A Peek Inside

Farewell, Beautiful Bowie January 12 2016, 0 Comments

We've lost a true fashion innovator with the passing of David Bowie. Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Major Tom. Bowie easily morphed from Mod to Glam, from New Romantic to Electronic. Bowie showed the world that androgyny was cool, men in high heels are fabulous and all the many outcasts and freaks among us can be anyone we want. He created the soundtrack to countless lives, and influenced thousands of artists and muscians to pursue their dreams. The world would be a lesser place had Bowie never graced our planet. The stars do look very different today.













The Glamour of Winter Whites! January 10 2016, 0 Comments

A new color collection at Dorothea's....Winter Whites! A range of season fresh shades of white to kick off the new year. See the collection here


Slip Into Something....Vintage. And Fashionable! December 13 2015, 0 Comments

A fab selection of vintage full slips just added to the website! Take a cue from beautiful women from past and present....there is nothing more devastating the slip! See the collection here   .

French Vogue shows how the slip (and slip dress) inspires and shines as a fashion staple (and it wasn't just in the 90s!). See the article here. 



Modernize the slip with flannel, leather or layered over a tee! Add glamour with fur or just bare, shimmering skin.

Max Out! The Latest Collection from Dorothea's December 08 2015, 0 Comments

The long and the long of it! The new collection at Dorothea's Closet is maxi dresses from the 60s and 70s...several new ones added, more to come! See it here.


Too Many Hats! A $20 Hat Blow-out! November 23 2015, 0 Comments

In sorting and cataloguing all the vintage hats in my stock, I've come to terms with the fact that there are far too many! Over 700, to be precise! So I'm having a $20 hat sale....over 200 listed so far and more to come! Stock up, gift your friends! See it here.


Go Glam! A Vintage Fur Hat Collection November 12 2015, 0 Comments

The latest collection from Dorothea's, just in time for chilly weather...the vintage fur hat collection! See it here. 


the Spice of Life....Color for Fall November 02 2015, 0 Comments

Shop the new color collection at Dorothea's! The Spice of Life features hues of cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg and more. See it here.


Dress to Kill...The Walking Dead collection at Dorothea's October 07 2015, 0 Comments

Suede. Leather. Denim. Carl's hat. Boots and blouses. Get the look, shop the collection.


Echoes of the Orient...In Vintage Fashion September 23 2015, 0 Comments

The latest collection from Dorothea's Closet....echoes of the Orient! Kimono sleeves, embroidered details, luxe colors. See the collection here.

The Best in Vintage Blogging September 15 2015, 0 Comments

And it ain't me, folks. I don't blog often or well enough to be called that. But there IS one incredible vintage blog you should be following! One that is often imitated but never, ever duplicated. Lulu's Vintage has been around since 2001, starting as a vintage boutique in Portland and blog...you've no doubt seen her Top 10 Vintage Websites annual event. She's a true pioneer in the industry! Check her out and check back daily. 

The Brooch is BACK! September 11 2015, 0 Comments

All the fashion mags and website are saying it.....the brooch is BACK! In hair-do's, on jackets, blouses, sweaters. Big and sparkly, statement colors, figurals. What better way to get the look than with vintage? Check out our brooch collection here!


The Toast of Fall! August 27 2015, 0 Comments

Fall for the toasted tints of the season! Warm cocoa, mahogany, sienna, russet and sable. See the collection here and get ready for the chilly temps ahead! 

Help Save Dorothea's Closet's Brick and Mortar Boutique! August 17 2015, 1 Comment

 I'm Angela, the owner of Dorothea's Closet Vintage boutique in Des Moines, IA (as well as the website). I've been selling vintage clothing for 13 years, and have had my local boutique since 2007. Owning my own shop and being able to preserve and recycle the lovely things people have saved for decades...to give them new opportunities to make memories with new owners...has meant the world to me. 

Through a series of slow winter months, a family illness and lay-off and a rent hike, I've gotten a little behind on rent (keeping power on through the winter and food on the table had to come first!). In close to 8 years I've paid rent on time every month, but fell on some tricky times recently. The company that manages the building is not interested in my history of paying in a timely manner, nor that I've been the only business in that space to last longer than a year or so  in decades and have given me 10 days to catch up or they will start proceedings to evict me. 

Because I also have utilities, house payment, health insurance, back to school clothes, taxes and other obligations coming up with the sum needed that quickly looks pretty daunting. I really don't want to lose my shop. 

So at the prompting of good friends, I'm setting this up. Any amount "donated" will get a voucher/gift card to my website or shop (so please give me contact info!). Whether you use it, gift it to someone else or do nothing with it is up to you, but I don't like taking money without providing something in return. I'm up against a wall or I wouldn't even ask. Any little bit will help, and I thank you SO much for even reading this! 


  Donate ANY amount here

Sun Screens August 12 2015, 0 Comments

Late summer is BRIGHT! Grab a great vintage hat to shield those peepers! See the collection here. 


Meet This Week's Guest Curator, Sandra Mendoza! August 05 2015, 0 Comments

This week's guest curator is the lovely Sandra Mendoza of Debutante Vintage! Sandra both lives in and loves vintage fashion and has a new showroom in Pomona, California. See her selections here!

Vintage Like Fine Wine...A Color Collection August 03 2015, 0 Comments

Who doesn't love some lovely wine? Dorothea's has curated a collection of boozy hued vintage pieces you can wear! See our faves here.


Meet Dorothea's Latest Gues Curator...Liza-Mae! July 28 2015, 0 Comments

Meet Dorothea's latest guest curator... Liza Mae Carlin! A brilliant and chic woman who makes vintage of any era look fabulous! Check out her collection and use code LMAE25 to take 25% off any website order over $50. https://dorotheas-closet-vintage.myshopify.com/collections/liza-maes-collection

What to Wear....Paris Apartment Chic. July 27 2015, 0 Comments

You don't have to live in a Paris apartment to look like you do! Shop our collection to get the look!

It's a Sheer (Vintage) Thing July 21 2015, 0 Comments

Check out the latest collection at Dorothea's Closet...perfect for sultry summer days or layering in colder climates! The Sheer Collection!