Monday, May 20, 2013

The Vintage Vera Dress

This vintage Vera shirt-dress conjures up images of old Hollywood starlets (or Don Draper’s lovers) frolicking in the summer sun.  Vera Neumann’s bold colors epitomize sixties chic.  Relive the golden age of hippies and flower-power in this A-line testament to cool.  For me, vintage shopping is akin to visiting a museum and being able to touch and purchase the artwork.  For others, like my mother, visiting a vintage store means being forced to paw through racks of dirty, used clothing.  Whatever your opinion, there are a couple things to keep in mind when searching for that flawless frock.  First, disregard sizes.  Modern sizes simply do not translate to realm of vintage; always try before you buy.  Second, pay attention to the artful details that distinguish a piece.  For example, this dress has Vera’s signature and a right-hand pocket, specifically sized for a pack of cigarettes.  While smoking may be no longer be fashionable, this dress stylishly stands the test of time.

Shirtdress: Vera (Groovy Vintage-Palm Beach)
Stacked heel sandal: Chanel (
Sunnies: Elizabeth and James (
Neiman Marcus)

Gold and lucite cuff and cameo necklace: Vintage (Groovy Vintage-Palm Beach)
Luggage Tote: Céline (Saks)

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