She Loves Vintage


One of the most amazing sartorial feelings has to be when you slip into a vintage dress and it fits like a glove. Heck, it's an amazing feeling when you slip into any dress and it fits perfectly. We might have more clothing options these days, but no matter what your size is, buying a size at a shop today (versus the custom fit creations of yesteryear) means buying something that fits you ok. It's a tradeoff for our modern privilege of walking into a store and having hundreds of options; back in the day the selection was more limited and closets were smaller. You might not have many clothes but they were almost always made for you; not by a generic size range, but specific to your measurements. Not just the measurements of your bust and waist, but every inch in between and sleeves measured to your wrists, shoulders measured, etc! To be petite and a vintage fashion enthusiast almost automatically means to know how to sew or the name of a good tailor because clothes so rarely fit off the rack. People assume as a petite person I'm usually altering hems of dresses, but actually it's the torsos that usually are my biggest problem area--waistlines hit closer to my hips and shoulder seams dangle down towards my elbows. I know it's not a "me" or even a petite problem, it's the way clothes are made these days, but it also means when you find something that fits wonderfully it's a revelation. That's how it felt when I slipped into this little vintage dress from So Loves Vintage. It's even more remarkable to find a vintage dress that fits so perfectly since you can't try the same dress in several sizes--trying on vintage is a take it or leave it moment, either it works (or can be made to work which is why a good tailor is essential!) or you leave it behind and wonder if you'll ever find something like it again. But this dress, this dress feels made for me. Perfect in cut, color and the fit; as if someone had painstakingly taken every measurement and fit the garment to my body's every quirk. It's the sort of special find that keeps me addicted to vintage. This dress fits my 50s leanings, but there's so many other tempting pieces in the So Loves shop right now--my favorites are this perfect crochet dress ala Jane Birkin and this embroidered blouse that looks ripped from the high street stores (instead it's vice versa). I don't think they would be the perfect fit for me, but for someone out there they could be a revelation...


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11 comments:

  1. It always feels so perfect when you find a piece that fits you well! I'm really small and can never find fitting items - I totally understand. Really cute bag, too!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. Definitely agree, it's the best feeling! Love the dress and these photos, that first shot is absolute goals <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

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  3. Your dress is so amazing, and what a beautiful place to take photos
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  4. What a gorgeous outfit and great photos!
    I'm also petite and I have the same problem as you regarding waistlines, as well as things like arm holes and bust darts being too low. Your outfits on the blog always look like they fit really well - do you get everything tailored, or do you have any recommendations for brands that tend to fit well on a shorter person?
    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Gee! Some brands do fit a bit better/have petite lines--like at ASOS I usually go for the petite option and I find Modcloth usually fits my petite frame really well. But I also do a lot of tailoring, either sloppily myself (looks ok on but a disaster inside the dress!) or my mother-in-law is actually a brilliant seamstress and she helps me often too. She has the opposite problem, she's a very tall lady and has learned to tailor to let down hems and things for herself!

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    2. Thanks! I think it's about time I learned some basic tailoring skills :)

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  5. These pictures are just so lovely! The only word I am use to describe them is romantic. Love them! And I love your vintage dress!

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  6. Wow that dress is adorable Rebecca!!

    I know the feeling with sizes... My main problem is finding pants that fit me. I'm kind of a regular size in nowadays fashion, but as the legs fit perfectly, the waist area is always way too lose and that results in me having to pull up my pants every 10 minutes. It's so annoying! I don't know if I'm alone in this or what, but I wish I finally found a pair of jeans that fit me like a glove.

    http://www.dangerouslyme.com/

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  7. Oh my gosh what a beautiful dress! It suits you so perfectly, and you couldn't have picked a better back drop.

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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  8. It is as if you live in the Jane Austen era. So romantic!!

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