How Do I Wear a Vintage Dress Without Wrecking It?

A reader hopes to rock a silk chiffon dress from the ’80s without damaging its delicate fabric.

I recently bought a vintage 1980s Italian designer silk chiffon dress with matching belt and jacket, in somewhat fragile condition. I want to keep the garment nice, but I also want to wear it. How should I proceed without ruining it in a couple wears? Is there a way to restore it? And is there a way to keep sweat off the delicate fabric so I can wear it more places? — Abigail, Alameda, Calif.

You have identified one of the biggest issues in the current conversation around the virtues of vintage: condition and

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