Wearing vintage clothes means you will never show up on the red carpet (or at the grocery store) wearing the same thing as someone else. A flapper dress, Pucci caftan, or polyester leisure suit transports the wearer to another era and in this age of Gap-clones everywhere, anything vintage is a breath of fresh fashion air.

Unfortunately, shopping for vintage can be challenging. Finding the right size with the right cut and the right fabric can be the vintage shopper's Holy Grail. Moreover, the supply of nice vintage clothing is dwindling as the years progress and the clothes get worn out. As more and more people get on the vintage bandwagon, the prices for classic vintage pieces have taken off. Blessed are you if your mother never threw out her Halston disco dress and high-heeled Bally leather boots!

On the other hand, if the thought of wearing used clothes brings out your OCD, but you still want one-of-a-kind looks, check out the wares of small batch fashion designers. We found lots of designers on the Web and have included some of our favorites. These designers are inspired by old fashions but create looks that are anything but musty.

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Designer Sources:

We love designer and owner Beqi's simple, yet classic dresses, skirts, and tops. If you are full-figured, she's got you covered.
www.beqiclothing.com

The cutest handbags and pouches you ever did see!
www.ilovedeerwhistle.com

Beautiful and feminine dresses with a Southern feel. Get your mint julep and lounge around in a one-of-a-kind creation.
www.kara-line.com

Silly vintage-inspired T-shirts that are seriously hip.
www.vintageshirts.com

Adorable shirts to show your support for tofu.
www.neuty.com/menupage.html

"Simple clothes for complicated girls," and girls who love clothes that look like art.
www.ametandsasha.com/

Innovative clothes with a Brooklyn sensibility. Shopping here is like being able to buy clothes and jewelry from your best friend who happens to have incredible taste. Get 20% off of all mighty flirt jewelry featured in annabelle. Enter "annabelle" as the promo code at check-out.
www.mightyflirt.com/index.asp

CREDITS:

Models:
Elizabeth and Tara
Photographer/Producer:
Alisa Welch
Stylist:
Marci Martinez

 

Features: Travel: Finding Harmony | Collecting: Reverend Jen and the Troll Museum | Decorating: Vintage Wallpaper | Photo Gallery: Vintage Fashion | Home: Vintage Kitchen | Manners: Interview With Etiquette Expert Letitia Baldrige | Lifestyle: Where Did You Get That?

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