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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Style Saturday-A 1930s Dress and Hat

Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby

                                        Marvin Gaye

   Usually when I dress vintage  I wear reproduction clothes.  Plenty of vintage aficionados apparently consider reproductions a cardinal sin, but I love them for their practicality.   Since clothing from my favorite decade, the 1930s, is 80 plus year old it tends to be extremely delicate, not that easy to wear when caring for five dogs and three cats, working as a teacher, or commuting around the city.  I love the look of all of my reproduction dresses and there ease of wear, but as Mr. Gaye sang there still is nothing quite like an original.   An authentic article of  article clothing has a history and uniqueness to it that cannot be duplicated.  

At least that is how I feel about this dress which I got from Vera Vague on Etsy at the end of last summer and it was the most I ever spent on an article of vintage clothing, but I loved the detail of the tartan trim and the length was just right for a person of my height, I'm only five feet tall. Vera Vague was very helpful and allowed me to buy the dress on layaway and I was super excited when I had finished payment and it arrived at my door.  The dress is fairly delicate and I haven't worn it very often for fear of damaging it, but I love it all the same.   I wore it to brunch  on an unseasonably warm day before Christmas and took these photos.   Unfortunately the shoes I have on really don't match, a solid brown pair would be better and is on my list of future purchases, but I still like the look.

Outfit Details

Dress from Vera Vague on Etsy
 Hat from Adeline's Attic on Etsy
Shoes from Mod Cloth
Bag Thrift Shop


  1. That dress is beautiful. Quality is never out of style. It's hard to find well-made clothing nowadays. So even though the dress is from the 30's it still looks like new. And look at all the attention to details: the tartan lining, the covered buttons, the subtle puff at the sleeves: anyone who sews can see the quality there.

  2. I will have to be added to the chorus of, That Is A Beautiful Dress!

  3. That dress suits you so much. You look absolutely adorable in it.

  4. Oh my it is fabulous and you look lovely. We know what you mean about wearing vintage clothes as yes they are delicate. Have a serene Sunday and get on some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Phish!!! There's nothing in the world wrong with wearing vintage reproduction clothing and it always saddens me when I see some in our circle thumb their noses at it. Sure, the real deal is always fabulous and I love it something fierce, but it's often not practical, affordable, available in the size we need, and/or easy to find and that's when repro and vintage appropriate garments can really come help save the day. Of course, there's also nothing wrong if a person favours repro regardless of how easy/hard obtaining vintage is for them. As I've said before, there's no right or wrong way to love and rock vintage, just the one the you adore the most!

    This dress is timelessly beautiful and truly highlights and your wonderful shape. What a special, awesome investment piece!

    ♥ Jessica

  6. What a lovely dress. Wearing it must feel a little like stepping back in time. I suits you perfectly.

  7. We have tons of those. My mom was given an entire wardrobe of those types of clothes... we played dress up once.

  8. It looks so wonderful on you!! Like it was made for you. Good choice!!


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