Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Name This Decade!

Visiting a thrift-store in Providence, Rhode Island this weekend, I bought a vintage dress. I purchased the dress not because it's special but because it isn't. Let me explain.

The dress perfectly embodies the style of a particular time. Its colors, cut and big shoulder-pads announce the era in which it was popular. Can you guess which decade it was made in? The answer is not hard.

Back then, I desperately wanted to dress like other girls and coveted this particular style. Seeing the item on the rack this weekend, I realized it's not too late to live my dream. So, despite the passage of time, I brought the dress home for an emotional journey. Donning the dress today is some consolation for not being allowed to wear it decades ago.

What do you think?










29 comments:

  1. Red shoe twinsies!

    This rad, totally tubular dress is like, gag me, so 80s! Or is it?? Looks like something you could easily pick up at H&M now! You really suit this style, Ally - you look straight out of "9 to 5"! Climb that corporate ladder!

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    1. Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! Of course you're right -- it's the Eighties.

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    2. I picked up the red shoes recently for $3 at a thrift-shop. Their style is different from other red shoes I own and I like them.

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  2. So 1980s, although I think this style is still quite wearable today. The style and colours look lovely on you, Ally. So glad you were able to finally live your dream! xxx

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  3. Shoulder pads made me think 80s immediately :) Love the fun colors; but man alive, some of the fashions of that era were hideous (not this, of course... you have great taste always!). Those shoes are so fun!!

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  4. Definitely 1980s! Love it. You look so great, the colors are awesome, I love pink and purple together!

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  5. Definitely the 1980s. My wife had a dress that was almost identical to this one with the same colors and stripe seam. It was a bit big on her and made with a fabric that had some stretch and it was the first of her dresses that she gave me to wear in her presence on time when we got away from the kids for a night and went down to Atlantic City.
    Seeing that dress in that style did trigger some very wonderful memories for me.

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  6. I would have bought this dress too !
    I am thinking its 70's-80's?

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  7. You said "shoulder pads" and that put me in mind of the 80's which I see, from the comments, is correct. I confess that 80's fashion is NOT my fave! I was born in '81 and I didn't like the fashions. I do like this dress on you though-looks v nice and vibrant.
    I just wondered what size your feet are and how easy you find it to find women's shoes, are they mainly 2nd hand or new also? (Nice red ones by the way!) I ask because I'm a UK size 8 which I think is US 10.5 or 11 and I find it hard to find second hand shoes in my size!

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    1. I'm a women's size 12 in shoes (which is a men's size 11). I don't know how that translates to UK size. Most stores here carry up to size 10, so finding larger ones is very difficult. Half of my shoes are new and half came from thrift-stores.

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  8. This makes me think of the movie 9 to 5 :)

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    1. I can see that! Did you hear they are planning to make a sequel?!

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  9. 80s fashion is so fun! I love this dress on you. The colors are so bright and like the comments above, it does remind me of 9 to 5!

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  10. I LOVE this late '80s look! The colors are wonderful :) and the padded shoulders had a comeback anyway :) You do look great! Kisses

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  11. This feels so 80s to me! I can remember my mom, aunt, and grandma wearing dresses like these when I was little!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. The pattern reminds me of a groovy design we used to draw around letters in the 70s. I particularly like the sleeves. They give it distinction, along with the multidirectional stripes of course. I'm so glad you got to finally play in this particular dress up box! Xo Jazzy Jack

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    1. I know what you're referring to: I drew like that back then. Thanks for the kind words.

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  13. Step aside Joan Collins ... Ally is in town!!!! I LOVED clothes with shoulder pads and then they went out of fashion.

    You look like you had fun dressing up in this dress ... so glad you can live your fantasy ... even if it is a bit delayed!!!

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  14. Ally I am a frequent reader of your blog...and I love it!
    This dress looks fabulous on you...and while there is a melancholy that you didn’t get to wear it the ‘first time round’...Girl you are rocking it in 2018! Eleanore

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  15. I can only follow all the other people in my guess it is from the 80s! Great that you could wear it and it all comes full circle somehow, doesn't it?

    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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    1. Yes, it does. Thanks for the comment!

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  16. Ah, the shoulder pads were a dead giveaway - it's the '80s! Love it on you!!

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  17. The 80's are back baby!

    The dress looks great on you. I'm glad you were able to finally realize your dream.

    I often buy 80s pieces for my vintage shop. The 80's was the last decade that most clothing was still made in North America and the quality is much better than what we have now.

    Suzanne

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