The vintage community is fantastic. This dress was a gift from a fellow blogger, and I was delighted to find it was very close to my size already! (A rare occurrence.) It needed a couple mends and a bath in some Retro Clean to brighten up the white sections on the bow print and remove yellowing and age spots. All I needed to do to make it my size was to shorten the straps a bit, and voila! It fits!
I LOVE this dress. I'm so grateful to the Stephanie for giving it to me! It's a lovely, flowy crepe rayon, and I like the colors of the abstract bow print. The length and cut seem, to me, to say this is a 1930s dress, but it's a pretty simple design that may be 40s, too. I also like the "make do" style of the dress. The gray-blue fabric at the top is a completely different color than dress print, but it just seems to go. The straps are also a mix of a normal wide strap and cap sleeve in how it fits, very interesting!
I paired the dress with my brown 40s heels, a brown wool hat, a crocheted purse, and my Egyptian cross choker. I also happened to have a good hair day, and that is always a huge plus.
What do you think? Is it a 1930s or 40s dress? Any ideas?