I adore vintage clothing but I've always had a difficult time finding pieces that fit me, so I don't have much of it in my closet. I'm of average weight and only slightly taller than average height (at least for a 2010 woman) but whenever I find vintage clothing or shoes at estate sales it seems to all be for short ladies with teeny-tiny waists and little bitty feet. I suspect the tiny waist issue is girdle-related, but the length and shoe size is frustrating.
I was so excited when I found this great dress with a "tall" label because I thought it might actually have a chance of fitting me, and even more thrilled when it actually did! The sleeves were long enough and I didn't even have to wear a girdle for the waist to fit. And the best part--it was only $12! The one drawback was that it was missing all of the buttons.
Replacing the buttons? Probably not going to be an issue.
I used some pretty red glass vintage buttons down the front and a pair of large decorative red plastic buttons on the sleeve detail. The dress was missing its original belt or sash, so I found a cute skinny red belt to match the buttons. I wore it with bright red lipstick, a pair of red patent leather peep-toe pumps, and a foofy underskirt. Add a string of pearls and one of my vintage apron collection, and I'm all ready to welcome The Beav home from school with a plate of freshly baked cookies.
I do need to find a bigger crinoline; the skirt has yards of fabric and could definitely support an extra layer of poof. I'm not sure if I can buy one locally--do any of my vintage-wearing readers know of a good online source?