Minimalist Fashion Dress

When you are shopping for that perfect minimalist fashion dress there are truly a number of options for great dresses that feature minimalist styles, but don’t sacrifice their statement quality.  With simple details such as knots or zippers as accents, minimalist dresses can still have an edge or distinctive quality while being true to their minimalist design or style.

A few great examples of a minimalist fashion dress include the Burca Scoopneck Dress by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. This dress looks basic in black from the front and features just enough added detail to give this minimalist fashion dress a pop.   The back of this dress features a wide zipper that is prominently displayed in the center at the top of the back of this dress.  The zipper is a great way to add some shine and also give the piece an edgier feel, but it still has a subtlety to it that doesn’t interrupt the minimalist feel.  Zippers are actually becoming more and more popular this season, but yet thankfully are not overdone which makes them still a great statement detail.  The back of this dress also tapers toward the bottom of the dress and features a diagonal line to break up the back of the dress.  This dress looks amazing with high boots and can also work with leggings giving you the ability to wear this great dress practically year round.

Another great example of a minimalist fashion dress is the Zahara Knot Dress by Velvet.  This dress features baby jersey cotton with long sleeves and a knot at the base of the v neckline. The dress has a fluid look with a flared skirt that hits just above the knee.  A dress that works perfectly as a minimalist fashion dress because of its great classic fabric and simple dress style that is offset by the knot detail around the neckline to add a touch of sophistication to the dress.  This great minimalist dress is also available in black, grey, rain and lilypad so you have a variety of great options to go with this dress.

Finally, the Anais V Neck Dress by Velvet also features a simple, minimalist style, but you don’t have to sacrifice on the great classic style and look of this dress.   This great dress features elbow length sleeves and a gathered v neckline that is set off as an empire waist which adds to the elegant style of this fitted dress.  The dress is very fitted which gives you a chance to rock your great body if this style of dress works for your body type.  This dress is available in Eggplant, a deep purple with shades of blue in it.

As you can see, just because the dress is a minimalist fashion dress, it doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice style and trends to maintain the minimalist style.  Each of these dresses are minimalist fashion dresses, but they all have small elements that really do maintain that statement dress quality that we are always going for at Vintage Fringe.

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Feminine Vintage Jackets

There is nothing better than finding that perfect vintage style jacket with feminine touches.  Many of us have one or two go toFeminine Vintage Jackets in our closets that we love to wear as the occasion calls for them.  Finding that perfect vintage style feminine jacket is often like finding a needle in a haystack, so when you find that prefect jacket you definitely want to make it work in your wardrobe for as long as you can.  It really is like finding a fabulous statement piece that you can wear for that special night out or party.

Consider the Cropped Bomber Jacket by designer Zooey by Alice Heller.  This jacket is truly a statement piece that blends vintage and modern elements.  With pockets in front, big buttons, and a cowl neckline, the bomber jacket brings a lot of great detail to a seemingly simple jacket style.  Of course, in my opinion, what really makes the Zooey jacket stand out is the arched hemline in back.  This accent really makes the jacket.   Giving the jacket a distinctive look, this detail in back makes the jacket a wonderful piece to accent variations in lengths and layers.  We love wearing this jacket with long tops or even tank tops depending on the season.  As you can see, with all of this detail, it is easy to wear this jacket as part of your entire outfit for the day and as more than just a jacket you wear outside.

If you are looking for longer length feminine vintage jackets this season, be sure to look for a great trench coat.  We’ve seen a variety of great trench coats this season.  The most popular look is a length that falls just above the knees and incorporates ruffles or added feminine details like buttons.   These jackets are truly timeless and with certain details can be brand new, but full of vintage style.   A good trench coat is really a must have jacket for spring and summer so every gal should have at least one in their closet.

This season the trends seem to encompass the full spectrum of lengths from longer lengths like the knee length trench to the cropped bomber jacket.  Cropped jackets should also be considered this season as a great vintage style trend.  We have seen many elegant cropped length jackets which remind us so much of the elegant vintage wraps worn in days gone by.

Finding the perfect feminine vintage jacket is a seemingly perpetual search, but we think you will find that there are some great new jacket styles that do incorporate great vintage style trends and modern looks. The vintage style look also allows you to create your own personal style.   Not to mention that you will want to find a few great staple jackets such as the trench and if you love feminine details you want to find the perfect trench for you that incorporates your favorite details.  Since jackets are truly investments in a good wardrobe and are frequently worn for several seasons, you will find that an extensive search is well worth it.

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Long Sleeve Dresses

It’s the perfect time of year to be shopping for Long sleeve dresses.  We love finding stylish dresses and especially love finding distinctive styles to wear for special occasions or just for fun.  Pairing dresses with boots, leggings, scarves or even just great jewelry make finding good dresses even more worthwhile. A variety of designers notoriously have great dresses and a variety of long sleeve dresses.  Dresses by Velvet by Graham and Spencer have become some of our favorites.  They are typically made of their baby jersey or gauzy jersey cotton so they are comfortable, machine washable and wearable which can’t be said for a lot of dresses.  Here are a few of our favorite dresses by Velvet this season:

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Freda Gathered Waist Dress – This dress is a classic style, but we love the look of the gathered waist and the deep v neck giving it an elegant feminine look.  This dress style reminds us of a vintage Greta Garbo dress.  Since the Freda dress is made of a super soft jersey cotton this dress is versatile and works in warm and cool weather a great feature when you are trying to get the most out of every purchase these days.  One of my favorite things about this dress is that it is available in black, navy and white.  We love the look of the white dress in the spring and warmer weather as it is not a dress color you find every day.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Doreen Cutout Dress – A truly fashionable classic long sleeve dress with a bit of an edge.  The Doreen dress features long sleeves with cutouts on each arm just at the base of the shoulders.  Lengthwise it hits our models at about mid-thigh so it pairs perfectly with boots, and leggings or tights.  It is currently available at Vintage Fringe in Gazelle, a great purple color so it goes wonderfully with blacks and greys.  We love the cutout look giving this dress an added twist and the fitted look.  We are so hooked on boots and leggings this year that this dress is a must have this season.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Zahara Knot Dress – A timeless dress the Zahara Knot dress features an A line skirt and a knot at the base of the v neckline.  With long sleeves as well, this dress is another versatile piece for cold and warm weather. We love the simple, but elegant look of this dress and again the colors.  It is available at Vintage Fringe in Rain (a light blue), Black, Chisel (Grey), and Lilypad (Green).   The neckline on this dress is very flirty and distinctive and takes a classic style up a notch.

As you can see, long sleeve dresses can come in many styles and designs and naturally you have to find the right style for you, but we think you’ll find that these long sleeve dresses by Velvet are great additions to your wardrobe and many of them can be classic pieces that will not be out of style next season.

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Shop Online for Designer Clothes

Shop online For Designer Clothing You’ve probably heard on the news lately the statistics about how more and more people are shopping online for clothing.  Of course, shopping online for designer clothing is no exception to this statistic.   If you’re new to the online shopping arena, let me explain a few reasons why it is advantageous to shop online for designer clothes.

First, shopping online is more convenient.  You don’t have to fight for parking, you don’t have to wait in lines, you don’t have to check multiple stores to find out the lowest price and which store has what sizes or colors, you don’t have to chase your kids around the store or even find time to drive to the store during their hours.  The online channel is truly revolutionizing shopping for designer clothes.  When you shop online, you can do so in your pajamas in the convenience of your own home (or even at work) once your kids have gone to bed or if even late at night when you can’t sleep.  Many online sites even offer free returns which can save you another trip to the store to return your item.

Second, shopping online is often cheaper.  For designer clothes specifically, you can find a variety of comparison shopping sites that will allow you to compare prices and sizes and colors for multiple stores at once.  Such sites allow you to quickly scour the internet for deals on designer clothing and can frequently find sites offering free shipping.  One of our favorites is Like.com, which allows you to name your designer, a type of clothing, or a color or size that you are looking for and will return a variety of great results based on your search terms.   You can also be on the lookout for sites with coupon codes for many online retailers that allow you to find additional discounts.

Third, shopping online often allows you the ability to find niche designer clothing items.  Perhaps it is that Chloe purse that is sold out at the mall, but still available at an online boutique store, or that pair of jeans that you know your size in and don’t want to try and chase down at the mall.  You can also more easily find niche designers online as well.  For example, at Vintage Fringe, we carry pieces from designers such as Laurie B. or Joy Joy that you would struggle to find in stores.   The expansiveness of searching on a global level when searching online allows you to find much greater selection than shopping in your local department stores if you know what you are looking for.

In short, if you’re someone who knows which designers you love and wants to find more designer clothes than what your local department store may carry, be sure to shop online.  I’m sure you will discover that shopping online for designer clothes is much more convenient, often more affordable, and easier to locate pieces once you know what you have in mind.  At Vintage Fringe, we offer year round free shipping for all non-outlet items, free returns for all non-outlet items, and shop by color, price and designer options.  We purposely try to carry designer clothes that are high quality and are not found at every other department store or boutique.  Our goal is to always have your friends asking “Where did you get that?”

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