My 1970s Maxi Style
This was the second dress I nabbed at my most recent estate sale.
This dress, like the others I scored at this sale were all in perfect condition. There were only about ten dresses in total at the sale. I think it is interesting to note that the woman chose to keep one from the 1960’s, two from the 70’s and then the rest from the 80’s. The dresses from the 60’s and 70’s must have had some special meaning or sentimental value.
I love clothing with history.
Often when you put a vintage piece on it feels like you are stepping into someone else’s memories. It felt like that when I put on this dress, suddenly I had an overwhelming urge to pick up a tennis racquet but then gave my head a good shake and ordered a Tom Collins instead with “extra” Tom and no cherry s’il vous plaît. Yes, it was only ten in the morning but when you look this boss no one questions you. Besides, isn’t that the correct time for a Stepford Wife to start drinking? The addition of the headscarf made me feel like a serious contender as a Stepford Wife.
And just to be clear I am joking. I don’t start drinking at ten in the morning. I like to wait till after noon like any respectable woman.
Actually if you really must know I can no longer drink any alcohol thanks to my sinusitis. I hate you sinuses!
The dress is a titch big again on me, but nothing that the belt can’t handle.
The colour isn’t great in the photo above. When I take indoor photos trying to correct the lighting is always a challenge and often distorts or fades the colour.
Isn’t the design of this dress fab? It’s very simple but the pattern and unique detailing make it special. It is made in Canada by Charm Fashions in Toronto and the first and only time in my life that I am wearing a size 16. No, that is not a typo. Check it out…
There was no vanity sizing back then people.
The sizing was straight up meant to mess with your mind. I wonder what the person wearing a size four looked like back then.
And apparently Fortrel was an extra special type of polyester which will last for ten million years but please do not put it next to any source of flame.
A little tidbit I learned when I was training to be a flight attendant, do not wear rayon, nylon or polyester under any circumstances while travelling via air. In a cabin fire they will melt onto your body. And no hair spray either unless you want your whole head to spontaneously burst into flames.
A joke we had at the time was if there is a fire in the cabin don’t panic, just take a deep breath, bend over and kiss your ass goodbye. Nothing good happens when you have fire in a pressurized cabin. Am I freaking you out yet? ; )
Okay…slightly off topic now. Didn’t mean to scare you off of polyester, the magic fabric of the 1970’s and beyond.
What do you think of this vintage maxi?
I love it.
I will never come across anyone else wearing the same dress.
Weird little details like that excite me.
That and Cheezies (mmm…Cheezies!), but that is a whole other story.
What gets you excited about clothing?