Vintage Mission: The Antique Lace Dress

16 June 2011

antique lace dresses

I know I haven't been one to keep up with regular features (whatever happened to Show Me Your Collections) but I thought I'd plough on with another regardless. There are a few purchases in life that somehow seem to have escaped me and a pre-1900s style dress is one of them.  There's something about the delicate and worn nature of them that appeals to me and is dying to be juxtaposed by my trusted Doc Martens and leather jacket.  I know the High Street occasionally does their own versions (hello £175 Topshop example) but I think the best way to head in this situation is vintage.  I love clothes that have a bit of history and although I'll never know the origin, it's nice to know that your dress is most probably a one-off.  Inevitably, I know that when looking for something so specific, hopes are likely to be dashed but I recently found a success story in a blogger who has managed to stumble across two, so I'm sure it can be done.  Which items are part of your Vintage Mission, that you are unable to find on the High Street?  I think everyone knows someone who is particularly lucky when coming across such things, namely Jazmine and Kylie.

I'll let you know if I ever manage to find my dress.

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  1. i waaaaant it! :)

    la tiquismiquis

  2. Oh, I want a yellow one now! Before my sights were firmly on white...


  3. Funny you should mention lace vintage dresses. I spotted a gorgous one on Posh Swaps unfortunately which I cannot afford it at the moment. It is actually a wedding dress but as it is not white I think you could wear it any time

  4. Oh wow, good luck on your mission lovely x

  5. I always have waytoospecific things I want to thrift, right now it's a Kimono style night robe... but not just ANY kimono, I want a black one with multicoloured flowers! I've actually come across 2 kimonos since I've set out to find one, but they were both blue. I'm not giving up yet though, there's still hope!

    And I think I just get lucky when thrifting is because I go so often, I'm just bound to find something rad!


  6. Good luck finding the perfect dress. It's good to have a goal when going vintage shopping I think, otherwise it can be overwhelming with all the choice!

  7. i agree with harriet- it's good to set yourself a challenge with vintage. thrill of the chase! for me it's Fifties swimsuits and underwear, proper boned things that almost hurt to get into. It used to be Fifties dresses but then it was too easy to get good ones.

  8. Good luck! I find vintage shopping to be quite overwhelming at times so a goal definitely helps!

    Maria xxx

  9. Ok so you would look AWESOME in one of these with your perfect leather jacket!

  10. Lace is very trendy au moment. Antique one. How pretty!

  11. Good luck in your search and keep us posted! x

  12. Hello Sweetie ! There's a shop called "Closet Case Vintage" on Ebay and Etsy (they've got a blog too). I've seen several antique dresses like these (they are from the very early 1900's).

    They are very very expensive (something like 300 or 400 dollars) but amazing !

    Oh, they have new ones ! this is a link

    See U !