|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.
Dress: Fab Gabs
Hair Flower: Chatter Blossom
Earrings: Mrs. Polly's Lucite
Lucite Box Purse-Thrifted
Shape Wear and Stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Remix Vintage Shoes