I found this dress at an estate sale almost two years ago and have never really worn it until now. When I bought it I really liked the embroidery and bead work and thought it was so pretty yet at the time very different from what I would normally wear. It was priced to move and I decided to roll the dice on it. . It looked like it was a good fit and It actually is! Still!
I almost gave this dress away a few months ago and but every time I went to pop it in the box something stopped me. . . . I am so glad I did not give this dress up. When I bought it, it still had its original tags and was brand new. Its not terribly old, its got a nylon zipper as opposed to a metal one. The fabric is a synthetic but it has a nice soft drape and hand to it. The color is a rich navy blue and its really a pretty dress, ideal for fall and winter. The neckline here is really plunging and thank goodness for slips. Otherwise, the neckline is really pretty with a notched and embroidered detail.
Paired with it I chose my tan wool coat, a navy blue velvet bonnet, and some white posies as a corsage. My navy pumps complete the look. The hat, which I am calling my navy blue Dutch Bonnet was from a gal who was giving some stuff away and let me have first dibs. I was on the fence about the hat but something was telling me to go for it. I'm glad I have it as a part of my hat collection because it stays on really well in the wind and is really cute. Why do I call it a Dutch Bonnet? Because it reminds me of the small caps worn under the larger lace caps in traditional Dutch costumes. I think the hat itself if from the late 40s or 50s and I like the look of it with this dress as the dress gives me a 50s vibe.