Acid Yellow Glamour

by Erin on May 8, 2010


40s glamorous yellow and black dress

Wow, this dress (at Lucite Box Vintage) is over-the-top, in the best possible way. I love the two-tone, the glass buttons, and the belt, which has either a moustache or lips on it. For reals:

40s glamorous yellow and black dress

I am a huge fan of the different-colored sleeves poking out of a dark top. This looks fantastic.

I don't want to hear that you can't wear this color. Anyone can wear any color if they want to badly enough. All you have to do is care more about your own pleasure in the color than about other people's pleasure in looking at you. This is one arena where I say you should be absolutely selfish. You think that yellow washes you out and makes you look funny? If yellow makes you happy, wear it! Happiness is more important. (And you can always add some lipstick, right?)

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Miss Amelina March 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Haha! I dont know, man. Im pickin up what your puttin down…..but there is this one very pretty gal who comes into the shop where I work, and she always wears a terracotta colored coat—that looks dreadful on her. I mean it *really* washes her out makes her look ill. So I always try to imagine her coat is sky blue, so she will look better in my head….does that make me a shallow bunny? :)This dress is awesome, though. With a big A.

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Louise March 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

This dress is fabulous. The devil is in the details.

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Steph March 13, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I love the mustache belt buckle. I think it would be easy enough to contrive one from super heavy interfacing the next time I do a self-fabric belt..

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Dora March 14, 2010 at 12:17 am

Huh — reminds me of this woman who came up to me in a clothing store a while ago, and told me that the yellow top I was trying on was really washing me out. I know she meant well, and I actually agreed with her assessment, but, I mean, thank you, complete stranger whose opinion I didnt ask for!Some people are so WORRIED about you not looking your absolute best, they dont consider the possibility that you know what youre doing and youre just not similarly obsessed.

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3KillerBs March 14, 2010 at 8:08 am

Personally, I never feel happy in a color that I know clashes horribly with my skin tone in an ugly way. Making myself up to a completely different skin tone so I could wear an unflattering color would be far too much trouble to be consistent with happiness.I am not, however, afraid to wear a great deal of any color that I do feel flatters me. I do not let being 45yo and 250lbs deter me from my beloved pink. Nothing on earth will ever make me look slim. But a flattering style in either pastel pink or fuchsia pink will make me feel good and look good.

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isabel March 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

In my opinion, yellow is not that bad… I know a lot of people who look fantastic in yellow -and I think grey is much worse!

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tania-gru March 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I have a wonderful book that you should get, although it is in danish, it has the most wonderful patterns for clothes for babies, children, teens, women and a few mens pieces. It is Professorinde Ella Lunds Store Sybog translated that is Professora Ella Lunds Large Sewing Manual It has a book and a box of 41 pattern sheets. The adult womens clothes is danish size 38-40-42-44-46. According to the book that is chest measurements of cm 88-92-96-100 waists of 66-70-74-78and hips of 92-96-100-104

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TE March 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

All you have to do is care more about your own pleasure in the color than about other peoples pleasure in looking at you. Once more I will quote you on my FB page. Females arent obligated to be the worlds eye candy. And you can quote me on that. Terry Ellen Carter.

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lucitebox March 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

Thanks for posting this dress, Erin! Well, I have to comment because while Im not always out to please other people when I get dressed, I DO have to please myself. At the end of the day, (which is basically when I get to wear my cute clothes since my mornings and afternoons are taken up with my dog walker job) I wont be wearing yellow. Frankly, I look like a washed-out, sad sack, rusty hen in it. Its a particularly ghastly sight when I wear golden ochre shades. Welcome to Death Warmed Over, population me. Having written that, I see no reason why I couldnt wear this dress. All that black is the perfect foil for the acidic yellow. Alas! Its not my size. (Im seeing Imelda May tonight. This would be a good weather appropriate dress for me to wear to see her concert.)This dress comes from a cache I acquired from Edna, a Midwestern clothes horse whose taste was very distinctive. The majority of the items are from the 40s and 50s. The Edna Collection features a range of sizes. (Many are around the same size as this dress.) Since I got this haul, I have been waking up pretty early because Im so excited to work! Its so fun to deal with such cool stuff. Im nowhere near finished listing the collection. Keep an eye on my site for the new additions. Next up–a fabulous 50s plaid dress Im calling the Scottish Princess. Well, thats the working title for now. Well see how it looks when its photographed on Sabrina.Thanks again. Its always a treat to read your thoughts about items in my store. Holly

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Jenny March 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

This dress should absolutely be worn to Stache Bash, the annual gathering of the American Mustache Institute! If a woman ever wins the Goulet Award, this would be the perfect dress to wear for the awards ceremony!

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lucitebox March 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

Jenny–Ha! Awesome plan! I couldnt stop thinking about the ideas presented here. I dont necessarily embrace them. Im not as self-tolerant or self-assured as I could be when it comes to yellow. Im inclined to agree with 3killerbees: Making myself up to a completely different skin tone so I could wear an unflattering color would be far too much trouble to be consistent with happiness. I have other reasons for not wearing yellow. Heres a blog entry that just about covers my thoughts.

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belphebe March 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

Yellow has always been my favorite color, but I have a hard time finding the right shade to wear. However, I have occasionally found dresses or fabric in just the right shade.Also, years ago I found a better way to wear yellow that didnt wash me out: I bought a yellow car! :-) Oh sure, I couldnt take it inside with me, but I really felt good driving to and from work in that bright car! (not to mention that it was easy to find in a parking lot full of black, white, and beige cars!)Sadly I dont have a car anymore, but I will do my best to get a yellow one the next time I can afford to buy a car!With respect to this dress, the majority of the dress is black, so I could wear it since there isnt that much yellow close to my face.

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mellorcr March 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

HA HA! With regards to if it washes you out, you can always wear lipstick, Im in a dance company and one of our in-jokes: if someone has any issue at all with their costume we jokingly tell them wear more blush and no one will notice

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evalyn March 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I love yellow, which is not a good color for my complexion, so I get another color, blue or black or something that does look good on me, between my face and the yellow. I call this head it off at the pass technique. Just keep the offending color away from your face. This dress does that nicely and it can also be done with a blazer, sweater or jacket over the color in the vacinity of your face and neck.

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Anonymous March 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Does this dress have pockets? I wont wear a dress unless it has pockets. Good color mixing the yellow with the blue.

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Cookie March 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I think yellow is very pretty for baby nurseries, otherwise I am not attracted to it. I have seen some nice, bold, yellow and white floral prints (circa about 1961), but I kind of admire them without being drawn to them.I would sadly say it is probably my least favorite color. And it does bring out a sallow undertone in my skin.Im sorry.

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Cookie March 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm

PS: THIS is the one time Ive seen yellow look absolutely FANTASTIC. I dont know how she did it.

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Carla March 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Tell you what: you do what you want to with wearing yellow and Ill do what I want to. Yellow and orange turn ME yellow and orange. No thanks. Theyre fabulous on someone else!

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Erin May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

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purplestevie May 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm

I just love those buttons!

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Elizabeth in Ypsilanti, MI May 14, 2010 at 5:46 am

I LOVE the new blog look. It’s very clean and easy to read.

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Responsible Service of Alcohol May 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

The black and yellow combination is perfect. The two colors compliment each other so it is really nice to look at. Also, those buttons are perfect for the dress. I’m so impressed!

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Isabella May 30, 2010 at 1:49 am

Love the new look of blog and Yes I just love yellow. It perfectly suit to my skin tone and I feel very refreshing to see the vibrant yellow.

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