When it comes to looking nice, I feel like much of the battle is won by knowing what silhouettes suit your body. You can eliminate a lot of time and grief choosing garments that you know are going to work out. While I love some of the 1960s cute shift dresses out there, I also know that those and my body are vastly at odds. However, I do know that a late 1930s dress is going to do all the right things for me. So, when vintage shopping I usually gravitate to those shapes I know make me look nice and though I do veer from that path, I find that when I need to get dressed quickly, it's these garments that will serve me best. That's another great thing about shopping for vintage, you can sort of choose an era or style and then hunt just for that particular thing and be fairly certain of it's fit every time you buy, this makes buying online a lot easier too. If the measurements of a 1930s/40s dress are given I can be pretty dang sure how that dress is going to look on me, and so I can snap it up! Anyway, wow, this was a long-winded way of saying that the day I wore this dress I had whittled away my morning and run out of time for getting dressed. I didn't have time to experiment and so I grabbed this dress and barely even had to look in the mirror before leaving the house. And once again, the dress is doing all the work and I don't have to worry about accessories at all. Sweet deal.
1930s/40s brown & white polka dot crepe dress ◊ antique mall
1940s tan leather shoes ◊ the basement of my mom's variety shop