February 10, 2013

Golden delight

'Yes please... of course I'll try on this golden brocade dress...'  is what came to my mind when I spotted this fifties ballgown at Laura Dols (Amsterdam.) The first try I was so disappointed, the zipper wouldn't close and the dress looked just... wrong on me. As I took it off I felt the tears bubbling up (well, not literally but the proverbial I-don't-fit-this-vintage-beauty-tears... I'm sure you kittens know what I'm talking about.) I love gold and I have been infatuated with gold dresses ever since watching 'To Catch a Thief' where Grace Kelly wears a gold lamé gown in the closing scene, an Edith Head design. When I put the dress back on the hanger, I noticed that the straps were shortened. So I figured I'd give the beauty another try without putting the straps on (strapless).... like a GLOVE! Without the straps I was able to pull the dress down a bit, making the waistline fit perfectly and the bust cover my puppies to perfection. It turned out the straps were still intact and when I undid the shortening, the were long enough to fit me with the rest of the dress. So whenever a vintage garment doesn't quite fit... but almost... make sure to check out what adjustments can be made for it to be your size. It can be that easy!



J'adore Grace!

9 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see you wear it! And good tips indeed! You're completely right - sometimes it's alterable!

    Nora
    NoraFinds

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  2. There is something so opulent, romantic and wildly gorgeous about a gold gown. I adore the vintage one you picked up and am so glad you were able to get it to fit you wonderfully.

    ♥ Jessica

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  3. I love gold in all it's glamourous states too!Chiffon, tulle, taffeta, lame,sequins, silk....the list goes on and on. It is the ultimate in formal luxury. I just bought a soft gold brocade dress and gold gloves to match and can't wait for an excuse to wear them. xx Shauna

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  4. Omg..I was scrolling through my feed when this caught my eye immediately! I love the gold sheen of this how lovely! I am sure you will look divine in this my friend.
    Heathersthriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  5. What a gorgeous dress - thank goodness you tried it on in a different way - can't wait to see it on!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  6. very lovely dress indeed! You should post pics of you with it on!!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr

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  7. like like like!!! Golden love.
    xoxo

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