Flower Child in The City
This vintage floral long sleeve maxi dress from the late 1960s belongs to none other than my Mom! (I wish I had a photo of her wearing it!)
Mom's dress has been patiently hanging in my closet for the past ten years waiting for my waist to safely fit inside of it. To be honest, I was only able to zip it up once in my adult life around 2007 when I lost 20 lbs from a strict diet consisting of stress, treadmills, breaking up with a boyfriend, lettuce, and whiskey.
Today, I am what Nigel from The Devil Wears Prada would refer to as "6."
I refuse to give up on my "Size 2" dreams!! Or what one might refer to as "fantasy."
So in the meantime I have decided to add this piece to my vintage wardrobe collection and make it available for my portraiture clients!
When I can't find specific vintage pieces on Etsy, I turn to a company called Unique Vintage for most of my vintage-style wardrobe items. I've noticed in the past several months that the long sleeve maxi dress has made quite the comeback.
So I just had to get my client, actress and model Whitney Conkling, in this vintage maxi dress. Her gorgeous red hair compliments its warm, autumnal colors beautifully!
We matched the dress with a pair of gold strappy sandals, and over-sized sunglasses with gold frames. In colder weather, I'd add some dark brown knitted tights and knee-high leather boots.
The sleeves had a few tears from years of moving and aging, so marched it over to my favorite tailor/dry cleaners and had them give it a nice dry cleaning and some mending and they did such a fantastic job that you can't even tell there was an issue. No one repairs chiffon like my tailor!
The dress is fully lined with a dark brown silk fabric. The overlay is what seems to be a sheer fabric, or maybe chiffon? There doesn't seem to be a label inside the garment, but I can tell you it makes a beautiful "swish" sound when you walk!