KENNEDY ERA DRESSY DAY – DRESSES

Many, many women had dresses like these in their closets in the early 1960’s. Lace overlay was very popular. Women were still into practicality and these simply – tailored frocks could take them through the whole week, especially in the city. Jackie Kennedy championed this gently fitted shape; knee-length with short sleeves and elegant, feminine looks. She was greatly admired and became a style icon, as all fashionistas know.

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BEAUTIFUL 1950’S – EARLY ’60’S FEATHER HAT

I love this gorgeous hat SO much. Although I wish that the feathers had stayed on the birds, it’s OK to forgive the cluelessness of vintage fashion manufacturers and customers as we work to see that the retail markets for furs, feathers and skins are ended forever. We can still enjoy the beauty of these antique pieces while they last. Faux fashions that are almost identical are now available and getting better all the time.

For women who love hats, the 1940’s through 1960’s were a real heyday. Hats can be so flattering! I’ll have more to show as I select others which I can bear to part with. The biggest issue about a collection is that they require so much room to store them properly. This one’s a little bitty an too small for me, so that makes it easier to let it go. Still, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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BACK TO THE 1960’S FUTURE FOR A SOPHISTICATED LADY

An early to mid ’60’s dinner or cocktail dress, similar to the mint green frock shown a few days ago but this one is not so “sweet” in design. It’s also made from a heavy fabric in faux brocade but has a satin sheath underneath and deep side slits with scrolled piping accents that give it an Asian look and a sophisticated touch. Sleeveless style also was a bit more daring back in that day.

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BRIGHT MID-CENTURY DAY DRESS FROM A TIME OF AUSTERITY

Love the color, the atomic print and collar shape. I believe that this dress was made during the 1940’s, when sewing materials were hard to come by. However, if so, our seamstress didn’t skimp on the hemline. What tells me that this may have been a wartime dress or sewn at a time when money was scarce is the lightweight material in some kind of synthetic and the very pared-down design. The bright color and au courant print for that time speak to how wartime women and manufacturers rose to the challenges during a very difficult era and held on to their fashion-sense.

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SIXTIES DRESSY DINNER DRESS

Just can’t escape this decade . . . . . . . A substantial faux brocade dinner frock in mint green – when “going out to eat” was a special event. The ever-present Sixties bow at the waist makes it official.

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SIXTIES FORMAL STYLE WITH BRITISH INVASION INFLUENCE

No worries about dog poop here, unless you trip and fall in it. As long as you keep your nickers covered, you’re good. This 1960’s take on the dressy dress shows off the physical freedom introduced by Mary Quant in 1964 when she released her mini-dresses on the world. Although hemlines will always go up and down, women have loved them since then (for better or worse!).

In this case, however, Stella looks smashing. And, check out that wide hem allowance to die for. . . . . . .

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4TH OF JULY FUN IN A SIXTIES PATIO DRESS

How about a little barbecue in hippie/prairie/Boho style? It all comes together in this 1960’s patio frock. So many places to wear this one – now that the rails are off the fashion corral (Yes!) a true vintage dress like this goes from the patio to the Prom with a stopover at the picnic and the pop concert in the park. All in true cotton comfort.

However, without your miniskirt, watch out for the puddle and the dog poop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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