Off the Rack ~ How to Buy Trashy Diva on a Budget

Last week, I briefly mentioned buying Trashy Diva dresses on a budget. This week, I’m doing a whole post on how to find and buy second-hand and less costly items from this very boob-friendly brand.

First up, the original retail prices. Most TD dresses in rayon or cotton hover around $165, with separates coming in around slightly above half that. Stretch rayon items cost a little more (presumably the fabric is more expensive at wholesale), running about $185 for a dress and again slightly more than half that for separates. Naturally, prices vary depending on how much fabric a garment requires.

Trashy Diva shoppers who want the security of buying from a reputable retailer with the option for returns can stick to Trashy Diva and other conventional online retailers. On the TD site, start out with the sale section, which gets updated every couple months. Keep in mind that discounts of 50% or more are final sale.

TD also has the occasional coupon for 50% off all sale items, or a percent off a specific non-sale print. Sign up for their email newsletter and/or become a fan on Facebook to be notified whenever there is a coupon.

Another way to save a little cash is to buy new from other retailers that have free shipping. TD always offers free shipping on purchases of at least $200 with the code VINTAGE (though keep in mind you can’t combine coupon codes), but there are other stockists who offer free shipping at lower rates, such as Viva Charm City, which has free shipping at $100, no code needed.

Those other stockists also have the occasional sale on TD items, so I’d suggest signing up for their newsletters as well. For example, Viva Charm City currently has a site-wide sale (including on top of already discounted sale prices) with discounts of 20-30% off that show up when you add items to your cart, no code needed (the discounts will be active through midnight March 26). Visit www.trashydiva.com/about-us/store-locations to see a list of boutiques and online retailers that stock TD.

My next source for purchasing discount Trashy Diva is eBay. In addition to random people selling on there, TD has their own eBay account for selling final stock and slightly damaged items, under the name “www.trashydiva.”

I like to use eBay not only to buy, but also to keep an eye on prices that some of the older designs are going for, in case I ever want to sell one of mine. As such, I have a “Followed Search” for Trashy Diva saved, and I receive an email once a day when new TD items have been listed. My search is specific to the category of women’s clothing and shoes. You can also choose to limit it to a specific size or garment type (shirt, skirt, dress, etc). I avoid selecting those features, though, because I can sometimes size up or down in certain designs, or I can alter things to fit me. If there’s a print you desperately want, you may have to fudge the size a little, especially if it’s several years old or more.

EBay is also an excellent resource to give you an idea of what price you can expect to pay for rarer designs. For example, some of the most popular retired prints include French Quarter, Pearl Harbor, and Sci-Fi Rockets, which often go for $300 – $400 at auction. If you are on a Trashy Diva budget, then don’t expect to buy these!

Another source for buying used TD dresses is smartphone apps such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari. You can save the brand to your favorites on these apps, but they don’t notify you when new items are listed, so you have to manually check them often because TD pieces tend to sell fast. As such, I use these apps much less than other sources.

My final resource for discounted Trashy Diva is also the one I use most and is my favorite—the Facebook fan group “Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva.” This group is made up of over 4,000 rabid fans selling, swapping, and discussing nothing but Trashy Diva. Not only is it great for buying and selling, it’s also a surprisingly close-knit community, with many members organizing meet-ups in their respective cities. In fact, the group has become so supportive of the brand that members of the Trashy Diva team sometimes pop in to announce events early, or to share news, contests, calls for photos, and the like.

Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva (or DTSD) is a closed group, so if you want to join, you need to search for it on Facebook and request membership. The ladies there are a wealth of information, and can answer literally any question about the brand, its print, the fit of a specific garment, etc.

So now that you know where to buy discounted TD, how do you know what to look for? And once you’ve fallen in love with an old style or print, how do you know what size to seek out? Well you’re in luck! One of the DSTD members compiled photos of every single TD garment ever made, at allthetrashydiva.tumblr.com. It even links to each item’s original online listing through internet archiving service The Wayback Machine, so you can find the original size chart.

I’ve personally snagged slightly damaged Trashy Diva for as little as $26, and years-old dresses with tags still attached for $100, so there are definitely bargains to be had if you keep an eye out and pounce when you find the right piece!

 

Off the Rack ~ Trashy Diva Roundup Part II: Winter Edition

After my last roundup of dresses from Trashy Diva, I’ve swapped a few and purchased a few more, so it’s time for another round! This time, I’m showing five winter options from the vintage reproduction brand. Really, they’re “mini” dresses, so they’re just as good for summer, but I wear them more in winter than my longer ones since they work well with tights and boots.

This time, I’m also going to list what the size chart says the measurements are, and will note if something feels smaller than the chart would suggest.

Once again, for fit assistance I’m 5’6” with a looooong torso and short legs. My figure is 37”-29”-41” and I’m between sizes for bras, at 28G/GG – 30FF/G. In the photos below, I’m wearing an Ewa Michalak PL bra in size 65G (30G).

Finally, I want to make a note about price. Trashy Diva is not cheap. These dresses are definitely an indulgence. However, I get many of mine second-hand through eBay and Facebook swap/sell groups, or wait until there’s a sale. So it is possible to be a TD fan on a budget. If the cost puts you off, I would suggest signing up for TD’s mailing list to be notified of sales, saving an eBay search for the brand, and checking sales apps often (such as Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari). It’s common to find dresses from past years, but sometimes you can even find ones from the current season at a discount, after the original buyer removed the tags only to later decide it doesn’t fit or suit her.

1. Dolores Mini

Print name: Venice Nights
Fabric: Stretch rayon
Size: 8
Side zipper, half-length sleeves with puff shoulders, pockets
Measurements: Bust 37”, waist 29.5”

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Off the Rack ~ Springtime in Brooklyn with Miss Candyfloss: A review of the “Mariana” Dress

I’m back to another clothing review from my favorite bust-friendly brand—Miss Candyfloss! MCF just started releasing the spring’s new “Housewife” collection, and this time I had the opportunity to review one of the first pieces, which means it’s still available to buy (unlike many of my past reviews when I wrote about garments after most sizes sold out)!

Disclosure: This item was received as a review sample. All opinions are my own and based entirely on my experience.

At first, I was a little skeptical of the “Housewife” label; it brings to mind the era when women had no choice but to be a housewife. But when MCF started previewing the new collection on Instagram, it was immediately clear that they were taking a humorous, more liberated point of view. Check out some of the posts:

Sneaky little preview for all those fierce women who love the stereotype 1950s housewife look. A dress for the not so desperate housewife. This dress will be available mid March. #newcollection #50s #womenswear #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #fierce #killerdress #girlboss #modernpinup #stepfordwife #sneakpeak #editorial #lookbook

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We might be obsessed with the stereotype 1950s housewife look but it does not mean we envision women doing all of the house work. In fact, chores are more fun when they are divided equally. Gents, take out those ironing boards and get to work ???????? Thank you Andreas for your modelling and ironing skills ? #ourvision #modernhousewife #equality #housewife #newcollection #girlboss #modernpinup #vintage #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #pinupstyle #editorial #photoshoot #lookbook #misscandyfloss #fashionshoot #preppy #shirtdress #swingdress #swing #stepfordwife #desperatehousewife #notsodesperate

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“Morning coffee at its best”. We had so much fun shooting this collection. Miss C designer’s hubby Andreas jumped in to help us accomplish this shoot. We are so thankful to have the Miss C family we have. So blessed to have amazing models who can channel our design vision ? There is always so much laughter and hard work behind our shoots. If you would only know. #newcollection #housewife #retro #retrolook #misscandyfloss #retrofashion #swingdress #swing #editorial #fashionshoot #50s #50sfashion #womenswear #womensfashion #pinupfashion #household #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintageinspired #retrohousewife #girlboss

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(Note that the gentleman in these photos is the husband of one of the MCF designers!)

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Off the Rack ~ Pinup Girl Clothing “Peasant Top” vs. Vixen by Micheline Pitt “Powder Puff Top”

I’ve long been a fan of Pinup Girl Clothing (as attested by the many reviews I’ve written here on Hourglassy). But in the last year or so, the quality and customer service have been suffering.

Additionally, I’m feeling that the designs they put out seem more and more juvenile. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se, but as I get older, I’m gravitating more toward clothes that look more authentic vintage and less kitschy. Of course I’ll always stick by my bright colors, but more and more I’m choosing prints that are less cartoony and silhouettes that are less doll-like.

As such, I was pleased to see that Micheline Pitt, former PUG model and senior designer, has branched out into her own company called Vixen by Micheline Pitt that’s already getting rave reviews. Micheline was responsible for the “Deadly Dames” PUG range, which was a sexier, more mature and occasionally racy line of garments. After a falling out with PUG, she’s taken that style and run with it.

To be honest, so far there isn’t that much by Vixen that I feel the impulse to buy. The makeup prints and all the pink do nothing for me. But I’ve read tons of positive reviews, and I recently joined a Vixen Facebook fan group in which Micheline herself pops up to answer questions and give sneak peeks of upcoming items. I’m really impressed with the customer service and positive feedback, so last week I used a coupon for DollMeUpDarling.com and picked out a “Powder Puff Top” to try.

Since I need another black or red shirt like I need a hole in my head, and goodness knows I can’t keep a white shirt clean to save my life, I went with the only remaining color—light pink.

I’m not much of a pink wearer, especially baby pink like this, but I’ve also been looking for a potential replacement for my PUG peasant tops, and thought it would be a good idea to compare the pink Vixen top to my pink PUG top. The PUG peasant tops are not entirely boob-friendly, but they come in an array of colors and go really well with high-waisted bottoms, so they’re a good basic despite the fit issues.

Unfortunately for this review, the PUG tops are actually in the midst of a redesign, and I only have the old style. So this comparison of the two shirts is going to be outdated pretty soon. But I hope it’s helpful in the meantime!

Both these shirts are a medium, and I measure 37”-29”-41” with a height of 5’6” and bra size 28G–30G (UK) depending on brand. In these photos, I’m wearing the Fantasie 4510 Molded Smoothing Tee-Shirt Bra in 30FF.

First up, here is the old PUG peasant top:

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