Seventeen Magazine Winter/Spring 2008 Prom edition pictures vintage fashions and accessories for todayís Prom going teen. From flirty vintage dresses, to accessories, like purses, gloves, and jewelry. Todayís generation is bringing a new appreciation, and with it, a new life to vintage fashion and accessories.
Material Pleasures Antique Textiles loaned several pieces to Seventeen Magazine for its photo shoot. Among them, a Margaret Smith of Gardiner Maine Metallic Brocade Purse. Metallics are still trendy in 2008. Not everyone can wear a gold lamť dress, but a vintage metallic purse, or shawl, or pair of shoes are just that one of a kind touch that gives you a flash of sparkle.
A very versatile vintage accessory are vintage shoe clips. They arenít just for shoes. They can be clipped onto a dress, a purse, a hair accessoryÖand they come in a variety or materials, shapes, and sizes. Seventeen uses a rhinestone bow shoe clip at the neck line of a dress. They can also be used as a clasp for a shawl or scarf. Or use them to dress up those dyes to match shoes.
- If youíre not into glitz and glimmer and prefer a softer look, Material Pleasures recommends crocheted gloves or vintage lace ribbon in your hair. - Or a pretty petticoat under your 1950s A-line, with just a little ruffled edge peaking out from the hemline.
- Are you wearing a little billowy dress like Fergie wore on New Years Eve? Then the perfect compliment is an art deco enamel or mesh bag.
To help teens become experienced vintage shoppers, Dana Balsamo, from Material Pleasures, would like to offer the following advice:
- While eBay is first in thought in everyoneís minds when you mention antiques and collectibles, donít forget to visit local antique shops, consignment shops, and independent online antique stores.
- When buying in person, carefully inspect the piece. If itís a purse, check the inside. Make sure the lining inside is strong. If you need help opening an item, donít be afraid to ask for help.
- If you are buying jewelry make sure the piece is not damaged, that all beads, stones, and closures are intact and sturdy. Some antiques are not meant to be used because of fragile condition. Ask and make sure itís functional for your occasion.
- When buying online, be sure to read the itemís description carefully and look at all the pictures. Ask the seller questions.
- Ask what the return policy is. Many establishments have only a Final Sale policy, or a store credit only policy. If itís a piece you HAVE to have, thatís fine. But if youíre not sure if the color will match, or if the size is right, communicate that with the seller, and confirm that a return within the certain period of time is allowable.
- When buying vintage clothes, realize todayís size 2 can be yesterdayís size 12. If possible, ask to try on the garment. If itís online, ask for itsí measurements if they arenít already listed. Check the integrity of the seams, straps, zippers, and closures, no one wants a wardrobe malfunction on the dance floor!
- Realize that some vintage pieces can be less expensive than their modern counterparts, but some can also be more expensive, so be sure to stay within your budget. One opportunity you have with an Antique Dealer that you donít have with Nordstromís is sometimes antiques are negotiable. Itís okay to ask for a better price, especially on more expensive items. Donít expect much haggling room on items $20 or less.
- After you use your vintage piece, be sure to clean and store it properly. Dry clean your dress, store you jewelry in you jewelry box, etc. If you have a question, ask the dealer who you purchased it from.
- Find you vintage style. Show it off, wear it confidently, nothing will be more unique or more beautiful!