It’s not every day a girl finds a unicorn. Since I first started collecting vintage, a 1940s novelty print rayon dress has been pretty high up there on my wishlist. You can find one, it seems, in any color, shape, size, or theme… if you’re willing to spend enough money. And therein lay the problem: I am not willing to spend that much money! So the hunt was on.
Years of intermittent Etsy searching later, I took the plunge on this beautiful dress! It was priced a bit on the low side for some minor “as-is” issues, like a little shoulder fade and a nearly-invisible patch on the skirt. But the print was to die for and the measurements looked spot-on so I took the plunge. In person, the flaws are minimal and the print is wonderful (I’m not a brown person generally, but paired with everything else it’s lovely) and it juuuuust fits. I love it. So naturally I took a million photos.
I knew this dress would be a perfect match with a rather under-worn brown tilt hat I got from Modern Millie last year. And it turns out that it goes pretty well with some of the bakelite bangles in my tiny collection, too. The 1940s pumps I chose to pair it with were not the right color, sadly, but I’ve since gone out and remedied the complete and utter lack of brown shoes in my closet, so next time I’ll have a little bit more coordination on the accessories front!
And check out that scalloped peplum! Le sigh. Just lovely.
40s? tilt hat: Modern MillieNovelty love letters rayon dress:
various places1940s pumps:
Antiques shop in Wisconsin