Today, I have dressed up Annabelle in a look that reminds me of Easter in the South. In the small town I grew up in, Easter Sunday was always about the WIDE-BRIMMED HAT. I paired this black hat with one of my favorite vintage dresses. You might be surprised to find out that I am the kind of girl who never tries on anything before buying. Even when the item is vintage, like this dress Annabelle is wearing today, I rarely look at the sizes or try it on before buying. It was due to this neglect, that I was struck with the best kind of surprise when I did finally try on this vintage dress. While I HAD noticed the dresses unique polka-dot pattern sewn into the under-side of the sleeves, what I DID NOT notice was how the sleeves had been made in a way that gave them structure and, thus, causing the sleeves to stand out and show off the peek of polka-dot underneath. MARVELOUS! What’s even more striking is that the dress appears to be HOME MADE! The women of our mothers generation were truly multi-talented.
I accessorized this dress with lady-like accessories: long black gloves, a necklace made of strands of black and white pearls, small, crocodile pocketbook, and peep-toe stilettos topped with a gold bow. In case you haven’t noticed, there is a trend in handbags I like to call, “Honey I Shrunk the Bag”. Admittedly, I am more into the “everything but the kitchen sink” sized handbag. However, I do appreciate a dainty-sized pocketbook, especially if it’s vintage (like the one that Annabelle is carrying today). If you want to get in on the micro-sized handbag trend this Spring, here are a few of my favorite non-vintage picks:
Eraj Asadi, the photographer who took these images, told me a great story from the shoot. He had about 7 different outfits to shoot Annabelle in that day around Central Park. He was requiring poor Annabelle to change (in the extreme heat of last summer) in the back of his SUV while he drove around scouting their next location. They would then hop out and shoot before starting the process over again. They decided to shoot this look on the very chic streets of Madison Avenue. It wasn’t until a white-gloved doorman informed them, that they realized they had chosen the front steps of the home of Ralph Lauren for their backdrop. How apropos!
Dress: Vintage (Unlabeled, appears homemade)
Necklace: JC Penny (Similar available here.)
Earrings: Models Own
Hat: Samuels Hats, NYC
Purse: Vintage (Similar available here.)
Shoe: TopShop (Similar available here.)
Model: Annabelle Lyttle, APM Models