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.
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.
Special thanks to Christopher Doherty for lending his photo skills!