Vintage Clothing and Your Comfort Level

Hello there!
I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend! 

Many people tell me “I’ve tried some stuff on and even though I like it, I still think it looks cuter on other people.” OR "I can't pull it off." Instead of focusing on the negative, let's focus on the positive. You tried on at least one vintage piece! (Yay!) BUT you didn’t like how it looked on you. (aww…). I hear this scenario a lot.
1) Someone tries on a vintage piece they really like (yay!)
2) The piece isn’t flattering (grr…)
3) They feel sad and decide they can’t wear vintage at all even though they still want to (sniffle*)
Don’t worry! I’m here to help! Just remember these few steps.

Not all vintage is made the same!
 photo greendress_zps17151399.jpg In this scenario it is important to remember that vintage pieces are just like modern pieces in the respect that not all cuts are flattering to all shapes and sizes. You may not like how one 60s shift dress fits, but maybe a 60s cocktail dress would be mor flattering to your shape. It's like me and empire waists...I don't care what decade it came out of..I look like I'm wearing a paper bag. 

Find yourself a good Tailor!
 photo orange_zpsdf8ac463.jpg  You’d be amazed at how great a piece of clothing can look on you if you get it tailored. A piece that may be a little too big or a little too small could be taken in or let out in specific areas for a better fit. AND it’s usually pretty cheap. Check your local listings for a tailor BUT make sure you ask around (other businesses in the area, people, etc…) to see if they’re good. Oh! And check to see if they do alterations on vintage clothing.

Decade to body type is a lie!
 photo pink_zps886030aa.jpg No matter what decade it was, there have always been people of all sizes. I have pieces from the 20s that fit me and I’m not tiny. Curvy, petite, tall, short…It doesn’t really matter what decade it was…people of all sizes have existed from day one. Granted, it’s harder to find larger sizes from older decades (like the 20s) BUT it’s possible to find! Just keep your eyes peeled and your mind open.

If you lack a lot of patience...
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You do have to have a lot of patience when looking for vintage pieces (especially if you are tall and a larger size...like me). If you want the look and don't care if it's legit vintage, you can look at Pin Up Girl Clothing . They have GREAT options for larger sizes and also have some pretty cool undergarments that will look good even without clothing! ;) They ARE a little pricy, but everything I've gotten from there fits pretty great! 

So, don't get discouraged if you try on multiple vintage pieces and they are just not fitting...Just relax and try another day! You'll find what you're looking for!

Yours Truly,
Steph @ Calamity Layne
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