There’s still some summer left …

by Erin on August 19, 2009


Sherbet plaid dress

Holly at Lucite Box Vintage tipped me off that she is having a sale … 15% off any item on the site using the coupon code madmen. The sale started today and runs through Saturday 8/22.

I am such a sucker for large-scale plaids and this dress is a doozy. Plus, it's B40/W29, which is a forgiving size … especially for some of our more well-endowed friends. And only $60, or just $51 on sale!

I would wear this with little flat shoes and a white or pink cardigan, and an ice-cream cone. The ice-cream cone is the essential accessory for this dress. I recommend mint-chocolate-chip, the bright green chemical kind, for contrast, or maybe even rainbow sherbet, if you want to be all matchy-matchy. And a bicycle. I would definitely add a bicycle. A Schwinn "Breeze" by preference, but that's really up to you. (They come in yellow …)

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Lisa Simeone August 19, 2009 at 10:05 am

This definitely looks like something Betty or Peggy would wear (though not Joan)!

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Caremel August 19, 2009 at 11:24 am

Ive been coveting that dress for a while, but I havent yet made the plunge. Im afraid the chest area will be too big, but its very pretty. As you can see, life is hard.

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Sz August 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

Gelato! The colors are more intense than ice cream.

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Gail August 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I love the way the bodice is cut on the bias and placed just right on the stripes. Not sure I would have thought of that if I were making it. It is lovely summery dress.

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Packrat August 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm

The ribbon bow has to go. If were doing vintage, it would have had a belt with a buckle – self-covered or in a pinch a white leather one. Love this dress.

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Latter-Day Flapper August 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Even before I read your ice-cream cone bit, I was thinking, Rainbow sherbet!

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Marjie August 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

The pistachio ice cream on a waffle cone would be the best match.

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lucitebox August 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Hi, Erin! Thanks for posting about my sale. What a lovely interpretation of how to accessorize this dress. I look awful in yellow, so my Schwinn would need to be true orange. (I think the Breeze was offered in that color.) I also might prefer a push-up pop to match the bicycle. Packrat–I emphatically agree with you about the belt–one hundred percent! I try to keep a stash of belts around here when things come to me without their original belt. The only white belt I had was late 60s and just too wide for it. Hence, the grosgrain substitute. I usually shoot things without the belt if Im doing something make-shift w/ribbon. Whoopsie!You know, Gail, I have looked at this dress many times and Ive never really noted that giant X on the bodice. What a fabulous way to layout the plaid! I am a huge sucker for all things plaid, by the way. Hope youre all enjoying the remains of summer. Holly

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the reluctant sewist August 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm

This is lovely. The neckline is a little choke-ish, but Ill overlook a lot for a plaid like that. I might go with a popsicle too: its hard to ride a bike and eat ice cream at the same time without getting it (the ice cream, that is) all over your dress.

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Cel Petro August 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Funny how we focus on the ice cream–I think a popcicle, a pistashio cone or an ice cream sandwich and pink pop-beads

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lucitebox August 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Well, I loved it when Peggy Olsen pitched her ad campaign for Popsicle. Take it. Break it. Share it. Love it. I smiled all over during that scene of Mad Men. It was perfect!

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Rachel August 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Im thinking the dress needs a parasol. Anyone agree?

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Theresa August 19, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I love mint chocolate chip bright green ice cream! i rode a schwinn from 1st grade all the way to college. I had a blue 6-speed in college.

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Purl Buttons August 20, 2009 at 4:22 am

Do you know of the canvas shoes, Grasshoppers? I think they would be perfect. All-purpose white.

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AZ Breezey August 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

I have a Schwinn Breeze, and that is the perfect bike for this dress. I would totally wear the dress and ride the bike, and what a great idea to go get a scoop of ice cream. Thanks for the post, Erin!

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evalyn August 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm

The lay-out on this is lovely, the bias crosses the bodice in such a graceful way. However, the bodice looks very shapeless, and the neckline is definately chokey. Nice, but not quite.

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Hana August 21, 2009 at 1:44 am

I love the idea of wearing it with an ice cream cone… although I wouldnt go that way, especially not because the colours of the dress dont seem like mine.But sure theres still some summer left. And once it ends: Will there be a Wear a Dress Day/Week again?

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Theresa August 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Honestly I am ready for summer to end. I am so tired of this oppressive southern heat! I second the motion on a Dress a Day Week!

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Lizzie August 23, 2009 at 9:32 am

I love this dress, especially how the bias cut of the bodice is so nicely positioned. It makes we want to dig out my plaid fabrics and get to work!

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Solo August 24, 2009 at 2:46 am

Oh great! Gorgeous and i like it. Love the style and the color is good. All is perfect for this dress. =DSoloTravel and LivingJob Hunt Pinoy

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Emily August 26, 2009 at 3:32 am

Oh great! Gorgeous and i like it. Cute dress

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Andrea August 27, 2009 at 5:03 am

Holly always finds the most darling vintage!!

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