Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Classic Shirtwaist

What's a shirtwaist? It's a dress with a tailored shirt style bodice, usually buttoned from neck to waist, and made with a full or straight skirt. Introduced in the 1930's, this style of dress has become a classic through the years and was especially popular in the 50's. Easy to wear and extremely versatile, this style of dress fits beautifully into the wardrobe of any woman.

I find vintage shirtwaist dresses frequently in my hunts, and always pick them up to offer to my customers, and they never last long! Savvy fashionistas know that these gems can be worn in many different ways. Add a belt and jewelry to dress it up a bit. Wear it with or without a crinoline. Leave it unbuttoned over a cami. Slip it on with a pair of sandals on a hot day. Wear it under a cardigan or jacket when the days are cooler.

You'll find shirtwaist dresses in every color of the rainbow fashioned in silk, cotton, rayon or wool. Full skirts, straight skirts, solids, prints. And of course, the quality of a vintage shirtwaist is far superior to anything made today.

See these dresses and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Great Vintage Details

I love this vintage 1950's bombshell dress by Alix of Miami. I've never been able to find out anything about this company, but every dress I've ever found by Alix has had great style with outstanding details. This body hugging dress is fashioned from black silk shantung. It's got a built in bra for "full steam ahead" curves!

Now for the details. See that unusual curved insert between the bust? It serves to separate the breasts so you don't get the dreaded "uniboob" and adds even more visual interest to the bustline. But look what happens when you add the little cropped jacket that comes with the dress!

How about that? The button placket has the same curved treatment at the hem, and it completes the look. I just love the thought and planning that went into this suit so the two pieces really work together beautifully.

See this dress and more at Couture Allure Vintage Fashion .