My Vintage Style-30s Inspired Dress for a Night Along Boston Harbor

Loco Lindo Rita Dress

One of my favorite things to do when in New England for the summer is hang out anywhere around Boston Harbor.   On a recent Wednesday evening my husband and I started with dinner in the North End, a neighborhood near the waterfront famous for it’s Italian restaurants, pastry shops, salumerias  and feasts (street festivals dedicated to different saints). Then finished our night with cocktails and dancing under the stars at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Wednesday night is Rat Pack night, so we were very excited to listen and dance to a band playing some of our favorite songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Blues Barge

Since we were planning on doing a lot of walking and then some swing dancing,  I wanted to be dressed comfortably, but still dressy enough for hanging out at a four star hotel!

Loco Lindo Josephine Jazz Rita Dress

So I chose this rayon crepe bias cut dress by Loco Lindo, a California based label. The owner/designer uses imported French rayon crepe for many of her designs. It drapes beautifully and is machine washable.

This is their Rita dress, which is a figure flattering silhouette with a late 1930s/early 40s vibe.  The dress is a pull on style that fits somewhat loosely, but has ties at the waist that you can tie in back to make it as fitted as you like.  And the flared bias cut skirt is nice and swingy for dancing!  I have to admit, I own this style in several prints, that’s how much I like it.

I also sell Loco Lindo dresses on my website because I truly love the quality, unique vintage style prints and the fact that they are made by an indie designer here in the USA . I know how hard it is these days to be a small business owner, especially in the fashion business.  So I try to support others in the same boat!  This particular Rita dress is on backorder for now, but they’ll be restocked in the next few weeks. And several of the other Loco Lindo styles I sell are currently on sale.

Paul Revere Statue

After din-din we walked through the “Prado,” aka Paul Revere Mall, which is a park/brick passageway between the Old North Church and St. Stephens Church. It is home to this famous statue of Paul Revere. Sculptor Cyrus Edwin Dallin received the commission for this statue when he was only 22 years old, and it took him 16 years to complete it. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in Boston.

Loco Lindo Dress-Paul Revere Mall

Knowing I’d be a little dressed up AND walking a lot  I opted for my Aerosoles ballet flats because they look fine with a skirt or dress. And my  1960s straw bag was small and lightweight enough that it wouldn’t dislocate my shoulder!

See how I’ve matched my shoe and bag color?  Apparently this is a fashion don’t these days because supposedly it looks “dated. ”  Ummm, yeah, whatever. For someone who makes fashion choices based on what styles were like decades ago I have absolutely no problem with that at all. Never been one to pay much attention to what the fashion dictators say we should or shouldn’t be wearing from one year to the next.  Anyway, sometimes I match and sometimes I don’t.  No big whoop!

Loco Lindo 30s inspired Rita Dress

Because it was a little cool by the water, I wore a vintage beaded cardigan which meant I got a chance to wear a vintage sweater guard. Absolutely adore these. To paraphrase from a song sung by both Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, I don’t know why I love them like I do, I don’t know why, I just do!

Vintage Sweater Clip


Views along the Harbor Walk

Boston Harbor


Schooner-Boston Harbor

Rowe’s Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel at night

Boston Harbor Hotel

And on our way back to the car I took this photo of the Customs House Tower. It looked so beautiful lit up against the night sky. This historic  building sat vacant for many years, but is now a Marriott Property!  I’m certainly relieved they didn’t tear it down to build some ugly steel and concrete thing.

boston customs house tower


So, do you ever do the matchy-matchy thing with your accessories or stick strictly with mixing it up?

Till next time…..


Linkups this week-
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday,
Catherine of Not Dressed as  a Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike
Jess of Elegantly Dress and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge for #SpreadTheKindness

By | 2017-08-08T08:42:04-04:00 August 7th, 2017|Fashion, My Vintage Style|14 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 August 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks, Jess. These dresses remind me of those Karina dresses you wear a lot. Same type of easy to wear/flattering vintage inspired silhouette, except the fabric is different. And isn’t jazz music and swing so fun to listen to? I’ll take it anyday over most of the pop music I have foisted on me everywhere I go these days 🙂

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    jess jannenga August 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful view Theresa! I love your dress, you know I am a fan of vintage or vintage inspired styles. It looks lovely with the embellished cardigan and perfect to dance in. The rat pack sounds like my kind of night, as I love jazz standards and swing!!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Thank you for the kind words, Shelbee. I know what you mean about bags. Sometimes I get used to carrying the same bag, so if I happen to throw on a pair of shoes and they end up matching it’s not even done consciously!

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    Shelbee on the Edge August 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Theresa, this dress is amazing. So beautiful. I sometimes match my shoes and bag depending on what bags I have. (I don’t have a lot of bags, so I work with what I’ve got). Usually though, I don’t even change out my bag so whatever! You look amazing in this dress and I can see why you love it and have it in different patterns. Thanks so much for linking up with me!


  5. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Wow. Never thought of that, matching to appear taller. Great idea 🙂

  6. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

    It is really a great city. I wish I had been there when you visited! We would have had so much fun. And thanks for the compliment!

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    Suzanne August 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’m like you, my mood often dictates my choices and sometimes I match and other times I don’t. I do find that if I am matching that I appear taller. I think lots of petite women don’t realize that is an easy way to gain a couple of inches in height.

    Love this easy-to-wear style of dress.


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    Vix August 8, 2017 at 4:00 am

    I’ve only visited the States once and that was to Boston in 2001! how lovely to see it again!
    Your dress and cardi combination are so pretty on you. xxx

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks Katherine! And being as you’re a wardrobe stylist, I appreciate that you’re also ok with matchy matchy sometimes too! That’s the way it should be. How you feel, not what someone else thinks you should wear 🙂


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    Kathrine Eldridge August 7, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    What a lovely dress! I adore the print. I go between matchy matchy sometimes and other times I like contrast. It depends on how I feel.

  11. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Carmen. Nice to meet another matchy-matchy fan! And anyone who wears wrist length gloves with a dress is A-OK in my book 🙂


  12. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Nancy. Thanks for stopping by to visit! You’ve got a great sense of style. Appreciate the comments. Have a lovely day 🙂


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    carmen August 7, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Hello Theresa! So nice to meet you through blogging! I love your style! This such a classic dress and you look gorgeous in it! I love matchy matchy, I come from the matchy matchy days, but my daughter has taught me to mix it up sometimes. So I do whatever I feel like, I don’t listen to fashion dictators either.

    Thank you for the lovely tour of the Boston Harbour, another thing I love about blogging, seeing places I may never get to. 🙂


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    Nancy August 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    And now I now your blog too! Very elegant dress. I’m a big dresses fan.

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