If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you’ll probably have noticed I don’t wear a lot of true vintage. I’ve always preferred reproduction, largely for convenience and cost, and also a few other reasons I once cared to explain. My feelings a few years later on vintage remain largely the same, but I feel more open-minded about it now. If I ever saw a vintage piece in good condition, I might make the leap to invest in it (because it probably would be pricey), whereas before I likely would have moved on without a second thought.
What I find difficult about vintage shopping though is finding these wonderful pieces to fall in love with. I prefer to do my clothes shopping online so vintage/charity shops are out for me, but I’m not really a fan of Etsy – I mean, I love how much choice there is, but I find the search functionality a bit of a headache. Every time you run a search now you get plagued by adverts in your results, always pushing some over-priced item that may or may not be related to what you were looking for – but more times than not it’s out of left field. And then you see those same ads on every single result page until you get so annoyed you give up. This is something that was probably on the minds of the people behind new website Retruly, who have taken great pains to set up their own online marketplace for vintage pieces, helping independent sellers to have another platform to display their wares so that people can actually find them!
It was so easy using the site to find the dress I’m wearing in this post because there’s tonnes of ways to search for pieces. I tend to find that my waist measurement is the most crucial to whether or not something is going to fit, so I used the taxonomy to search for it specifically. I then narrowed it down even further by ticking boxes for the eras I was interested in. It was very straightforward and this dress presented itself to me in no time at all! I’m rather impressed by the range the site already has, despite not being on the scene for long. Lots of sellers seem to be signing up for it (one of which I recognised from having browsed their own site) – mostly in Europe from what I can gather, but you can tick a ‘country’ box if you want to see what’s around closer to you, which is good to see.
Back to the dress I picked – how could I resist this beautiful print? I’m pretty sure this 50s dress was handmade and expertly done too. There’s a seam down the middle of the skirt, and the maker had painstakingly matched up the print – the only way I think you’ll see it is in the close up below. Really quite wonderful! I love a square neckline and thick straps and it’s just my luck that the previous owner was probably petite themselves, as I didn’t have to adjust them. The gorgeous colours of the pattern could only have been paired with my favourite strawberry bag!
I hope you’ll all check Retruly out because I really want this site to succeed and keep on growing!
Hat: TU by Sainsbury’s (check stores)
Dress: vintage c/o Retruly
Bag: Collectif (available here)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (no longer available)