Here’s a line-up of wool dresses from the 1960s and 1950s, lightweight and classic enough to wear in some parts of the world in three seasons of the year. Although I’m highlighting the second from the left, I’ll describe them all to start.
On the far left, a mid-weight jumper from the mid – late 1960s in a brown tweed. Can’t recall the maker, but made in the U.S. The bodice is lined and it is intended to be worn as a sleeveless dress or with a blouse underneath – your choice. In the cold weather I’d probably want the blouse, but some people like their arms bare even in winter and that was a popular style then. A cardigan sweater over would work, too. Although it didn’t come with its own little jacket, sometimes sleeveless dresses did. Great style for school or office.
Third in line is a straight, belted shift in heather blue by Pendleton. They’ve been making quality wool clothing for decades and it is always classic. This one from the late ’60s can also be worn alone or will a blouse or turtleneck. Also perfect for school or work. Some women would put this on as a day dress for shopping, meetings, etc.
On the far right is a wiggle sheath from the late ’50s. Also a U.S. maker. It is lined around the upper bodice and neck and is designed to be worn sleeveless. It’s a simple, un-decorated design but would look best in the evening or at an after-work party or dinner. It could have gone to work if dressed down a bit with a sweater or jacket.
Now for our star of the day – Are you looking for ideas about what to wear on St. Paddy’s Day? Look no further. This is a smart, figure-enhancing dress that is demure enough for any setting and also sophisticated enough for any. It all depends on your accessories. In a lovely kelly/emerald green, it’s also a nice transition color into Spring. Eve Le Coq of California produced lovely dresses – very chic.
It’s not been unusual for me to encounter these kinds of wool frocks at various places in my searches. If you find yourself in a store, they are often marked down at this time of year. Don’t let wool fabric discourage you – as long as you’ve got a breathable (well-ventilated) storage bag for moth season and a clothing brush, it’s easy to care for and can be dry-cleaned at home if there are no serious stains. Very versatile, very vintage and worth the investment.
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY