5.26.2010

Paris circa 1959

Photobucket
Photobucket
Photobucket
It's been one of those "I have nothing to wear" sort of weeks. It's rainy and bleak, and a little bit chilly, which makes me want to stay in my pink striped pajamas all day and watch old movies while knitting a sweater. Oh, and drinking tea, let's not forget the tea.
But I must go to work and so, pajamas are not an option. Even cute ones. When I'm in an "I have nothing to wear" situation it usually means I am overwhelmed with choices and my brain freezes up, and I can't think of what to pair with what, or how. The best solution to that is go with something simple. Let my mind re-charge for another time, and just pick something that requires no "putting together".

I got this dress on my last trip to California, how could I resist a giant chiffon bow? I kept things black and classic, easy as pie, and carried Christian Diors Little Dictionary of Fashion in my purse, it is a perfect little companion.

Key to Good Dressing
"There is no key.
If there were it would be too easy, rich women could buy
the key and all their fashion worries would be over!
But simplicity, grooming, and good taste-the three fundamentals
of fashion-cannot be bought.
But they can be learnt, by rich and poor alike."
-Christian Dior

Dress-Flashbacks, Hillcrest San Diego

Lamb pillbox-Don't remember

Little dictionary of fashion-Birthday gift from my brother.

39 comments:

Rothmonsteress said...

Cute dress!

BakeliteBebe said...

You look adorable, love the dress. Becuase of the weahter, I wore black today too....

Carys said...

I had one of those days today. I love your dress, the bow looks great, and your hat collection is second to none!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Bridget said...

Solanah...this is incredible! So beautiful.

BaronessVonVintage said...

this look/era REALLY suits you!

Cedar said...

I absolutely love this look on you! I am so envious of that dress, it is stunning!

art*deco*dame said...

adore the dress and the book looks so fun!

Fab Gabs Vintage said...

You... having just "nothing to wear" this week?

Gee, if only I looked so stylish when there's just nothing in the closet!

I recommend finishing off your Parisian day with "Gigi" ... so fun to drool over young Louis Jourdan. You'd be more than charming enough in that ensemble to catch his eye! (But don't tell your husband I said so.)

Marie said...

this is what you put together and look like when you have "nothing to wear"?? you live a very charmed life mademoiselle. i love the BIG BOW. this dress rocks.

Clara Cupcakes said...

OH! I just love the neckline on this dress. So pretty! I can't wait to go vintage shopping in the states!!

SomeoneLikeYou said...

Man, if I could look like you when I can't find anything to wear, I would be absolutely thrilled!
You really are so stunning in this dress! The epitome of chic vintage fashion...

Django et Coco said...

This dress is perfection and it look so gorgeous on you!

-Coco from OurPaperMoon

Luchie said...

adorable as always :)

Lucille Loren said...

So lovely, I am loving the liquid eyeliner! xx Lucy

Retrospect said...

You look absolutely adorable! I simply adore this outfit.

Bethany Bradford

Sarah Dee said...

You ALWAYS look stylish!!!

Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

Jenni said...

Beautiful dress. You look amazing!

Rebeccak said...

totally amazing dress!

Penelope Red said...

If only we could all come up with quotes like Dior! Such a genius!

I love the bow on your dress- the dress is so glamorous, and elegant, while still being chic and modern. A great find!

Penelope Red said...

How funny- I just realised in the comments above that one of my lovely Penelope Red ladies has commented here! Hi Lucille! I agree with Lucille- the liquid eyeliner finishes the look!

garofit said...

Baroness, ditto that!

The Spooky Dolly said...

perfect!!

Casey said...

Knitting and tea?! Count me in! hehe! You look so gorgeous--the bow really adds a nice zing to the dress! You look so chic from head to toe. :)

♥ Casey
blog | elegantmusings.com

Rebecca Jean said...

That dress is so chic! You can never go wrong with a LBD, especially one that fabulous.

Speaking of Dior... Were we? Have you seen the newish book, Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith? It's this darling little book full of illustrations of divine dresses throughout the years, complimented by a short story about the women who wore them. I just picked it up at the library last night and have been drooling over the pages ever since.

Courtney Erin said...

Wow, that dress is so AMAZING! Seriously love it!\

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Belle de Ville said...

Super cute!

*Katia* said...

that dress is adorable, really cute outfit!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

That little black dress is the epitome of European chic;-)

Lauren said...

Love you dress. So cute!

I just found your blog, it's lovely. I had a question... I'm looking for some 1920's style shoes. Are there any recommendations of places to look here in Portland. Thanks!

Lauren

christine said...

Your makeup is heavenly! This look suits you so well; you always look adorable - but I super love this! Also have to say that I am uber-jealous of your amazing vacuum..... I just fried mine a couple of days ago, and with 2 birds to clean up after I need a new one ASAP!

Mystery Flight Vintage said...

such a fabulous dress. cute photos too!

Helga! said...

THAT is a mighty fine frock.Black is my go too when I am traumatised by the "nothing to wears".

Gypsy with a Camera said...

BAH! so CUTE! :D

Lulu said...

I admire your style, it's gorgeus! :o

Solanah said...

Lauren, I'm not sure of any specific places, but I've had luck at thrift stores finding 80s shoes that are 20s style.

Lauren said...

Thanks for the help :-D I'm going to go hunting this weekend.

Aimee Marieee said...

Late comment, but catching up! It's another gray, foggy blah day and loved your comment about staying in pajamas and crafting while watching old movies and drinking tea...Oh how I want to do that instead of going to work!! :>)

lovefordinner said...

I love this dress!!!

Ninouchka said...

Oh God, this dress is perfect!!