In a previous post I featured a 70s dress by Cuban designer Don Luis along with a bit about his background. This designer has been under the radar for a while. But more and more vintage enthusiasts are discovering it. His dresses are a great alternative if you love Emilio Pucci designs, but not the price tag.
I recently unearthed this 1970s Don Luis maxi halter dress from the far reaches of my closet when I was looking for things to pack for my trip north this summer. No idea why I had forgotten about it. Just goes to show that I must have contracted a severe case of wardrobe overload-itis. It’s a major fashion fail that I had neglected this beauty all this time.
The print is so striking it makes me feel like I’m wearing a piece of wild psychedelic art.
Though I do love the look of the halter style bodice, it’s not always practical. Whether it be a cooler summer evening or restaurants that have frigid AC, I had to figure out a way to cover up.
I have a nice floaty navy voile scarf that has embroidered flowers in the same color as the dress. So I take that with me if it’s a hot night, but I’m going out to eat where there’s a chance of very cold air conditioning.
For cooler nights, my other option is to wear a white shirt over it, knotted just a tad above the waist line. It’s reminiscent of a cropped jacket. Tying it shorter provides a figure flattering silhouette, as it elongates, emphasizes the waist and creates balance.
I really mixed it up with the jewelry, opting for a beaded 50s bracelet that complements the mango and chartreuse colors in the dress. A 60s navy and white enamel daisy pin and 60s goldtone filigree ball dangle earrings. And added one of my favorite summer purses, a straw Italian clutch from the 60s.
Styling a sleeveless or halter style maxi this way also works for gals who don’t feel comfortable baring their arms for whatever reason. So, no reason to ever pass on a perfectly fabulous sleeveless maxi dress. This is a quick fix!
Till next time….
Jess/Elegantly Dressed and Stylish for Turning Heads Tuesday