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Vintage Fashion Upcycling | How I Turned Vintage Square Dance Clothing Into Real Fashion Finds


The trend for quite some time in decorating is to mix the vintage with the new. If you look at Anthropology, Pottery Barn, or Restoration Hardware catalogs and Pinterest, you will see the new and the old meshed together in harmony.

I’m going to propose that you try that with your wardrobe as well. (Yes, it is possible to successfully mix both worlds.)

Vintage Mixed with the New in Fashion

Two pieces in my wardrobe that get a lot compliments every time I wear them came from a square dance clothing sale. YES ….you heard me right, a square dance clothing sale.

I took an intro to square dance class with a friend last spring.

During the breaks between songs, we were informed that there was a sale of clothing that belonged to former members. This was both equal parts sad and awesome because that meant our vintage finds were the result of a broken hip or death of a former member.

When we scanned the room, we looked for pieces that could be given new life with updated accessories.

From Square Dance to Stunning

The skirt I picked was simple and had a lot of colors to pull from. I wore it with a black tank top and black cardigan sweater. I also wore nude colored shoes to make my legs look longer.

It was the perfect Mother’s Day outfit.

I then wore the skirt with just the tank top to a concert at the end of that summer.

The shirt I chose from the square dance sale was simple with black lace. It’s longer sleeve length was flattering for my arms.

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The shape of the shirt was also flattering and wasn’t too short or long without any shape.

I paired it with skinny jeans and flats with a flower.

My hair accessory was a headband from Headbands of Hope.  ( For each headband you purchase, a headband is given to a cancer patient and $1 is donated to St. Baldrick’s.)

I wore this outfit at the recent Bloggy Con conference.  I had a few people compliment my shirt and I did confess my “store” when asked.  I wouldn’t tell someone unsolicited, but it is fun to see someone’s reaction when I share it was a former square dance shirt.

Keys to Wearing Vintage

Fashion can be so fun when you mix new with the old. Just try adding older pieces one at a time. Too many large vintage pieces can give you an outdated look really quick. The key is to be subtle about it and look at pieces with new eyes for what they could be with the right accessories.  You can find pieces or accessories in thrift stores, vintage shops, or your grannie’s closet.

If you have doubts about something you’re trying, take a pic and send it to your most fashionable friend before making your big debut. I do this all the time with my friends.

If you decide to wear a vintage number, own it!

Confidence is key. If you are insecure about what you are wearing, it will affect your day.

Fashion is wearable art, so have fun and tap into your creative style!


Do you have any favorite vintage fashion finds? Share about it in the comments!

Nedra McDaniel is a blogger who loves encouraging and inspiring people to try something new. She enjoys living to the fullest. Traveling, meeting new people and trying new things make her feel more alive. Her adventures are of a wide variety and include friends and family whenever possible. (Underwater Hockey, luge, intro to curling, trapeze, fencing, riding in a pace name a few) Check out her site Adventure mom blog, facebook page Adventure mom and get the courage to step out of your comfort zone and try something new too.


  1. Crystal

    October 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I already loved the shirt, but now I LOVE LOVE LOVE the skirt, too. What a great find!

  2. Prime Parents Club

    October 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Ok, I witnessed the SQUARE DANCE SHIRT in person at the conference, and you cannot even believe how cute it was. I look forward to Nedra’s style and tips! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!


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