Monday, March 24, 2014

Neutral Navy - 1956

Navy blue.  It's one of those neutral colors that is flattering on most everyone. It goes with every other color. It is perfect if black is too harsh on you. And, subliminally, navy says "success."

This two page ad for Rayon fabric from 1956 features 5 different navy blue dresses, all available at Henri Bendel. The hats are by Adolfo of Emme.

Above left:  Sheath dress with short jacket by Rembrant.
Above right:  Full skirt princess dress by Junior Sophisticate.

Left:  Sheath dress with short cape by Highlight.
Center:  Shirtwaist dress by Ira Rentner.
Right:  Full skirted dress by Richard Cole.

Which dress is perfect for you?  How do you wear navy blue?

Both photos from a 2 page advertisement for Rayon in Harper's Bazaar, 1956.

3 comments: said...

Wow, those dresses are all pretty great. I was reading the other day that even though Chanel pioneered the "Little Black Dress," her favorite colors during her label's rebirth in the 50s were navy and ivory. Everyone wears so much black; maybe it's time for navy to make a comeback.

Kathleen C. said...

Actually, I've never liked Navy blue on me. Black however is extremely flattering to my coloring. I also don't look too good in sheaths... that last full skirted beauty though... I'd wear that!

BetterDressesVintage said...

I'll take the Rembrant sheath and short jacket, please, and if you could throw in the waistline to go with it, that'd be great!

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