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pink cocktail dress

1950's Blush cocktail dress

VintageRachel ChurchComment

This is a blush cocktail dress from the 1950's.  It has a traditional style strapless, boned top with a tan lace overlay.  The lace is a gorgeous floral pattern with scallops that perfectly sit just slightly above the dress.  The extra border it gives is really pretty and lady-like.  The skirt portion is gathered at the waist to create pleats and volume throughout the length of the skirt.  For photos, I have it styled with a crinoline (puffy tulle skirt that goes under an outfit) but it also looks great without one.  This dress is great because it can be worn with sweet accessories and a little cardigan for a daytime event or it can be equally dressed up with the right details for a fancy night time soiree.  Check it out in the Etsy shop today! 

1960's Light pink lace dress

VintageRachel ChurchComment

Today I'm showing you a light pink lace cocktail dress from the 1960's.  It has a sleeveless underling dress that is attached to the lace and a zipper along the back.  A really interesting design detail is the keyhole back cutout of the lace material.  It comes up from the waist and has a hook and eye closure and small satin tie at the neckline.  A pink satin bow and brooch sits at the waist to give a little pop!  I've never understood why the word brooch is spelled the way it is. To "broach" a subject and to wear a "brooch" are the correct spellings.  Ahh!  The inner spelling bee dork just came out.  Many apologies.  I digress... Check out this dress and others today in the Etsy store!