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How to know if it’s the vintage dress for you

You’ve found a dress that you love. It’s unique, vintage, and most importantly, in your price range. But there are some aspects you don’t love, as well… how can you tell if any of them should be a deal breaker?  With this guide, we will help you realize what can and can’t be fixed.

The first deal breaker should be stains that are on satin. These are not coming out, and you should say a few words to remember this dress by and then move on. RIP, great dress. Next up would be underarm stains, much for the same reasons. The next big reason to drop a dress would be dry, rotting, or shattering fabric. This can be most often seen in 1920s dresses, because they are so old. As unfortunate as it is, these dresses can only last so long. Another reason to move on from a dress would be tears that are not on a seam, particularly if the fabric is chiffon. These are VERY hard to repair, and you should not stress yourself too much over this. There are plenty of other dresses that you’ll love! If there are a lot of breaks and tears in lace in the dress, that’s another reason to not pick that particular dress. Final reasons to not buy a dress include staining and faded rayon-crepe fabric.

In a more happy conversation, there are plenty of things that CAN be fixed! This includes many different kinds of stains. A vintage seller who knows what they’re doing should be able to tell you if a stain is likely to be removed. They might even be able to tell you how! A slight yellowish discoloration on fabrics that can be soaked, like cotton and silk, can also be fixed. Final things not to stress over because of fixability include open and torn seams, broken zippers, missing snaps, missing hook and eyes, and similar small things like that.

Please use this guide to your best advantage; these tips will help you know if you’ve found the dress of your dreams, or your nightmares.