Stephanie picked up this 80’s gem as a freebie in her building. It had a lot of potential, but there was no denying how 80’s it was. What I like to do on pieces like these is take the 80’s and trim it down to the 40’s.


Immediately we removed the GIANT shoulder pads. We decided to remove the sleeves to make the dress all-season appropriate (just layer it up in the cold months).


Next we drastically reshaped the shoulders/arm holes/chest since there were no longer pads to fill it out. Stephanie was on the fence about the collar, and decided she would like to ditch the points and round the edges to more of a shawl collar. We did just that and added a hook to keep the collar closed and more appropriate for work.


There you have it! This 80’s dress is modernized and ready for a stylish Mad-Men-ish day at work, or a fun night out for cocktails.


Do you have a dated dress that is just too much and needs some modernizing? Give us a call to schedule an appointment at (202)567-7668 or email us at and we can help brainstorm!

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Check out some other rad revamps we’ve done with vintage!

Mallorie’s Threadbare Vintage Dress

Emily’s Epic Vintage Find

Tiffany’s Vintage Find 

Karen’s Tiny Vintage Dress

Stephanie’s Vintage Dress

Dafna’s House Dress

Bridget’s grandmother’s dress

About the author

Kristen is one of the owners and founders of Ginger Root Design and ReVamp ReWear Design and Tailoring.

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