I want to tell you about a magical place that exists in Portland, Oregon on Clinton Street. Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique is pure, vintage heaven. The fabulous owner, Liz Gross, opened the shop in 2001 and it has been the place to go for vintage dresses, shoes, hats and handbags ever since. They recently opened a bridal salon upstairs which is where I found my wedding dress! But, more on the bridal salon later, for now lets focus on the vintage boutique.
There are treasures to behold in every part of the shop…
If you are a regular follower of my blog, then you know that I couldn’t leave without trying on a few pieces. I started with the hats. Oh… my… word, the hats! If I could have, I would have purchased them all. Xtabay has an absolutely insane collection of the most lovely, unique vintage hats.
First up was a hat that actually caught Cory’s eye before mine. It’s a gold Christian Dior hat and it left me speechless.
Next we came across two pieces with fun embellishments: an Eva Mae brilliant blue hat with gold accents and beautiful bow and a white straw hat with veil and the sweetest little red roses.
I absolutely fell in love with this shades of sorbet Christian Dior turban. I regret not purchasing it right then and there. How fun would it be to wear while lounging by the poolside?
Another poolside piece I was drawn to was this John Frederics 1940′s multicolor straw hat. I just love how it sits on the crown of the head.
I then began trying on dresses…
First up was this Adele Simpson 1950′s couture cocktail dress. Stunning. I didn’t want to take it off. Liz handed me a 1940′s hat to pair with it and the outfit was complete. Thanks to Liz, I ended up purchasing the darling hat. I have quite the collection of little black dresses that were in need of a fabulous black hat to go along with them.
As soon as I saw the hibiscus print on this green 1940′s dress I knew I had to try it on.
I felt like a cute 1950′s school teacher in this plaid dress by Kerry Brooke through Sears and Roebuck and a glamourous starlet in this white fur collar.
I loved the fit and detail of this 1950′s original R&K eyelet dress.
And lastly I tried on this 1950′s heartbreakingly beautiful baby blue prom dress. I truly felt like I had been transported back in time. I could have stayed at Xtabay all day.
Be sure to come in and marvel in the shop’s beauty for yourself. And, if you don’t live in Portland, don’t you fret! You can still get your hands on a beautiful Xtabay frock through Xtabay’s Etsy Shop.