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The 1940s DuBarry dress for the modern girl!

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The 1940s DuBarry dress and its versatility.

The DuBarry brand was known in the 1940s – 1960s for simple yet elegant evening gowns, cocktail and prom dresses, as well as mother-of-the-bride wear.

Today the label is synonymous, amongst us vintage girls, with the best that ready-to-wear vintage has to offer. I love how easy it is to dress up or down the DuBarry gown. It makes the perfect choice for many occasions, although I personally like to treat it as a day-wear. As you can see in the photographs below, I removed the original, embellished with crystals belt, and replaced it with a simple black one. By doing so I turned the evening gown into a simple yet elegant day dress.

How to style saddle shoes!

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Saddle shoes – definition

Saddle -Piece of leather on a shoe, usually in contrasting colour, stitched from forward shank, at one side, over vamp to the other side.

A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern by Mary Brooks Picken

Spitz sneakers

In the pictures, by Gregory Michael King, I’m wearing: the 1950s Handmacher skirt,1940s inspired blouse from House of Foxy. I replaced the modern buttons with Art Deco ones, SPITZ saddle shoes, SPITZ patent leather sock belts and Gerbe Bobby socks designed exclusively for SPITZ.

 

A brief history of saddle shoes.

  • In 1906 A.G. Spalding, the American sporting goods company, introduced saddle shoes as athletic footwear. The All American shoe was first advertised as a tennis shoe but gained more popularity among golfers before finally reaching mainstream fashion.
1906 A.G. Spalding catalog

1906 A.G. Spalding catalog

Queen Bee look

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My Queen Bee look consists of:

A 1950s Handmacher skirt, “Queen Bee” top from 1683 Atelier, a contemporary brand that goes perfectly with all my 1930s-1950s garments, a late 1940s purse, a 1950s style Pillbox hat and the French Sole Hefner slippers with Queen Bee embroidery that I believe even Joan Crawford would approve of!

Queen Bee top

Detail of The Queen Bee top by 1683 Atelier