Monday, June 14, 2010

My Closet: 70's beach dress

Hello Yellow! My mom used to wear this bright terry cloth dress as a swimsuit cover-up in the 70's. I wasn't alive then, but I certainly wish I could have seen it on my momma. Once I saw the dress I could instantly picture mom's tiny frame elegantly poised in this flowing, and oh-so retro, maxi dress. At my age (26), my mom was 4 inches taller and 4 pounds lighter than me. She was 5'7" weighing in at 98 pounds dripping wet; certainly not tall enough to be a model, but she could have fooled me. She was just so naturally thin - she even said she ate cake everyday for weeks before her wedding to try and gain weight for her big day (Oh mom, if only I could eat cake everyday and not be able to gain a pound! It certainly would all go to my hips!).

I belted the dress here, because I'd like to imagine that my mom might have belted it from time to time to emphasize her adorably tiny waist. And of course I wore it with some bright red toe nails, because for 26 years I don't remember mom ever wearing any other color.

Hope you had a happy & sunny weekend.




  1. Love it! Such a great summer dress! You look great!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  2. Perfect summer dress and yellow is so great with your skin:)
    Great look sweetie:)
    Enjoy your Monday:)

  3. What a gorgeous dress and it's made even more lovely by the story behind it!

  4. I love this dress and especially love that it belonged to your mom. It looks terrific on you!

  5. love this dress!! and the story!! aren't vintage hand-me-downs the best?

    SO excited to hear you sprang for a pair of TOMS! can't wait to see some pics of you sporting them :)

  6. I love this dress! So cute on you, too. Btw, I have those ash gray TOMs, and I love them.

  7. I love your dress!! & thank you so much. xx

  8. That dress is fabulous!
    It looks absolutely pristine as well!
    Love it!

    Eleanor ~ Shopping The Closet

  9. You look absolutely stunning, my dear. What a beautiful color on you, and I love the neckline!
    xo Josie

  10. I am such a sucker for maxi-dresses right now! love the color, so happy and summery!!

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports

  11. such a bright colour but you pull it off nicely!

  12. Bre! So wonderful to see your comment over at our blog. By the way, we fell over when we saw that gorgeous 70's cover up. You have such a gem and it is just stunning on you! We just love your blog.

    Beatrice and Nadia <3

  13. That is a really nice dress, so much you can do with that!

    D E G A I N E

  14. Love your dress... I'm a big fan of yellow dresses - I recently blogged about one I wore!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!


  15. I pilfered a vintage maxi from my mom's closet, too! Aren't they the best? You look fabulous and I'm sure your mom loves seeing you in it!

    (Be sure to drop by and enter to win a Wendy Mink Jewelry necklace - retail value: $175!)

  16. love your yellow dress!! so perfect for summer.

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    With love, Samm


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