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Lingerie in San Francisco: Vintage Fashion Expo & Dollhouse Bettie

About a week ago, I flew to San Francisco to attend my very first Vintage Fashion Expo and to pay a visit to Dollhouse Bettie. I heard about the Expo several years ago when Dita von Teese mentioned it as one of her favorite places to shop, and ever since then, I’ve been determined see for myself just how awesome it is. And let’s just say the Expo did not disappoint.

There was vintage fashion on the trade show floor from each of the past 14 decades, and almost every piece was in pristine, wearable condition. Jewelry, shoes, dresses, suits… the expo had it all, but what I was looking for (unsurprisingly) was lingerie.

Compared to all the other fashion available there was very little lingerie, and I understand why (after all, do you save your old underwear?). But the pieces that were at the show were simply exquisite. I’m talking delicate lace bedjackets from the 1880s, luminous silk camis and tap panties from the 1920s, and, of course, the ever-present 1950s nylon slip. Most surprising was how reasonably priced all the lingerie was. For example, that 1920s cami and tap panty set I mentioned was only $55. It seriously made me consider getting into the vintage lingerie selling business.

After a long day of walking around the show (where I picked up this gorgeous little slip for only $16), I traveled downtown to Dollhouse Bettie, my other scheduled stop. I’ve mentioned Dollhouse Bettie on the blog several times before, and I have wanted to visit their brick-and-mortar location since it first opened. Much to my delight, they did not disappoint.

I’m a big fan of lingerie stores with a personality, and I love boutiques where it’s obvious the owner has selected the merchandise with love and care. And Dollhouse Bettie has personality, love, and care in abundance. The vintage lingerie was gorgeous. The contemporary lingerie equally beautiful. As for their their in-house designed line… well, let’s just say I have some new additions to the Lust List. All in all, I’d call the trip a smashing, lingerie-filled success!

What do you think of the sights in San Francisco? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Fashion Tales.... says:

    Wish i could have gone.. hope it was spectacular! -xxoo

  2. Treacle says:

    @ericavale–You should definitely go! Let me know how you like it when you do. :)

    @Colin–Thanks for stopping by.

  3. sexylegsandbody says:

    Hmmm, some sexy pieces, thanks for sharing.

    Hope your week starts off well.

  4. ericavale says:

    I live in SF and had no idea this was happening!!!! So jealous! NEXT YEAR FOR SURE

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