This vintage holiday dress, bright red with adorable sleeves, is a little left-field for me. I couldn't resist snatching up this perfect vintage piece, though, when I found it at a local thrift store. It's so adorable, and it's clear that someone lovingly made it by hand. And if you're going to wear red velvet, December is the time. Plus the sleeves make me feel like Juliet - or a walking valentine.
The 1968 Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet has a special place in my heart. When Steven and I started dating we were (coincidentally?) studying Romeo and Juliet in a class together. We were shown the film in class, and later watched it again on our first Valentine's date. It's so beautiful - no wonder it was a fashion inspiration in the late 60s!
Incidentally, I have been in two productions of Romeo and Juliet, although I have never played Juliet. In one, I was a musician in the party scene. It was a traditional production in an outdoor theatre. I did wear puffed sleeves and velvet. In the second production, which had a contemporary setting, I played Capulet - a merging of Lord and Lady Capulet in the form of Juliet's teen mom. It was grim, and there was definitely no velvet and puffed sleeves. I wore daisy dukes, a bikini top, and held a beer in my hand - the total opposite of Zeffirelli! (☉_☉)
It's great to put together a holiday outfit that's completely second-hand. I've grown to love the quirks and flaws of a recycled wardrobe.
*Outfit photos by Steven.
dress // evening bag: thrifted vintage 60s/70s