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November 8th, 2010 · Print Print

There is one type of vintage shopping that I am exceptionally good at: the kind that takes place inside my mother’s closet.

I went home for a friend’s baby shower (!) last weekend, and while I was there, I “borrowed” a number of phenomenal pieces from my mom’s closet to photograph for Sugarlaws.  I always wonder how many of my pieces will stay stylish enough that my daughters may beg to borrow them someday — while it’s always tempting to buy whatever is trendiest now, there has to be some balance between stocking your closet with fun stuff for this season and key pieces that will last forever.

But I digress.  Because this dress wasn’t trendy or a wardrobe staple — it is, actually, my mother’s wedding dress.  I’ve looked at photos of her wearing it since I was a kid, and let me say, she was (is) absolutely beautiful.  This dress was just like my mom — understated and casually elegant and thirty years later, still just as gorgeous.

I’m actually wearing the dress backwards — the ruffle in the front made me look a little too Anne-of-Green-Gables — and I’ve paired it with a vintage leather belt.  The brown leather belt and my black patent shoes are not a great match, but unfortunately, my mom is two sizes bigger than me in footwear, so there’s a limit on what I can borrow.

And, what you’ve all been waiting for: the winner of the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls giveaway is Brooke, comment #74!  I’ll be emailing later today for your address!


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laura // Nov 8, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful!! How cool that your mom wore a dress that you can still wear today!!

  • 2 Sara // Nov 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

    What a stunning dress!! And it looks in perfect shape! So dainty and feminine, I really love the pleating. I haven’t seen my mom’s dress since her’s was specially packed away after the wedding, but I do know I will be wearing her veil when I get married: every girl in the family has worn it for the past 3 generations. I love that feeling of connection that comes with wearing something once worn years and years ago!

  • 3 Closet Fashionista // Nov 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Wow that dress is GORGEOUS!!!!!  Your mom must have looked beautiful 😀

  • 4 Nicolette // Nov 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    That’s gorgeous! What a special post. :)

  • 5 Jen Moulton // Nov 8, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    What an interesting and pretty dress!  And it looks great backwards!

  • 6 Kirstin Marie // Nov 9, 2010 at 6:37 am

    You look gorgeous! That is a beautiful dress.

  • 7 julie @ rosy+tart // Nov 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Ooh, such a fun idea! Very pretty. Makes me want to go dig out my mom’s dress and see what happens… :)

  • 8 Brooke // Nov 9, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Love the dress. Love winning the gift card. Thanks! :)

  • 9 oomph. // Nov 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    fabulous dress!  wish i could find some of those in my mom’s closet!

  • 10 Nabeela // Nov 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Adoooooorable. That is so feminine and delicately lovely :)

  • 11 annebeth // Nov 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    wow, amazing! Such an amazing piece with history :)

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