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March 29, 2014

Old New House: Vintage Clothing

I recently learned that Old New House has launched their vintage clothing collection!  I  have a penchant for dress silhouettes from the 1950s and 1960s.  The nipped in waists, fitted bodices, and wider skirts are perfect for my pear shape.  In the summer I wear dresses non-stop, partly because they look cute, partly because they feel great when it's sweltering, but mostly because I like to take a holiday from matching tops and bottoms.  I'm drawn to the vintage dresses at Old New House like a moth to a flame. 

For attending a summer wedding, this 1950s blush pink dress would be so pretty.  I'd pair it with hot pink heels and a slightly messy updo to balance the primness. 

Along with my dress obsession, I am a shrug fanatic.  Erica can attest to this.  I know, shrugs seem so dated and weird (Why are they cropped? To what end?), but I love them over a dress.  A longer cardigan can look dowdy on me, but a cropped one is just enough to add a little warmth on cooler spring and fall days/nights.  If this wasn't a size small, I'd be all over this cropped lambswool sweater

This 1960s dress has a gloriously bright pattern and really simple shape.  It's really loose, and you just belt it.  I think Jessica Day would pair this with black tights, black flats and a cute little cardigan.  A shrug maybe.  I hate tights, so I love it for summer with candy-coloured flats.

I can't believe something so classic and chic as this sequined LBD came out of the 80s (bonus: it's only $55).

Now this may seem a little off the beaten path, but my wedding dress was French black lace and apricot silk, so I totally see this 1950s black gown as a perfect wedding dress.  There is a white, vintage 1960s wedding dress for sale too, but I appreciate non-white wedding dresses. 

These are just my favorite pieces, but you can check out Old New House for more (or visit their Etsy shop) from vintage fur coats to business casual pieces.  And plenty more dresses!

This post was sponsored by Old New House, but all words and editorial decisions are my own.


  1. I think blush pink dress would look beautiful on you- the cut and colour is simply perfect.

    1. Thanks, you're making me blush (lol). It's so pretty, isn't it? Dresses from that era just had such thoughtful details and elegant lines.

  2. I can't pass a shrug and NOT think of you. xo

    1. See how perfect that is, though? I'm often on your mind!
      Maybe I'll make you go shrug shopping when you're here, lol.

    2. I'm totally down for shrug shopping. When you come back to the US, there's a place I have to take you to that's basically a warehouse of dresses and shrugs. It's heaven.


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