By Marcie Everhart
I found myself in a vintage clothing shop recently, packed to the gills with interesting things. My eye caught this 1960s polyester dress with a print that looked like a montage of Dutch landscape paintings with windmills, bridges, trees, boats bouncing among turbulent waves.
I liked the moody fall colors — golds, browns, dark greens, blue skies that turn gray and heavy with atmosphere. The fit was perfect — someone hemmed it by hand with matching thread to fall exactly to the middle of my knee. :^)
How do I know it’s really from the 1960s? By its label — “Paul of California.” Apparently every woman wanted a piece of that west-coast, Hollywood-glamour lifestyle during that era (think MadMen opening their California office in order to ride the popular wave), and clothing manufacturers were putting “Of California” on all the labels. Sold! Here is a great article about how to date your vintage treasures by metal zippers, care labels, and such.
What shoe though? I tried red booties, leopard print booties, and a flat smoky gray loafer.
The red didn’t look as great as I thought it would.
The leopard adds pattern-mixing in the same color palette that is nice.
The light gray loafer offers the balance of a cool tone against the predominant warm colors in the dress.
This outfit makes me want to invite you all over to my house for card games and Tom Collins cocktails on a Saturday night! Lol. (Tom Collins was my mom’s drink back in the day when adults gathered in each other’s homes to play cards and yell at the kids to go to bed! Haha.)
Hello, Fall, my very favorite time of year.
The Real-Real Behind the Scenes
From Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tender’s Guide (1876):
Jerry Thomas’ Tom Collins Gin
(Use large bar-glass.)
Take 5 or 6 dashes of gum syrup.
Juice of a small lemon.
1 large wine-glass of gin.
2 or 3 lumps of ice;
Shake up well and strain into a large bar-glass. Fill up the glass with plain soda water and drink while it is lively.
A large wine-glass of gin sounds awfully lively to me! Wow! — Marcie
A Little Background Music
New York Skyline Printed Midi Skirt, Chicwish, $40. A hot ticket item going fast, fully lined, hidden pockets, getting rave reviews.
Photos of Marcie by Tammy Seibert