Y’all know I am a sucker for vintage dresses. As a kid, I would watch I Love Lucy hours on end, envying Lucille Ball’s humor, hair, husband and dresses. But as an adult, finding authentic vintage clothing in anything over a size 10 is difficult. Honestly, if it weren’t for women like Marilyn Monroe or Sofia Loren, I would probably think no one between 1940 to 1960 had boobs or butts.
When I discovered ModCloth my sophomore year of college, I thought I’d literally created an alternate reality within my head. I couldn’t believe the variety of vintage they sold, AND IN MY SIZE! ModCloth’s plus range usually reaches a 3X, but this summer they announced the expansion of their plus line, so maybe we’ll see more soon. From the get-go, ModCloth has catered to women of all shapes and sizes, which is evident in their models as well as the clothes they sell, and that in and of itself is the best reason to shop with them.
This Floral Field Day Dress caught my eye in an instant. The light green color, the teeny tiny flower detail, the orange contrasts, the big buttons; it all yelled — or screamed — my name. Though I’m not the 1940’s house wife prototype, per say, I find nothing wrong with dressing as though I were from time to time. And the beauty of this ensemble is that it can be dressed up, down or in between, for any kind of occasion or season.
My truest thanks to Isaiah Johnson, photographer and fashion/lifestyle blogger of A Collected Gentleman, for flying all the way from Indiana to NYC to shoot me. I had a blast! Be sure to check out his work, recently including two shoots for Gabifresh: “Shifty” and “Black and Blue.”
Get the look:
Dress, ModCloth, $90
Heels (similar), ASOS, on sale for $40
Bracelet set, Forever21