Monday, August 1, 2011

50's Style for a Wedding



As I mentioned a few posts ago, Mark and I attended a wedding last weekend atop Mt. Tamalpais (known around these parts as Mt. Tam), which is just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It presented the perfect opportunity for me to wear this beautiful vintage dress I bought a few months ago. I don't often go for 50's style dresses because I feel like they aren't ideal for my figure, but this one caught my eye because of the lovely fabric, the cute collar and neckline bow detail, and the best part, the row of giant buttons down the back:


I found this dress at Decades of Fashion on Haight Street, which is an amazing (albeit pricey) vintage store. It fit me so perfectly that I knew I had to have it, and what a perfect outfit it made for a wedding, no? To me there's something reverent about wearing vintage to a wedding; weddings have such a strong cultural significance that it makes sense to wear clothes that hearken back to eras with a greater sense of decorum.

Astoundingly, of all the dozens of hats I have lying around at the house, none exactly captured the vibe I wanted, so I made one special for the occasion. It's made of a thick, braided straw material, which has a nice shine to it that matches the black buttons of the dress. I made a matching bow out of scrap straw and edged the bow with a pale blue silk to match the striped fabric on the dress's back panel and neckline bow detail.


I got loads of compliments on this dress, and I felt utterly fabulous. Perhaps I need to rethink 50's dresses; they seem to suit my figure just fine.


 Puppy update: Our puppy finally has a name! After struggling with it all through the weekend, we finally narrowed it down to the last 3 choices, wrote them on slips of paper, folded them up and threw them on the floor in front of the puppy for him to choose from. He sniffed the first two and then enthusiastically grabbed the third, thus selecting Spencer as his new name. And yes, he's only a few months old and he's almost as big as Georgie. Perhaps Goliath would've been more accurate...

30 comments:

LPC said...

Ha! I'm just writing a post about what to wear as a guest for a wedding on a farm. I looked hard for a good vintage fascinator for the Artsy Cousin. :). And I almost put a butterfly pin on her lapel. I'm learning, I'm learning.

This wedding was outside or inside?

Anonymous said...

I've been there! The Tourist Club! Nothing better then hiking there the long way on a hot September day, then rewarding yourself and your friends with pitchers of beer, board games, and more beer.

I am a San Franciscan transplant to Minnesota, and your blog very often makes me ache for your city. Maybe someday I'll feel like this when I read Sal's blog, but...not yet.

meegiemoo said...

That dress is gorgeous. And I love the hat too. Pillboxesque but with more flare.

Cute doggies hanging out together. Adorable.

WendyB said...

Seriously glamorous!

une femme said...

FABULOUS dress!! And Spencer, perfect!

Esz said...

Love this dress on you! I dont think there's anyone who doesn't suit the 50's look.

I agree about the sensibility of wearing vintage to weddings.

And I just adore that hat - I wish I had your skills in making them :-)

Katie, Interrobangs Anonymous said...

The dress is stunning, the hat is fantastic, and the puppies are adorable. Well done all 'round!

Chelsea said...

oh, 50s is so fabulous on you! but I'd be hard pressed to find a decade you wouldn't be able to rock :)

the dress is absolutely gorgeous, and the buttons on the back are my favorite detail.

Spencer is a wonderful name! He chose wisely :)

Audi said...

LPC: It was an indoor/outdoor affair, with the (very short) ceremony outside on the patio and the rest indoors. But no walking around on grass or anything like that -- true outdoor weddings are a challenge for those in heels!

Anonymous: I was once a transplant to Minnesota, and I feel your pain! I couldn't WAIT to get back home; I never felt like I fit in when I was there.

Cindy said...

You are an absolute DOLL. The ruffled underskirt is great!

Ravina Sniper said...

Oooh, Audi, you look fabulous! That dress is too awesome, and I love the way the underskirt peeks out at the back, so lovely! Truly a great find.

Also, the pups are so cute and match perfectly!

Mia said...

I'm a big fan of the 50s silhouette, and you're really working it! That bronze works really well with your coloration, too. Oh, I would love a fancy full-skirt 50s-style dress, but the beautiful ones are all out of my young-broke-and-fabulous price range. At least I can admire yours!

(Also, this may be cheeky of me, but the second picture showing the back of your dress with the "Parking for registered guests only" sign...I can't stop giggling. I'm sorry!)

Mia said...

Oh, and the dogles are beautiful! Love the salt-and-pepper-shaker look of them together. What a matched set!

Shybiker said...

Wow! What a great dress! Exciting and vintage-y and chic.

Give Spencer a pet for me. :)

Patti said...

Spencer picked his name! Good boy. Your dress is just gorgeous, along with the hat and shoes. What were you thinkin', it looks like you and the 50's dresses were made for each other. ; )

Terri said...

I would love to see a tutorial on how one makes a hat. I will be a mother of the bride in September and have a tea length black taffeta gown I plan to wear. Dull, huh? Today, I found a red crinoline to wear underneath!

Fawn said...

That dress is amazing! Decades of Fashion has some incredible stuff, but that is the score of all scores.

I am full of love for Spencer. And Georgie, too, of course.

notSupermum said...

That's such a great look for you. Of course the other great advantage of wearing vintage to a wedding is that you'll never have the embarrassment of seeing another guest in the same outfit.

I love seeing the updates about the puppy dog, and how cute that he chose his own name! How has Georgie coped with the new boy?

Franca said...

you look beautiful, what a perfect dress! and the hat you made fits perfectly too!

Linda said...

Holy cow!! This is the greatest thing EVER, with the possible exception of that puppy.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I do think 50s suits you! You look marvelous! Shared your post on my FB feed.

Louise said...

This dress made me gasp out loud. Truly, truly stunning!

Sal said...

SWOON! That dress is stunning, and you look absolutely ravishing in it. And, of course, the hat is the perfect finishing touch.

Awww, Spencer. I love it. Can't wait to meet him.

ReaderRita said...

Wow- that is a simply smashing dress. I love the peekaboo back! Great color on you- and the sunshine just makes you glow. (or was it the red wine? tee- hee...)
What a delightful spot for a wedding- breathtaking!
Howdy Spencer! He looks so cute with Georgie in the window!

Audi said...

Terri: Ooh, a red crinoline -- how fabulous! All you need is a good hat or fascinator to finish the outfit!

notSupermum: So far so good with Spencer and Georgie. She's kind of a crabby old lady now, but she's adapting remarkably well to having a puppy in the house, even after being alone all these years.

Couture Allure: Why thank you! I didn't even realize you had a FB page; I'll certainly stop by.

Sheila said...

Audi, you look amazing in that dress! I love vintage dresses, and am so glad you got to wear one out for a special event.

Great name for Spencer (I have a friend named that, ha!). Our kitten has earned a new nickname: Ghost-Face Killah.

Moon Pie said...

THOSE SHOES.

Megan Mae said...

You look so gorgeous! The dress is wonderfully flattering, and I love the hat. I think my favorite part is the belt and shoes. You can take everyday wearable items and mix them with fabulous luxe vintage and it still just *works*.

Spencer is a great name (Might be biased though as my ancestor family name is Spencer). He and Georgie look like they're coming together well. So many floppy ears! I'm dead from cuteness overload.

ilegirl said...

That's not just a beautiful dress - you carry it off beautifully too!

angie said...

Love you in this outfit Audi, and ADORE Spencer. Hope that Georgie loves her new playmate. Cheers to a happy family of four!