Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Immortal Life of Secondhand Clothing

Ellen looking gorgeous with her prom date in the 1980s

They say that, in fashion, what goes around, comes around. Styles that captivated generations past will be revived and loved once again by their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The romantic lace maxis made popular by Gunne Sax in the 1970s become the floaty, bohemian Free People creations of today. Elizabeth + James draws inspiration from Oleg Cassini's 1960s bell-sleeved beauties. Nowhere, however, is the saying more true than in secondhand fashion. What goes around does, indeed, come around. And around. And around again. The same dress that you bought in a fit of excitement during your days of study abroad in Europe might go on to bring someone else infinite joy on their graduation day and someone else incredible confidence on a very special first date. And all of that, courtesy of vintage and consignment stores, which helped to find it a loving home with each of these women at the perfect moment in their individual lives.

Here at ReDress, we facilitate those kinds of special connections between clothing and women on a daily basis. But to be witness to a piece's broader journey, is particularly rare and special. And that is exactly what happened in the case of this vintage Morton Myles dress.

"That's my prom dress!" Ellen exclaimed, pointing up at the one-of-a-kind vintage dress on display in our window. The dress in question had been brought in just a few days earlier by a vintage-loving consignor. Ellen explained that she had sold her dress years ago to a vintage store, long before ReDress had ever even opened. And now here it was, gracing the secondhand market once more, looking for a fabulous third home. She was kind enough to bring in some of her prom photos for us to share with all of you, alongside the amazing story of her dress. If you think you might be the perfect third home for this beauty, stop by and try it on! It's a Morton Myles, size M and is priced at $178 in our store.

The moral of the story? If you want your once-cherished clothing to have more lives than a cat, there's only one thing to do--consign! We are currently accepting spring transitional pieces and would love to help your clothes and accessories find true love once more. Call us at 617.879.0037 or e-mail to make an appointment.

Little-known Fact: "I Will Love Again," is actually sung from the perspective of a consigned dress

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