This vintage Ceil Chapman dress is very delicate, so I rarely wear it. I think yesterday’s brunch was the dress’s first outing since 2008. I was relieved that none of the seams opened this time. (In case they did, I had a tiny sewing kit in my purse.)
What Wendy Wore
Dress: Silk Ceil Chapman dress
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (’90s? early 2000s?)
Bag: Prada (2007)
Necklace: My own Gloriana design
I’ve thought of getting rid of this dress but I’m happy I still have it. It’s nice to wear it for a couple of hours every three years or so!
Miss Peelpants says
That is a perfect dress. Worth the sewing kit, for sure.
Could you shellac it to keep it from shredding? That dress is STUNNING and must be kept!
That dress is incredible! And I love the addition of the bright shoes!
Madeleine Gallay says
Really good on you .. a good one!!
Pam @over50feeling40 says
What a fabulous brunch dress…you need a hat!! So chic and it fits you perfectly!!
belle de ville says
Adorable, I love the color.
What a wonderful dress!It’s normal that you care it so much.
such a cool dress
the print and colors are great
Couture Allure says
I love, love, love this dress on you Wendy! Is the the fabric that is giving away or the thread that sews the seams together? If it’s the thread, take the dress to your tailor and have her reinforce all the seams with new thread. Easy! Then you can wear it for 5 or 6 hours at least!
It’s both…started with the seams but then the fabric actually gave. Jean from Ghost Tailor rebuilt it with gauze but I’m always waiting for another incident in a new spot!
Yeah, I was gonna say reinforce the seams. Such a shame the fabric is so weak now. It’s beautiful!
Maybe you can use it as a pattern for a new dress once it bites the dust!
It would be a crime to get rid of that dress, it’s perfect on you. xxx
Penny Dreadful Vintage says
RROWWWR! Don’t ever get rid of that dress Wendy, you look hawt. Seams can be repaired for ever and ever x
you look beautiful 🙂 this dress is gorgeous <3
I had a dress rip the other day as I was leaving work, good thing I was going home. I got in the car and sat down too fast and ripped the slit of my vintage dress all the way up! I wasn’t expecting that all, so I cannot even imagine how delicate your dress is if you already are apprehensive about it. It reminds me of that vintage Dior dress Kate Spade that practically fell apart on her a few years ago
Wow, that dress is so pretty. I love the draping and the colors. The shoes look brilliant with it! I never knew you had yellow shoes!
Nickie Frye says
Oh my gosh, I LOVE the dress! What a pretty design. Very pretty on you. Cute shoes too. xoxo
This is why I’m hopeless when it comes to vintage shopping. If I saw this dress on the rack, I wouldn’t even give it a second glance. But, on you, it’s amazing! I think I just have no imagination when it comes to vintage. I need lessons.
Hint: ask the shop owner for help, like I do!
OMG – That is GORGEOUS on you! I love the shoes with it too.
That dress is gorgeous. The only time I’ve ever worn a super fragile vintage dress was in a play, and I had to keep a sewing kit backstage.
Closet Fashionista says
That dress is sooo gorgeous! I love the detailing on the bottom of the skirt!
Susan Tiner says
That dress and those shoes are amazing on you! I really love the drape of the front ruffle. That’s really too bad about the seams though.
You carry it well! 🙂 Love the draping in the front. How unique 🙂
For a maniac you sure clean up good 😉 and have excellent taste in vintage. Even the 1st part of that sentence is meant as a compliment.
Megan Mae says
That dress is beautiful. I hope you get to enjoy it for some time more. Either way, you’ll always have gorgeous photographic evidence of it!
That dress is absolutely beautiful. I love it with the yellow shoes too. I could never throw it out if it was mine. Even if it ended its days on a mannequin creepily placed in a corner. It looks gorgeous on you.
Now I want to wear it while creepily standing in a corner!
Wow Wendy – you look seriously amazing, the dress is just divine.
The maiden metallurgist says
It looks beautiful on you!
Hi my dear-what a stunning and unique dress, you look amazing!! xx
That dress is the most unique Ceil I’ve seen – never let it go. I just found one at the bottom of a massive dig, and the minute I touched it I knew it was Ceil before even finding the label. Yours I never would’ve guessed. Brava!
Love the dress and the yellow shoes! So seriously, have you had a vintage dress malfunction while out and about??
For Those About To Shop says
Do not get rid of that dress! I gasped out loud and breathed “oh my god” when I saw it. It’s exquisite! I love the bustle as I am so enthralled with anything that can increase my limited curves and i love the fact that it is obviously vintage. So romantic with the little buttons and the flared sleeve. Stunning find!
The Styley says
I love the bright yellow shoes with that dress. Maybe every three years IS the way to go, and in between wearings you can display it in your apartment as art?
the nyanzi report says
absolutely beautiful and fabulous!
p.s. i loved your article last about fame and fortune.
what a gorgeous, gorgeous dress. Certainly worth holding on to and wearing every now and then.
That's Not My Age says
Don’t get rid of the dress – it’s stunning. The shape, the colour and print are just beautiful. Perhaps you should start wearing a flesh-coloured body stocking underneath just in case the seams give way!
Ha! I did wear a half slip for that very reason, thinking at least part of me was covered!
The cut of that dress is quite special! Love that you added the punch of the yellow heel Wendy!
P.s You have to keep the dress my sweets
very romantic and ladylike
Emily Britton says
That dress is beyond A-mah-zing and you look hot! Rock it sister.
miss cavendish says
Know what you mean: I have a silk jersey Pucci dress from the 60s that falls apart every time I glimpse at it in my closet!
Please do NOT get rid of this dress – it is fabulous! So unique in design and print and looks beautifully made – and above you look absolutely amazing in it!
Vintage done right(eous)
Fajr | Stylish Thought says
Love it. If you ever have the urge to purge you can pass it my way. My tatas alone might bust the seams though 🙁
don’t ever get rid of this dress- it is beautiful! love the yellow shoes too.
Lizzi S. says
Ooh I love it!