Wednesday, 7 September 2011

1950s pink dress (complete with pom poms... yes, really)

pink pom pom dress i

pink pom pom dress c

This is what I wore on Monday. It was five days into spring and we had beautiful warm, sunny weather! Now the blossoms being out doesn't seem so wrong. It's very cheery, really!

I got this dress a couple of months ago, wore it once and then kind of hid it at the back of my wardrobe. Well not literally – who has wardrobes that have backs? I've never understood that term – but I did stick it at the end of one of my clothes racks. Saying that makes it sound like I have loads of clothes, and I don't – I wish! – I am just using racks (two, from Ikea, both a bit wonky, but that's ok) while we do our floorboards/paint walls/generally make the bedrooms impossible to live in.

But I'm getting off the point. What I am saying (slowly) is that I just, well, went off this dress. Not just this dress, but 1950's full skirted dresses in general. I just got a bit bored with the style. It felt so obvious. I do like 1950's dresses (which is a good thing, as I do have a few of them), but I love – love – 1940's ones too. And the style of the 1930's. And some Victorian and Edwardian things... oh, and some modern things, of course, too. I don't just mean modern vintage repro, either. I love some modern clothing too. I don't think I even need to mention my love for modern shoes.

All this means that my style is not era specific, but really quite varied. Every now and then I wonder if this is such a good thing – is it all too hotchpotch? It would certainly be easier to only like, say, one particular vintage era, or to be a dedicated trend slave. But then again, only wearing things you like is, I think, a great freedom to have. It does mean you need a fair bit of wardrobe room (or more racks from Ikea! Erm, oh, and more money to burn – yeowch!) but it is, for me, much more fun.

So this dress here is pink and pretty cute, and girly, and even has little white pom pom trimming. It has a white collar and cuffs and a full, pleated skirt. Sometimes I can go for months and just not feel cute and girly at all. Pink dress? No way! But after a bit of a break from it I suddenly wanted to wear this dress again – the sunshine and the warmth, and my mood, made it seem right. It is now a bit more in the centre of one of the racks... which I guess is as good a compliment as I can give it when I'm not actually wearing it. Because I think I will wear it a lot this spring.

Here, I am wearing it with a belt form a 1940's dress, and modern shoes, bag and sunglasses.

pink pom pom dress a

pink pom pom dress b

pink pom pom dress d

pink pom pom dress e

pink pom pom dress f

pink pom pom dress h

47 comments:

Georgia Rose said...

Well... if you ever re-get-sick of the dress and want someone to take it off your hands, I'm sure we could sort something out. It's a dream!

esme and the lane way said...

Georgia Rose: hehe thanks! I'll keep it in mind ;)

Michelle's Style File said...

Always wonderful to find another Melbourne blogger! Gorgeous pink dress. Following : )

x
Michelle
www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

rental mobil said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

Anniina said...

I think I know what you mean, because I've had this phase going on when I'm not really wearing my vintage dresses. I'm so in love with masculine and androgyn clothes at the moment, and modern things, too. Of course I do like, for example, 50s dresses, and seeing other people wearing them, but I don't what's my problem now. That dress of yours is just the loveliest dress in a while, it's too cute and pretty to be true. Lovelovelove.

szmaragda said...

Wonderful dress, You're amazing!

Miss Claire said...

You look gorgeous in this colour! I love the frock, and the shoes :)

Happy Spring!

Xx Claire

Blithely Unaware said...

Beautiful sunshine pink photos.
You've got a gorgeous smile lady!

xox

Lucy-Mae said...

Love the dress! (and you look stunning as always!)

Ula said...

beautiful dress... I just wish we had the weather in the UK at the moment to wear the dresses too... only been in Europe 2 months and am already missing the australian weather just a little! :)

Elegantly Academic said...

Yeah for pons, poms! And so in love with your shoes ... Peep toe black Mary janes - how could you go wrong!
Kelly xo

Embize said...

Very beautiful dress! :)

Bee said...

I think it's actually quite unusual - the belt and the little edging detail on the sleeve is very cute!

How great is the Melbourne weather - hopefully this week's 'Spring-ness' lasts a bit longer...

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

Stunning as usual dear! Love the dress on you <3 x

http://rosalindatj.blogspot.com

Tania said...

Wow! This dress is beautiful, and you wear it so well! You are my kind of girl when it comes to clothes...I don't think it's half as much fun being dedicated to wearing just one style or clinging to one era. After all, variety is the spice of life! I think you have just inspired me to do a new blog post on the topic! Thank you!

Hannah Percyowl said...

Love it! It's making that pink dress on my etsy favs look at that more enticing.

electric girl said...

I love your dress! So 50's :)

Emma Robertson said...

What a dress! It looks lovely on you, I adore the pink. It's so funny seeing your season turn to spring when it's turning fall here.

xo,
Em

Astrid said...

I LOVE your hair! :) and a beautiful dress too!

alittlevintagestory said...

Love it, mixing styles is so much fun. xx Fran

Teresa said...

Gorgeous!
I know exactly how you feel re wearing only one era vs mixing it up. I'm all for wearing what ever suits my mood at the time… regardless of wardrobe space. :)

Esz said...

Such a cute dress! Definitely very spring!

I get in moods for things all the time. They usually swing all over the place....full skirt 50's dresses - but the ones made from a square skirt piece (like your pink dress)...and 50's circle skirts...and 40's gored skirts and wartime tailoring...and super racy 50's bombshell dresses....and 30's bias cut gowns (which I don't have and have never worn outside a fashion parade but DO dream wistfully about on Etsy and Ebay).

Sometimes the swings are so wild and frequent I just don't know what to wear hahah. I think I'm deficient on 40's dresses. They are so glamorous without being showy.

AND I bought a pattern for a 30's bias cut gown. It looks bloody hard to make so I'm setting it aside for a while.

Ramble ramble.
Sorry for the essay!!!

Anyways - your dress is great. And I think while your inspirations come from everywhere - and your clothes from many eras, you definitely have a very unique and recognisable style that doesn't at all look hotchpotch!

(Ikea clothes racks are great, dresses should be out and free, not jammed in wardrobes ;-P)

Bella VonBluebell said...

its a gorgeous dress. looks lovely on you :D

Helen said...

I think being inspired by different eras is great! Why limit yourself?!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oooh I hope to see more of this little treasure! I really enjoyed reading this post because I tend "go off" things for no good reason at all, then rediscover them much later. I adore the 30s and 40s but would never dream of wearing one era head-to-toe because it feels a bit costumey to me. But, I do love to see women dressing in full era garb as everyday wear as they look fascinating and I admire their attention to detail. I tend to modernise with shoes too and I love the black pair you've chosen here. You look lovely!!! xoxo

Della said...

I know what you mean! But it is a beautiful dress and fits you so well.

The photos are gorgeous, especially the the headshots.

Lisa said...

Oooo! This is my favourite kind of dress style and era! Looks fab on you!

Q's Daydream said...

Simply gorgeous!
I'm going through a dark phase right now and 40's dresses too! Must be fal coming.

Dial V for Vintage said...

I think mixing styles and eras is the most interesting way to dress, this way you can create lots of unique outfits and develop your own style :). Your dress is super adorable, it looks great on you! :)

Lainie said...

I think it is important to switch up how we look every now and then! It's great to choose from different eras, and if "modern" styles speak to you by all means you should go for it! Style is making a look your own. That said, this is a lovely dress and GREAT SHOES!! This is a good look for you, but I also love the 60s witchy thing you have done in the past. So wear whatever is speaking to you that day. I know I do!

Sorcha said...

This dress is so pretty! I feel like you should be in an ice cream parlor, or an elaborate dressing room.

Sorcha x
Bonfire Brunette

Jamie Rose said...

I think mixing eras is fun. It makes a vintage look a little less costume-y if it's not all from the same exact time. I love your dress with the fun sunglasses. You look so pretty in this outfit!

june said...

Omg! This dress is super beautiful!! Bellissimo!
Ciao

Helga! said...

Excellent post,I often wonder if I should be more era specific.But I just can't.I love it ALL.:)

Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage said...

I love the little pom-poms! I know what you mean too - the full skirt, 50's style is sometimes so obviously vintage-stereotype; I can understand how you can 'go off' it. And they are particularly feminine too - which sometimes doesn't go down well unless there are.... say... spring blossoms in the air?? x
Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

Ally,The Vintage Valley said...

wow, you look truly amazing X

LandGirl1980 said...

Well - I am glad you rescued it from the back of the wardrobe (I think this term comes from when wardrobes went from front to back as opposed to side to side like they do now. Think deep Victorian wardrobe that could be hiding Narnia) - i think the frock is a treat!

Mrs Amber Apple said...

Pink looks so lovely on you! Do you do anything special to your hair or is it naturally awesome? :)

Taryn said...

You look amazing, classic and classy =)

Julia @ Boredom Abounds said...

Love this dress. So Spring!

Hannah said...

I am the same when it comes to 1950s dresses I love them but sometimes feels too twee. Someone in work called me Doris Day when I was wearing one so that upset me I want to be Rita or Marlene. The dress looks gorgeous on you. x

Anonymous said...

Loving your blog (only got on it via my little sis). Love your posts and outfits! Dread to ask this as it may pass on a personal addiction :/ But Pinup Girl Clothing in the US are amazing (private shopping addiction). Have you seen/worn their stuff? Since real vintage is hard to find how would you rate their stuff as a comparison?

sacramento said...

Such a fabulous dress on you, my dear beauty.
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Andi B. Goode said...

What a gorgeous dress! I especially adore the pom-pom trim. =D
-Andi x

wanilianna said...

awesome dress and shoes:-)

Libby, Vintage Aplomb said...

This outfit is so lovely! The dress, the shoes, the sunglasses; it's perfect! Also, you have beautiful hair :)

Sara @ the fashion guide said...

Love this dress! I feel very much the same about loving fashion from different eras and modern things as well, i do think it would be much easier (and cheaper) if I could just stick to one but I guess that's not as fun haha

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