Saturday, January 15, 2011

Green+ Flowers+ Retro Dress = Awesome

2 posts in 2 days. I am now the proverbial short, fat balding man driving a big ass convertible. Totally ´╗┐overcompensating.

To move away from that vaguely disturbing image- I will move on to more exciting things. Like the happy and (Fliss perfect) combination of green, flowers and red accessory options all in the one retro dress. YUSS.



I am picking this dress to be from the 70's but it definitely has a hint of 50's about it too. It is a demure length with a slight swing to the skirt. Not a "fit for crinoline" kindofa shape- but swingy nonetheless.

I am not usually at a loss for what to call colours. In fact- I think I can go head to head with the best of them. This is largely thanks to my history of working in a frock shop- and also to my bumper box of crayola's from my childhood. I can give a fairly accurate (if not often ridiculous) name for just about any shade you can show me.  That's not pink- it's salmon. Not browny orange- but burnt sienna. Not bluey grey- its petrel. I'm sure you get the gist. The background colour of this dress is a bit of a conundrum for me. It's a "not quite" colour. Almost white but not quite. Almost pale green- but again not quite. For a moment you think it could even be cream but then you are back to not quite. I do not like that I don't have a name for this colour so have just made it my mission to come up with an accurate and believable word for it. Stay tuned.




The rest of the dress is easier to explain. Lucky for everyone really. The floral bouquets have a little house on the prairie 70's quality to them and mix in shades of white, peach, dusky red and a dark sagey green. This gives me many options on footwear, belts and hair accessories- but I have stuck to red to lift the flowers. (and also because I don't have a belt in the right shade of green. Rest assured I am working on that too!)

This dress was purchased from the Cuba St Recycled Boutique in Wellington. In fact- the last 3 dresses featured on Frockstar were all bought at the same time. It was a very fruitful stop. I will endeavour to post the shoes and sparkly waistcoat purchased the same day further down the street. The shopping gods were definitly smiling down on me that day!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Malayka said...

Hi,
The hospice garage sale is out in St johns. I can't remember the exact address but if you google for it you should be able to find it. No word on when the next one is but I can't wait!
x

January 15, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Irn Bruja said...

This garage sale sounds amazing...

January 16, 2011 at 11:11 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

I've awarded you a Stylish Blogger Award for your vintage prowess and fun style!

Check it out:
http://myorangestilettos.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-me-never.html

January 27, 2011 at 4:09 PM  

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