Summer Road Trip: The Vintage Dress

Vintage dresses and vintage cars

Forget for a moment that it’s the middle of December, because it’s time for my second summer road trip post! I must confess that I’ve shied away from wearing much vintage clothing of late. Moving abroad meant downsizing my collection significantly, and the warmer weather here means my polyester dresses from the 1970s and 80s aren’t as comfortable to wear. Having said that, a classic 1964 Mustang deserves an equally storied outfit. This vintage dress is actually older than than the car, made at some point in the 1950s.

I bought it at a vintage fair in Bristol a few years ago for around fifty quid, which at the time seemed so expensive, and wore it for the first time when we came to San Francisco on holiday. It has a beautiful wood grain pattern around the skirt, along with rings of dainty peach coloured roses. I remember asking the seller where it came from and she said that she and her husband went on buying trips to the US, particularly southern states where sundresses were more common. If I ever get the chance to visit those parts of the country, you can bet I’ll be scouring the thrift stores for similar outfits.

Vintage sundress and mustangThe colorful woven slip-ons were a pre-road trip purchase from ASOS and although I love the way they look, I was sent the wrong size and didn’t realise until it was too late to return them, so they’re only really suitable for days when I’m pottering around the house or not venturing further than a few blocks.

These photos were taken near Fallon on Nevada’s Route 50, aka “the loneliest highway in America” – a challenge I took on by taking advantage of the empty lanes and convincing M that it would be perfectly safe to take photos in the middle of the road. 

Stay tuned for more questionable road safety posts, plus a round-up of the National Parks we visited, later next week. Oh, and don’t forget to read this post which details our trip as a whole.

Vanishing point lonely highway1964 Mustangvintage dress in NevadaASOS woven sandalsNevada countrysideFifties sundress and sixties mustang

Sundress – vintage / Woven leather sandals –  ASOS / Sunglasses – ASOS

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