I have curves. I've struggled to dress my body to flatter my pear shape. I've finally learned to work with my dangerous curves. I finally accept that this is MY shape; I've made peace with my body. I encourage other pear shaped ladies to accept and love their shape; it is a beautiful, classic womanly shape.
I'm also a ballroom dance lover. I'll share what I've learned about dressing for dance, competition, ballroom glitter, sparkle and glamour.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
My thrifted, girlie pretties
Dear readers, by now you have probably figured out that I adore wearing dresses. I have only been able to satisfy my dress cravings by thrifting. I could never afford to own so many pretty dresses if I were buying them retail. I seem to find a pretty dress every time I set foot in a thrift shop. Some of the dresses I have found still have tags on them!
This is probably my favorite thrifted dress (not counting the formals). It has a very feminine, romantic look. The dress is not a designer dress, but I don't care...it looks very much like a 'Luisa Beccaria' dress. http://www.luisabeccaria.it/
A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the Italian designer's dresses, which are floaty, ethereal and delicate. They look like they should be worn in a meadow of flowers, or while carrying a market basket full of roses on a cobbled street in an old European town. I cannot afford an LB dress...but I can be very happy wearing this reminiscent dress.
This dress is also thrifted from Goodwill. It's an Evan Piccone dress and still had tags. I didn't find this dress when I looked in the dress section, but as I walked past the section of the store where clothing that is being restocked hangs out, I spotted it. Yep, I knew it was coming home with me.
Another non-designer dress. Again, I don't mind that at all. This dress is adorable on. The picture does not do it justice; but I am looking forward to wearing it when temperatures return to normal!
This pretty little Vera Wang was $3.00. But.......
I didn't notice in the store (and I always do a thorough look over) that the dress had a tear on the seam. My husband noticed it when I modeled it for him. "Honey, I'm seeing some underwear right at the seam on your butt". I thought he was teasing me until he gave me a little poke to prove it! I'm very disappointed because this is such a pretty dress. Despite my abundant booty, I swear I didn't rip it! It doesn't fit that snugly! The repair may complicated; the fabric is a bit shredded at the seam. I hope that seam binding will remedy this, but I'm not a very good seamstress. I love this dress and I want to try and save it.
I adore the animal print in this unconventional blue.
Okay...I have a confession.....I have a secret fascination with QVC's designer Susan Graver's clothing. The show is my guilty pleasure. I watch every show that is aired. I love many of her designs, but I've never purchased any of them (and won't get sucked up into the QVC habit). I have my TV set up to DVR all of her shows. I love everything about the show, from the bubbly personalities of the hosts and designer to the stylized outfits to the models. I never feel tempted to buy, but I did hope to find a piece at a thrift. I first heard of SG from my mom who also has a fascination with the clothes. My mom's entire wardrobe is SG. Mom doesn't get around very well and doesn't venture from the house often. I really like having common ground with her. We gossip on the phone like a couple of teenage girls when the show is on and share our thoughts and observations of the outfits and models.
I found this trench coat at the Goodwill for $7.00. It's in pristine condition and I really love the way it looks on me. I'm pretty happy that I now have a Susan Graver piece that is thrifted.
This is a really flattering dress. Love the bracelet sleeves. Love the pattern. I love everything about it. Thrifted.
I also love vintage and modern lingerie. I wear it to bed almost every night. Silky lingerie skims the body and is the most comfortable thing to wear to bed. Hot flashes? Tolerable in a light, silky slip or chemise!
The lace on the top is super soft.
Oh, the button detail!
This is my most treasured Goodwill find. $3.00. It's a Lily of France Rosa Puleo-Szule robe. It's a vintage piece, probably from the 1970's or possibly the 80's. Rosa Puleo-Szule was the elite designer for Lily of France during that time period. She was also a strong feminist. Her pieces are very sought after and I've seen them on the internet from around $75.00 to several hundred dollars. I am simply in love with this. It is in perfect condition. When I saw it, I gasped because it was so beautiful.
Pretty ribbon and lace
The lace is gorgeous.
I need to measure the sweep of the hem....it's grand.
I'm not sure how to describe the full sleeves with the cuffed wrist. Is this a Bishop sleeve? The picture does not do the piece justice. I can't believe its mine! For a mere three George Washingtons.
My July thrift was very productive. I love every piece and can't wait to wear them.
If anyone has any suggestions on the repair of the Vera Wang dress, please share with me. I really want to save it.
I'm sending some major thrift Mojo out to all of you....
Hope you find some lovelies that tickle you as much as these girly pretties tickle me! There is no more satisfying shopping therapy than a productive thrift shop!