Prom & Party Attire

by wildbynature2013

It makes sense to search for prom outfits well in advance. However, right after New Year’s Eve parties is either late or early. Nonetheless, when the market was at its dullest, it was still easy to find some great buys.

About sizes: Clothing manufacturers learned in the past 20 years that consumers would buy more if they believed that they “earned it” by being a smaller size. Yes, when size 10 was slowly diminished to size 4, clothing sales skyrocketed. Bingo! so here’s a clue to knowing sizes: When you see a vintage outfit that looks your size but reads five or six sizes larger, ignore it! Shop by visual measurements, i.e. “This looks like it would fit.”

ILGWU International Ladies Garment Workers Union

ILGWU International Ladies Garment Workers Union

Back in the days when the Middle Class ruled the nation (ahem ahem), the Union Label was sewn into every piece of clothing made in America. The Union had strict rules and regulations on size and cut, therefore eliminating guess work. An entire US history lesson could be made of the Union Label, but for now we can simply use it as a guide to authentic vintage and workmanship.

 

 

 

Exchange It Up, Mira Mesa Mall, San Diego CA
This month sale offers 70% discount on many items!

 

Exchange It Up $19.99 small

Exchange It Up, Green Sleek Wrap Around Gown $19.99 small

Exchange It Up Black Velvet $29.99

Exchange It Up, Black Velvet $39.99 size 11-12

Exchange It Up Black and Turquoise Satan with Shawl

Exchange It Up, Black and Turquoise Satan with Shawl $59.99 large

Back

Back

Exchange It Up, Black Chiffon $19.99 med

Exchange It Up, Black Chiffon $34.99 med

Exchange It Up, Brown Taffeta $29.99

Exchange It Up, Brown Taffeta $24.99 med

Exchange It Up, White Petaled Embroidered Gown 34.99

Exchange It Up, White Petaled Embroidered Gown $34.99 sm/meD

Back

Back

Exchange It Up, Mint Green Suede Stilettos $9.99 size 10

Exchange It Up, Mint Green Suede Stilettos $9.99 size 10

Exchange It Up, Shoes Galore

Exchange It Up, Shoes Galore

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Exchange It Up, Manolo Blahnik $69.99 (orig $515) size 6

Exchange It Up, More Shoes

Exchange It Up, More Shoes

Exchange It Up, Men's Vans $19.99 size 11

Exchange It Up, Men’s Vans $24.99 size 11

Exchange It Up, Casual Option

Exchange It Up, Casual Option

Exchange It Up, Men's Prom Options

Exchange It Up, Men’s Prom Options

 

Goodwill, Mira Mesa, San Diego CA
The Goodwill has always been loaded with “used once” items, especially formal wear and tuxedos. In fact, back in the ’60s, when no one was shopping at Goodwill, we would find refinements of all sorts from the ’30s and ’40s. This was the hippie “go-to” one-stop shop for an elegant statement of rebellion against waste and overuse. It looks like the general public has rediscovered the Goodwill, because today there were zero tuxedos and only one ruffled tuxedo shirt. But things can change overnight, so keep going back and you will find exactly what you’re looking for!

Students always get a 10% discount, so bring your ASB card!

Goodwill, bad photo of Italian suit $12.99

Goodwill, bad photo of Italian Suit $12.99

Inside

Inside Lapel

Goodwill, gray silky suit $12.99 x-lg

Goodwill, Gray Silky Suit $12.99 x-lg

Goodwill, Pierre Cardin $9.99 med lg

Goodwill, Pierre Cardin $9.99 med/lg

Inside Lapel

Inside Lapel

Goodwill, Tuxedo shirt $4.99 med

Goodwill, Tuxedo Shirt $4.99 med

Goodwill, 1 of many Tie Racks

Goodwill, 1 of many Tie Racks

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Goodwill, 1 of 4 racks of Black Gowns for every evening occasion $9.99-19.99 all sizes

Goodwill, olive green organdy Cocktail Gown $19.99 sm/sm-med

Goodwill, Olive Green Organdy Cocktail Gown $19.99 sm/sm-med

Goodwill, Blue Gown full length with glass bead straps $24.99 NEVER WORN sm-med

Goodwill, Blue Gown full length with glass bead straps $24.99 NEVER WORN sm-med

Back

Back

Goodwill, Pink Gowns $6.99-19.99 sm med lg

Goodwill, Pink Gowns $6.99-19.99 sm med lg

Backs

Backs

Goodwill, Jet Black spaghetti strap mini with gauzy overlay $7.99 sm

Goodwill, Jet Black Spaghetti Strap Mini with gauzy overlay $7.99 sm

Goodwill, Black Mini with gauzy overlay designed with black velvet florals and bust $8.99 NEVER WORN

Goodwill, Black Mini with gauzy overlay designed with black velvet florals and bust $8.99 ($48.88 orig) NEVER WORN

Goodwill, Gold Leather $5.99 size 6

Goodwill, Gold Leather $5.99 size 6

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Silver Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Silver Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Silver Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

Goodwill, Silver Shoe Gallery $5.99-7.99

 

Flashbacks, Hillcrest, San Diego CA
Ordinarily I would not include Flashbacks in my top choices for sophisticated prom attire because they specialize in the flamboyant, but this visit had me change my mind. Flashbacks can serve as a reinforcement to never give up on a shop that you like because next time it may hold exactly what you were looking for! (sorry to end the sentence in a preposition…)

 

Flashbacks, Black Velvet Strapless with waist ruffle $18 size 9

Flashbacks, Black Velvet Strapless with waist ruffle $18 size 9

Flashbacks, Red Sequin with Satin Skirt $22 large

Flashbacks, Red Sequin with Satin Skirt $22 large

Flashbacks, Snake $16 size 8

Flashbacks, Snake $16 size 8

Flashbacks, Black Velvet floor length $15 size 3/4

Flashbacks, Black Velvet Floor Length $15 size 3/4

Close up detail, very easy to update the plastic buttons!

Close up detail, very easy to update the plastic buttons!

Flashbacks, Black with rhinestone decoration $22 size 6

Flashbacks, Black Floor Length with glass beading $18 size 10

Flashbacks, Black with rhinestone straps $22 size 6

Flashbacks, Black with Rhinestone Straps $22 size 6

Close up

Close up

Close up of back

Close up of back

Close up of fabric

Close up of fabric

Flashbacks, Calvin Klein black dress with feathery leaves $18 size 6

Flashbacks, Calvin Klein black dress with feathery leaves $18 size 6

Flashbacks, Black form fitting $16 xs

Flashbacks, Black Form Fitting Gown $16 xs

Flashbacks, Red full length with wrapped bodice from Sax Fifth Avenue $55 size 10

Flashbacks, Red Floor Length with wrapped bodice from Sax Fifth Avenue $55 size 10

Flashbacks, Pink mini with florets $42 size 10

Flashbacks, Pink Mini with florets $42 size 10

Flashbacks, Jackets and wraps

Flashbacks, Jackets and Wraps

More jackets and wraps

More Jackets and Wraps

Flashbacks, Pink Shoes in abundance

Flashbacks, Pink Shoes in abundance

Sometimes 'more' really is better

Sometimes ‘more’ really is better

Sometimes 'too much' is even better

Sometimes ‘too much’ is even better

Flashbacks, Slips of every kind and size

Flashbacks, Slips of every kind, color, and size

Flashbacks, Accessories Accessories

Flashbacks, Accessories Accessories

More accessories

More accessories

Flashbacks, Accessories for stylish men

Flashbacks, Accessories for stylish men

Flashbacks, Men's tuxedo shirt $12 large

Flashbacks, Men’s Tuxedo Shirt $12 large

Flashbacks, Window dressing ~ It's for sale, try it on!

Flashbacks, Window Dressing. It’s for sale, try it on!

Flashbacks, Window dressing

Flashbacks, Window Dressing

Flashbacks, Window dressing

Flashbacks, Window Dressing

 

Luigi Vera, Hillcrest, San Diego CA
New shops are popping up all the time. This is a great little shop with high end designs. It costs a little  more, but Luigi said to come in and he’ll give you a deal!

Luigi Vera, Pale gold sequin gown with ruffle $42 sm/med

Luigi Vera, Pale Gold Sequin Gown with lace ruffle $42 sm/med

Luigi Vera, Copper and gold Indian gown $59 lg

Luigi Vera, Copper and Gold Indian style Gown $59 lg

Surprise back!

Surprise back!

Luigi Vera, Lavender sequin gown with chiffon shirt $85 size 4

Luigi Vera, Lavender Sequin Gown with chiffon shirt $85 size 4

Close up

Close up

Luigi Vera, Black taffeta on display. Try it on!

Luigi Vera, Black Taffeta on display. Try it on!

Luigi Vera, Purple Stilettos with purple studs $39 size 8

Luigi Vera, Purple Stilettos with purple studs $39 size 8

Luigi Vera, Men's window dressing

Luigi Vera, Men’s Window Dressing

 

 

 

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