Since very patterned fabric and trim was divisive last week, this week I’ve gone for a very plain fabric, with no trim whatsoevery. But it’s definitely not boring a boring dress: whatever else it might be, all in one colour and trimless as it is, it’s distinctive.
Last Week: an 1850s chiné a la branche day dress
There was a decided fork in the ratings branch(e) when it came to judging last week’s chiné crinoline. Either you liked the fabric, or you didn’t. And either you were sure the trim must have been symmetrical, or couldn’t forgive that it wasn’t.
The Total: 7.1 out of 10
Well, it’s an improvement on the week before – more jam with pips than vegemite in the universally appealing scale!
This week: a 1920s day dress with ‘scale’ scallops
Since last week’s fabric was so divisive, and trim was so divisive, this week I present a dress that’s completely devoid of trim, and in a very simple, restful eu de nil silk chiffon.
The dresses main design feature is layered scallops, which create a fishscale effect running down the front of the dress, and around the hem. They emphasise the drop waist and vertical elements so characteristic of fashions of the era.
The high neckline and long sleeves are typical of day dresses of the 20s, but the sleeveless underdress, revealing arms and upper chest under sheer sleeves, add a hint of sass, and make this a more formal day dress. It would be suitable for wearing to the races, or to a wedding, paired, of course, with the perfect hat, rather than for a day of shopping.
It’s very Little Mermaid (quite appropriate this week), but in the straight lines of the 1920s.
What do you think? If you wanted to channel your inner Marina or Ariel in 1926, would this be your pick for oceanic elegance?
Rate the Dress on a Scale of 1 to 10
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