drooling over vintage party dresses

23 Dec

i really don’t know why i put myself through this, but i just discovered couture allure vintage and i have spent the better part of an hour dying over the gorgeous dresses for sale/sold.

too bad for me her stuff is 1. expensive (within reason, but outside my budget!); 2. mostly too big for me (wtf @ all these 38″ busts); and 3. just complicated enough to be unobtainable for my own hands to recreate.

whatever, they are still gorg!

vintage dress pr0n under the cut.

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60s metallic gold paisley evening gown
i might be mostly drawn to this one because it reminds me of my 60s gold glitter maxi dress, but OMG. OMG OMG OMG.

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60s beaded silk evening dress & opera coat with mink trim
not to sound like a total weenie or anything, but this one actually made me cry a little. silk! beading! [vintage]mink! a matching coat!
unconvinced? look at the coat:
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i cried, partially because it had already sold, and partially because it wouldn’t fit me anyway. ughhh.

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60s green/gold brocade dress & coat with mink fur trim
already sold, but still amazing. love brocade and fur. it comes with a matching shift dress.
i really need to get on making a dress with matching coat, clearly. i love the fabric covered beads with the satin loops. so classic.

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60s gold brocade evening dress & opera coat
love the beading and sequins! and again: COAT.

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60s white silk evening/wedding gown
i would marry the next person who i lay eyes on if it meant that i would get to wear this during the ceremony.

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50s fred perlberg cream satin strapless party dress
i mostly like this one because it reminds me of lorraine’s pink dress in back to the future. gorgeous!

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50s emerald satin party dress
the color is very joan, but the style is all betty.

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60s pop art floral silk patio evening dress
why did i not realize until just now exactly how much i need a hostess gown?
this gown makes me want to cry, too. mostly because i would buy it in a heartbeat ($135? pfft!) but it’s at least 2 sizes too big. WAAAAHHH. the bright side is that out of all the dresses posted, this one would be the most easy to replicate (and i probably shouldn’t be trusted with silk, anyway).

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90s lou lattimore italian sequined wiggle dress
AMAZING.

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REALLY REALLY AMAZING

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60s navy chiffon beaded illusion evening gown
at first glance, i thought the bust detailing was feathers. i was wrong:
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MORE BEADING
with chiffon? sign me up, please!

related, but not related to the site linked:
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i don’t even remember where i found this picture (and lol forever at her hair), but i am loving the style of this full-skirted strapped dress with the lace overlay shirt. must make one asap.

i could go on and on about the dresses on the site, and how i want every single one of them (which is lovely, considering i never have any place/occasion to wear an evening dress so why do i keep buying them?), but i’m just going to make myself sad.
indulge with me, internets.

and while we’re on the subject of vintage clothes we don’t need, i highly suggest popping over to closet case vintage and checking out the 2011 lookbook & entering the giveaway – $200 in closet case vintage fancies! i was going to go through the lookbook and highlight my favorite stuff, but it ended up being literally every single thing posted, so do yourself a favor and just check out the entire post. and then enter! and then share you spoils with me.

merry christmas!

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