Not Your Grandmother’s Frock

4 May

That’s right, she might have worn a frock like this, but she never wore it like this! This brilliant Robin’s egg blue dress hails from ‘tween the late ’70s early ’80s and it was a dress I almost thought was a little too over-the-top and dated.

But there I was in the thrift store and it was a moment of truth — do I, or don’t I? Well, I dared and am ever so happy that I did! The key to making this dress a success was not wearing it the way it would have been worn — with the matching belt and nude stockings. Taking advantage of the bold color, I paired it with equally bold tights and a colorful ’80s belt.

Needing a little extra detail to break up the very modest bodice, I grabbed a beaded necklace and doubled it around my neck — in the Bohemian scarf-wearing style that’s all the rage these days.

To contrast the shoes and tights, I chose a pair of thick buckled black heels. On top of highlighting the unique hosiery, the shoes also brought together my black Damask overcoat.

Then to top off such a bright statement, I went with a traditional hair style — pin curls followed by barrel curls — and added a little detail. (ssshh! It’s actually a little pin that I got with a pair of panties — how odd, I know — but I randomly kept it and finally, it proved worthwhile!)

How much for ‘Not Your Grandmother’s Frock’?

$.25 ’80s Printed Belt (Pa. Goodwill)
$.75 Vintage Frock (Pa. Goodwill)
$5 Purple Tights (5-7-9)
$10 Beaded Necklace (Orlando Airport Boutique)
$10 Thick Buckle Shoes (Easy Pickens)
$20 Damask-Style Overcoat (Close-out Retailer)

(So) What’s the Take-Away?

Don’t be afraid to push the envelop by mixing and matching!

This whole outfit was about being bold … First, in buying something that was a little out of my comfort zone, then in accessorizing it with colors, prints and textures that built it into layers of details, each giving purpose to the other.

My favorite aspect of this outfit is the marriage of texture and color, which makes this look like it’s a high-end outfit, but you and I both know it’s simply “thrifty, vintage, chic!”

Special thanks to Christopher Doherty for lending his photo skills!

While this vintage hairstyling (of pin and barrel curls) is from the '40s and the dress from the '70s/'80s, it gives a whimsical nod to yesteryear and fits the girlishness of the outfit.


6 Responses to “Not Your Grandmother’s Frock”

  1. Gregory May 4, 2010 at 11:15 PM #

    Really fabulous and, dare I say, “Hot?” In a grandmother’s-frock-sort-of-way, of course.


  2. jen May 5, 2010 at 8:49 AM #

    You rock! I definitely have a little Robin bug in my ear when I shop now.


    • robinesque May 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM #

      aw, Jen! I am so flattered that I can come along during your shopping trips!


  3. Zack May 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM #

    I have to say you are one talented fashionista! I can see you consulting for photo shoots, movie sets and more. I say put a portfolio together and get your talents out there! Great work and please continue sharing your talent results.



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