If you've looked into collecting dolls you know that antique dolls can be prohibitively expensive, hard to find, and difficult to take care of.
But contemporary dolls dressed in period costumes can provide a fascinating window into the life and styles of other eras. A meticulously accurate retro-style doll can transport you to another time, be it the Victorian Age or the Roaring 20's.
Online resources can be help you judge how authentic a doll's outfit really is. Looking at vintage illustrations, advertisements, portraits, and movies from the era can also help give you a sense of the right feel for the time.
Here are 4 important aspects to pay close attention to when you're shopping for authentic style of a retro, vintage or period dolls: