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If you want to dress up, Dress Up!

“I love that dress, but I would have no place to wear it.”

Since I hear that quite a lot, I am thrilled when I get to hear about people finding creative ways to wear the clothes they most love.

Meet Kymberli, who has a prom birthday party each year. She first wrote me in March saying “I have fallen deeply in love with the pale yellow frothy 50s dress”...doesn’t that sound like a princess thing to say?

Kym took advantage of layaway through my shop and when she received the dress she wrote “I just got my dress in the mail and I could NOT be more happy I literally broke down in tears. It’s more beautiful than I even imagined!” (I’m not going to lie, that’s one of the nicest things we vintage clothing sellers can hear!)

Straight out of the box—“I think it's going to fit well too”
“Sneak peak! So happy!”

Then the big night arrived, and here was the birthday princess:

“It was a dream!!”

Not to get all Nike-slogan on you, but Just Do It! Kymberli made a place to wear her favorite vintage dresses, and so can you.

I keep adding to this list, Reasons to Dress Up. I’m sure there are hundreds more.

1. DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) meetings, as Facebook reader Leigh Anne mentioned. The women love history and love seeing her vintage fashions.
2. Any historical society gathering: Think museum exhibits, boards, historical preservation groups.
3. “Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.” - Lady Duff-Gordon
4. Dress for the every day theater of life like you are the leading lady.
5. All your regular clothes are dirty.
6. Go to a historic hotel for a drink.
7. “Life is a party, dress like it.” - Lilly Pulitzer
8. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” - Hans F. Hansen
9. “If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack.” - Coco Chanel
10. Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.
11. #fancyfriday
12. Attend performances where the style of music is vintage, as blog reader Denise mentioned.
13. You will make people happy...maybe most especially yourself
14. Life is too short to wear boring clothes. 

Another reason to dress up? Stage a birthday prom!

Many thanks to Kymberli for allowing me to show these photos. For creative and inspiring wearing of vintage fashion, she wins the tiara!

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You in your vintage clothing

If you follow my Facebook goings on, you probably have seen when I post photos sent to me by customers. I think this is the best thing you can do for those of us offering vintage online: We love seeing the clothes in action, and so do other customers. If you have such a photo you don’t mind sharing, please let me/us know...there’s always room for you!

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I love seeing customer photos!

I must confess, your photos are making me giddy--I really can't get enough of them!

I love seeing vintage clothing being used in settings from the most elegant and formal...

Married in a suit by Howard Greer

A birthday celebration in long 40s gown the most casual

Hiking and biking in vintage plaid

I love that my customers' vintage clothing has been to see the world

Visiting the Roman Coliseum in a 1950s dress

Seeing Hamburg in a 1950s coat

Please, keep them coming! (Please send to



Here's looking at you!

I'm showing off...

...some of my lovely customers! Please have a look at my November theme, objets d'art, to see a few of the very best. Aren't they fabulous in their vintage finds?

I'm very thankful for these customers and so many others around the world who are making what I do more fun and interesting than I'd ever dreamed it could be.

I'm so thankful in fact that I hereby declare November to be Customer Appreciation Month at Denise Brain Vintage. Watch my blog for giveaways, specials, and more thankfulness from me to you!



Pink vintage, and a request for your photos


In honor and memory of Mary Catherine Lamb, for the remainder of October I am designating 10% of the sale price on all pink items in my web store to Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation. By pink I mean anything with pink. (If you have any doubts, email me!) Also, check out similar offerings from other Vintage Fashion Guild Members.


I am putting together my November monthly theme (see some of my previous themes at the Denisebrain Theme-o-matic) and would like to include images of people who have bought vintage clothing from me, wearing their vintage finery. I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, but thinking about Thanksgiving, as takes place here in the US next month, I want to show my appreciation for all my great customers. Have anything I might use? Please let me know by emailing me at Thank you very much for your help!