When I first picked up this dress I wasn’t sure I loved it. Something about the print just didn’t feel like me – maybe it felt a little too country? The only reason I bothered trying it on was the full skirt.
But when I did try it on, I loved how it looked. And since it was $15, it was easy to go ahead and buy it. Sure, there were some stains from age – it must have been packed between cardboard or something similar that left marks. But I’ve learned that those kinds of stains generally wash out (and they did!).
Photo by Pat Zimmerman.
Fast-forward a couple of years and this has become one of my go-to dresses. Since it’s from the early 1950s, I’ve had to take a needle & thread to it a few times – but it’s worth it! It’s super easy to wear and mix & match with accessories.
This time, I went with cheery summer brights – a pink cardigan (coming on the heels of my last post, it seems I have a thing for pink cardis!), yellow bangles, and lime green earrings.
Bright accessories add pop to a black & white print. (Photo by Pat Zimmerman.)
Then I added some chic patent heels and did what any reasonable girl wearing a full-skirted dress should do – went for a spin!
Love spinning in full skirts! (Photo by Pat Zimmerman.)
Btw, I think sunny days make me giddy . . .
Full on cheese! (Photo by Pat Zimmerman.)
(I’m a serious fashion blogger. For reals.)
Being a serious fashion blogger. (Photo by Pat Zimmerman.)
Anyway . . . What piece in your closet has become an unexpected fave?
Dress: vintage early 1950s dress via Eons Fashion Antique in Pittsburgh, PA
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Bracelets: vintage (yellow bangles) and a gift (silver cuff)
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti via The Outnet
Purse: Cole Haan Valise Archer leather satchel via Rue La La
[All photos by Pat Zimmerman.]