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Monday, February 22, 2016

Vintage Outfit Post-1960s Style For a Wedding

Nearly three years ago when I first started this blog I did a post on a 1930s outfit I wore to a good friend's wedding (here).  It was just as I was getting really into vintage and her wedding was one of the first events I attended dressed in full on vintage style:

Eeek only three years ago and I look so much younger!
 

I had a great time at the event and greeting dressed up made it even more fun.

Today of course I dress in vintage, or vintage style looks, nearly every day, but I still relish the chance to go the extra mile for a special event.  This past Friday a good friend of mine got married in a  really lovely ceremony in Manhattan.   

I've been getting more and more into mid century looks lately and I really wanted to wear something  1950s or 60s to the event, plus the bride is a Mad Men fan (a show I don't watch, but I like the look of).  So as I was shopping I was looking for a cocktail dress with a Mad Men feel to it.




I found the perfect dress just before Christmas in the Etsy shop fab gabs, and for a great price!  I nabbed it during one of her flash sales at a big discount.   The dress is grey and gold which was nice because grey and gold are the brides favorite colors.




I paired the dress with a white and gold hair flower from Chatter Blossom and clip on hoop earrings from Mrs Polly's Lucite.  




My husband looked pretty fab too (and the dogs helped us keep it real by getting us all haired up before we left).





The wedding was beautiful a gold cake, a Mariachi band, and the couple looked amazing and glowing with happiness. Sadly it was dark and a little hard to get photos, but it was perfect.  











While my dress was great fun to wear it did hi-light some perils of wearing vintage.   The style of the dress with my body type and all the food I'd eaten over my vacation necessitated some shape wear underneath.  I wore a waist cincher  from What Katie Did.  They make great vintage style shape wear that really holds you in and gives you an era appropriate look.   In general their stuff is pretty comfortable and very pretty, but by the end of the evening I did fill a bit like this:




Sadly the dress didn't really survive the night.  Perhaps because the fabric is lame thread and delicate, it did not hold up well, and by the end of the evening there where several rips that I don't think can be repaired.  I'm still really glad I had the chance to wear it.    You always take a risk wearing vintage that it won't hold up on wearing it, but I hate to think of beautiful things languishing in a box instead of being enjoyed.  



Outfit Details

Dress: Fab Gabs
Hair Flower: Chatter Blossom
Lucite Box Purse-Thrifted
Shape Wear and Stockings: What Katie Did 

14 comments:

  1. I love those dress patterns, I've never used an original vintage pattern, I wonder how different they are.
    Luffs your outfit, you do look very chic, what a shame the fabric was so delicate.
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. What a great dress...and the colors look fab on you!!! Sorry it didn't hold together as well as you hoped.

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  3. Gorgeous outfits!
    Have you gone back to your red hair now?
    Lynne x

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  4. Love your wedding outfit.

    My favorite ever look was an authentic flapper dress I wore in a play I was in. Sadly like your dress it didn't hold up and I barely got through all the performances.

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  5. You look absolute stunning in your gold dress! I also really love your 1930's outfit from the first time you wore all vintage style to an event! I'm sorry that the gold dress didn't make it the whole night. I hope you will be able to make repairs for it but if not at least you have the pictures and memories to last you a lifetime! <3

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  6. WOW! You were really colour coordinated for that wedding. You looked fabulous.

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  7. You looked wonderful in that dress, and mom loves your hairstyle!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, hazel & Mabel

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  8. Wow, you look fantastic in your dress! Gray and gold make such a great color combination!
    Congratulations to your friend. Looks like it was very lovely wedding :-)

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  9. Oh you should really watch Mad Men, even if it's for the costumes alone. It's an amazing show and you'll want just about everything Joan, Peggy and Betty wear.
    Your dress is gorgeous and it's such a shame it didn't last but I totally agree with you, vintage should be worn and loved rather than spending it's life in a dark drawer never to be seen again. x

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  10. Love, love, love that dress! And I agree with Cate, you need to watch Mad Men. As far as the tearing, was it made of silk? Older silk can be very fragile if, at some point, it wasn't stored properly. And you really don't know it until you wear it. So sorry that happened to such a pretty dress. But glad you got to show it off at least once :)

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  11. Love, love, love that dress! And I agree with Cate, you need to watch Mad Men. As far as the tearing, was it made of silk? Older silk can be very fragile if, at some point, it wasn't stored properly. And you really don't know it until you wear it. So sorry that happened to such a pretty dress. But glad you got to show it off at least once :)

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  12. You so incredible! What a glamorous, gorgeous mid-century gown. It's wildly flattering, brings out the colours of your hair and eyes awesomely, and is so completely stunning. Perfect pick for a special occasion like this.

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

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  13. It's an amazing dress! So sad it didn't hold up all that well, but really, so worth the wear anyway. I adore your purse, it's a perfect match, and a really gorgeous match! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  14. That's such a lovely dress! What a shame it didn't last the night though - I suppose that's the risk you take with vintage dresses though, and you looked gorgeous in it :) It look like you had a great evening though.
    Sian xx Rebel Angel

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