a little bit hippy…


vintage hippy dress

Even though I only just scored this vintage dress last summer, it takes me back. It has a hippy, flower-child vibe (especially with it’s original long length) that takes me back to growing up in Oregon. Around Eugene, to be exact, a city teeming with hippies.

Even though the gray Oregon skies don’t agree with me, that place is in my blood. And apparently 23 years of your life there will be apparent. I recently met an older couple at the restaurant where I work, they came in for dinner and we hit it off. We were chatting for a bit when they asked me if I’ve ever been to Portland. They were from Oregon but spend winters down in Arizona, and they thought I reminded them of the people back in their home state. They were shocked when I told them I grew up in Oregon, and pretty proud of themselves for spotting one of their own.

I would never label my style “hippy”, but there’s something about peace, love, and tie-dye that makes me homesick.


I bought this dress for $2 at an estate sale, but it’s been sitting in my alterations pile since last summer. It just needed to be shortened, the long length was not my style.

And now for the before and after, and remember- frumpiness adds to the “before” effect :P I didn’t do a proper hem, I just decided to lop it off and sew on a ruffly bias trim. Easy Peasy.


dress: vintage, estate sale
hat: thrifted
shoes: Buffalo Exchange, years ago
lilies & plant stands: gifts from Brian

vintage hippy dress

What are your plans for the weekend? We are off to Tucson for a wedding and I’m so excited to celebrate with them!

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18 Responses to a little bit hippy…

  1. Becky Bedbug says:

    Ok, this dress is seriously perfect! I wish I had the ability to see the potential in things like this.


  2. Salvaged Strawberry says:

    Hey hippie, love the dress and it’s 10 times better short – I love seeing your craft and cute creations! :) Have so much fun at the wedding! :) I am so happy it’s Friday! Let the weekend begin!

  3. I love it, you made it so cute :) and, I’m headed down to Portland this weekend! I’ve stopped in Eugene before, and I really liked the area – hippie towns are the best. but yeah, the PNW has some super-gloomy weather that I daydream of escaping too :/ where did you escape to?

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed your weekend in PDX! I “escaped” to PHX- I went for the total desert :)

  4. Love it short! It suits you so nicely, I’ve never been to Oregon, but have been dreaming about it for the past 10 years, since that was when I moved to California, and coming from Belgium there’s just something about the gloomy wet weather that I love.

  5. adorable dress!
    great job!

  6. So pretty, love the dress! I think the alterations looks great, and love how one of the pretty flower lines on the bottom was still left on! I need to try adding a little ruffle to a hem one of these day, it turned out so cute! Have a great time at the wedding!
    xo Hannah

  7. Nice job on the dress. You totally made it wearable by shortening it. I love it! :)

  8. Dus says:

    what a different a good hem makes on that gorgeous dress! and lucky that you could get right under the pretty pattern at still a good length. how tall are you btw? so funny about the Oregon couple spotting you out!

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Thanks girl! There were a few rows of that pattern but I really wanted to make sure and save one. I tower in at 5’4″ :)

  9. Marisa says:

    Gah…that dress is perfect! I love how you altered it…nothing like taking scissors to an old frumpy piece and making it into something fresh and adorable. Your ruby reds are darling too! Have a fun time in Tucson Lisa!

    xo Marisa

  10. Kendall says:

    Cute dress and a great find at $2. I like it either way, long or short, but I’m assuming in Arizona that it would be better to have it short. I went with my family to Oregon right after high school, to Portland and Cannon Beach, and I’ve been dying to take my boyfriend back to Cannon Beach. But Arizona is on my list of places to visit too so I guess I’m kind of jealous of your “western-ness” haha

    kendall from buttons & blossoms

    • lalafauxbois says:

      I am pretty western but have dreams of being eastern for a little while… maybe :) Cannon beach is SO pretty! I took my husband there 2 years ago, that would be awesome if you could make it back. Yes, in AZ the less fabric the better!

  11. Victoria Honey says:

    Hello Lisa,
    This is Victoria from SCC. Found you randomly online. You are too adorable! Do you still work at Cibo?

  12. Jessica says:

    This dress looks incredible rehabbed and what a sweet story. I always think that no matter where you’re from, it’s in your blood! It influences your whole life.

  13. Kristian says:

    Another pretty dress from a simple hemming!


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