Move Over Betty Draper

These vintage 1950’s gowns from Timeless Vixen are almost too sweet for words.  I especially love how they’ve been styled with a bold strand of pearls.  Wouldn’t you feel like the impeccably poslished Betty Draper donning one to a cocktail party?  I’d want to flit about the room all night watching the skirt twirl!  What do you think?  Cute, costume-y or a little bit of both?

21 comments on “Move Over Betty Draper

  1. Anna

    A little bit of both…I think that’s the charm of these vintage dresses! Making such a bold era statement with the dress, you can play around with the accessories and hair and makeup. thanks for sharing.

    Best,

    Anna

  2. Brandi

    That second dress just has me written all over it. And I think these are all cute — I’ve no doubt there are ways that these can be accessorized so you don’t feel like you just stepped out of the 1950s (though that can be so very much fun).

  3. Mod Human Vintage

    Lovely post!
    I love the yellow floral print dress…gorgeous!
    I’m in a dire need for cocktail dresses for my vintage shop…maybe I shall do a major shopping trip before it gets cold.

    Best Wishes!
    Mod Human

    p.s. I’m thankful for finding your blog…it truly is superb!

  4. Katie Armour Post author

    Stephanie — I wish my mom had dressed like this! Photos from her in college in the seventies are not exactly the same style ; )

    Mod Human Vintage — Thank you for you kindness and welcome! The yellow just may be my favorite too : )

  5. Lena

    That little rose printed number has my name on it! I don’t think there’s anything better than a full-skirted day dress, the more costume-y, the better!

  6. geri

    JUST LOVE THE FIFTY’S! SOOOO….. GLAMOROUS AND CHIC. MY FAMILY USED TO STAY ON BALBOA ISLAND FOR OUR SUMMER VACATIONS. I HAVE A VAGUE MEMORY OF MY MOM AND HER GIRLFRIEND SEEING HUMPHREY AND BOGART SAIL INTO THE BALBOA YACHT CLUB AND JUST FEELING OVER THE MOON ON SPYING THEM! WHAT A DYNAMIC COUPLE THEY WERE! LOVE THAT THESE FASHIONS ARE MAKING A COME BACK, ALTHOUGH, I DON’T THINK THAT UNDENIABLY ROMANTIC TIME CAN BE RECREATED.

  7. just a girl

    Definitely a little of both. I think the thing that throws them most into costumey land is the pearls. Ditch the pearls and go for more modern accessories and you’re golden!

  8. Mariel

    That Etsy seller has been a favorite for awhile; everything is in great condition! I’m so stuck in the past that vintage clothing seems normal to me, and less costume-y. :) I love dressing up!

  9. EMILY

    I ADORE THESE. You just brightened my day which started off on a less than grand note. Oh these are just too sweet for words. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. x Emily

  10. Emmy

    Given the chance, I’d wear any of these dresses – Costumey or not! The top one is really gorgeous and definitely my favorite.

  11. annette

    Definetly CUTE! I have been wanting to get a vintage 1950’s housedress to wear on days when I am cleaning my house. A little June Cleaver action to brighten the mundane housework. Each of the flower patterns would work beautifully for that I think. The blue one would be fun for a Sunday matinee at the ballet.

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