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Mother of the Bride? Consider Vintage for a Chic, Unique Look

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Brocade cocktail suit by Manguin. 1959. Photographer Pottier.

Brocade cocktail suit by Manguin. 1959. Photographer Pottier.

Near where I live there are two dress shops that cater to wedding attire. Their windows display a parade of sumptuous bridal gowns, colorful bridesmaid dresses and smart tuxedos. Then there are the dresses intended for the mothers of the bride or groom. Typically they are solid color, neutral or pastel tones, sometimes with a hint of sparkle. Styles are subdued and the fabrics tend to be some kind of pedestrian synthetic. Having marriageable age children of my own, I am more than a little interested in prevailing fashion for mothers of the bride or groom. When I pass by these shops my immediate reaction is OMG that is SO not me! It’s not that many of these dresses aren’t attractive in their own way,  it’s just that they all seem so…. well, generic. And I’m not alone; I find this to be a sentiment shared by friends and customers alike

There are reasons the bridal industry is predisposed to providing somewhat vanilla fashion for the moms. We all agree that a bride’s wedding is her day to shine without distraction. The last thing a mother wants to be accused of is not dressing appropriately or trying to upstage the bride <<<shudder>>>. But does that mean buying an outfit you don’t love? Does it mean wearing fabrics, colors and styles that make you feel dowdy or frumpy? Isn’t it OK to feel and look chic  on your daughter or son’s wedding day? Of course it is. So what are the alternatives for us non-conformist mothers? How do we satisfy wedding etiquette and our own sense of style?

Nina Ricci cocktail suit in matlasse brocade., 1959. Mike de Dulmen photographer

Nina Ricci cocktail suit in matlasse brocade., 1959. Mike de Dulmen photographer

Authentic vintage clothing offers a treasure trove of unique and elegant choices and there are lots of avenues to explore.  But what comes to mind immediately are cocktail suits from  the 50s and 60s. Flattering matched ensembles with jackets or coats in the most gorgeous materials. A perfectly polished look for fall, winter or spring weddings.  Silk matelassé, metallic and lustrous brocades, rich velvets, peau de soie and alaskine, are some of the choices to be had. Brocades in particular offer a way to wear patterns and rich colors in a tasteful way. I’ve had textile designers tell me that some of these fabrics can only be reproduced at astronomical cost and are now exclusive to haute couture. So you are also getting great value for the price when choosing vintage.

Lanvin Castello cocktail suit of velour imprinted satin.1959.

Lanvin Castello cocktail suit of velour imprinted satin.1959.

Along with lovely fabrics these sets often have exquisite couture embellishments including intricate beading, fur trims and rhinestone encrusted buttons.  But ever too much, just a tasteful touch of glam. Styling from these decades is ladylike, sophisticated, but still figure conscious, lending an understated allure. The 50s sets are usually more fitted. But many of the 60s versions are designed with a body skimming relaxed fit, ideal for those of us whose waistlines don’t nip in the way they once did.

Also, don’t  be afraid of having an outfit altered to fit.  Having a proper fit will bring out your best figure features and lend a more polished look. Just be sure the dressmaker is highly skilled. Ask for recommendations and expect to pay well if you want the job done right.

The following is a selection of 1960’s cocktail suits available online from Tangerine Boutique and Blue Velvet Vintage.

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Satin brocade dress and coat ensemble

60s Asian floral satin brocade dress and coat ensemble-39″ bust 32″ waist

1960's red and black brocade 60s cocktail suit-

1960’s red and black brocade 60s cocktail suit-
38 ” bust 35″ w 41″ h

60s blue brocade cocktail suit

60s blue brocade cocktail suit- 37″b 27″ w 42″ h

vintage 60's blue brocade cocktail suit

Blue floral silk jacquard 60’s vintage cocktail suit-36″ bust 32″ w 40″ h

 

You may start with vintage,  but make sure you finish with a modern note to avoid looking costumey. I suggest indulging in a great pair of heels in a cutting edge style. Have your hair stylist create a fresh modern look for you and choose simple accessories.

Have a glamorous day!

 

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How to Dress in Feminine 50s Style for a Late Summer Garden Wedding

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50s garden party

50s garden party

Contemporary brides are increasingly being enticed by the late summer garden as a preferred venue for their special day. Emerald lawns, balmy breezes and classic blossoms create a dreamy sense of nostalgia and romance, the perfect setting for unapologetic feminine style if ever there was one. The fashions of the 1950s and early 60s, celebrated the glory of femininity and vintage dresses from that time offer an ideal choice for the alternative bride or her guests who are looking for a pretty, yet less formal look.

Swaying skirts and nipped in waists… lovely florals, exquisite details and pretty prints, all designed to make a woman feel her most beautiful. Today’s vintage market provides an array of captivating choices and a reputable vintage dealer should be able to make suitable suggestions and will help you with sizing and fit. They might advise you on the subject of appropriate undergarments. Dresses from the 50s and early 60s are made to show off the figure and can look even better with the help of good foundation garments. A petticoat is not necessary but it will create a lovely flair to the skirt, again, a seasoned dealer will help you to pick the best one for the cut of your dress.

Once you have found your perfect frock the right accessories will add polish and even a bit of fun to your look. Comely shoes are a must and so is the perfect little handbag. For shoes you can choose to highlight a matching color from the dress or stick with the basics like white, bone or black. When in doubt,  patent leather is a time honored, summer choice which can be worn with virtually any dress. You will want to coordinate a smart little vintage purse or clutch and for those of you who prefer bold you might even consider a summery straw  tote or shoulder bag. No need to match shoes to bag, unless of course, that is your preference.

Jewelry, hats and even scarves can add further signature to your look. If you are wearing a sleeveless dress, with open décolleté, then you might consider tying a long chiffon scarf around your throat and letting it drape down the back. Infuse a touch of sparkle to your ensemble with a pair of vintage crystal cluster clips or a dash of innocence with a delicate ear drop and you can never go wrong with pearls. Little lacey gloves, vintage sunglasses, a wide brim hat, a silk rose tucked behind the ear…so many different ways to tie in your own sense of expression. One final touch… for all of you sentimental romantics, tuck a dainty vintage hanky in your bag, to have at ready during the ceremony

So…in this day of casual attire…boho tops and jeans, t-shirts and shorts, capris, hoodies, flip flops… as opportunity to get ones girly-girl on keeps dwindling, it’s comforting to know that a grand exception remains. We will always have weddings, especially those lovely summer garden weddings where a woman can dress-up to her hearts content.

Below are some feminine 50s outfits put together for your summer garden wedding inspiration.

50s pointellist print sundress

50s pointellist print sundress

1950s pointellist print dress, 34 bust/26 waist,  ivory Mary Jane pumps, summery vintage shoulder bag and  dainty flower earrings.

1950s floral print Jerry Gilden dress

1950s floral print Jerry Gilden dress

1950s Jerry Gilden Dress, 36 bust 28 waist,  with dainty floral print, navy patent heels, vintage navy mesh purse and blue bead cluster clip earrings

1950s floral chiffon cape collar party dress

1950s floral chiffon cape collar party dress

1950s floral chiffon dress, 42 bust 33 waist,  with gathered shawl collar and open décolleté, little lace gloves, white Mary Jane pumps and aurora borealis cluster clip earrings.

Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green halter dress

Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green halter dress

 Classic Dame brand 50s style apple green cotton sateen halter dress ,  green rosette earrlngs, black cinch belt,  black  mesh clutch and black satin d’orsay pumps. The black accents lend an air of sophistication that would work beautifully for an early evening garden wedding. Dress available in sizes Small-XLarge

Have a glamorous day!

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Customer Spotlight-Krista’s Rockabilly Vegas Wedding

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Krista and * (and their fabulous 1955 Ford pick-up!)

Krista and Bob Louttit (and their fabulous 1955 Ford pick-up!)

Are you a rockin’ rockabilly gal planning a 50s themed wedding? Well here is some Viva Las Vegas wedding inspiration from our happy customer, Krista Louttit,  who told us  planning her 1950s rockabilly wedding to her handsome hubby Bob was easy. “It was a no brainer for a vintage inspired wedding, as that is pretty much us on a daily basis.”    I so love that they embrace this look all the time!

The couple have a serious passion for hot rods, all things tiki, Johnny Cash, and clearly, each other.   They had already scheduled a trip to attend Viva Las Vegas“the biggest rockabilly party in the the world” and decided that it would also be the perfect place to get hitched! Along with a handful of friends, the fun-loving couple tied the knot at Graceland Wedding Chapel, where celebs like Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Ray Cyrus have also held their weddings.

The groom rocked it out in a perfectly tailored sharkskin suit, while bridesmaids looked radiantly retro in classic 50s style dresses and matching (homemade by Krista herself!) rose rings and bouquets.  The royal blue outfits matched their extremely cool 1955 pickup truck!

The bride wore a stunning  ivory 1950s inspired  full circle dress with a flattering shelf bust  that she purchased from Blue Velvet Vintage, and accessorized it with a hair flower and a pair of great ankle strap peep toe platform heels. Her gorgeous retro hairdo and makeup completed the look nicely!  Krista said she first discovered her dress on pinterest – along with a few others – but kept finding herself going back to this one in particular.  She knew it was “the one”. 

After the ceremony the bridal party cruised down the strip to the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign for some great photos. The couple and their friends then headed to  dinner at Capo’s Italian Steakhouse  where the maid of honor and best maid surprised the newlyweds with the perfect Vegas themed wedding cake. And what better way to end a beautiful rockabilly wedding day but with cocktails at Frankie’s Tiki Bar. Sounds like these two had an amazing wedding day filled with friends, fun and a little bit of rock and roll!

Krista and her bridesmaids look positively smokin!

Krista and her bridesmaids look positively smokin!

The wedding party under the fabulous Las Vegas sign.

The wedding party under the fabulous Las Vegas sign.

 

Congrats Bob and Krista!

alison

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50s Style Wedding Dresses for the Alternative Bride

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If you’re a non-traditional gal who is about to get married, may I suggest a fabulous alternative to the long, trained wedding gown?   How about a 50s  tea length wedding dress?  A growing trend is toward more creativity in planning that special day. And vintage themes are on the top of the list because they’re so fun!

Going by our own 50’s wedding dress sales, the 1950s is definitely one of the more popular eras for a wedding theme. Whether it’s rock and roll, rockabilly, Las Vegas or vintage Hollywood theme there is a perfect 50s wedding dress or 50s inspired dress that will complement your vintage dream wedding!  Because the fashions from that decade are so classy and timeless, this look also works well for second weddings, garden weddings, town hall ceremonies and destination weddings.

The 50s look is a great option for brides looking for something more informal, but still very elegant and glamorous.  The fit and flared silhouette is flattering on pretty much all figures.   Even though finding a one of a kind, authentic vintage 50’s wedding dress can be very exciting, they are pretty scarce. So you need to allow lots of extra time to find the perfect one, as many are in very tiny sizes or not in pristine condition. Luckily there are new reproductions that will give you that same fabulous 50s look!

Check out these photos of Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn for some vintage wedding fashion inspiration!

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face

Elizabeth Taylor in 50s tea length halter dress.

Elizabeth Taylor in 50s tea length halter dress.

And here’s a little collage I put together featuring “The Sweetheart”, our  50s style wedding dress from our Classic Dame line,along with pretty blue purse, shoes and hair flower that I think would look lovely with it!

Classic Dame 50s style wedding dress

Classic Dame 50s style wedding dress

 

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Happy Bride in our Vintage Inspired Wedding Gown

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We always love to hear from happy brides!  Jennifer Hathaway purchased our vintage inspired  beaded tulle mermaid dress for her wedding. and was kind enough to contact us through Facebook to tell us

I was finally able to wear my beautiful wedding dress on March 23rd! It was bought a year and 1/2 ago. It looked amazing!

We have to agree! Jennifer not only looks amazing in the gown she purchased from us, but her husband looks positively debonair and the children are simply adorable!   And the white, blue and black  theme  is very classy color combination.  Well done!

 

Jennifer Hathaway wearing beaded tulle mermaid gown from Blue Velvet Vintage

Jennifer Hathaway wearing beaded tulle mermaid gown from Blue Velvet Vintage

Jennifer Hathaway wedding

Jennifer Hathaway wedding

Many, many thanks to Jennifer for sharing photos of her wedding day with us and for giving Blue Velvet Vintage the opportunity to be a part of it:)

 

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