om1970’s ruffle-front gold tuxedo shirt

You don’t need a formal occasion to work out the tuxedo shirt, but spring is a good time for making this kind of statement.  While originally worn with a synthetic suit of black or brown, this versatile tone of sunflower to goldenrod yellow can go with many colors of pants or even jeans.  The label says “After Six”, but we won’t tell you when to wear it.   Prom or a night out:  The main thing is that you look great!   Click here for more views and sizing information.

NOTE:  This color may appear more vivid on some monitors.  It is a slightly muted shade of golden yellow.


Mid-1960’s dotted pink on pink formal dress


Made here in Portland, Oregon, by Chumley for Charles F. Berg, this simple elegant dress with a layer of dotted net overlay is sure to provide plenty of spring enchantment for formal occasions.  Paired with a sleek but voluminous updo, maybe some delicately pointed shoes, this provides all the pretty in pink you need, from the faintest petal pink to more of a baby pink to the hot pink accented tied bow at the waist.  Click here for more views and sizing information.

Deadstock designer blue 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs

Combining 1980’s  love for asymmetry and royal blue, this deadstock gown by Alyce Designs is in a timeless empire cut with a sheer, diaphanous overlay of what could be called “raining roses”.   The flower motif adds tons of visual interest and glitz for the gown’s intended purpose as formalwear.  As with many of the “true” hues, royal blue looks good with several skin tones and hair colors.    Most of all, this is a unique piece and has never been owned before!  Click here for more views and sizing information.


1980’s designer princess gown in burgundy velvet

As splendid as it is luxurious, this never-worn and deadstock 1980’s gown by Alyce Designs of Chicago was originally sent to a Saks (as in Saks Fifth Avenue) sample sale.   The basic form is a drop-waist formal dress with puffed sleeves, sweetheart neckline, and tea-length hem:  quintessential mid-eighties.  The real beauty is in the use of fabric:  A soft velvet in a burgundy-wine color, expertly gathered down the front, at the drop waist, and best of all, at the sleeves.  The visual effect makes a lasting impression, and it likely is compounded when worn and walked in.  Click here for more sizing and views!

1970’s pink ruffled men’s tuxedo shirt

Every decade has its iconic styles, things so unmistakable that they immediately take you back to a moment when you were so taken with that style that you could not imagine a time when you wouldn’t look that way.  The seventies gave us a few of these instantly recognizable styles, and this is one of those:  The ruffled men’s tuxedo shirt.  Men’s fashion is so staid, so stoic, so solid most of the time, that the almost frivolous effect of rows of ruffles is downright poetic.  It’s an oasis of fun in an otherwise long stretch of fashion in the previous decades, with limited exception, that said menswear has to be boxy and to the point.  This shirt wants you to have fun.   Made by L & M Fashions  in a cotton blend. Rare, in a blush pink color, with ruffles not only from the pointed collar down the front, but also at the cuffs.  For added oomph, the ruffles are edged in black thread.   Wear this to a formal.  Wear it to a party.  Heck, wear it to the office.  This is undiluted fun fashion.    Click here for more views and sizing information.


Rare 1940’s off-white acetate satin and net gown

One look at this dress and you’ll be hearing strains of soft songs by Irving Berlin and Tommy Dorsey.  Pairing the gentle sheen of satiny acetate with a voluminous double-net skirt, this formal gown exudes 1940’s charm and beauty.  From the center gathers to the sweetheart neckline to the slightly padded shoulders (and we mean slightly, daintily), this piece is already a vision, but wait!  There’s more.  Adorning the net skirt are several gold sequin butterflies.   Like them, you can make the entrance of a lifetime and set tongues a-wagging and hearts a-pounding.   Now’s your chance!

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