1970s Timepiece Dime

One of the things I love finding most in a vintage piece is polished quirk. If this dress doesn’t fit that definition, I don’t know what does.

In it I feel inspired to take on tasks and stories and the whole of what’s out there to do. I can’t say for certain if that has more to do with the secretarial feel of the dress, the ticking pocket watches urging me along, or the deep green fabric whose feel and color both soothe and invigorate. 

In a neat and well-ordered sort of way, the dress is awash with personality and inspired notes from top to bottom.

Pointed collars were a prominent look of the 70s, and in this instance, the way the collar splays out towards the shoulders gives an elongating effect.

The elevated charm factor for any dress, vintage or modern, is an answer in the affirmative as to whether or not it has pockets.

While this dress does, their awkward position is useful for little more than a stick of gum. However, sticking your hands in them does make for a nice dramatic slump-y pose, one that feels befitting for something of the 70s. The left breast pocket is similarly decorative.

The white stitching on the pockets, collar, and around the buttons at the bodice gives the dress a sort of animated look, a stand-out effect in a piece where nothing is lost. The buttons themselves, two-toned, are similar in nature and adorn not only the front of the dress but the sleeve cuffs as well.

I wear this dress most often in the spring and fall; long sleeves and a moderately short skirt call for weather conditions to be rather specific. The fabric itself, polyester, is rather cool, but with the sleeves it’s a bit weighty.

Though I never have, the dress could be worn without its tie belt. It would make the dress appear more tent-like. As it is, the belt–too short to be tied in much more than a simple knot–gives the waist a clean, slightly nipped in look. It’s not the type of dress you want to wear to do many rigorous activities (I’ve had to mend a seam break in the side and under the arm.) but it does hold up quite well in everyday buzzing about.

I ordered the dress from an Instagram seller–one of my first times to complete such a transaction–and was struck with a slight feeling of surprise when the package arrived and I opened it. It’s not that it looked any different from the pictures (all my online vintage purchasing experiences have been sublime). I simply wondered if I could pull the dress off, make it work for me. It was, after all, considerably bolder than most pieces in my closet.

I will say, though, that I’m terribly happy to have given the dress a chance. I tried it on shortly after receiving it and was immediately taken with just how different a dress it was. It feels like such a complete look, one that requires little accessorizing. And I can pull it off. In fact, the dress is me, a sort of signature look in my rotations at this point.

The pocket watch faces, all set to 12:10, are, obviously, the biggest and most unique feature of the dress. In all its originality, I wouldn’t be surprised to one day find that one was set to a completely different time. That, I think, would be the only thing that could make me love this dress more.

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