Monday, February 18, 2013

Get the look: Sophie Ellis-Bextor in vintage

At the recent London Elle Style Awards, one dress caught my eye intensely...worn by singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, it is a gorgeous rose print strapless dress from the 1950s.

She wore this same dress in her 2001 video Take Me Home. Actually, this whole video looks like an ad for wearing vintage—many beautiful dresses and she wears them well!

Some fashion critics thought Sophie’s choice of a lip bag and shoes in black was sort of weighing down the rose dress, but I see the point of adding a little humor and irony to the 1950s sweetness.

This cotton rose print sundress is from my sold archives. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished I had more than one of this dress! 

But there are other cotton rose print dresses from the 1950s, including these currently available:

If you like the graphic-ness of the print of Sophie’s dress, maybe this one in bold black and white will suit you. I’d be tempted to carry a red lip bag and wear red shoes! (Click on any of these to go to the listing.)

LolaAndBlack on Etsy
For rosiness, this beauty couldn’t be beat.
Thegirlcanthelpitusa on Etsy
If you like the sweetness of 1950s style, this dress ought to be yours.
La Belle Vintage on Etsy
Another wonderfully graphic rose print, and this one is in a larger size too.
Beautiful halter neckline, and rhinestones pick out one of the roses near the neck.
vintagegirlore on eBay
You may have noted that Sophie Ellis-Bextor wore her rose print 1950s dress for a video in 2001, and for an awards ceremony in 2013. The great thing about a good vintage item is that we no longer think of these as going out of fashion...or it is out in such a way as to grab everyone’s admiring attention!

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