Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dark Cottons for Late Summer, 1954

One of the best ways to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall is to wear lightweight fabrics like cotton and rayon in darker colors.  Rich brown, rusty orange, warm navy and gray will all work well to keep you cool while toning down the "heat" of bright tropical colors that worked so well just weeks before.  Plaids and stripes also look more formal than the florals of summer.  Today's dresses are from 1954.

Above, a gray cotton stripe dress by Anne Fogarty.  Sold for $40 in 1954 (about $336 in today's dollar.)

This Nantucket Naturals cotton dress is made from a woven plaid that is cut on the bias for the full skirt.  Sold for $35 in 1954 (about $294 in today's dollar.)

 Another Nantucket Naturals dress, this one in deep orange-red edged in black braid.  Sold for $35 in 1954 (about $294 in today's dollar.)

These striped cotton dresses were sold by Peck & Peck.  They came in gray with pink stripes, brown with blue stripes or navy with red stripes.  Dress at top sold for $36 in 1954 (about $302 in today's dollar.)  Dress at bottom sold for $26 in 1954 (about $218 in today's dollar.)

I recently listed this 1950s cotton dress on the site that is a perfect example of what I'm talking about.  Deeper colors, but still in a lightweight cotton.  It's the perfect dress to take you from right now on through the fall!  Available at Couture Allure for $145.00 and it's generously sized too!

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?


Val said...

That bottom dress from Peck and Peck is gorgeous. I think I need to take a lesson from it, and start sewing with more stripes!

Erin said...

The one with the poodle in the photo is my favorite. Great collar and neckline and I like the buttons in little groups of two instead of equally spaced.

Anonymous said...

Love the dresses. I have one in green that get a lot of compliments when I wear it.

those tricks said...

Those waists!
It baffles me.
The rest of their bodies seem normal-sized.
Think they are just wearing insane victorian-style girdles?!
Gorgeous dresses, nonetheless...

Kay said...

I am a HUGE fan of dark cottons and these are some gorgeous ones! I just love the deep tones that don't seem to be anywhere to find these days. Plums, black cherry, deep mossy green, barn reds, nutmeg browns, maroon, maize yellow--those colors still attract me this time of year. I'm so happy you posted about this! Many thanks!

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