Friday, December 12, 2008

Silver Sixties






Outfit details: Vintage dress from my grandmothers wardrobe and gifted to me, Earrings - Vintage thrift find, Shoes - I can't recall the label but I bought them at Dimaru ages ago and with their white heels they only get to come out on special occasions, Stockings - Levante, Lipstick - Sangria by Avon.
*Apologies for the quality of the hair detail photo, it was very difficult to get the detail with the lighting.*


This outfit is a rather special little number. My Grandmother has a wonderful closet full of things she has kept all her life ( my hoarder tendencies run deep) . So when she decides to let things go, they always find their way into my hands as the only family member to appreciate them. It was she who began my love affair with vintage clothing, gifting me a delicious fuchsia woolen 1940's coat when I was about 12 years old. So a trip to Grandmothers house always means a little glimpse into the past.

This stunning silver dress is part of an ensemble with a matching swing coat. She bought this outfit especially for a family members wedding and it had very little occasion to make an outing. It was passed on to me with great pride and I am so pleased to have a piece like this in my collection. The dress required some alteration as it was rather large for me, but its simple lines made that a relatively easy task.

I was heading out to a little Christmas party and then on for drinks last night, when at midday I had not decided what to wear. I began thinking Christmassy thoughts of sparkles and snow, when this almost forgotten ensemble came to mind. It had been stored in my secondary wardrobe where much of my collectable vintage lives, and hadn't yet been altered. So it was out with the pins and onto the sewing machine in haste to make it ready for last nights adventures.

Now that the dress is ready to make it's debut, I think an update of appropriate accessories is due. In particular I would love a pair of 1950's style fabric covered pumps with just the right amount of sparkle. I'm not sure where on earth I'll find these, but if bridal trends are anything to go by, I can probably have a pair custom covered somewhere. It may sound a little decadent, but for an outfit like this, perfectly matching accessories should see it last another life time. So onto the Lust List they go.

17 comments:

PorcelainBlonde said...

Beautiful! You look radiant in the icy silver and your hair looks like a work of art. I also like the darker red lip on you - very vampy :) xxx

Shannon (A beautiful Dream) said...

You look lovely - that dress had the prefect amount of sparkle.

BoDy anD SouL said...

How lovely!

cybill said...

What size shoe are you SKM? I've got a silver sparkly pair of 1950's stilletos that are a little tight on me and I'd be happy for you to have them, to go partying with this dress! They are a size 7.5. Let me know.
Your grandma sounds amazing do you think she'd adopt me too?!

floraposte said...

What a perfectly polished look! Did you do your hair yourself? If so I hope there's another tutorial in the offing!

WendyB said...

This might be my favorite look of yours ever.

Scribbles said...

Love love love that dress and it is even more awesome for the history and meaning it holds for you.

Doll legs said...

That look is awesome realllyyy!!you look beautiful!!!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

PB; Thank you. I don't often do white or silver, but after this, I may just add it to the repertoire.
Shannon & Body and Soul: Thank you.
Cybill: Oh curse my feet! They sound lovely, but I'm an 8.5
Floraposte: Yes, I did the hair myself. It takes some fairly advanced skills, but I'll see if I can do a tutorial for it.
Wendy B: Why thank you! I really love it too.
Scribbles: It really is wonderful when fashion has a bit more depth and meaning to it. It helps to make you feel extra special.
Doll legs: ^-^

Zelda Rose said...

A great dress, and a great story to go with it.

esme and the lane way said...

You looked absolutely wonderful in this dress – and that is has a history makes it even more interesting and special. I hope you find those dream shoes...

ShopDownLite.com said...

I'll make the off comment - great Gin choice - really the only choice (Bombay).

Cheers,
Stef
ShopDownLite.com

Jennifer said...

That is an awesome dress! Unfortunately, my grandma only had a closet full of 70's style polyester, elastic-waistband old-lady pants. No amount of shoe was going to help those out!

Vintage Verve said...

You looked wonderful on Thursday night and your hair was perfect! Stylish and elegant as always.

x

Breathless said...

What a dress! I love the 60's look. My grandmother didn't pass on any clothes to me, but I did inherit a tiny ring, that I can just fit on my pinkie. I treasure it.

Grant said...

You are amazing! That first picture is so stunning, and the one with the Saphire made me smile becuase that is my drop of choice.

Seriously, your style amazes me.

Xx

katie said...

You look beautiful!!