Red Vintage Dresses

Red dresses are always hot commodities and red vintage style dresses are no exception.  Finding a good red dress can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack and in your search for that perfect dress consider a few key things to look for when searching for that perfect red vintage dress.

First, you want the right color red.  We all know reds that can be too orange or too bright so depending on what your skin tone is or what your personal preference is on red, it goes without saying that you will want to make sure you have the right shade of red.  Of course you can also find good shades in the ever popular coral color.  There are some rust tones that are also very popular this season.  Be sure that you find a color that you absolutely love because this dress will likely become a go to dress in your closet.

One way to combat the powerful red tone, is to find a good pattern that takes pressure off of the dominant red color.  Of course you can find bright, bold patterns too, but there are a number of great patterns that utilize red tones that are very versatile and also help to create that perfect vintage style or retro look.  Consider the Chapel Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer as an example.  This dress is part of Velvet’s Spanish Tile collection and features a gorgeous red and white tile pattern.  The dress itself features a fitted style that really does look like something you would see in an old black and white movie.  The dress features a v neck with knot at the base of the v and elbow length sleeves for added style.  As you can see, this is a great illustration of how effectively a pattern can help add to a dress while also still maintaining the bold red color.

For a more subtle red pattern consider the Cherry Cowl Neck Dress.  This dress features a beautiful floral pattern, but the dominant colors are varying shades of blues and the red here is used as a central accent color.   The red pops out in the flowers and on the back in a varied pattern the red is the primary color accented by the contrasting navy and light blue tile pattern.  This dress is a sheer dress and features a drape neckline, cap sleeves, and a loose tie belt at the waist for added shape.   Again this dress exudes vintage style and invokes retro dress styles with the great combination of patterns and style.

Whatever your preference when hunting for that perfect red vintage dress you may find that you need a solid red dress and you can find plenty of great alternatives out there.  It always makes sense to consider a few great options that really reflect your own individual style or the look that you are searching for.  A red vintage inspired dress can be a perfect addition to any wardrobe.

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Boutique Dresses

We all love shopping at boutiques because they always have such great unique finds that you don’t see everywhere else and it is a great way to stretch out of your fashion comfort zone and move into new and up and coming designers.  At Vintage Fringe, the number one item searched for at our online clothing boutique are dresses.  Boutique dresses are no exception to the boutique shopping preference and finding great boutique dresses can really shape and transform your own personal wardrobe.   Check out a few great dresses currently in our Vintage Fringe lineup that we think really are representative of great boutique dress finds.

The Abigail Ruffle Dress by designer Ella Moss is one of our most upscale designer dresses.  This dress features a beautiful black silk fabric with a ruffle around the neckline and pearl buttons on the bodice in front.  The dress accents your feminine figure with an empire waistline and a silk tie around the waist for added definition.  The dress is also lined making it more comfortable and easy to wear than your traditional silk dress.  Best of all this dress can easily be dressed up for a cocktail function or can be worn to the office or a party as well.

For another style and look consider the Kayin Scoop Neck Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress is a great fall style with a draped cowl neckline and a gathered waist.  The dress features a ultra soft rayon blend and is the ultimate comfort dress without sacrificing style and shape.  The loose fit is actually a style trend this season and this dress looks stunning with high boots and big earrings.  This dress is also not something you will find in every department store this season.  It is a great example of a distinctive boutique dress style that is also comfortable and wearable.

Finally, another great dress that typifies distinctive boutique dress styles.  The Blaire Widesleeve Crew Dress is a great flirty, feminine style dress.  This dress is available at Vintage Fringe in Admiral (Navy) with White contrast details at the hem and around the waist or in Lemonade (Yellow) with Grey for contrast.  These colors are great contrast colors and they really do amp up the style of this dress.  The front of the dress features pleats around the shoulders and a button keyhole in front of the dress. The hem is also tapered at the bottom of the dress with a longer center and shorter hem on the sides.  Again it is extremely comfortable to wear and without sacrificing style.

These are really just a few great illustrations of what type of varied styles you may find with boutique dresses.  You can also find styles that are even more casual than these alternatives.  Examples include the Zahara Knot Dress made with a Baby Jersey Cotton and a looser fit so they are great staple dresses that are sure to be comfortable to wear.  Also, don’t be afraid to capitalize on the options to move outside of your typical dress comfort zone and try new styles and new designers.

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Vintage Lace Dress

Lace has never really gone out of style, but this season you will find lace detailing on a number of our favorite dresses.  Lace is a great element utilized on vintage dresses, but best of all one of our favorite fashion trends is to incorporate vintage elements into modern day fashions and finding a vintage inspired lace dress is no exception.  Of course adding lace to a dress is also a great way to make a dress even more feminine.  Such embellishments can really transform a dress.  We love the lace accents that really can make a simple style standout or can make a dress even more feminine and soft. Lace can come in a number of patterns and colors and styles so there are a wide assortment of different ways to incorporate lace into a great dress.   Consider a few of these great examples of stylish lace touches that really make these dresses more feminine and elegant.

A summer favorite the Oma Cap Sleeve Dress by one of our favorite designers Velvet by Graham and Spencer features a lace embellishment around the bust and around the hem of the dress.  This lace detail brings a great pattern and style to an elegant dress and style.  It really transforms the dress from simple and elegant to sophisticated and dressy. The flirty cap sleeve provides an added touch of feminine flair to the dress and combined with the lace detail around the neckline makes this dress a true statement piece.   It is a great piece to wear belted or unbelted and in Flint grey is a gorgeous color that is perfect for just about any occasion.

Next check out the Hollie Racerback Maxi Dress.  This dress by designer Ella Moss features a looser knit lace detail around the neckline, but nonetheless, it is a great accent to this maxi dress.  This basic style dress is kicked up a notch by the empire waist bustline and accented by the racerback and the lace detail around the neckline.  This dress really does look stunning almost regal.  It reminds me of something I could see Audrey Hepburn wearing in a movie.  It is great for summer or spring, but also great for special occasions as well.  Available in a basic black color it is a great way to showcase lace details while also incorporating the current maxi dress fashion trend.  The body of the dress is a luxurious modal jersey fabric so it is ultra soft and comfortable too.

As you can see adding vintage lace detail to a dress is really a great way to take a simple elegant dress and transform it into something distinctive and sophisticated.  Lace in general as a fashion detail is a great way to really add frills to a dress and of course is once again at the forefront of the current fashion trends.  Lace details can be found in more than just dresses and can add vintage elements to any piece just as well as it does dresses.  Best of all it isn’t difficult or uncomfortable to add dresses with vintage lace details and be feminine and at the forefront of fashion trends.   Lace is certainly a fashion trend with staying power and really can be a classic way to include feminine details into casual or dressy fashions.

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Striped Tees

Stripes are a huge fashion trend this season and you’ll find striped tees are becoming extremely popular.  You can find striped tees in a variety of patterns not just your basic primary color with white stripes for contrast.  The trend doesn’t stop there, as great stripe patterns have also made their way into skirts, dresses, and so much more.  Here are a few of our favorite striped tees as examples of different ways to incorporate stripes into your wardrobe.

First, check out the Stripe V Neck by Alternative Apparel.  It is a basic style top that looks much more than basic with a great stripe pattern.  Here the stripes feature a cream color alternated with a chocolate stripe color.  The top features a v neck and trim around the cuffs and neckline in chocolate for added detail.  This tee is a semi-sheer tee featuring a cotton poly blend fabric.  It really is a great basic staple tee for your wardrobe and at $10 you really can’t go wrong.

Next consider the Splendid 4 Band ¾ Sleeve V Neck.  Of course, Splendid is known for their great fabrics and their signature stripe patterns.  This top is no exception.  This v neck also features a great red/coral color called Sunset that makes this top a great piece for this season with the popularity of great coral tones.  The stripe pattern features a series of “4 band” stripes or 4 thin stripes all paired together and set apart by stripes of coral.  It is a great vibrant top and a classy, distinctive way to showcase stripes.

Another great stripe option from Splendid is the Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Waist Tie Top.  This top features a frilly sleeve and a tie at the waist.  The top features a scoop neckline, and a feminine tie at the waist which makes this top very distinctive and feminine.  The wide stripes are contrasted Navy and Sunset a great mix.  This top features Splendid’s slub jersey and is extremely soft and comfortable to wear which is such a plus for tees.  You can also find this same stripe pattern in the long sleeve Navy Slub Shadow Stripe Puff Sleeve top as well.  That top is a bit more dressy than this one and not quite as much of a tee shirt, but a great fall/winter option.

Finally, for another different style of striped tee consider the Stripe Knit Top by designer Collective Concepts.  This top features wide stripes as well contrasted with white and pink or white and green depending on what you prefer.  The white fabric is a burnout material which gives it an opaque look and the top also features solid white around the neckline. With short sleeves and a loose fit around the body of the top, this style also provides a different tee shirt look.

As you can see, there is no shortage of great striped tees out there and really the tough part is narrowing down which striped tee suits you best.  Each of these tees feature comfortable, wearable fabrics and are distinctive.

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