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Ask the Vintage Dancer!

Debbie Sessions

Debbie Sessions (that’s me!)

Need costuming advice? Can’t find a clothing item? Frustrated that I couldn’t find vintage inspired clothing for the many vintage themed events my husband and I attend I set out to link to as many clothes as I could find online. Our mission is to connect you to the best vintage inspired clothing and costumes for sale online and teach you about vintage fashion history as worn by everyday people like you.

What are you looking for? Send me an email me directly or comment below and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. VintageDancer.com does not sell any clothing directly. By clicking on the picture or title will be redirected to the online retailer selling the item.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Debbie, The Vintage Dancer

Please read the F.A.Q first before contacting me:

How do I order an item on your website?

VintageDancer.com does not sell any clothing directly. By clicking on the picture or title you will be redirected to the online retailer selling the item. You can then place your order.

Questions about Size? Shipping? Returns?

By clicking on one of the clothing pictures you will be re-directed to the online merchant’s website. On the website you should be able to find information about sizing, buying, shipping and returns. Each website/store is different so be sure to read about them before you buy.

Will you give me clothing to review on my blog/website/social media account, use in a photoshoot or giveaway as a donation?

See #1. Since I don’t sell any clothing directly which means I can not send out clothing for review. If you truly love the website, please share a link freely.

Where can I buy more clothing?

If you don’t find what you are looking for on VintageDancer.com you can probably find it on one of these two lists:

For women: http://vintagedancer.com/vintage/vintage-inspired-clothing-retro-clothing/

For men: http://vintagedancer.com/vintage/mens-vintage-inspired-clothing/

Do you buy vintage clothing? 

Sorry, I do not buy vintage clothing to resell on this website. We are a link source only, we do not sell clothing directly. I recommend selling vintage clothing on esty.com or ebay.com with as individual pieces or as a lot. For menswear try posting on the Fedora Lounge facebook page or these other Facebook selling groups.  Local vintage clothing shops may also be interested in buying your clothing. Do an online search for your city+vintage clothing for a list of shops in your area.

Who are you? Where are you located?

My name is Debbie Sessions and I am from Reno, Nevada USA. You can learn more about me, this website, and why the name Vintage Dancer here. 

How can my business be included? Do you have an Advertising program? 

Yes, look at the options here. http://vintagedancer.com/advertise/

Do you accept guest blog posts? Sponsored posts?

In general no. If you are a skilled writer with education in researching Fashion history I may have some options for you. Vague emails asking about sponsorship opportunities but do not include the company name or URL in the email will be ignored. I get too many of these to respond.

I can’t find an item I saw on Pinterest?

Yes, that happens when an item sells out. In rare cases I can still find the item you want on another website. Here is a tip: Right Click the image of the item and select “Search Goggle for this Image.”  Usually this brings up other websites that have or still have the item for sale. If all else fails just email me what your looking for and I’ll see what else I can find for you (a link to a picture helps a lot.)

Where can I shop locally? or Rent costumes?

Start with a google search for “Your city + costumes” or “Your city + vintage clothing” or “your city + thrift store.”  Almost every city has a place to buy or rent costumes or resell vintage and thrift clothing.  If that search doesn’t help you try the phone book, ask friends, or ask the organization hosting the event you are attending. I probably can’t help you more than that unless you live in the Northern Nevada area.

I am located in the UK / Australia/ Non- US Country, can you help me shop?

Maybe. I am working on expanding the selection of clothing from the UK and Canada and in the future Australia as well. I will do my best to help you find something online, however I probably can’t help you find anything local to you.

Do you have a catalog?

Sorry I do not have a print catalog. We are an online website only.

Can you help me research fashion history?

Maybe.  I have a lot of vintage catalogs and research materials from the 1900s-1960s. Send me a request with what you are looking for and I will do my best to answer your questions or point you to other research materials. Researchers and students will find this article on “How Do I research Fashion History?” helpful. Some other tips are:

Labels: Search you items label here. You can also search ebay and see if anything by the label have sold in the past.

Dating images/items: This Facebook group can help you date items up to the 1970s. For men’s clothing the Fedora Lounge is the best resource.

Leave a reply to ask your question. I will respond to you by email within 24 hours.  You can also email me at help @ vintagedancer.com

~Debbie

12 thoughts on “Ask the Vintage Dancer!

  1. Hello!

    When did you start this page/your first post? 🙂

    With best regards,
    Regina Kaasik

  2. Hi,

    I am trying to do a 20’s look and combining different articles of clothing. I have a slim fit pair of navy dress pants as well as a medium grey pair. I also have a light grey bow tie with white polka dots. I want to go with a plain white dress shirt. I want to complete the look by getting a button down vest, but I am not sure what color or fabric to go with. Can you advise me given the rest of my wardrobe?

    -Thanks, Jason

    • The general advice is to wear a vest one shade lighter than the pants. So for your navy blue pants wear a medium blue vest and with your medium grey pants wear a light grey vest. The fabric should be similar to your pants materiel. I would avoid a tweed or anything with a big texture. You can wear a pattern if you like.

      Your outfit sounds like it will look very dapper!

      Debbie

  3. I am looking for a 1940s style dress to wear to the Burial of my Grandparents Ashes,, Since they were from The greatest Generation I thought this would most most fitting.. Since I love the era.. Any suggestions? The dresses I have found on your site from Amazon have had bad reviews. Thanks so much

    • The amazon dresses are shipped direct from China and the sizes runs really small. That’s usually the case with bad reviews. I don’t recommend them for quality but I do have shoppers that need something as cheap as possible. If your budget can do $45 and up look at Unique Vintage: http://fave.co/2c2vHFf

      You can also look at 1980s does 1940s style vintage dress on etsy.com A lot of them look like 1940s but are more affordable then genuine vintage and reproduction dresses. http://fave.co/2nFGde8

      Most other 1940s style dresses will be around $100 to $200.

      PS. Your email bounced back

  4. Love this webside! It gives me all I want to know about vintage clothing and style! And when I have a question, I get a response almost at once! this helps me a lot! Thank you vintagedancer!

  5. I asked above , not sure I wrote in the right section! I’m looking for the slacks Mary Tyler Moore wore in the dick van dyke show. Also Elizabeth Montgomery in early episodes of bewitched! They say they are cigarette pants. But not like I’ve seen today. They were not so tapered and they zipped on side or back. Went all the way to ankle. My mom had some. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE cannot find them. Or someone who would make them for me! If you know anything,I’d love some feedback! Laura altmann

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