I’m a gal who loves vintage. That’s not to say I fantasise about wearing full skirts and going to bed with rollers in my hair. But I definitely have an appreciation for fine fabrics, craftsmanship and low prices (whoops did that just slip out?). I think the trick with wearing vintage is all in the styling. If I’m wearing a particularly frilly shirt then I’ll most likely pair it with some leather pants to create that balance between femininity and masculine aesthetics. In this case I had to create something I like to call reworked vintage.
The dress was incredibly beautiful, and I hope I don’t break anyone’s heart when saying that it was originally floor length. But I had to be honest with myself and the truth is I would never wear a full length embellished green dress. Having said that, a glitzy mini shift dress is right up my alley. It’s a particularly Melbourne look I think to wear vintage short dress with flat boots and big jackets. I like to think of it as kitschifying the grunge look. *Cut to a mob of actual grunge followers chasing me for commercialising their aesthetic.*
I’m a sewer, but I still believe that these kind of alterations are easily achieved. Whether you want to raise a hem line or add a split (see how I added a split to my vintage find here) you can do so with a machine or by hand! Honestly, reworking your vintage will probably be fairly simple, unless you’re a 5’11” woman like me and then wearing pieces owned by petite ladies will cut off circulation. That’s when you have to get in and really restructure the straps and darts. If this all seems like a little too much effort then ask a friend or take it to an alterations place. It’ll add a little extra to the overall cost of your purchase but I believe it’s still great value!