Saturday, May 6, 2017

Down by the River

Photo by Ashley Loth
Photo by Ashley Loth
Photo by Ashley Loth

Hello! I recently discovered this gorgeous checked dress at a local thrift shop on one of my buying excursions for RaddayVintage. Its vibrant blue color and retro gingham print immediately caught my eye. Upon closer inspection, I came to realize that this wasn't just some pretty dress hanging in a thrift store but a true sixties gem. I might have ventured off to the thrift store to purchase inventory for RaddayVintage but as soon as I examined this dress, I knew that I wanted it hanging in my personal wardrobe instead. 

One of the other things I love about this dress besides its obvious beauty is its character. You can see seams and areas of the dress that have suffered a fair amount of wear and tear followed by meticulous repairs. And that's incredible to me. There's a story behind this dress. Someone loved this dress to death; they wore it again and again and simply kept repairing it again and again. And that takes love. It's a mystery to me how such a well-loved dress could end up at a thrift store but I'm thrilled to have been able to add a dress with such character to my wardrobe. 

For this look, I played up the retro appeal of the dress by styling it with a pair of disco-inspired metallic heels, a vintage golden purse and seventies chic yellow aviator sunglasses. Shooting on the rocks down by the James River enhanced the nostalgic mood of the look even more. 

Photos shot by Ashley Loth of Sound Snap Photography. You can browse more of her work on her website.

Blue checked dress: Vintage
Golden purse: Vintage
Disco heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Golden watch: Vintage
Yellow aviators: c/o Giant Vintage

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