I'm not sure which era this dropped-waist lace dress is supposed to hearken back to exactly (the lace screams Victorian, the dropped waist screams '20s) but when I saw it at a vintage shop a few months ago, it practically leapt into my arms. It has a permanent marker stain on the back of the neck, which makes me think that maybe it was used as an old-fashioned wedding dress in a theater or something.
I don't care too much about the bodice of the dress, which is an unimpressive scoop neck with an ill-fitting lining and pretty unflattering armholes, albeit with a cute little trim around the neckline. What really grabbed me about this dress is the use of multiple types of lace: one is dotted, one looks like standard craft lace, and two are finer strips of lace with cute little floral lattices and bouquets. Although I'm not usually one for an unshaped bodice and a dropped waist, the bottom of this dress more than makes up for it. It's pretty, swishy, and a blast to wear.
And sort of on that note, this dress, while beautiful, only enforces my resolve that the wedding dress I'm planning to design and make will be any other color but white. White doesn't make me feel pretty, and I'm all about feeling like a knockout in a dress that I've made, particularly for my own wedding. So, most likely, a pink dress it is! Sorry white lace dresses, you're always gonna be everyday dress-up for me!
White lace dress: Who knows - thrifted with the tags cut out.
Cashmere cardigan: Cynthia Rowley, from Marshall's
Taupe pumps: J Shoes
Teeny llama necklace: Madewell