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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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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Vintage Island Style Clothing

When I think of a island vacation, I frequently think of comfortable skirts or summer dresses.  I love finding great ways to incorporate vintage island style clothing into my perfect vacation and here are a few of my island vacation must haves.

First, you have to bring a peasant skirt.  These tiered skirts are perfect because they are dressy enough to be worn from day to night and work perfectly with flip flops or sandals.  They also can work with a variety of different style tops or tank tops.  This versatility when combined with the comfort of the peasant skirt puts it at the top of our must have list.  Consider as an example the Hilton Peasant skirt by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.

The Modal Jersey Scoop Neck Dress by designer Splendid is a wonderful  example of another versatile piece that can be dressed up or down depending on the event you need to wear it to.  This dress is currently available at Vintage Fringe in Mud, a taupe brown color, or Black.  The dress features a simple style with a ruffle for added detail around the tank sleeves and neckline.  It is a loose style and can be made more fitted when paired with a belt for alternate looks.  This dress is the ultimate comfort dress with a great modal jersey fabric that feels s so luxurious on and with the loose fit makes it a wonderfully wearable dress.

Another great vacation piece is the Sintia Pencil Skirt by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This skirt certainly wins the award for being the most versatile as you can truly wear this skirt with flip flops or heels and dress it up or down depending on the occasion.  Not to mention that finding a comfortable pencil skirt can be seemingly impossible some times.  This skirt features an elegant pencil skirt style and a wide waist band that is not constrictive or uncomfortable and gives you the option to position the skirt at whatever level you prefer in terms of high or low waists.  It is also available in a variety of great colors like grey, brown, navy, black and light green.

Finally, the other component of island vacation clothing is pattern.  We also love great tanks like the Hi-Lo Tank Top or the Sleeveless Tie Tank both by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  Sweet Pea’s creative and bold use of patterns makes these tanks great stylish pieces that are both comfortable and classy, but also vibrant and exciting pieces to incorporate into your closet.   Each of these tanks are great pieces that can be worn for dressier vacation events like dinners out or parties and can also double as great casual tops by day.

As you can see there are a number of great options for vintage island style clothing and no matter what your own personal preferences, you can use these suggestions for ideas on how you can find modern day pieces to incorporate vintage styles while also finding pieces that work well for your own versatile needs.

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How To: Nude and Orange

One of the season’s hottest colors are nudes and oranges.  These tones are great colors and add an element of brightness and boldness to otherwise drab wardrobes.  It is refreshing to see the mix of colors as orange tones often end up being reserved for sports team gear.  Finding the right shade of oranges is essential to making orange a long lasting color and not just a short-term fashion fad.  When you are looking for these colors, here are a few pointers to consider in your search for the perfect pieces in nude and orange.

Let’s start with orange, we don’t like the solid bright orange color.  Finding a shade of orange that is more muted or more red tones makes it a longer lasting color shade.  Rust colors or corals are great examples of more friendly orange shades.   For ideas about these tones consider a few of our favorite orange shade examples with the Vika Button Down Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a beautiful peach tone fabric styled in a gorgeous button up dress.  This colors looks great with a tan complexion so it is a perfect dress for summer and fall.  For a deeper orange color, consider the Rust tones such as the Split V Henley top from designer Zooey by Alice Heller.  This top features a beautiful rust color that is a sort of burnt orange tone.  It is not a red, but really does exemplify a good use of the orange tones.   This color looks great with blues like deep denim colors as well as blacks and tans.

Next on deck are the nude colors.  Nudes are a challenging color to find and often straddle the blend of pinks or tan or taupe colors.  You also want to make sure that these colors don’t wash you out depending on your skin tone.  These light colors work well on olive or dark complexions and can work on fair skins depending on the shade.  Good nude colors have a range.  The pink nude shades include warm pink tones as an example in the Vevina Long Sleeve Empire Waist top in Nude.  This top features a gorgeous pink shade of nude and is simultaneously feminine and flattering while also being fashionable and distinctive.   On the tan side of the nude scale consider a great top Loose Knit ¾ Sleeve Tie Hoodie.  This top features an Oatmeal color that is a great neutral tone this is very popular this season.  We’ve seen it in skirts, dresses and tops as well and it is a great light color to contrast with darker shades or ivory colors.

As you can see, nudes and orange tones are great ways to insert new life into drab closets with the same old colors.  Depending on your own skin tone and personal preferences, you should certainly look to incorporate great stylish pieces in these fantastic colors.

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Sheer Blouse

Sheer tops or sheer blouses have really become a great way to incorporate a bit of femininity and sexiness into your wardrobe at the same time.  You may see pieces with great options and stylish patterns that look stunning over a solid color tank or top.  I love these sheer blouses because they can work great for that evening out, but depending on the style and top, they can also work for the office or just for that casual day.  Here are a few examples of how this sheer blouse trend has really been incorporated in a variety of different style tops with different style patterns that can be great additions to your wardrobe.

First, consider the Sheer Peasant Top by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  Sweet Pea is always known for their great use of patterns, feminine style tops and their signature nylon mesh fabric that gives each piece an instant opacity.  This Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati top features a gorgeous peasant blouse wide scoop neckline.  The sleeves are 3/4 length and feature gathered cuffs and a loosely gathered neckline.  Of course, the top is sheer and can easily be layered over a tank.  The style features a natural loose fit that really makes it stand out over a tank top.  The Skyler pattern highlights a beautiful teal blue color and contrasting shades of light brown and black.

Next consider the Sheer V Neck Dolman Sleeve Top also by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  This top features a pattern called Plume that really does resemble peacock feathers which are so popular this season.  The pattern features grays, shades of black and a hint of white.  The style of top features a wide dolman sleeve and a wide v neck.  The top is styled to be reminiscent of a sweatshirt, but it certainly doesn’t fit the profile of a baggy sweatshirt.  The sleeves even though the dolman sleeve gives it a loose fit; the sleeves keep it with a more formal look.  Again this top features the signature nylon mesh fabric so it has an inherent opacity that will give you the perfect amount of sheerness for layering over a tank top or short sleeve top.

Finally, consider the ultimate sheer dress shirt, the Boyfriend Stripe LS Buttonup Top by Splendid.  True to its name, this long sleeved Boyfriend button-up top from Splendid features a looser fit.  We also love the sheer look as it is is perfect to wear over a tank.  With a crinkly cotton/silk blend, this top is perfect to wear year round as it is light enough to work in the summer and perfect for layering in the winter.  The top features a great blue and black stripe pattern that makes it a versatile piece that perfectly complements your basic black tanks, tops, pants and skirts.  It can obviously be worn tucked in or even tied at the waist for a more feminine look.

As you can see, there are a number of great possibilities for sheer blouses and each with a distinctive style and pattern.

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Shirt Cover-up Ideas

As you hit the pool or beach this summer, you are likely looking for great shirt cover-up ideas that will work as your swim suit cover-up.  We like to find pieces that are versatile and don’t just simply function as a swim suit cover-up, but can also be worn as a regular top or dress too.  Frankly, depending on what type of cover-up you buy, you can end up spending even more money on something that you only wear in the summer.  For those of us who are budget conscious, looking for a cover up with added versatility is a home run.

The perfect swimsuit cover-up that also doubles as a dress or tunic is the Variegated Stripe Loose Jersey Dress by designer Splendid.  This dress features a v neck in front with a tie at the base of the v and an empire waist.  The dress also features a deeper v neck in the back.  It is a loose knit fabric which makes it perfect for summer swim weather.  It is also a short length dress another great summer cover-up feature.  The dress features a white base fabric with quartz pink stripes in varying widths that is part of the Splendid Variegated stripe pattern.  As you likely already know, we love Splendid for their great stripes and fabrics and this dress is a great illustration of Splendid’s great style and designs at work.

The Baby Fleece Tie Waist Hoodie is another great cover-up option.  This features a heavier fabric than the lighter weight loose knit fabric, but that can be great for cooler days at the beach or evenings.  With an empire waist, that can be adjusted by the drawstring tie to fit as loose or tightly as you prefer, this hoodie is fitted and features an athletic style.  It is short sleeved as well and features a soft baby fleece fabric that is like the weight of a typical sweatshirt.  As we mentioned, this piece is also versatile and can be worn over a long sleeve top and jeans in winter weather or over a tank and capris or leggings in the summer and finally as a standalone dress if you prefer.   It is also available in a Parsley green color.

The Textured Rib Long Sleeve Hoodie is another versatile option and it is the ultimate light-weight sweater.  This light-weight fabric gives it an opacity that makes it sheer enough to wear easily over long sleeve tops in cold weather and over tanks and swimsuit tops in the summer.  This cover-up is a great option for times when you need a warmer cover-up option.  The hoodie also features a drawstring at the waist which offers added flexibility and detail.

There are a number of great possible options for shirt cover-up ideas and hopefully these are a few that you might not have thought of as traditional cover-up options.  As mentioned, we love the versatility of each of these pieces as dresses, sweaters or tunics which give you more for your money and are a great way to extend your budget.

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Pretty Crochet Dress

Pretty crochet dresses are great pieces for summer and can be welcome additions to your wardrobe.  Our favorite way to wear pretty crochet dresses is to find dresses with great pieces of crocheted details into beautiful dresses that make them even more intricate or feminine.  To illustrate a few great examples of this crocheted dress trend consider the following fabulous dresses as crocheted dress alternatives.

First, the Larina 3/4 sleeve dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  This dress features a gorgeous crocheted pattern around the neckline that really sets this dress apart. The stitched pattern flows to a loose empire waistline. The dress features a deep scoop neck and the sleeves are flared and feature a loose elastic at the cuff of the 3/4 length sleeves.  The dress is a wonderful versatile dress that literally can work in summer, spring, fall and winter weather.  It is also available in great colors that you don’t see everyday like Truffle, Pistachio and Mink.

Next consider the Oma Cap Sleeve Dress also by Velvet.  This super feminine pretty dress features a cap sleeve with a ruffle.  The dress features a scoop neckline accented by a tie at the center and with a crocheted lace overlay around the bust.  The hem of the dress is accented by stiched lines around the base of the skirt and another strip of crocheted lace overlay as an added accent.  This dress is available in Flint, a grey color.  It is also part of Velvet’s Cotton Voile collection and features a lightweight cotton voile fabric that is a great, comfortable shirting fabric.

Finally our dresses wouldn’t be complete without a great maxi dress that utilizes crocheted lace.  The Hollie Racerback Maxi Dress by designer Ella Moss features crocheted lace embellishments around the neckline and shoulders.  It also features an empire waist and of course lives up the maxi name with a long length.  This dress really looks regal and is a gorgeous summer dress that is a true statement piece.  The crocheted lace details really sets this dress apart and makes it more exotic.  The dress also features a modal jersey blend fabric on the body of the dress that makes it ultra comfortable and wearable without sacrificing from the luxurious feel.  It is luxuriously comfortable.

As you can see from each of these dresses, the crocheted details really can take an elegant simple style dress and elevate it to another level.  Best of all, each of these dresses has the crocheted elements showcased in a way that keep the dress wearable and comfortable so it isn’t something you are worried about snagging or running,  Yet, you do want enough crochet detail to really set the dress apart and amp it up a bit.   Each of these dresses has a completely look and style, but each utilizes crocheted details in a way that really do help take each dress to another level and separate it from the typical dresses you might see this summer.

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Chic Summer Neutrals

Trying to survive the heat this summer has really helped to entrench an existing fashion trend of incorporating more neutrals into your closet.  Finding chic summer neutrals can be a difficult task, but this season it really isn’t impossible to find great summer neutral options that are distinctive while also being chic and stylish.  We should also warn you, that white is a huge fashion trend this summer so today in honor of summer neutrals, we are focusing on great white pieces that will be must haves for warm summer weather.

First, the ultimate feminine short sleeve top, the Adore top by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer is a top from Velvet’s baby jersey collection features a feminine cap sleeve with a slight pouf to it and a gathered collar in contrasting cotton fabric providing that added element of detail or fringe. This top is basic enough to wear with jeans and dressy enough to wear out at night.  Naturally, this top is available in White, a great neutral color.

Next up, the Buffy Drape Cardigan by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer, features a cotton voile drape cardigan with cotton around the neckline, shoulders and sleeves.  The contrasting fabrics really give it that added gauzy look which makes it the perfect beach vacation throw or cardigan. Part of Velvet’s Cotton Voile Collection.  The sleeves are 3/4 length and jersey cotton.  The cardigan drapes in front with longer length in front than in back.  This top is a great versatile neutral cardigan option that really can last into seasons with cool temperatures.  Available in White and Rust, a coral color, the white is the best option for a neutral color this season.

Finally, consider the stylish Pintuck Empire top by Zooey by Alice Heller. This bohemian style vintage empire waist top is truly adorable and also very comfortable. We love the contrasting cotton voile fabric on the sleeves and body with a gauzy shirting fabric at the bottom of the sleeve, the collar and the center of the bodice. You’ll love the feel of the 100% supima cotton combined with the cotton shirting fabric it feels truly comfortable as it fits loose adding to its vintage style.  It also helps to give this top a breathable fabric which makes it conducive to summer weather and of course it also works well for fall weather too. This top is also available in white our favorite neutral color this season.

As you can see, there are a number of great alternatives and options in white and of course there are other neutral colors out there for another post including taupe, beiges, ivory or cream colors just to name a few.   Neutrals have had a recent resurgence, largely, I believe because of the goal of searching for pieces with added versatility beyond just one season due to the prevalent budget cuts that plague the current shopping market.   Each of these options are also extremely wearable, comfortable and still manage to remain stylish despite the basic white fabric choice.

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Designer Dresses Under $100

desiger dresses under 100Let’s face it.  Since we have all had to look for ways to cut back on expenses and save some extra money, shopping with a budget under $100 has become far more essential.  It has also become much easier with online shopping and consumer conscious stores that there are more dresses available in the under $100 category.  Consider a few great examples of fabulous summer dresses that are all under $100 at Vintage Fringe.

First, take a look at the Ella Moss Abigail Ruffle V Neck dress which features a silk fabric that is lined with a rayon/spandex fabric lining. From top to bottom, the dress starts at top with a ruffle around the v neck and collar. It also features an empire waist along with 4 pearl shaped black buttons leading to the empire waist shaped by a tie around the waist. We love the ruffle which is one of this season’s biggest fashion trends.  This dress is certainly dressy enough for special occasions and can also be casual enough to wear out on a date or to the theater.  Of course, this dress is currently on sale at Vintage Fringe and best of all is $99.

Next consider another adorable Vintage Fringe dress by designer Ella Moss, the Blaire Widesleeve Crew Dress.  The Blaire dress features pleats on the shoulders and a button keyhole in front.  It also features color blocking with a contrasting color stripe in the center around the waist and a contrasting hem in the same contrast color. This Ella Moss dress is available at Vintage Fringe in Admiral (Navy) with White contrast details at the hem and around the waist or Lemonade (Yellow) with Grey for contrast. The bottom of the dress is also tapered so it is longer at the center and just a bit above the knee on the sides.  Again, it is currently on sale at Vintage Fringe for $99.

Another cute summer dress is the Velvet by Graham and Spencer Martha dress.  This short dress is loaded with lots of feminine details like the empire waist, the gathered bustline, and boat neckline this tunic length top or short dress will be a great addition to your wardrobe and is made from a great wearable jersey cotton fabric.  This dress also looks great with leggings which gives this dress added versatility.   This dress is currently on sale for $65 at Vintage Fringe.

Finally, another fabulous ruffle dress by designer Splendid which features a fabulous modal jersey fabric.  The Modal Jersey Scoop Neck  Dress features a racerback and ruffles around the collar and shoulders.  This dress is a perfect casual, comfy dress and is available at Vintage Fringe for $99.  It is also available in Black and Mud (Light brown) which gives you more options.  This dress looks awesome with boots and can also be belted depending on your personal preferences.

As you can see there are a number of great options for dresses under $100 if you just look for them and also watch for great sales.

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Bright Sleeveless Tops

Bright Sleeveless tops are a great way to add additional flair to your summer wardrobe.  Of course you can find bright sleeveless tops or bright tank tops in a variety of styles and made by a variety of different designers, but one of our favorite designers for such tops is Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati.  Stacy Frati is a clothing line made for warm weather and features a signature nylon fabric designed for warm, humid weather.  While of course you can find bright sleeveless tops in a variety of clothing lines, today we are going to discuss a few great options for bright sleeveless tops designed by Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati because her line features lots of bold, bright patterns and colors which work wonderfully in summer weather.

First, the Hi-Lo Tank top is a great tank for summer.  This tank top features bright blues in a floral pattern on the top and then with an accent flower and ruffle in a contrasting blue polka dot pattern around the left shoulder.  This tank also flares at the waist and features a longer length in back than in front which gives rise to the Hi-Lo name and of course provides added detail on a feminine tank top.  This bright blue top features Sweet Pea’s Exhale pattern with Polka Dots.  This tank really brings us back to retro vintage styles with great floral patterns and polka dots and best of all, this piece is a great example of modern vintage inspired style.

Next, the 4 Tiered Ruffle Tank features at Vintage Fringe features solid colors and also showcases one of this season’s biggest fashion trends—Ruffles.  This Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati sleeveless top is a perfect illustration of simply feminine ruffles.  The ruffles are tiered on over each other with 4 tiers which gives the tank a sophisticated feminine look, but isn’t overdone. This top in Cranapple (Fuscia) and Rain (Lt. Blue) also has adjustable spaghetti straps.  The colors are bold and vibrant making them great statement pieces in your closet.

We also love the adorable pattern on the Criss Cross Tank top from Sweet Pea.  Here the mix of bright colors such as dark navy, lilac, light blue, and fuscia make this top a unique style with a feather pattern that isn’t too busy, but gives the top lots of detail and distinction. The criss cross at the bust and the empire waist that is so classic Sweet Pea and you can even see this similar style in the Surplice V Neck top.    This great tank from Sweet Pea features a bright, beautiful yellow background with a great black, orange Felix pattern.  With a black accent around the top of the top in front and back, this top is great at giving you a sexy summer look. The empire waist also makes this tank super feminine and it works well under a blazer.

As you can see, there are numerous great options for bright sleeveless tops that are sophisticated and classy without being over the top and tacky.

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