Gypsy Soul

Vintage shopping in Vienna Austria can be challenging. It’s certainly not thrifting which i am used to in Australia. There is a host of amazing designer consignment & vintage stores littered throughout Vienna. That carry very fabulous designer clothes, shoes & handbags with price tags that are usually way too rich for my gypsy soul.  But as far as rummaging in charity shops through last seasons high street, musty old sweatpants & grandma’s nightgowns for that elusive hidden vintage gem priced at under 10 euros/dollars. It’s not really part of the Austrian culture.

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And for me vintage is about the search. The thrill of the hunt. Going through hundreds of racks to find that vintage pair of velvet flares. Or seventies cork platform shoe. The sixties crochet dress. Praying to god that it is not stained and fits. Because there are no other sizes. My HOLY GRAIL of vintage shopping is the vintage indian cotton bib gauze dress, top or skirt. Made popular in the late 1960/70’s. Where fashion finally become global, tribal & ethnic.

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Usually a vibrant paisley pattern. Sometimes embroided with metallic thread. They can be difficult to wear as most vintage indian cotton dresses are shapeless and usualy midi length. My  top tips on how to wear Vintage indian cotton dresses are.

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Add a vintage scarf  as a belt as seen above. This scarf is almost identical to the dress and gives the dress a more flattering shape and looks a lot more hippie / authentic than adding a belt.

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You can also use the scarf belt to shorten the dress a little by rolling  the scarf over the dress to bring the hem line up. Or in the past i have actually had a maxi vintage indian cotton dress shortened by a seamstress to above the knee. When i was tired of the maxi look. Great tip if doing this is to take the material off cuts to create a fabric belt or a head scarf.

Finally add some bold ethnic silver jewelry, a bright colorful vintage bag & a jesus sandal. For a vintage hippie gypsy free soul festival ready & in my opinion perfect outfit.

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