Ditch the yoga pants and try a vintage-inspired house dress instead. This simple act can help you feel more productive and put together, plus vintage clothing is so much fun.
Yoga pants and leggings seem to be the uniform of housewives these days. For years I also wore yoga pants most days. They are comfortable and when you are at home it can be easy to just focus on that.
The last couple of years, however, I have been getting more into a vintage lifestyle including the fashion. I’ve always been interested in the idea of the 1950’s housewife and loved the fashion. It was only in the last several years that I found that a lot of people still dress like this. That sparked my desire to wear more vintage clothing and vintage-inspired clothing.
From Yoga Pants to House Dress
At first, the idea of staying in your PJs all day sounds amazing. But pretty soon you can start to feel like a frumpy housewife. Many women find that when they stay at home full time that they lose themselves.
One thing that can help keep that from happening is to ditch the yoga pants and get dressed each morning. If you still want to be comfy consider a house dress instead of stiff jeans.
House dresses have been around for generations. Typically they have been simple dresses worn while doing chores or for quick errands. They were made of washable fabrics and were designed to be very practical.
My favorite house dresses are those from the 1950s. During that time the house dress started to become more stylish. The shirtwaist style was a very popular house dress. They were easy to put on and to wear all day comfortably.
Wrap style dresses have also been popular house dresses. And really any style that you find comfortable is perfect for a house dress. It should just be easy to clean and comfortable to wear while doing chores.
If the vintage clothing style of house dresses appeals to you there are some great vintage clothing stores to check out. Many carry the more casual types of dresses as well as some beautiful dresses for special occasions. I do recommend looking for cotton, lightweight dresses for everyday wear.
Vintage-Inspired Clothing Stores
One of the first stores I started buying vintage-inspired clothing from is ModCloth. I have loved ModCloth for a few years now. They have a wide range of styles some more modern but also a lot of great vintage-inspired styles. They also used models of all sizes and didn’t use photoshop. I had grown to really love what they stood for.
You may have heard the shocking news about ModCloth. ModCloth has been sold to Walmart. The news broke last week with customers and employees shocked and angry.
When I shared this news on my Facebook page the reaction was overwhelmingly disappointment and anger. I had been planning to share a post like this before the ModCloth news broke but seeing the reaction to this news I knew I needed to share it sooner rather than later.
People are looking for ModCloth alternatives now and thankfully there are many out there. While I still have hope that this ModCloth thing will work out I fear this is the end of the ModCloth we knew and loved.
*Update Aug. 2019- Looks like Walmart is selling Modcloth.
Other Vintage-Inspired Clothing & Vintage Clothing Stores
Amazon has a surprisingly large number of vintage-inspired dresses. This is often where I get my more affordable, everyday dresses. They also have a good selection of my favorite circle skirt brand, Hell Bunny. Lindy Bop is another brand to change out on Amazon.
Le Bomb Shop is one of the first vintage-inspired clothing stores I started shopping from. They have very affordable cotton dresses that are perfect for house dresses. I really like the sundresses they carry, a lot of them are even made in the USA.
eShakti is where I go for my nicer dresses in general. They aren’t terribly cheap but you can usually get a good coupon code. I love eShakti because all of their dresses and skirts have pockets, you give them your height so everything hits you at the right place and you can customize them. Their cotton knit dresses are my favorites. They are perfect for travel because they don’t wrinkle very easily.
Doll Me Up is one of my more recent finds. They have really good prices and carry a lot of the same brands ModCloth does. You can also save 10% off your first order if you sign up for their newsletter. I have made an exchange and customer service was great!
Heart of Haute is a really great brand that is made in the USA. I haven’t purchased any of their skirts or dresses yet but several are on my wish list. I have purchased a few tops from them and they are my favorites. They are extremely high quality and I feel like they will last me many years.
Trashy Diva is another brand I have on many pieces from on my wish list. They started in New Orleans and now have a huge following of very devote fans. I will say all of their pieces are dry clean only so not likely the best house dress option but great for your more dressy, special occasion dresses.
Unique Vintage carries a wide range of brands and styles. They have a lot of great casual dresses that are good for everyday wear. You will also find a great selection of cocktail dresses if you are looking for something for a special occasion.
Pinup Girl Clothing has a lot of unique pieces and also a wide range of made in the USA brands. During one of their big sales, I bought a beautiful circle skirt on the site in my goal size. I haven’t quite made it to that size but it’s hanging in my closet as motivation to workout instead of eating a cookie!
You can also find true vintage pieces and vintage clothing pieces on Etsy. It’s a good way to find a good deal if you are willing to do a bit of hunting.
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Whether the vintage clothing style house dresses appeal to you or not, getting dressed in the morning and getting ready for your day can really change your attitude for the better. It’s also important to do this for yourself. While it’s nice to look good for your partner and others around you, it’s most important that you are doing it for yourself.
Are you more of a yoga pants girl or does the idea of a house dress sound appealing? Let me know in the comments. And if you have other vintage inspired brands you like, share those as well!