Wednesday, March 30, 2016

༺ Brocade, Taffeta & Some Thoughts on Dresses ༻

The Review Regency Dress | Lavender & Twill

1950s formal party attire ~ hair and makeup details | Lavender & Twill

Formal 1950s ensemble for a wedding | Lavender & Twill

The Review Regency Dress | Lavender & Twill

Formal 1950s ensemble for a wedding | Lavender & Twill

The Review Regency Dress | Lavender & Twill

1950s formal party attire ~ hair and makeup details | Lavender & Twill

I honestly can’t believe how last minute this outfit was…

I usually try plan ahead for events ~ particularly special ones such as the wedding we attended recently, but we have been soooo busy, {ever since Christmas really!!  (ô □ ô) …} that I just haven’t had a single minute to think. Not one!

I literally lay down in bed Friday night {the wedding was Saturday evening} and went, “Oh ~ that’s right, we have a wedding we are going to tomorrow afternoon… Now what am I going to wear??” And you’d never guess, but I did not have a thing that I could wear!

I searched my dress closet, and even went so far as to ransack the mending pile ~ figuring that I had time to do the mending if I found a suitable dress, but no… After rejecting a few different options, there really was only one thing I could do.  (•   •๑)_ ₎₎ ₎₎….

I had to go shopping.

Mind you, I absolutely do enjoy hunting down the perfect vintage dress for an event, so you know that shopping itself is never a problem. {Haha, maybe it should be?}  However, I knew that having two hours to do the shopping was going to be the interesting part. I had no option but to go retail. Say what??

The whole family came with me to help pick out the dress, and I decided we would check out a shop in the city centre called Review. I’d been in there once or twice already, and I knew that they had a very nice “vintage” look to their pieces. Their knits are all gorgeous and completely vintage appropriate, and I was hoping that I would be lucky enough to find something that would both work into my wardrobe, and also be good for a formal reception dinner. Spoiler alert ~ we found a dress. 

It did take a bit of finding, as I spotted the 50s inspired taffeta brocade frock straight away, but wasn’t convinced that the coppery tones would suit me. I picked out a few other dresses that seemed to be more in my style. They didn’t work out, for although the fabrics were more to my taste, {pearls, pastel pinks, florals, etc} the cuts were just too modern-does-vintage for me. Too short, too strappy, too sharp…

Then it was a decision between a 1940’s influenced dusky blue lace dress, or this one… I was still a bit meh, but I tried it on a second time and discovered ~ it. had. pockets!! (•̀o•́)ง✧

Of course I was sold then and there ~ that was the perfect vintage touch to my very 1950s modern cocktail dress. It was just a matter of figuring out what accessories to wear, and what colours to accentuate when styling my ensemble. Once I paired the dress with a fabulous vintage beaded handbag{the best evening bag I have due to it being on the larger side ~ winning!}, gloves, and some vintage jewellery, I actually ended up with an outfit I totally adored. This frock made me feel pretty for the first time in a while, despite my health issues, and it was a good feeling. 

The nicest thing about the whole ordeal of finding a dress to wear to this wedding, was that I realized that it doesn’t have to be a vintage dress to feel special, it just has be a dress that feels like you.

I love vintage, I love my vintage dresses ~ particularly those amazing evening dresses with divine couture details. But what I like about those dresses is how wearing the right one makes you feel so comfortable, yet elegant at the same time. The perfect dress allows your inner beauty to shine through and enhances you. You wear the dress; the dress doesn’t wear you.

When that happens, it feels amazing. *.⋆( ˘̴͈́ ॢ꒵ॢ ˘̴͈̀ )⋆.*

And that’s why personal style is so personal, but also why as a vintage girl ~ or indeed, anyone who wears any kind of alternative fashions, or simply clothing full stop{!} ~ we still need to stay true to ourselves. Because when we do that, it doesn’t matter how old the dress is, or isn’t, or where it came from, be it a thrift shop or a couture house ~ it will be the right one to wear, anywhere.



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The Regency Dress | Review
Vintage Orient Beaded Tapestry Purse | eBay
Vintage Black Bow Gloves | eBay
Marcasite & Pearl Blossom Necklace | Valentine’s Day Gift, 2010
Vintage Marcasite & Pearl Leaf Earrings | Round She Goes Market, 2015
Canvas Underskirt in White | Pinup Girl Clothing
La Mode Mary-Jane Heels | Old

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