Since I joined The Riveters last October I've acquired quite a few vintage and vintage inspired dresses.. less than 20, more than 10, and definitely way too many to fit in my closet. But really, who doesn't want to look like the bee's knees all the time?
People ask us all the time about our dresses; where we buy them, how much they cost, how we get them to fit so well, etc. I thought I’d answer a few of the most common ones here:
1) Where do you buy your vintage dresses?
Since all 4 Riveters have such different body types, style preferences and performance limits (ie/ who is willing to actually wear polyester under hot stage lights versus who would rather tame a lion before they sing and dance in anything that feels so much like a burlap sack), we frequent a number of places to stay so well-dressed for photo shoots and performances. Value Village, Salvation Army, A Bit More Hip, and Better Off Duds are all places we shop in Saskatoon because they carry a variety of sizes, materials, and cuts.
2) How much do you pay for your dresses?
The most I’ve spent on a vintage dress was $40, but Farideh just picked up a great dress for only $2 so prices can vary, but it's usually between $10 and $20. Any store that has “vintage” in the name or is a boutique style vintage store with limited clothing is going to be way more expensive than your local thrift store.
3. How do you get your dresses to fit properly?
A great pair of spanx. I'm only half kidding. I've had some dresses altered by a seamstress and I've also found a lot of dresses that fit pretty well with no alterations becaaauuusse...
4. Are they Really vintage?
No. A lot of our dresses are from the 80s or later.. are the 80s vintage already?? We were all born in the 80s so we'd like to think not quite yet. We’d love to actually wear more clothes from the 40’s but they just weren’t made for dancing. Also, dresses from the 1980s tend to fit the bust better. Happy shopping!