I'd like to wear something colorful and a bit frilly to this event. I found this beautiful dress by Alyce Designs at Gotta Go Vintage on Etsy. The dress is a lovely coral color and the boned bodice is completely beaded in small silver tube and seed beads. The skirt is amazing with a double crinoline, a layer of coral satin, and two layers of coral tulle. Since the beadwork really carries this dress, jewelry can be kept to a simple pair of long white rhinestone or pearl earrings. Silver sandals and a small silver bag would complete the outfit.
Pros - The dress is beautiful, would be perfect for a spring ball and no one else would have one like it.
Con's - It doesn't fit. When buying vintage one has to be very careful with sizing. Vintage fabrics do not have any give to them and measurements must be taken literally, a 28" waist will not stretch to accommodate a 29" or 30" waist. It could be argued that women in the 50's were smaller than women of today, but they also wore foundation garments to help those 29" waists fit into a 28" dress. Even with the proper foundation garment I think I am beyond getting into this dress in less the two weeks, and since I want to eat, dance, laugh and breathe, this dress unfortunately is out.