>Yes, have you tried typing "shirring" into lolibrary and even clicking search, they show the year for everything in the thumbnails. Honestly if you want bigger pieces look mostly for Meta, a lot of their stuff is more forgiving, I have a dress from 2002 with no shirring but like an 88cm waist and it's gorgeous. Meta also did and still does a lot of shirring, plenty of their old pieces have shirring. If you're on the slightly bigger side also stay cautious of IW, even with shirring I find a lot of their older pieces run a bit small especially in the bust.
>You search the brand name, look at the dresses, and if you see one you want you either recognize it already or go look it up to see how old it is. There is no magic 'old dress' search button or term, half the time sellers don't know or don't remember how old stuff is or don't bother to write it in the description. Half the time the dresses don't have names aside from "Baby the Stars Velvet Black Lolita Gothic One Piece" or whatever. I learned to recognize dresses from going through tons of lolibrary listings and old pictures as a side hobby. That's the only way really, looking stuff up. You have to learn to recognize hallmarks that might make a dress "older" so you can look at something and go "oh, this looks old" and then you go try and find it on Lolibrary or whatever. Sometimes you can also date stuff by tag pictures, it doesn't work for Baby, but Meta has been through a few logos, and AP has been through like six or seven of them.
>What shop are you looking at? Just "rhs from ebay" tells us nothing, but if you have the listing or shop you're looking at maybe someone here can help. I'd buy from Bodyline instead honestly, their shipping isn't even that bad (probably because i'm euro) and at most you end up paying like what 23.99 + 16 shipping so about 40 bucks for a pair of shoes, which isn't really that bad for shoes honestly.