Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Undeniably Beautiful Vintage Frocks

Ahh, the feel and look when slipping into a vintage ensemble - so rich and romantic. It's interesting to imagine how the women before us styled the outfit themselves and how designers even came about their collections to begin with. Aside from the imaginary fantasies, sporting a timeless frock is a definite way to stand out in the middle of a mass of people in otherwise ready-to-wear pieces. This year, let's go back in time and raid those old closets and unique vintage shops to snag an old dress and take it for a new spin in a new era.

Take a look at the following options below for some inspiration and start channeling your inner vintage persona - whether it be a mod Twiggy, a quirky, yet sophisticated Lucille Ball, or an ever-so-elegant Grace Kelly.

 Biba '70s Seductive Low-Cut Plunge Billow-Sleeves Gown in
 Black, $1,200, available at Timeless Vixen on 1stdibs.
Krizia '80s Leopard Face Angora Sweater Dress in Cream, $460, available at eBay.

Valentino Butterfly Print Silk Evening Gown, $795, available at The Way We Wore on 1stdibs.

'40s Silk Floral Day Dress with Cutouts, $375, available at Shrimpton Couture on 1stdibs.

Halston '70s Sequined Mermaid Gown in Seafoam Green, $4,500, 
available at The Way We Wore on 1stdibs.

Oscar de la Renta '70s Metallic Silk Beaded Dress, $700, available at Thrifted Modern on 1stdibs.

Averardo Bessi '80s Silk Dress, $899, available at Helpers House of Couture on 1stdibs.

Halston '70s Crepe Grecian Dress with Cape in Nude, $4,500, 
available at The Way We Wore on 1stdibs.

Can you tell that most of these pieces are seen in fashion today? It's amazing how designers nowadays are heavily influenced by creations of the past, and simply make minor alterations to keep the style modern and fresh. Happy shopping!