I found this dress at the recycling centre, which, by the way, has become my favourite thrifting location in Helsinki. The prices are right, and the people who work there are friendly and warm. The dress in question cost four euros, and I could bet any money that UFF would have charged me 20 euros, and Fida at least 10 for something similar.
Anyway, the title of this post refers to my difficulties wearing vintage dresses in the summertime. I am not one for head-to-toe, one-decade-at-a-time type of vintage. Don't get me wrong - I like seeing intense vintage looks on others, but on me I think they'd just look (to borrow Tim Gunn's favourite phrase) costume-y. Vintage separates are easy: I can combine a vintage skirt or a blouse with something that doesn't quite match, and the ensemble will end up looking like it was my own. By itself, a vintage dress just often looks like, well, a vintage dress. I'd wear this dress with a long cardigan, a chunky necklace and a pair of platform ankle boots if the weather agreed to that, but sadly, it doesn't. I can't think of anything weather-appropriate that would make the dress look less vintage and more like my dress. I guess my current haircut doesn't help either.
Summa summarum: I love vintage dresses, but I seem to be more comfortable wearing them in cooler weather. I am not sure whether this realisation really required a blog post.
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