What I Wore on Wednesday - October 1, 2014

by mary October 1, 2014

Today's Dorothea's Closet outfit is a fabulous black dress with a novelty pattern of red, butterscotch yellow & off-white flowers from the 1930's -- another of my favorite decades!  My favorite things about this dress are the lace collar studded with rhinestones, the butterfly sleeves & the peplum!

During the 1930s, fashion saw longer skirts & the return of the natural waistline.  One of the most characteristic fashion trends in the US was attention at the arm, including introduction of the butterfly or full sleeves. 

The peplum -- or overskirt -- originated in the 1800s during the Victorian Era.  It resurfaced in the 1930s & 1940s as a staple of fashion & lasted into the 1950s, after which it disappeared from the fashion scene.  It resurfaced again "with a vengeance" along with shoulder pads in the 1980's.  And, you can see it again in today's fashions.  Peplums are said to be universally flattering, whether your body type is athletic, curvy or thin.

With this amazing dress, I decided to wear a pair of earrings I made recently out of red & butterscotch vintage bakelite beads I picked up at an antique shop! 

And I wore a charm bracelet made from early plastic charms (including some bakelite) & beads that I just finished yesterday!  I picked up the cream colored circular bead at my favorite bead shop in Sturgeon Bay, WI this summer -- it's the shop that carries NOS (new old stock) beads from the 1940's to the 1970's. 

I like the way reds & butterscotch yellows of the vintage plastic in both the earrings & the beads complement the colors in the dress.

To see more vintage clothing from Dorothea's Closet, visit the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosevintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses.

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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