13 June 2012

The Ones That Stayed

I love seeing sneak peaks into the closets of other vintage sellers. What do they keep for themselves? I often find myself asking. I also frequently get comments from friends, acquaintances, and strangers about what must live in my own closet. Unfortunately for me (or fortunately for my buyers) my own personal collection has dwindled instead of grown since I became a seller. Twice a  year I clean out my closet and many of my personal finds end up in the shop like these ones here or here.  And when I do find something in my size now I often list it rather than keeping it for myself.  What I do tend to keep is vintage that's too damaged for me to feel comfortable listing in my shop but these lovelies  sit around in piles waiting for the repairs necessary to make them functionally wearable.

Recently, Maria of Adelaide's Homesewn shared a gorgeous dressing gown that she couldn't stand to part with which inspired me to share a few things from my closet. You see, at some point around 30 weeks I had a pregnancy-induced meltdown in which I wanted to burn every Liz Lang maternity tank in my closet, but alas I would have no clothes that fit me if I did that. I missed my vintage desperately so I consoled myself with shopping for some post-maternity clothes.  I decided to treat myself!

Now the tricky part of this whole treating myself endeavor is that I have no clue if or when I'll actually be able to wear any of these lovelies. Who can predict how pregnancy will change the shape and design of your body? But hopefully sooner rather than later these will appear on me and in some outfit posts. Fingers crossed, y'all.

Don't tell the other finds, but this one is my favorite. Hello, 1960s gorgeousness! Those colors, that pattern, the cut! It measures a bit larger than my old size, so maybe!

This is a Swirl dress which were these awesome wrap dresses which were typically used as house dresses. Swirls tend to be very popular now and you can tell why! They tend to have lovely prints and are easy to wear. Since it's adjustable (it closes with the belt) I'm guessing this one will be a win!

This lovely dress is by Jeanette Alexander. I love the print! And the cut of the dress! But I'm not sure if this will work since this cut has never been really flattering on me before. Having slightly wider hips is always a bit awkward with these.

 My husband cringed when he saw this and told me it looked "too vintage." Whatever. It's stunning. It's one of the few reasons I won't mind when it becomes bitterly cold here for 8 months of the year.

And finally, this 1970s wrap skirt. Wrap = flexible fit right?  One of my favorite things about this skirt, you know beyond the obvious, is that someone added little pieces of velcro down the front. Clearly at some point this skirt was responsible for an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction.


Beth Staples said...

I want every last one of these. Now searching for swirl dresses on Etsy!

Aimée - Vint Condition said...

Beth! I think you have a thing for Swirl dresses! If I recall correctly, you liked this one I sold in the shop: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/56807679?transaction_id=56807679

After I sold that one I felt sad about it, so I made certain to quickly put this one in my own closet before I was tempted to sell it too.

Teresa said...

That Swirl dress definitely should win! Black florals are always a fave of mine and hello! Swirl! :)

Karen/Small Earth Vintage said...

Oh, that Swirl dress--I love a floral-on-black dress! And the print on the Jeanette Alexander is amazing. I recently cleaned my closet out pretty viciously (it was long overdue); I might have to copy this post!

Aimée - Vint Condition said...

That Swirl dress won't be leaving me anytime soon. I can't wait to wear it and I'll be getting a new pair of red ballet flats just for the occasion.

I still have to clean out my summer clothes that are in storage, so I'm sure I'll find more things for the shop and things I packed away and forgot about already. Exciting!

And Karen, feel free to copy away! This post was a lot of fun to put together.