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Summer Vintage Wardrobe Essentials – Dresses

I can’t believe summer is almost here! It’s my favorite season because I am always cold and the heat of the summer is perfect for me. Plus I LOVE wearing dresses and skirts in the summer. I’ve been looking forward to adding summery clothes to my wardrobe and I came up with this list of my favorite vintage style summer dresses and where to find them. A lot of vintage reproduction stores now have their summer lines out so its the perfect time to do some summer wardrobe shopping!

The first selection of dresses I am going to show you is from Unique Vintage. I get a lot of my clothes from here, and they sell from multiple brands, so its a good place to look. I love sleeveless or short sleeve shirt dresses for summer and Unique Vintage has several that I really love. Banned Yellow & Pink Beach Parasol Print Cotton Button Up Dress (pictured left), Light Blue & Blooming Floral Print Button Up Swing Dress (pictured center) and

Summer is a great time to wear spaghetti strap or halter top dresses. Having no sleeves will help keep you cool in those hot summer months. I don’t know why but Gingham dresses just scream summer picnics to me, like this Red & White Gingham Retro Picnic Sundress (pictured left). Polka dot dresses are another thing I attribute to summer and this Vintage Style Red & White Polka Dot Cotton Flare Dress (pictured center) is so cute and comfortable, I have the same dress in white with black Polka Dots you may have seen on one of my previous outfit of the day posts. This next dress is one I have been coveting since I first saw it a few weeks ago Retro Style Ice Cream Print Jade Sleeveless Swing Dress by Collectif (pictured right), they also make a skirt in this same print if you’d rather have that. Unique Vintage has many great dresses for summer besides the one I showed you here check out their website for more.

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Unique Vintage

The next website that I choose to show you summer dresses from is Lindy Bop. I like Lindy Bop because most of their dresses are less than $50 and are great for us vintage gals on a budget. For some reason this summer I am really in to flamingos and Lindy Bop has this adorable ‘Nadia’ Pink Flamingo Stripe Print Cotton Swing Dress (pictured left). ‘Honor’ White Quaint Floral Border Print Swing Dress (pictured center). ‘Corinna’ Blue Chambray Tropical Embroidered Swing Dress (pictured right).

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Lindy Bop

If you have a little extra money to spend on your wardobe, Pinup Girl Clothing has some great quality dresses from great vintage reproduction designers like Laura Byrnes. Pinup I really love the Pinup Couture Edie Dress in Palm Print (pictured left) I have a skirt with this same exact print. I love dresses that have the cut out in the stomach area and the Dapper Day for Couture For Every Body Renee Dress in Flag Print (pictured center) has that! Sarong dresses are some of my favorite vintage style dresses for summer and the Bali H’ai Dress in Hawaiian Honeymoon by Charles Phoenix (pictured right) is perfect for a Tiki party.

Disclaimer: All pictures above belong to Pinup Girl Clothing

All these websites provide so many more great options for summer dresses. Be sure to check them out and let me know what your favorite vintage and vintage reproduction dresses for summer are!

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Vintage Style Clothes at EShakti

Welcome to the 3rd weekly series, of “non-vintage stores to find vintage inspired clothes”. This week’s online store is one that I have admired for several years. One of the main reasons I love this website is because you can order the clothes tailored to your height. Most dresses and pants are made for women that are 5’5″ or taller. I know this was personally been a problem for me because I am only 5’1″. But with EShakti you can enter your height on skirts, dresses and pants and decided how low or high you want your skirts to hit. On dresses and some of the skirts you can even choose what kind of sleeves you want! The prices are also very reasonable considering you can pretty much customize the clothes to your liking. The following are some of my favorite suggestions on vintage style clothes on Eshakti.

Of course first I am going to start off with the dresses, but I love them of course! Also its spring (almost summer) and Eshakti has some really cute spring/summery dresses. Another thing I love about their dresses is that a lot of them have pockets! They have a line of nautical themed dresses out now, like this cute Lobster and Crab Print Shirt Dress (pictured left). I’m a sucker for floral dresses at this time of year and the Check with floral print corset dress (pictured center) is perfect for a warm day picnic in the park and yes it has pockets! I have been screeching the internet the past couple of weeks for the perfect vintage style lemon dress and I just found it in Eshakti’s Lemon Print Dupioni Midi Dress (pictured right) and again………..it has POCKETS!!

Because EShakti has so many dresses that I considered vintage inspired, I have to show you more than just three because I love so many of them! I love vintage style dresses that have ties on the neck and this Tie Neck Sequin Tile Print Dress (pictured left) is super cute for summer because its sleeveless. I am really digging shirt dresses for this time of year and this Palm Tree Print Shirtdress (pictured center) would be perfect for a summer Tiki party. I mentioned in previous post that I also love bird prints and this Bird on a wire cotton poplin dress is super cute (pictured right).

Adding to the list of reasons why I love EShakti, is that most of there skirts have pockets and you know how much I love pockets in my skirts and dresses! They have several full skirts, like this Leaf Print Full Cotton Skirt (pictured left), which is a great print for summer. I think every vintage gal needs an essential white full skirt for summer and the White Poplin Full Skirt is perfect (pictured center), you can mix and match with many different tops. I love vintage style tropical print dresses and skirts for the summer time and this Tropical Pineapple Print Skirt (pictured right) is super adorable, I can imagine wearing it to a Tiki Party.

EShakti does not disappoint with there selection of vintage inspired dresses and skirts, and with pockets! That is just beyond exciting in my book. The only thing they are lacking are vintage inspired tops and pants. All there clothes are still lovely, so if you aren’t strictly wearing vintage like I try to, I would definitely check out their other selection of clothes. The fact that they will have the clothes to your height measurements without extra cost, is something that I have not seen a lot of places do and I really commend them for that.

Disclaimer: All photographs contained in this post are property of EShakti.

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Outfits of the Day May 5th & 6th

This weekend was very busy! My daughter had a track meeting Saturday morning. I also had to do hair and makeup for Prom AND I have a Kentucky Derby/Going Away Party to attend all on Saturday. Sunday was a more relaxed chill day and I got to work on a vintage craft tutorial that I will be posting within the next week or two.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I was so excited I got to attend my first ever Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday! I had the perfect dress already that I had purchased a few months ago from Unique Vintage, but haven’t had the occasion to wear yet. I went with a simple hat which I also loved. Everyone else at the party was in jeans, but I didn’t care I love being dressed up. I didn’t win best hat, but I did win overall best dressed!

Dress: Unique Vintage

Hat: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Modcloth

Vintage 1950s Dress from Unique Vintage

Vintage Hats from Unqiue Vintage

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday was a very chill day and it was over cast and a tad chilly. I had to run a bunch of errands and I wanted to be comfortable, so I opted for some vintage high waist pants and my favorite cardigan. The cameo pin I am wearing is one that was passed down from my Nanie (Grandmother) and I love wearing her pieces and thinking about her. She had many vintage brooches and scarves and I love that I have outfits to wear them with now. I’m wearing simple leather ballet flats that I have had for many years (sorry I can’t remember where they are from).

Cardigan: Peggy Sue Cardigan by Emmy Design of Sweden

Pants: Unique Vintage

Relaxed Vintage Outfit

This was a busy weekend. I am looking forward to putting together more new outfits this coming work week. Did you go to the Kentucky Derby or a Derby party this weekend? What did you wear that was vintage inspired?

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Outfits of the Day April 28th & 29th

I just got back from a too short, 4 day vacation to Florida. It was so warm and lovely. I spent most of my time in the water. I live in New England right on the beach and I haven’t gone in the water (more than my toes) in years. The water in Florida was so warm that I actually completely submerged myself in it several times!

Saturday we spent the entire day at Clearwater Beach. The weather was prefect and it was such a cute spot. It was so nice to feel the sand in between my toes and the sun on my skin. And I got to wear my vintage style, high waist bathing suit! I’m, being brave and posting a picture of myself in a bathing suit so you all can see it! Also check out the cat eye sunglasses I got at Target!

Vintage Style Highwaisted bathing suit

Retro 50s Floral Halter High Waist Bikini Set

Sunday, my daughter and I had a Mother/Daughter day at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. It’s a crystal clear natural spring for swimming and a last river that was not so lazy. They also have a mermaid show that has been going on there since the late 1940s. Now my daughter wants to be a Weeki Wachee Mermaid when she is old enough. It was an even warmer day and I got to wear this cute polka dot vintage style dress that I found at target. The skirt portion has buttons up the front and a tie on the chest area. Target also sells this dress in white with black polka dots. My mother-in-law let me borrow the vintage hat that I’m wearing.

Target Vintage Style Polka Dot Dress

Vacation was a success! I’m sad to be back home, but at least the weather here in New England is starting to warm up a bit and I can wear all the dresses, including some new ones I can’t wait to show you at the end of the week.

What are your favorite vintage pieces to wear when you go on vacation to some place tropical?

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April 23rd-26th, 2018 Outfits of the Day

Rather than posting a new blog post every day for each outfit I wear, I decided to group them into one post for week day outfits and one post for weekend outfits. So basically I will be posting what I wear to work during the week and what I wear on the weekends. This week I am only worked 4 days because I am getting ready to have a long weekend in the warm Florida sun. This is my first full week in a long time wearing dresses and skirts every day because the weather was actually bearable. I was also excited to wear some new pieces I’ve been savings for warmer weather.

Monday, April 23rd

Mondays are tough because I am not a morning person and Monday is my early day of the week to wake up. So please don’t play attention to the fact that my hair is not curled and I have pretty much no makeup on. I’m wearing this Dress for the first time that I got on Amazon a few months ago. I only paid $9.99 for this dress!! Unfortunately it is not available at the moment or else I would give you a link to it. For the price that I paid it is very nice quality and the material has a little bit of a stretch to it which I love. The only problem I had was with the belt that came with it. The belt didn’t have enough holes to make it small enough for my waist, so I ended up taking a belt from another dress to wear with it.

Miss SparkleShan's Vintage Life Outfit of the day

Tuesday, April 24th

Today I woke up and it was sunny, so I decided to break out the floral skirt that I have been saving for a warm sunny spring day. I bought it about a month ago, believe it or not at Forever 21! It was also the perfect outfit to wear my true vintage 1950s hat that I found at The Vintage Market in Salem, CT a few weeks ago. And how could I know wear my Take My Leash not my life enamel pin from Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc. I am definitely enjoying this weather and I look forward to more!

Hat: True Vintage from Va Va Voom Vintage in Waltham, MA (check them out on facebook)

Top: Unique Vintage

Skirt: Floral Pleated Midi Skirt from Forever 21

Enamel Pin: Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc


Thursday, April 26th
Ok, so you might have noticed that I skipped Wednesday. Well that was because it was a really crappy day and down pouring rain all day, so I didn’t wear anything cute or new. I am a wimp about wearing dresses or skirts when the weather is bad, mostly because I have a long walk from the parking lot to my building at work and I didn’t want my feet to get wet. Wet cold feet are the worst thing to me. Today I am excited that I did get to wear a new dress that I bought during the winter and have been saving. This Navy and White Polka Dot dress was another inexpensive score from Amazon!! I am really impressed with the quality of the material of the dress. It fits perfectly and the dress has a little stretch but its not a spandex material so it still looks nice. It was less than $35 and if you have a prime account you can get free shipping. The dress also comes in a ton of colors, so I will definitely be buying more.

Dress: GownTown 1950s Vintage Dresses Swing

Pearls: True Vintage from my Grandma

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Gown Town Vintage 1950s Swing Dress

Tomorrow I leave for vacation so I am counting Friday’s outfit as my one of my weekend outfits, which I will post separately once the weekend is over. I am going to sunny Florida so I am excited to wear some new summery outfits!