Sunday, 7 September 2014

Seeing spots

I never buy dresses or skirts with polka dots on them.  Polka dots are so ubiquitous on reproduction 1950s dresses that when I see them on vintage 1950s dresses, they just don't appeal to me.  That's not to say that I don't like polka dots because I actually do!  So when I saw this dress in a shop in London recently, I was very much drawn to it, even though I had reservations over the polka dots!

 
 In the end, I decided that I needed to buy it as it was just too cute to pass up!  It was deadstock with the labels still attached, my size and the seller gave me a really good price that I simply could not turn this down.
 

 
One of the reasons (but certainly not the main reason) that I wear vintage is because I like that it is a more uncommon way of dressing.  But as there are now a lot more people wearing and sourcing vintage (which is definitely a great thing!) you often find that the vintage dress you love to wear because of its unusual print is popping up on Etsy again and again. 
 
When my Mum saw my Stylecraft Miami wicker and lucite bag she loved it so much that she said she wanted one herself!  I reasoned that because it was vintage, I was unlikely to be able to find her one.  But I was determined to have a look and on my first Etsy search, I found another one so I bought it for her!  It is actually a little bigger than mine but it is still Stylecraft Miami and the same style of bag, as you can see.  In fact, in the last couple of weeks, I have seen a third bag on eBay in this style!  Vintage, yes.  Unique, certainly not!
 
Vintage twins!
 
Dress: Vintage from Dreamtime in London (one of the best vintage shops in London!)
Shoes: Rocket Originals
Bag: Vintage from eBay (Mum's bag is via Etsy)
Earrings: Vintage from trader at Clerkenwell Vintage Fair
 
 


14 comments:

  1. I feel exactly the same about polka dots! Vintage dresses with polka dots don`t feel like the real thing, because of the reproduction polka dot overkill. But some dresses still manage to pull it off. Like the one you are sporting, perfection! <3

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    1. I know and it's sad because there are some cute 1950s polka dot dresses out there!

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  2. i totally know what you mean, when you talk about polka dots ...
    this dotted vintage dress is really fun and absolutely cute - and it doesn't look like repro dress. i would wear it right away!

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    1. Yeah this dress "spoke to me" so I knew I had to buy it!

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  3. I also feel like there's a been there, done that factor to certain prints. I like polka dots and cherries and all that jazz, but I feel like every third woman you see in vintage in wearing one or the other. Things do tend to lose a bit of their shine if you feel like you're just one in a crowd. (I couldn't do that reproduction style top with the crossover neckline for the same reason.)
    That dress is really pretty though, and I think it's very unique in terms of the style, if not the print. The repro dresses with polka dots would be much lower cut, and wouldn't have that adorable button detailing. It's a great piece, and it's awesome that you got it at such a great price. Also, your mom is super cute, and you two look so much alike it's crazy.

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    1. I really love the asymmetric button detail too!

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  4. I'm with you about the polka dots! For some reason the over-saturation in the reproduction market has made polka dots seem...inauthentic? But when you find a genuine piece they are pretty wonderful! Like your dress! I love the little button detailing! So cute! :-)
    -Melissa

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    1. Yeah I really wish the repro companies out there wouldn't focus so much on polka dots!

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  6. I feel the same about polka dots... it's even worst for my husband, when I want to wear a vintage dress with dots, he says "Nice dress, but people will think it's repro!"
    Yes, vintage is not unique... you made a nice pair with your mum!!!!

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    1. Yep, I'm so glad I found this bag for my Mum! I'll just have to make sure when I see her out, that we're not both carrying this bag!

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  7. This dress is lovely, I like the plainer top half paired with the busy skirt. Great pic of you and your mum and the bags!

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    1. Yeah I think the plainer top part keeps it from looking too over the top!

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