You know that color theory people throw out there – the one that involves gravitating toward colors that look good on you? Yeah, well, I like turquoise, and apparently, turquoise likes me. I’m also a big fan of Trashy Diva and cute mid century repro, so it was just a matter of time before the 1940s-inspired Deb dress in pastel turquoise faille and the Maria dress in turquoise floral were MINE MINE MINE (cue Daffy duck in “Ali Baba Bunny”).
Since I missed out on the embroidered Maria last year, I’ve been pining for another shot at a pretty one, and boy is this turquoise floral print PRETTY. It’s a little greener in person, but it still photographs beautifully. The rich yellow, purples, and pinks really POP against it, and the rayon crepe has just enough texture to make the fabric feel really vintage. In fact, with the separate belt and decorative buttons down the front, this one looks like it’s straight out of the 1940s. I busted out the Remix Rita repro slingbacks and my Bakelite and the effect is pretty authentic.
I went with my usual size 14 in the Maria. The fit is roomy but not too big. The belt is just right. I suspect they use the same size belt for the 12s and 10s. For reference, I’m 42-32-48.”
The pretty Deb dress is another winner. I’ve wanted this one since it came out early this year, but decided to wait because the price was kinda steep. Plus, I’d just shot my wad on the beautious Lena dress in the olive green faille and was still high on the acquisition. Since the color is limited edition, I used the first good discount code I could muster and bought the thing before it sold out in my size (once again, 14).
This is another Trashy Diva turquoise that photographs more blue than it truly is. That’s not to say that I’m disappointed in either color; I like the 1950s swimming pool aqua in the photos and I like the dusty light turquoise that showed up in the box on my doorstep. In fact, the real color is rather 18th century-ish. Given the pleated, pinked ruffles on the hem and bust, the whole effect is rather Marie Antoinette in the contemporary “we like this!” way and not the “holy crap, they wore these color combos back then?” way.
I’m wearing it here with a vintage dress clip from the 1930s and my sweet 1930s repro Remix Ritz heels in silver.