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Old is Gold - Vintage Wear for Women

Updated on May 14, 2015

Remember that old lace that your mom has saved from an older dress that your grand mom used to wear when she was a young girl? That's what's called vintage. Actually it would also be a family heirloom in this case.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have parents and grandparents who were really careful with their stuff and have passed them on to us. Thankfully there are enough women in the world who have been and if you want something unique and vintage to wear at a special occasion you can pick it up quite easily.

There are special shops which deal with vintage wear and of course if you don't have one in your neighborhood you can easily pick up something as you shop online. One great place to pick up good vintage woman's wear online is Etsy. 

Vintage Dresses

Of course Etsy is not the only place to pick up vintage dresses and accessories. You can get quite a collection on ebay and amazon as well.

Just to illustrate that point I'm going to pick up a few vintage products that are currently on offer on Amazon and showcase them on this hub.

Spaghetti straps and halters - vintage dresses have some of the most adventurous necklines. You can even go all Victorian with lace and ruffles on the neck.

Black and white era of the movies may not always be emulated best in those dull colors. Red and shimmery is also a way to go. this many layered dress is also great if set off with some floral headgear.

Vintage Handbags

There is a natural tendency to think that vintage will be expensive. This is thankfully not true. You can have a number of accessories that look great and fit your budget.

For that old world charm to seep through nothing beats a vintage handbag. Beads and sequins on a vintage handbag look decorate on a plain chiffon dress.

A carpet bag with its unique woven print will look good for a casual outing to the mall. It teams up well with a pair of light colored slacks.

The weave pleated purse screams special occasion. You can tote this around to that annual event you want all the other women to turn and stare.

For the butterfly pattern clasp purse a prom outing would be ideal. The shoulder chain makes it easy to carry and it will complement any young girl's first formal outing beautifully.

Vintage Scarves

A simple accessory that can change the look of the dress that you have on is the scarf. And if it's a vintage one just imagine the possibilities.

A scarf trimmed with antique lace makes you feel special no matter what else you wear with it.

the soft touch of a fringe scarf will also make your neck feel enclosed in a warmth that you will cherish.

Who says a vintage scarf must stay in the neck? Make it into a bandanna and flaunt your fashion power

Vintage Sunglasses

Nothing says vintage more than a pair of retro style sunglasses.Over sized lenses that cover up a large portion of the face like actresses of yester-yore.

Still a set of red rimmed sunglasses would sure look good with a matching red and black retro outfit. Just imagine that red jacket trimmed with black lace along with this pair.

Looking for more color go with the blue. The seemingly square lenses give your glamor quotient a high score.

Vintage Jewelry

No dress or outfit is complete without the ultimate accessory - the jewelry. So what if you have tons of it in your box, a few more baubles can always be made welcome.

The delicate Filgree work in brass seems to be from another world. It looks like a beautiful butterfly that has set itself down for a rest before it flies away again.

Pearls go well with the vintage theme. A bracelet will surely complete a vintage look outfit. You can even use it to dress up a plain jane dress.

The single tear shaped pendant in the low neckline can be quite eyecatching as well. Or perhaps you would prefer the more intricate and colorful floral patterns in your necklace.


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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Thank you GmaGoldie hope you will share your halter photo with us!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Love, love vintage. Great title, great article. You are right - "old is gold". Thank you for the enjoyable article. My favorite is everything - the glasses, the jewelry and the hand bags. They say I cannot wear the halter dress - if you wore the trend once in your lifetime so I will forgo the halter dress. I should dig up my vintage photo wear my favorite white halter dress!

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I know! i just saw I got 0.63 cents as the fee....I'm over the moon!!!:)Thank you for buying it!

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I ordered the beautiful green necklace -= it arrived and is awesome!!!! I am so thrilled that little old (and I do mean old) me had the honor of being your first sale.

      Good for us!

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      If you do vocal coach it will be my first amazon sale! LOL

      Seriously I love it too.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I am ordering the vintage dragonfly green necklace above. It is beautiful. Great hub. Thank you so much. Thumbs up!

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      Good Point Rosemary! I clean forgot the tags on this one. Have added a few now

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Why so few tags? How will you get traffic?

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      cashmere 6 years ago from India

      I have my maternal grandmom's saree and I wear it only on very special occasions.

      Although I did pick up a beautiful embroidered dress that was vintage as well.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      I love Vintage Jewelry, I am lucky to have a few pieces that belonged to my grandmother, my favourite one is her engagement ring, wearing it is very meaningful for me.