Bitter Root Vintage | Sapphire Lace

1-26 LS1 1-26 Full 1 1-26 LS2Blue Sapphire Lace Dress c/o Bitter Root Vintage  Greenlawn New York Vintage Velvet Party Hat  Garne Blue Rhinestone Earrings (similar here)  ‘Doris’ Clutch  Satin Velvet Bow Gloves (similar here) Kate Spade D Orsay Pumps 

Vintage dresses possess such an elegant alluring image inspiring one to relive such an era of sophistication with the utmost grace. Finding a practical vintage-inspired dress for an upcoming social event or dinner for two, may present itself as a task until now. Bitter Root Vintage, founded in 2011 curates to a complete collection of women’s vintage-inspired dresses and accessories. I find there extended collection of dresses from an array of designer labels Tatyana, Lindy Bop & Lady Vintage to be appealing.

The sapphire, a gemstone known as the “blue stone” presented by such royalty throughout the ages as it symbolizes sincerity and faithfulness. Bitter Root Vintage presents an exquisite 50’s inspired sapphire hourglass lace wiggle dress which combines this royal hue with a subtle touch of black faux fur trim in addition to a delicate overlay of black floral lace. Featuring a design displaying a glamorous v-shaped backline, which attracts a watchful eye. The wiggle dress or as many refer to as a pencil or pinup dress designed to flatter the wearer accentuating ones curves, gifting a flattering presence of Hollywood’s golden years. With a hem that is narrower than the hips which in return creates a ‘wiggle’ noticeable while walking.DetailsWith the unlacing of a blue, satin ribbon which held the beauty of lace and faux fur seamlessly collected. With delicate hands I begin to slowly remove the horizontal taupe Merci note card to view a sincere yet private message. Setting the conservative styled stationery to the side an uncontrollable smile arose from the corner of my ruby red lips, while unwrapping of what can only be described as exquisite beauty.  Quickly making the gesture of pressing such beauty against my presently clothed body I couldn’t resist the temptation to garnish myself with this 50’s inspired sapphire dress.

Nonchalantly I began to vary my poses as I stared steadily at my reflection in a framed brass-toned antique mirror which hangs in my walk in. A concealed zipper extends from the waist to the plush black faux fur which surrounded the entire neckline. Gravitating towards the touch of lace which delicately overlays the brocade inspired dress; I subconsciously placed my hands on my hips grasping the well-crafted design. From contemporary fabric choices that contain slight stretch, resembles an era which possesses such class and poise for todays women looking to garnish such a presence.1-26 LS3Include this 1950’s inspired sapphire lace dress to your private collection of daywear attire. With an appearance that can be seen as chic and glamourous that complements any special occasion, whether it’s for work or pleasure the style of the 1950s will never fade.
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Vintage Rarity

Ponte Knit Dress – Banana Republic (similar here)  Mink Stole purchased at J. Colleen (similar here & here)  24kt Gold Leaf Earrings (similar here) Vintage Brooch & Gloves (similar here & here) Vintage Suede Structured Handbag (Grace Niles) Corso Como Patent Pumps

For a winter ensemble, wrapping oneself in a luxurious mink shawl or wrap complemented by subtle vintage accessories is a timeless choice. Having acquired an exquisite collection, this includes my grandmothers’ vintage mahogany mink coat, a blonde mink shrug and a number of fox fur stoles. Fur fashion is not a trend, it’s a timeless look dating back to the golden era where women dressed to the occasion. A fur coat or shawl can bring controversy regarding morals, finances and esthetic concerns. A fair share will find authentic vintage fur to be a bit expensive, doubtfully moral but yet very gorgeous. From a personal stand point of revisiting the past displaying these treasures, morally suppresses one from purchasing a new reproduction.In my search for vintage rarity, I’ve found myself blessed possessing an array of furs which convey a remembrance of a past once lived. Acquiring a sought after item in the East Bay town of Lafayette, J. Colleen, an adored boutique I find myself frequenting often. There I found a 1960s mink stole with satin lining, monogrammed with the initials J.C. an item which owner Julie Rubio, held dear. J. Colleen houses an array of private brand name labels such as Altana Danzhalova, Manjusha and, Urban Rocks Jewelry which includes a private upscale consignment collection.From an array of lengths, color tones and density, the level of warmth to construction patterns there is sure to be one that gravitates toward your personal asthenic, budget and desire. I find this glamorous mink stole drapes flawlessly over the shoulders, accentuating the closure with a rhinestone brooch. What better way to revive the glamour of an era gone by.

All that Jazz

1-12 Full 1-12 Detail 1-12 BackAnn Taylor Feather Hem Dress (similar here)  Diamond Accented Onyx Ring – Macy’s  Vintage Diamond Tennis Bracelet & Chandelier Earrings (similar here & here)  Jeweled Pumps by Carrano (sold at Piperlime, similar here) Vintage Kodak Browine Junior Camera sold here

The simplicity of the 1920’s has appeared in the historical theatrical film depiction of The Great Gatsby, which showcased glam and prevailing glitz. Women of the roaring era displayed such style of wealth out on the town, conversing over dinner a swanky club or taking in a night at the opera. Special occasions were best attended showcasing the extravagant attire accompanied by the shimmer of designer accessories.

Despite the winter months baring arms among legs became a modest persisted. From front rounded necklines that came rather high to the low cut backs which plunged low, some reaching the waist line. Women of this era garnished the finest jewels, beads, crystal headdresses and lavish shawls. In the year of 1925 the debut of fringe and feathers accented the standard form of attire for show girls. I find the movement of fringe and feathers adds a playful youth to the stereotype ‘Flapper Dress’, providing a Chicago chic sense of style.1-12 MiddleWith a decade consumed with all-night celebrations which included song, dancing and an abundance of liquor. The goal of creating simultaneous sophistication with a shimmer of sex appeal depended on the individual, with an outcome that can be lavished during an elegant dinner for two.  When choosing a comparable ensemble of the 1920s, modern day designers have produced garments that clone the luxurious velvet, silk, satin and chiffon fabrics. Gold and silver were prime eye catching choices with black being desired for evening wear, thanks to iconic designer Coco Chanel.  Live life as they had with opulence, sumptuousness, decadence, and all that jazz.