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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part VI Special Occasion Dresses

1970s maxi dress

There are many ways to incorporate vintage dresses into a modern-day wardrobe. Vintage day dresses are in abundance in stores and online. A-line, shift, shirtwaist, drop waist, pencil skirt, or swing skirt dresses in cotton, wool, rayon, or polyester fabrics, solids and patterns, the choices from past decades are vast.

I don’t wear dresses generally and usually pass over vintage day dresses although I appreciate them. I gravitate heavily toward special occasion and statement dresses. This has been my chosen method for incorporating vintage dresses into my wardrobe. I also lean toward maxi dresses. The longer it is, the better fit for my aesthetic.

Such as this vintage maxi dress that always puts me in a happy mood when I wear it. I love the embroidered flowers and lace trim.

1960s handmade cocktail dress

I found this gorgeous handmade 1960s cocktail dress in a Vermont antique store for $16. I love the butterfly pattern in black, cream, and red. It’s a heavy upholstery material that forms to the body and kicks out at the bottom. The red lining is a nice touch.

Vintage and thrift shops are packed with affordable sequin party dresses such as this black one. I like the sheer sleeves and flapper style hemline.

Vintage sequin dress
Vintage black and gold satin gown

One of my earliest vintage finds is this black and gold satin gown that I found in a vintage shop in Portland, OR in 1999. It has slits up both sides and zips up the back. I’ll never part with it.

1960s silver dress

Another 1960s vintage dress is this silver one I bought a few years ago in Las Vegas for $24. It’s a little big but I’ve chosen not to alter is at this time. Its loose fit makes it a bit more casual.

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