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 …)

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Simeone August 19, 2009 at 10:05 am

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


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.


Sz August 19, 2009 at 11:53 am

Gelato! The colors are more intense than ice cream.


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.


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.


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

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


Marjie August 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

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


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


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.


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


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!


Rachel August 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Im thinking the dress needs a parasol. Anyone agree?


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.


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.


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!


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.


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?


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!


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!


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


Emily August 26, 2009 at 3:32 am

Oh great! Gorgeous and i like it. Cute dress


Andrea August 27, 2009 at 5:03 am

Holly always finds the most darling vintage!!


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