My Vintage Style-50s Summer Dress, Walden Pond and Bauhaus Design

Gropius House Bauhaus Design Lincoln Mass

My recent tour and what I wore!  The house above was built in 1938 by Walter Gropius who was the founder of the Bauhaus school of design in Germany and who eventually became a professor of architecture at Harvard University.

I really enjoy touring various historic homes, many of which have very opulent interiors. Places that are visually impressive, but couldn’t really envision myself living in any of them. But when I stepped into the Gropius House I immediately wished I could stay there forever!

So if you love mid century modern design as much as I do, then check out my other post to read more about Gropius House and see lots more pix of this marvelous mid century home.

The day I decided to visit, it was pretty hot out. So I chose a nice summery lightweight cotton authentic 1950s dress that would be comfortable in case the home had no A/C.  When Andrew and I arrived we found out we had some time to spare before the next tour started.  Turns out this house is right down the road from Walden Pond.  You know,  Henry David Thoreau’s hangout.  So we were able to fit in a walk in the woods before the tour.

1950s blue print dress

 Pintuck pleats on the bodice with tiny looped trim and a bow accent neckline. Little details like these are one of the reasons I love vintage clothing.


50s blue print full skirt dressI live in Florida most of the year and never thought my hair could get any frizzier than it does down there.  But I was so wrong! I think the humidity that day was around 1000%. At least that’s how it felt.

1950s summer dress


Walden Pond

Vintage Cats Eye Rayban sunglasses
50s red bead clip on earrings
60s  red, white and blue enamel flower pin
60s red tweed purse
Navy blue studded ballet flats(brand new, flea market find)

Have a glamorous day!

theresa-signature copyLinking up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesdays






















By | 2016-09-13T08:19:47-04:00 September 12th, 2016|My Vintage Style|15 Comments

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell December 5, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Thank you so much Carmen. I do love combinations of red and blue. Well, actually red with anything! As far as 50s sitcoms, I often feel more of a Lucy than a Donna Reed!

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    carmen December 4, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Such a pretty blue dress Theresa! The details are just lovely and I love the pops of red you’ve added with earrings, brooch and purse! You look beautiful and remind me of the ladies in the 1950s family sitcoms; they were always so stylish.


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Thank you so much Bella. With vintage you can always count on special little details!

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    Theresa Campbell September 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Thank you Liz! Blue is one of my fav shades.

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    liz September 15, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    What a splendid dress! The colour is just marvelous on you 🙂

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    Theresa Campbell September 15, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Thank you Jessica. And I know if anyone appreciates the interesting details of vintage clothing, it is you! Hope you had a splendid vacation 🙂

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    Jessica Cangiano September 15, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Fabulously pretty warm weather ensemble! I’m with you entirely when it comes to the bring-you-to-your knees appeal of vintage fashion.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  8. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks Jess. I’ve seen some of your fabulous vintage brooches. Quite the collection! Walden Pond is such a lovely serene spot. If you’re ever in Mass. then Concord is worth a visit. Lots of beautiful scenery and historic places.

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    jess September 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Wow, I love the neckline color and of course your red vintage brooch. I collect them. kI really found it interesting about the historical homes as I am a fan of home tours such as this. Walden’s pond, Ive never been! I do love the pic of you walking in the woods, perfect!
    thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday
    jess xx

  10. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    But Suzanne, I love YOUR entire wardrobe!!! You need to fly into Massachusetts some summer and visit the Brimfield Show I go to. We could have so much fun shopping for vintage there. It is a treasure hunt of mega proportions. And I love 60s enamel pins, they’re so cute and colorful. Collecting them is a bit addictive. But then so is most vintage stuff!

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    Suzanne September 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Oh I think I would love your entire wardrobe. I adore the whole outfit. I agree the attention to detail on vintage is what really makes it stand out.

    I just bought two pins similar to yours. One of them has a stem on it. I haven’t worn them yet.


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    Theresa Campbell September 12, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Thank you Patti! I know it may sound weird, but I get really excited about the little details I find on vintage clothing. They make me happy for some reason.

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    Theresa Campbell September 12, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I know, Bauhaus design is so beautiful in its simplicity. If I ever got to build my own house I would want to include so many features of that place. Thanks for the compliment on the dress. Even though it is September in New England there are still very hot days. This dress really helped keep me from overheating!

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    Patti September 12, 2016 at 9:08 am

    What a delightful dress for a warm day and a walk! You’re so right about the details on vintage clothing. xo


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    Vix September 12, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love the Bauhaus movement and that house is wonderful. You look absolutely lovely wandering through the woods in that beautiful 1950s frock. xxx

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