I am always on the hunt for a great summer dress. My parameters have always included a flowy/airy style, mid-thigh length, and breezy material. This piece from one of my new favorite vintage stores, Shareen Vintage, fit the bill.
As a pearshaped woman, clingy fabrics like jersey knit or lightweight cotton tend to cling to problem areas. I tend to gravitate towards silks, heavyweight cottons, or even wools to satisfy my dress needs. This dress is 100% silk, with an elasticated mid section and faux wrap style. I dressed it up with a vintage belt also found at Shareen’s and some classic gold JCrew flats.
Originally the dress had a very 70′s style, with padded shoulders and long sleeves. What is so great about Shareen’s is that they have seamstresses on staff to make easy, quick alterations for a nominal price. For $8 on top of the price of the dress (a reasonable $50 for 100% silk) I was able to have the sleeves professionally removed (and I got to keep the fabric for future DIYs!), and the shoulder pads taken out and sewed down. It instantly updated the look and feel of the dress while keeping the original shape and fun vibe.
One more thing to note about this dress: As a pearshaped woman, my bottom half is fuller than my middle and even my top half. I don’t have a large stomach area and so I worry about dresses or skirts with pleating in the front as it has the potential to create unnecessary volume. I didn’t see that as a problem with this dress, but as a rule I tend to shy away from pleated skirts and dresses. A future post to come about that issue.
Readers – thoughts on this vintage find?