Sunday, October 2, 2011

Red and white picnic plaid dress

One of my favourite dresses of this past summer is this 1940s Louisa Alcott labelled day dress. It is a soft, semi-sheer cotton frock in a bright, lipstick red and white picnic plaid. My Australian soul mate Andi B. Goode found this little number on Etsy earlier this year. I immediately snagged it - and I'm so glad that I did! It came with some flaws but the price was very decent and my friend Rhia did work on it to make it wearable again. It is the perfect summer dress and I've worn it to many picnics and outings in the past few months.

On Saturday the highest October temperature on record - 29.9C (85.8F) - was recorded in the UK. My friends and I headed out to the seaside to Brighton and Seaford in East Sussex to make the most of the stunning day and I got to take my dress for one last outing of the summer. I paired it with a red wicker purse, a red belt and a hair flower. And nautical style flats, the same ones as in the previous outfit - only in red this time. In fact, I love these Primark flats so much that I have them in four different colours.

Mind you, I climbed all the way up the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs in this outfit AND a drunken gentleman called me Dorothy. I think that both of these facts testament to the awesomeness of this look. But the trip itself is worth a post of its own so stay tuned for that!

Dress - 1940s vintage (via bottleblondevintage on Etsy)
Handbag - 1960s vintage (via ValsVintageShoppe on Etsy)
Shoes - Primark
Belt - Vivien of Holloway
Hair flower - Accessorize

Photo by Kendra Bean