Wearing vintage clothing and accessories is one of the most accessible and affordable (not to mention creative) ways to reduce the environmental impact of your wardrobe and home goods. So every so often, I comb Etsy and eBay and Bonanza to find beautiful vintage pieces around a particular theme. 


With all this wacky weather, it feels like spring is already here in the latter part of February. The snowdrops in my garden are up and the daffodils are next. So, like it or not, it's time to think about spring clothes . This year prints continue to be popular, and vintage fabrics are a great place to find them. Check out these vintage and restyled dresses that are both lower impact (as they are made with already-existing fabrics) and totally 2012 at the same time. 

This lovely fitted cocktail dress is a modern shape made with vintage fabrics (and comes with that fab matching belt). Laura Plenzik's store on Etsy features this pretty dress.

This simple cotton dress was originally worn in the '80s and reminds me of something Molly Ringwald might have donned for an afternoon out in the spring of 1984.  Via Chronologie Vintage on Etsy

What could be more inspiring than a vintage Hawaiian dress? Sans sleeves (but with some length), this colorful number was originally designed and made in Hawaii. Via Glamour1 on Bonanza

I love how the sort of psychedelic print is paired here with such a demure, sweet cut. Via Ginger and the Globot on Etsy

This vintage Mexican embroidered dress is so vibrant! It would pair perfectly with black 3/4-length leggings and flats. Via Hidden Fabrics on Bonanza

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

Vintage Fridays: Sweet spring dresses
Pretty frocks from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s are perfect for 2012.