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For Weddings Week, Shareen Mitchell of Shareen Vintage in Downtown LA and new boutique Shareen on West 3rd Street spoke with our sister site Racked NY on buying a vintage wedding dress or bridesmaids dresses. Her advice: try to find a gown from the 1950s. Skip the '40s (the dresses "look a little bit costumey"), the '60s ("mostly slim shifts" without "a lot of drama"), the '70s ("flowy and romantic" but "just too much") and the '80s ("they're so over embellished" and "over-the-top"). She also says that shopping vintage could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and that you can easily alter most everything about dresses, except a too-small waist: "All the reworking in the world is not going to change the waist size unless you really spend a lot of money."
· What to Know Before You Shop for a Vintage Wedding Dress [Racked]
· Shareen Vintage [Official Site]
· Shareen of Shareen Vintage Is Opening A Shop on W 3rd [Racked]