Blessings and Glad Tidings to you, my dear readers. Now let’s get groovy.
This dress is a handmade jobbie I found on eBay last year. It’s a simple shift dress that dates back to the 1960s. The gray color, the cream cuffs, and the modest long sleeves give it a Reverend Mother feel. I envision Maria wearing it before she fell in love with Captain von Trapp. Or maybe after….
Of course, the hemline of my dress takes it out of the running for Nun of the Year, but that’s what makes it groovy, baby.
A hemline like this tends to be longer on my petite frame than on my taller comrades. Given my more nunlike dressing tendencies, that can be a good thing because I don’t have to lengthen it.
It’s in the Details
In all its simplicity, this little gray dress packs a boatload of subtle details.
Take, for instance, the little white cuffs. If the dress is not handmade, the cuffs were certainly added on by hand. It’s hard to see in the photos, but the under-stitching has a “rustic imperfection” about it. The material is gauzy and lightweight compared to the heavier cotton of the dress.
In addition to the cuffs, there are cute little pockets on the front. They’re not particularly deep, but they are pockets nonetheless and that makes me love the dress even more.
Plus, the back has a belt that is purely for decoration. Its job is to sit back there and give my waist some visual cinching.
Quiet Style, Bold Layers
Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to learn that simple styles like this are anything but basic. The quiet tones and structure give a solid foundation to bold pops of color from accessories and shoes. This gives me freedom to try all kinds of layers and that suits my personality to a tee.
For this look, I went with my all-time favorite tights by HUE and a pair of duo-toned Aquatalia waterproof boots. Aquatalia is one of my favorite brands because many of their styles are waterproof and stylish at the same time. These boots are another eBay purchase. I wear them all around Seattle without worry about ruined suede and soggy toes!
The necklace is an oldie but a goodie. I’ve had it for so long I don’t remember where I purchased it. Like the dress, it has a 1960s vibe but feels right at home in 2018.
Now let us bow our heads and give thanks for vintage styles that work well in the modern day.
And may you all have a day that makes you want to climb a mountain like a spunky nun, twirl around a few times, and sing like there’s no tomorrow.
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