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Styling a Vintage 1950's Dress

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

I recently returned from an action packed family holiday to London (see this post, to find out what I packed for a 3 day trip) it was great fun!

It was our family holiday, yes...
BUT, I still managed to squeeze in a couple of hours shopping!

When I was there I was lucky enough to visit a vintage market on Brick Lane.
{If you are into your vintage threads (and are coming to London) you must pay it a visit}

Anyway, as you probably know yourself, it is all too easy to get caught up in the romance of vintage shopping.
Especially when you are surrounded by people selling vintage, and WEARING vintage.
They do it so effortlessly.
They look achingly cool.
Young (and beautiful) people looking retro and edgy.

Unfortunately, it is somewhat more tricky to pull off full-on vintage when you are a working mum going about your daily work/family/life business.
Popping to the shop in a pair of purple suede bell bottoms is not so practical.

Well, despite me being well aware of this problem, this vintage dress really caught my eye and I just could not let it go.

I went back to the stall 3 times before finally giving in to it's vintage charms.
I love it's apron-like appearance, and the gorgeous heavy linen fabric.
The quality of the dressmaking sealed the deal.

In my mind it really appealed in two very separate ways:
It's a little bit like something Maria from 'The Sound of Music' would wear.
It's a little bit of a nod D&G, for SS 2016.
I had to have it!

I decided to style it two different ways.
One way, in homage to the beautiful Maria.
The second, my own version of D&G...

"The hills are alive!", Vintage meets more Vintage.

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

For this slightly twee look, I decided to pair this dress with these beautiful (and delicate) vintage shoes.
They are from the same era, and were a gift from a friend.
She bought them as a size 5 (38), but as they are so old they are more suited to my narrow size 4 (37) feet.
{Thank goodness for Ebay mistakes!}

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

The shoes are so delicate and a great fit.
Surprisingly comfortable, and easy to wear.

I teamed the dress and shoes with a red sash, picking out the red thread from the pattern in the dresses embroidery.
{See how I wore a similar sash to a wedding, here}

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

I wanted to stick to the 1950's feel, so I reached for a string of chunky pearls.
I love this necklace.

The pearls are large and uneven...not quite the 1950's style (they would have had to have been perfect back then), but certainly good enough for me!

A cropped 50's style crochet cardigan, was the perfect topper.
{I could have worn this beautiful coat... made in 1958 , if the weather had been cooler}

A vintage brooch, pearl ring, and a 1950's-style pair of sunglasses, finished things off nicely.

I felt like a lady!

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

SS16 Catwalk inspired...


Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

For my second look, I was inspired by the D&G adverts (for SS 2016) in the glossy magazines.


I know my dress is a far cry from the vibrant colours of the adverts, but the embroidery put me in mind of the elaborate D&G creations.

A patterned vintage shaped dress, plus chunky heels, and huge earrings...now this is a look I can get into!

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

I wanted to keep the definite 1950's feel of the dress, so I kept my 50's style sunglasses and draped-over-the -shoulders cardigan.
Although, I swapped the crochet version for a gold lurex one, which seemed a little funkier.

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

I decided to pair my vintage dress with a wide waist belt, to give some definition and toughen it up a bit.
A pair of snakeskin chunky sandals seemed the perfect footwear choice for this D&G inspired look!

Oversized earrings, chunky bracelets and funkier rings, finished things off nicely.

Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

Please let me know what you think of these outfits.
Can you guess which one I really wore?


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Fake Fabulous | Styling a 1950's Vintage Dress in 2 ways.

23 comments

  1. I love this dress---I'm not sure I'd even realize it was vintage without you saying so!!
    I bet it'd even look good with sneakers!!
    So great buy---glad your good sense prevailed!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank you Jodie! It was a "must" buy....i was going to wear my gutties but I could not resist these chunky soled sandals. I am getting back into the chunky shoes again. I love how they look with my skinny ankles :oD XXX

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  2. Okay...will try this again as my comment was just eaten.

    I adore the dress. I am a HUGE vintage fan and I can see why you were attracted to this beautiful dress.

    Love it!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you Suzanne....a vintage item hanging unworn and unloved is a sad thing and needs remedied. I had to give it a home! XXX

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  3. SUCH a darling dress! I also think your hair is looking so adorable as it's growing out a bit...

    I adore vintage, I sold it in an ebay shop for about ten years and sometimes miss the thrill of the hunt. Sadly, at my size, I rarely found anything I was able to wear myself, but it was fun to style for photoshoots. And I'm so pleased when I see someone else wearing something from era and eras ago in their normal everyday life, not like a costume but as "regular" clothing. So, yay you!

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

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    1. Thank you Bettye. Your vintage buying and selling sounds like a great way to spend your time. I am so glad you like my dress!!
      I am growing my hair but I will get it cut soon, quite significantly...I can only grow it out comfortably from the top (if that makes any sense!!) XXX

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  4. A dress is always a yes, after skirts, of course, hahahhahah.
    You do look fantastic so it is worth it to get out of jeans to get the feeling you are having.
    Much love, dear Samantha
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    1. This dress would be gorgeous on you Sacramento! I could see you teaming it with some fierce chunky sandals....neon maybe?? XXXX

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  5. Ooh, ohh.. love the pretty vintage shoes, now I'm envisioning you twirling in the dress arms outstretched singing" the hills are alive..." love the styling both ways and with the belt. I also love your hair longer. Are you growing it long? Anyway sounds like you had a fun trip,! I leave soon for vacation as well.
    Jessxx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  6. Ooh, ohh.. love the pretty vintage shoes, now I'm envisioning you twirling in the dress arms outstretched singing" the hills are alive..." love the styling both ways and with the belt. I also love your hair longer. Are you growing it long? Anyway sounds like you had a fun trip,! I leave soon for vacation as well.
    Jessxx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess. These shoes are adorable...so beautiful and well made. I hope you have a lovely holiday. XXX
      P.S....I might have sung, just a little!!! (Much to my daughter's horror ;oP)

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  7. This dress is simply fabulous and I love how you styled it ! You look wonderful, vintage is fun but it isn't for everyone and it does suit you SO much ! I love both the versions, the first one and also the more modern one are both stylish, fab and fun ! Well done my friend =) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

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    1. Thank you Vale. It is really tricky to pull off, you are right! And the sizing is different from modern clothes...this is a vintage 12 (40) but fits more like a modern uk8 (or uk6, in some shops!!) neat. I love the fact it feels like a "real" piece of clothing. So well made and substantial. Maybe my girls will get to wear it too, when they are a little older. XXX

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  8. I need to shop in a vintage store! Never done that actually, and when I do I will probably not find anny good pieces. I like the second style, I think it looks better on you. Does anybody knows any great vintage stores in Sussex?

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    1. Oh you must Nancy! It is great fun and you never know what you might find. You can get some fantastic accessories too... and everything feels like it has a story to tell. Good luck with your shopping! XXX

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  9. Beautiful dress, I think it was a good purchase you can style it in so many ways.
    Funny how just yesterday evening I was outside the D&G store looking at their window display and they actually had 4 of the dresses in the ad on display.

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    1. How lovely Lorena! I bet they were beautiful to see in a window display. But, so very expensive. XXX

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  10. I can see why you wouldn't let this dress go! It is marvelous! And you have styled it brilliantly both ways! I love the red sash and the crochet cardigan look. So delicate and feminine. But I also like the edgy second look, too. And the back of the dress was a pleasant surprise...I assumed it would have been solid, but what a lovely bouquet it has! Absolutely magnificent!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Most "modern" dresses would have had a plain back...you are right! They knew how to make things properly back in the day, that is for sure :oD XXX

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  11. I love every detail of your outfit. It's so feminine! Your sense of style is just perfect.

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