Zurcher, collector and owner  of vintage a clothing shop called In Retrospect,  to answer some of my questions about vintage shopping. Looking around her store, I was mesmorized by the color, patterns, and textures that seemed to go on forever. Each piece with it’s unique story and snapshot of history- I could have been browsing for hours!

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Interested in adding more vintage clothing to your wardrobe?

Here are a few tips I recommend:

1. Don’t go by listed sized. You will be wondering if you had too many cheeseburgers this summer if you do that. Nancy informed me that a size 16 back then is more like a size 10 now- (it must make us feel better) so, trying on  pieces in person is the best way to see if it fits. But remember you can always alter if needed- don’t let the wrong size stop you from buying a perfect piece!

2. Check for authenticity. You can check for authenticity by looking at the tag if is still intact. You will notice a union tag or a “Made in the USA” or even the city it was made in. I love looking at the tags for they are also little unique pieces of art. Another way to check authenticity is by the fabric which has more natural fibers. You will also notice a lot of  metal zippers that they used  back then.  They don’t make clothes like they used – it’s no wonder they are still around 50+ years later!

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

3. If you notice a musky smell: Nancy  mentioned hanging your items out in the sun for a day to rid of the smell (don’t leave it out longer than that so they don’t fade) or take it to your dry cleaner and see what they can do for you. I also have heard of placing the item in a bag with orange peels and baking soda- haven’t tried that myself yet but will let you know if it works!

4. Take time to dig around. Some of my favorite finds have been on the way out of the store and I just so happened to see something hiding behind another piece of clothing. Also, look in places like estate sales, yard sales, thrift stores, and on-line. I love raiding my grandmother’s closet as she graciously lets me wear her clothing and accessories- thank you grams!

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

5. Say YES to impulse shopping. You read right. This is my favorite tip… each item is a one of a kind and you just may never find it again so- if you love something…look for loose change in between the couch, sell things on ebay, have a garage sale, or a lemonade stand even to pay for it… but GET IT! There have been times I have passed on something and later wanted to buy it and it was gone!

Tips For Dressing in old style vintage

Now that you know how to shop for these items…how do you wear them?

Coming up soon- I will be showing you just exactly how I like to add vintage items into my wardrobe. Stay tuned for part 2.

How many of you are ready to go Back to OLD SCHOOL?

xo
Find me and  more style tips at trulymodlydeeply.com 
Tips For Dressing in old style vintage
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  1. August 17th, 2012 at 8:44 am
    Shay says:
    Love the outfits! Where did you get your new shirts? They are so cute!
    • August 17th, 2012 at 10:23 am
      Cristi says:
      My husband got them for me and I want to say he brought them both home from a trip to china? So not very much help- sorry about that. I'll let you know if I ever see any of them around!
  2. August 17th, 2012 at 9:38 am
    Caley says:
    Cristi, I love everything about this post! Your outfits, your tips, your photos! You're adorable! I'm so happy that vintage is coming back in....can't wait to incorporate these looks into my wardrobe. What are some staple vintage pieces I should hunt down first?
    • August 17th, 2012 at 10:27 am
      Cristi says:
      Thanks Caley-
      That is a hard question... I would say something that you wear a lot of. I love skirts- because they always seem to fit best and are easy to tailor- so I always look there first... but I have seen some amazing dresses, and jackets, and jewelry... hats... so many great things- I think just browsing and seeing what stands out to you will tell you what you are drawn to!
  3. August 17th, 2012 at 11:32 am
    Heather Lynne says:
    These pictures of you are adorable!!! :)
  4. August 17th, 2012 at 5:42 pm
    Missy says:
    I agree with the comments above - love these photos - it makes me feel like I am shopping right along with you - which I would love to do, btw.
    great post!
  5. August 18th, 2012 at 8:40 am
    Adavis says:
    Love this Cristi! When can I go vintage shopping with you??? :) this post is so helpful because I have a hard time mixing olds & news, yet I love vintage!!
  6. August 18th, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    Alison says:
    You are cute Cristi!
  7. August 19th, 2012 at 8:17 pm
    ashley says:
    Love this Cristi. Wish I could have gone shopping with you. Love all your new finds.
  8. August 20th, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    Nancy Zurcher says:
    Cristi, thank you for the mention and pictures in this article. It's a great article. Nancy Zurcher, In Retrospect
  9. August 21st, 2012 at 11:12 am
    Kim Baker says:
    Where did you get the tees with the cute collars?
    Couldn't find it on your post. All super cute!!
    Kim
  10. August 21st, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    darlene says:
    I think you were born in the wrong era Cristi! You can pull all of those off so well! I love the outfits and I love how you put in a modern twist!
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