Monday, May 2, 2011

Mayor's Charity Ball - Dress Option #3, The Iconic 80's Party Dress

If you are a woman in your fifties, wearing vintage from the 80's can be a little tricky.  For one thing you don't want people thinking you haven't updated your wardrobe in 30 years, and you certainly don't want someone blurting out at a party "I wore that same dress to Studio 54!"  One of the blogs I enjoy following is Advanced Style.  This blog is written by a young man who interviews and photographs fashionable women of "a certain age (60+)" and subsequently blogs about their unique choice of clothing.  Like many young women who are not afraid to experiment with fashion, these women no longer feel a need to conform to social norms, especially those on aging.  All are naturally beautiful women who take pride in their appearance, but I think the key to their fashion success is their ability to "own the look" of the fantastic, often bold, outfits they assemble.  Being solidly ensconced in middle age myself, perhaps its time for me to take a page from the Advanced Style playbook and be a little daring.  When I saw this dress on Etsy,  I thought "this is the one that will finally allow me to break free of the little black dress" (which by-the-way is at the cleaners just in case!)  I purchased the dress from Love Pebbles Vintage an Etsy vendor who sells out of Texas.  And a Texas dress it is!  Big and bold and Texas glamours!  The dress is made by Tadashi of iridescent teal taffeta and is just amazing with wonderful 80's detailing consisting of padded shoulders, ruched waist, and hip ruffle.  With such an dazzling dress I would opt to keep jewelry to a minimum and am considering one or two vintage rhinestone pieces or a topaz set from Lagos.  And of course, my nude peep toe shoes!

Tadashi 1980's Party Dress

Vintage Sterling Silver White & Aqua Rhinestone Bracelet & Ring

Vintage 1940's Rhinestone Set

Contemporary Sterling Silver & Blue Topaz Lagos Suite

Option #3 Pro's & Con's

1.)  An amazing dress sure to draw attention.
2.)  No one will have one like it.  
3.)  Gives me an opportunity to wear some great jewelry.
4.)  Fits like a glove.

1.)  Sure to draw attention.
2.)  Clashes with my husband's madras plaid cummerbund and tie, and I can't get him to wear a conservative black one - he's not afraid to stand apart from the crowd!
3.)  Fits like a glove, not sure I'll be able to sit.

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