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A potential wedding dress!! (and some initial ideas for styling it)

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I found a dress I may wear for a my wedding! I found it in the Brick Lane Beyond Retro when we were down in London, after having tried and failed in all the other Brick Lane vintage shops, most of which were tiny and either totally picked over or WAY overpriced. But Beyond Retro is pretty reasonable and massive. I’m getting married over two days, with the ceremony and a lunch on the Friday, and a reception with dancing on Saturday. So I need two dresses, a day one and a night one. This one would be the day one.

It’s from the 1950s or 60s I’d guess, with a fitted waist and a sort of faux-wrap skirt (you can’t really see it in the pictures). The fabric is a creamy beigy ivory colour with a gold leaf embroidery design. It’s a little worn around the bottom and plainer/ more ‘day dress’ than I was looking for really, and the skirt is too small to put a crinoline under it. I did sort of imagine myself wearing a prom dress with a crinoline. But I can always do that on the Saturday.

This dress was only £30, so I thought I could take a chance on it, and if I find something better and don’t end up getting married in it, I can always wear it as a party dress. I kind of love the idea that while most people spend about a grand on their wedding dress alone, I could probably put together the whole outfit for under £100. I think it will scrub up nicely with the right accessories. Here’s a few choices:

First off, I’ll need a fascinator or a hat.


Maybe something like this? This is one of Alix the cherry blossom girls’ bridesmaid’s but I reckon this headpiece would totally work for a bride!


Or maybe a pillbox hat? I love the way this vintage black and gold one looks on the model, and it’s got metallic threads just like the dress.


Or maybe something simpler like this handmade beaded hairband?

And maybe then I could add a cute bag. Do brides even have bags? I suppose you’re already holding a bouquet, aren’t you, and have minions to carry stuff for you. But how cute would a little bag be! Maybe another tradition for me to dispense with!


Something properly golden?


Or this cute little beaded number?

Or a slightly more complex beaded one?


Or a brocade one to match the dress?

How would you style this dress?

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  • MrJeffery 6 September 2010, 3:18 pm

    such a cute dress. i love the beaded bag with it.

  • Clare 6 September 2010, 4:07 pm

    What a wonderful dress! You're going to be such a gorgeous bride!

  • Biba 6 September 2010, 4:21 pm

    Gorgeous dress! And I love all the handbags, I find it extremely difficult to choose a favourite. And I totally adore the pillbox hat…
    Do you think this dress would work with a white (or perhaps gold) obi belt? I'm not sure about the cut of the dress, you should know where the waist sits on you. But I can definitely picture it with one.
    Of course you can have a handbag on your wedding day. Where else would you put a mass of hankies & a lipstick… But while you're holding the bouquet you can hand it over to one of the bridesmaids…
    Good luck with your search for more dresses – even though this one already counts as a lucky find!

  • Rachel 6 September 2010, 8:18 pm

    Hi Franca. That's a lovely dress and I imagine it would look really cute with small block heels, a pill box hat and bag. It makes a perfect mental image of an intimate ceremony with close family and friends. On the hanger the top part looks rather boxy but you will know better about how it fits your body. I like things to be quite fitted between the under bust and waist on me, if you're the same then perhaps Biba's suggestion of adding an obi type belt would give it a modern twist.

  • Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes 6 September 2010, 11:43 pm

    The dress is really beautiful, I hope you do get married in it.

  • Little Monarch 7 September 2010, 12:15 am

    i think you should rock out in a pill box hat, vibrant red lipstick and some nice marc jacobs patent lether wedges. oh and a simple boquet of course. you got yourself a bargain here girlie.

  • Andi B. Goode 7 September 2010, 7:45 am

    Oh, gosh, I have no idea about weddings. Hehe. But I really like that dress and think the pillbox hat might compliment the dress' silhouette better.
    -Andi x

  • Style Eyes 7 September 2010, 2:49 pm

    I love your dress. I think it would look lovely with a fascinator or pill box hat. I saw a stall with the most amazing fascinators at Vintage at Goodwood. She can even make custom pieces using broken jewellery, vintage accessories etc. Her website is http://www.morgainealexandra.co.uk

  • Franca 7 September 2010, 3:04 pm

    Thank you everyone for your tips, much appreciated! I see the pillbox hat is getting much love. Hopefully I'll be able to find one in real life that looks good on me!

    And Rachel – it's not boxy at all. It actually fits a little bit too snuggly around the top, if anything!

  • jesse.anne.o 7 September 2010, 10:52 pm

    Great dress. I love it. Honestly, if I thought about getting married, it'd be in something very similar.

  • Dolls Factory 8 September 2010, 2:03 pm

    Loved this article you submitted to Links a la Mode on IFB.I think you should think about the appropriate shoes too.
    Love your blog , lets become fashionable blogger friends , lets follow each other.

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  • sacramento 9 September 2010, 1:36 pm

    I love the dress, the bag and being daring the first headpiece. I love your blog, and I will follow you.

  • Pull Your Socks Up! 10 September 2010, 12:04 am

    First of all, congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! How exciting for you and your fiance to have a two-day wedding! I think it's a wonderful way to celebrate and for you and your guests to enjoy each other's company at leisure:). Also congrats on being included in IFB's Links – I made it this week too *gasp*! As for your fab post, I LOVE your dress – I have one very similar, but someone's hung it on a wire hanger in the past and the shoulders are damaged:(. Now to the accessories, I think the black pillbox is the best – classic, feminine and the black veiling will make the ensemble less frou frou. If you go for the black, I think the matching brocade bag is best – don't want the bag to compete with the fab hat. What about shoes? Very important – I think a classic but with a modern edge such as a raised platform (doesn't have to be very high) with a skinny or stiletto heel. I love weddings! You have a new follower:).

  • tastymoog 12 September 2010, 4:57 pm

    lovely dress! i really like that it has short sleeves. a pillbox hat with a birdcage veil would look great with it.

  • Jenny 12 September 2010, 8:42 pm

    LOVELY! I also loves the golden leafs in the hair.

  • Fabulous Finds Gal 13 September 2010, 3:34 pm

    Such a classic wedding dress for day! I am leaning towards the gold leafs in the hair for a slightly more modern twist and any of those handbangs would be heavenly. Enjoy!!

    xo,
    Christina

  • Lorena 14 September 2010, 2:34 am

    I like the dress. It is very smart not too spend too much money on it.
    Mine was expensive and has been in my closet for 8 years now… I only wore it twice..photo shoot+wedding.
    I can see a beautiful rich ribbon tied at the waist.
    I would skip the bag. If you need any powder or lipstick just have your groom carry it for you !

  • toni 17 September 2010, 2:05 pm

    I have a very fabulous vintage wedding dress you might be interested in!
    http://www.vintage-select
    category FIFTIES: name: WEDDING

    it is definitely one of a kind.

  • Anonymous 11 December 2010, 12:01 pm

    this is very good for you, ybg 🙂

  • Penny Dreadful 8 April 2011, 11:50 am

    Wow Franca, what a gorgeous dress (and a really good price for it too). I can see what you mean, the dresses are different in style but the fabric is very similar.