Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vintage Dress

Inspired by Gracey at Fashion for Giants


Gracey doesn't know it, but I have been trying on every vintage dress with a pleated skirt I lay eyes on, often with hilarious results. Why? Pretty much trying to be a Gracey copy cat (much less serious than being a serial killer copycat).  I love the cool prints and swingy pleated skirts on Gracey's dresses, plus all the re-mixing options these dresses seem to have. Plus, they are super-soft, soooooo twirly, and usually machine washable.

The Deets:  Ina Carol dress, made in the USA (GoodWill); Dress has a matching belt but also ala Gracey, I switched it up with a bright coral skinny belt (Target last year); NaturalSoul by Naturalizer boots (Marshalls last year)
Total outfit cost (minus boots): $17 (Dress $5)


Even better for me, this dress is a "secretary" dress with a pussy bow. Pussy bows are my weakness.

Does this print remind anyone of the 4th of July?

Ina Carol is a label that appears to have been popular in the 50s and 60s. I like the idea of wearing a 50+ year old dress. It's seen a bit of life, like me.

P.S. Apparently some readers have found this blog with the search words "uncontrolled dress". Wait'll they see THIS :o

29 comments:

  1. The search words just made me laugh!! I love the print of this dress...it would be fun to rip it up and restyle it!! Wish I had listened to my mom and learned to sew! This color is great for you...have a wonderful day and keep that smile going!

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  2. Gorgeous colour and print, I'd be coming to steal it if it were my size! Also reminds me of feathers. Totally uncontrolled. ;)

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  3. At least it's not "uncontrolled undress", Lynne!

    It's a great dress, a fabulous print, and you always look amazing in blue. I love the thought of the previous life my vintage clothes have had too, they have been around the block, and I like that!
    You do have the gorgeous Gracey look but you've made it your own (if that doesn't sound too horribly TV singing competition judge-esque. I have NO wish to come over all Simon Cowell!)

    And just look at how pretty your hair is too! xxxx

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  4. The print does look like fireworks which can be very uncontrolled! Very pretty. I love it with the red belt.

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  5. Ha! Well I love it on you. Perfect color, shape and swing. ;)
    Is that corgi going to be in every picture now? I could get famous!
    Seriously though, you look adorable in the dress. I wish I could find a vintage dress that flatters my shape. I keep looking too!

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  6. Ooh this is a fun dress!! It looks great on you - it does have a 60's vibe but in the best way possible! I'll agree it sort of looks like fireworks or something in the print!

    Laughing so hard at the "uncontrolled dress" search. I do get a kick out of checking out my blog's popular search words too!

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  7. That is a fun print, and that dress fits you perfectly!

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  8. Ha! You look lovely in this dress Lynne. I love the bow as well. You should see some of the things people have found my blog by searching (boy in white sundress rings a bell . . .).

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  9. Totally and utterly gorgeous and you look you're loving wearing it, too.
    Good to see Joni's corgi again!
    Uncontrolled dress? I like it. I had "Hot Grandmother in bikini" this week, can't imagine why! x

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  10. Yea, I really like the print, sort of swirly feathery. And the color looks great on you. So what does the secretary say about it?

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  11. Gorgeous ... can't help but love the 50's style dresses - so feminine with their pleated skirts. You look adorable Lynne.

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  12. Gracey really is inspiring. She has the best dresses, and she's so good with colours.

    What a beautiful dress! It's so perfect on you, colour, shape, print! I'd say it's been worth all the hunting.

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  13. PERFECT dress for you--color, style-LOVE it!!

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  14. Love this color and style! Yes, a pussy bow is irresistible : >

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  15. Wow! Awesome dress. Try try (it on) again! It's the rule of thrifting. This is an awesome way of synthesizing inspiration into your own wardrobe.

    I am loving how fabulous your hair has been looking.

    I was going to echo Amber and say it reminded me of feathers, then I kept looking and now see fireworks!

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  16. Pretty dress! I'm a sucker for the twirl factor, too.

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  17. What a gorge dress - the fit, print and colors are fantastic on you!

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  18. ahhh google analytics, always good for a laugh! Nice find with the dress, I love a good bow too!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  19. Mannn!! I LOVE seeing what people search for to find my blog.

    I love both yours and Gracy's style, so this is a great mash-up of both! I always thought of myself of more of a 60's girl, but I adore shirt dresses & full skirts like this one!

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  20. I find you uncontrollably stylish- love that color blue on you- and yeah, that style of dress is surprisingly chic and versatile.

    PS: you had me at pussy bow- mEEow!

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  21. Oh Lynne! I love that! That looks gorgeous on you. Love the color and the "feel" of that! I just love a vintage touch to things!!!

    And guess what!! I received the SWEETEST little charm in the mail night before last. Got on line last night, intending to say THANK YOU, but with a baby in the house these days, my oh my, I feel like I am behind in everything!!! Thank you so much!! I want to add it to a brooch!

    xoxoxo
    Lynn

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  22. Very amused by "uncontrolled dress"!

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  23. I too love the gorgeous colors and pattern of this dress, Lynne.
    How do you even find out such a thing as search words being used to find your blog??? I'm so clueless. I guess I'd better Google. How on earth did we ever even live without Google?

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  24. Love and want that dress, even if it is uncontrolled, ahhhhhhhh.
    Have a lovely weekend.
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  25. What a fun dress! It is such a beautiful color. I always wonder about the history and story behind vintage clothes. It's fun to imagine it's journey before you owned it.

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  26. Yay! I love vintage fashion. And there's something so appropriate about you being uncontrolled. :)

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  27. Perfection. I love the print (is it feathers? I hope so), the color and pussy bow. And the coral belt; amazing. I'm so glad you finally found a dress that works for you; you look fabulous!!!

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  28. Lovelylovelylovely! And lovely! What a print, the colour is so vibrant, but it doesn't take over. The search was worth it, I say...

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  29. Beautiful color and print, and I love the belt and boots as a contemporary twist. Best of all though is your beautiful smile. :-)

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