A couple days ago, there was a great article on The New York Times' website about the city's many thrift stores. Along with it, was a link for readers to upload photos of their own favorite vintage piece. As someone who frequently enjoys the multimedia elements of their website, I thought, what the hell.
See if you can find me, in my wedding dress, here.
I chose my wedding dress, because it is certainly my most photographed piece of clothing (thank you Kris Arnold), but also because it really is special. Here is what I had to say about it:
As a compulsive thrift store shopper, I have a closet full of vintage that I love dearly and wear daily, but my wedding dress is the special piece I love the most. Something new, and from a bridal store, is just not my style. Instead, I purchased this blue vintage prom dress off Ebay about a month before my wedding. It cost $120.
In the few months between our engagement and wedding, I scoured all my favorite thrift stores, Ebay, and Etsy for a vintage cocktail or prom dress from the '50s or early '60s that was my size and less than a few hundred dollars.
When I was almost to the point of giving up, and wearing something out of my closet, I stumbled upon this dress.
I loved that it was not white, and was completely sold by the ruching on the bodice and giant skirt with ruffles of tulle. Best of all, it was vintage and unique, and I could imagine a woman from another time putting it on for a special night all of her own.
After the wedding, I planned on reselling the gown since it's one that I never plan on wearing again, and part of me wanted someone else to be able to have a magical night in it.
Almost two years later, I am very thankful that my husband encouraged me to keep it. Stowed away in our closet, in a little white box, it's a piece of my history, our history, and I am pretty convinced that is enough magic for one dress.