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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White Summer Dress

Finding that perfect white summer dress can seem like a daunting task, but consider several possible options for the white summer dress.

If you are looking for a great white summer dress, look no further than the Freda Gathered Waist dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  The Freda dress features a gorgeous v neck complemented by a gathered waist and flared skirt.  The gathered waist does really do a great job of separating the top of the dress from the flared skirt to give it a very classic style dress. It is great blend of fitted at the top and flared at the waist which also can be so flattering to your figure.

The white dress is such a stunning color and the color alone transforms practically any dress into a classy statement dress.  The Freda dress is also lined with an added layer of baby jersey cotton fabric which is so helpful with a white dress to ensure that it isn’t too sheer.  Since the Freda dress is baby jersey cotton so it is lightweight and breathable which is another essential element for a good summer dress.  It also has a truly elegant vintage vibe that looks like it just walked out of an Audrey Hepburn movie.  It also reminds us of the dress Kate Middleton wore in her engagement photos, although in a different color.

Beyond just this dress, there are a number of great options for ways to incorporate white dresses into your closet.  If you still haven’t found that perfect white dress consider utilizing a solid white top or skirt to accent with contrasting colored or patterned pieces and accessories.   Personally, I love wearing the Freda dress in White with bold accessories in black or red whether it be boots, big chunky necklaces, or the right belt to accent the waist.  In that sense, the white dress has a number of versatile options and gives you a number of options to wear it with great accessories and shoes.

Of course when you are considering a great white summer dress, you will want to make sure that it is not too sheer, that it gives you options for a variety of ways to accessorize it and of course that it fits you well to give you that confidence to wear it.   You can find such dresses by a number of great designers including Velvet by Graham and Spencer and many others.  Summer is the best time to shop for white and depending on your personal school of thought you can wear white dresses between Memorial Day and Labor Day, although many people prefer to wear white year round.  With the right accessories, a white dress could be a great year-round dress obviously depending on the style of the dress.  The Freda dress, for example, can work year round as it does have ¾ length sleeves which makes it very versatile.  A tank dress, however, may not be the best option for year round, but in any case you can certainly find a great white summer dress for your closet this season.

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Maxi Belted Dress

Maxi dresses are all the rage this season and even though it may seem like you are searching between seas of similar dresses, you can find a number of great distinctive elements in maxi dresses as well. Not to mention there are a number of great ways to accessorize maxi dresses. As an example, you can find dresses that come belted or you can find maxi dresses that work with belts. Either way, there are several great maxi dress options that work with belts this summer.

First consider what we think is truly the perfect casual long maxi dress, the Sammi dress features a button-up neckline and a tie around the waist to make this a t shirt style long maxi dress. This dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer features a light cotton fabric which makes it perfect for hot summer weather. The belted tie around the natural waist in a contrasting brown fabric is a great way to break up an otherwise long straight maxi dress. This dress also features short sleeves and a high slit on one side to give it an added flirty twist and to make it easier to move around in a straight long dress. I also love that this maxi dress doesn’t have to totally cover up your legs like a lot of maxi dresses do. This Sammi dress comes in a gorgeous Jasper blue green color.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more elegant look for a maxi dress that you can accessorize yourself consider the Rhetta Maxi Dress also by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer. This jersey cotton maxi dress features a low cut back which gives this long maxi dress a dressier even sexy evening look. This dress is also versatile enough to be dressed up or down for casual or dressy occasions all with the right accessories. This long maxi dress features elbow length sleeves and a classically elegant fit that silhouettes the feminine curves. We love to belt this dress as shown on our model with an elegant rose belt in grey for added contrast. This dress is available in both black and malachite a gorgeous teal blue color. This dress is a must have for your summer wardrobe. Of course you can accessorize this dress with any belt options or

As you can see each of these examples can be a clean slate for you to accessorize with whatever belts you prefer or can be worn as is. In addition, accessorizing with belts is simply one way to accessorize each of these dresses. You can dress them up with shoes, necklaces, earrings, etc. Best of all, both of these dresses are cotton so they are lightweight enough to be very comfortable during warm weather and are also machine washable.

Whatever maxi dress suits your personal style, you will want to have at least one or two great maxi dresses in your closet as go to dresses for dressy summer occasions and even just for casual summer days as well.

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Minimal White Dress

Now that we are safely past the Memorial Day deadline about wearing white, it is a perfect time to shop for the perfect white dress.  Of course many people choose not to follow the wear white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but I must admit that I still do stick to that rule.

If you are looking for a great minimal white dress, look no further than the Freda Gathered Waist dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  The Freda dress features a gorgeous v neck complemented by a gathered waist and flared skirt.  The gathered waist does really do a great job of separating the top of the dress from the flared skirt to give it a very classic style dress.  It has an elegant vintage feel that looks like it just walked out of an Audrey Hepburn movie.  It also reminds us a bit of the dress Kate Middleton wore in her engagement photos, although in a different color.  The white dress is a stunning color and the color alone transforms practically any dress into a classy statement dress.  The dress is also lined with an added layer of baby jersey cotton fabric which is so helpful with a white dress to ensure that it isn’t too sheer.

If you are looking for a minimal white dress with some hints of color or contrasting pattern to it, consider the Chapel Dress by Velvet.  This gorgeous dress is an example of a classy yet bold statement dress featuring a black and white or a red and white pattern.  Part of Velvet’s Spanish Tile collection, naturally this dress features a tile pattern and a gorgeous fitted style with a v neck and a subtle knot at the center of the v neck.  This dress hits just at or below the knee and features short sleeves. Here white is the primary color accented by either a black or red tile pattern.  This dress has a simple fitted style and is a good minimalist white dress with pops of contrast color and pattern.

There are so many options for ways to incorporate white dresses into your closet.  If you still haven’t fournd something that interests you, there is always the option of utilizing a solid white top or skirt to accent  with contrasting colored or patterned pieces and accessories.   Personally, I love wearing the Freda dress in White with bold accessories in black or red whether it be boots, big chunky necklaces, or the right belt to accent the waist.    In that sense, the white dress has so many versatile options and gives you a number of options to wear it with great accessories and shoes.

A few final rules of thumb to think about with the white dress option, you want to make sure that it is not too sheer, that it gives you options for a variety of ways to accessorize it and of course that it fits you well to give you that confidence to wear it.

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Blue Floral Dress

There are a variety of different shades of blue which when combined with a floral pattern can make shopping for a blue floral dress a challenge.  There’s the baby blue, the blue green, navy, turquoise, teal, aqua, and the list goes on.  You can find a variety of blue dresses including blue floral dresses this season so choosing the right dress for you can be a tiresome task.  However, this can all be simplified by narrowing down your options with a few simple choices.

First, is blue the primary color you are looking for or an accent color.  If you are looking for blue to be a central color in the dress, consider the Cherry Short Sleeve Dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.  The floral pattern features blues and reds along with a tile pattern in back for added detail.  There are a few different shades of blue in the pattern on this floral dress giving it added options for accessories.  We love pairing it over a pair of leggings and worn as a tunic for added versatility.  The dress features a lightly plunging neckline and a brown tie around the waist for added contrast.  This dress features a sheer silk cotton blend fabric that feels light and airy on which is an added benefit.

If you are looking for an accent blue color then consider the Mod Retro Tunic by designer Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati as a dress option.  Here this stylish black dress features contrasting floral images in blues, pinks and purples mixed with Spanish tile décor.  In a retro style this dress features a classic A line and is sleeveless.  Here the blue is more of a subtle color, but still enough to add a bold pop of color and style to this dress.  Of course if this style of dress isn’t for you, consider the sister dress the Retro Boatneck Dress featuring a tie around the waist with the same floral pattern.

Finally if you really want the floral pattern to be more subtle consider wearing the Berta Short Sleeve V Neck dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer that features a solid navy blue dress.  Mixing it with a floral scarf, a rose accented belt, or jewelry, could give you that floral element while still maintaining a strong blue statement dress.

Whatever you prefer, you really can’t go wrong in searching for that perfect blue floral dress for your wardrobe.  Floral patterns are a great way to blend in other accessories and give you added versatility.  Whether that be leggings, boots, scarves, hats, jewelry, belts or shoes, such accessories really are perfect for blending with Floral patterns dresses or even floral pattern tops.  We also love finding blues because frankly almost all of us have so much black in our closets these days that a great blue can really help mix things up.   These floral pieces really can become great choices in an economy where you are looking for something versatile.

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Crochet Dress

A recently popular trend of crochet dresses has really brought crochet elements to the forefront and a variety of designers are bringing these great elements into a number of modern dresses.   First, we should clarify what we mean by a crochet dress or crochet elements.  Of course we are referring to knit detail that depending on the pattern may be loose resembling a lace or tight resembling ornate embellishments.  We are all about the details at Vintage Fringe and Crochet details are a great way to add detail and feminine style and inspiration to a top or dress.  Perhaps the best way to demonstrate these great features is to actually give you some examples.

First consider the Larina ¾ Sleeve Crochet dress by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer.   Here the crochet detail is around the neckline featuring a great pattern to give this dress added distinction.  The Larina dress features a wide scoop neckline that cascades into a lightly pleated body on the dress.  We love the great colors of Mink (Charcoal Grey), Truffle (Taupe) or Pistachio (Green) as they each pair so well with either warm or cool shades and all can work well with either black or brown when pairing with accessories like belts, boots or necklaces.  The crochet detail is certainly the center of this dress, but it really doesn’t overpower it and brings just the right amount of detail to the style of this dress.

Next consider the Hollie Racerback Dress.  This dress features a looser crochet knit so it does look more like lace, 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 knit 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.

Finally, the Oma Cap Sleeve Dress also by Velvet features a crochet lace like embellishment around the bust and around the hem of the dress.  This crochet detail brings a great pattern and style to an elegant dress and style.  The flirty cap sleeve provides an added feminine flair to the dress and combined with the crochet detail around the neckline makes this dress a true statement piece.

As you can see crochet detail is becoming more pervasive and is a great way to really add subtle frills to a dress.  Of course the crochet detail is not only utilized in dresses, you can find it in tops and tanks too.  The Hollie Racerback Maxi dress has a sister Hollie Crew Neck top by designer Ella Moss that also utilizes the loose knit crochet detail around the neckline.  In any case you can easily work crochet elements into staple pieces in your closet if you look for them and best of all it is far easier to wear crochet details as incorporated into dresses as an accent or embellishment rather than as the entire dress where you are perpetually worried about trying not to snag the fully crocheted dress on something!

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Splendid Clothing is Worth Every Penny

The Splendid Clothing line is all about fashionable and flattering clothing made from the softest and highest quality fabrics, which are almost always machine washable. One of my favorite versatile pieces this summer is the Splendid Cotton Slub Hoodie.  Made of Splendid’s french terry fabric, which is a great soft, sweatshirt fabric, this top can be worn as a short dress, swim cover up, or sporty top.

Splendid Clothing

Splendid Clothing

Just like so much of stylish designer clothing this season, the length is trendy and flattering allowing this top to be worn in so many different styles with so many different combinations.   Not to mention the great empire waist with a tie giving this top that added feminine touch.  I love the green color that is so in this summer.    Another favorite Splendid tee that I have been wearing this summer is the sublime Oscelot Print silk/cotton boat neck tee.

Splendid Tees

Splendid Tees

Also machine washable, this top is a lightweight and can be worn with almost everything in my closet from jeans to capris or even dressier pants.  To find more fabulous summer tops and dresses from Splendid or any shirts from any of our amazing designers like Ella Moss or Joy Joy just visit Vintage Fringe!!!

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