Belles On Their Toes

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I had given up on finding the perfect white, lace dress for spring and then I stumbled across this beauty at an antique mall. Other than being several inches too long (even in heels), it fit like a charm. If I had any knowledge of a wedding in my future, I would probably hold on to this dress in its pristine state for such a day...however (and not to break anyone's heart) instead I intend to chop it into a knee-length dress. Yes, I am going to commit highest treason and alter a vintage treasure, but it's in my possession now and subject to my totalitarian will. Still, we will all always have these pictures to remember what it once was...
the clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romanticthe clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romantic
the clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romantic
the clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romanticthe clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romanticthe clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romanticthe clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romanticthe clothes horse, personal style, fashion blog, white dress, vintage dress, lace dress, wedding dress, retro, vintage, summer, inspiration, field, romantic

Outfit details:
vintage dress
Yellowstone National Park gift shop necklace
mixed rings via Gilt and street vendors

CONVERSATION

97 comments:

  1. That dress is absolutely stunning.

    flnw.blogspot.com

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  2. That is an amazing dress! Great vintage find dvrling!

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

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  3. the frilly white collar is gorgeous! i love the last picture of you lieing in the grass, so whimical. it reminds me of tuck everlasting because winniw wore a dress like that for most of the movie (not the disney version)!

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  4. So gorgeous! It reminds me of that Victorian inspired peach dress I posted recently. I also contemplated hemming, but decided against it only because I fell in love with the ridiculous length. I think there's nothing wrong with hemming a dress to make it wearable and bring it into this era! In fact, I think they appreciate it as it gives them new life! Unless of course it's a truly rare one-of-a-kind piece, in which case the mutilator should be publicly flogged.

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  5. I love the second-to-last picture- it looks like a Winslow painting.

    Good luck hemming that dress! Are you planning to use a rolled hem or a blind hem...or something completely different?

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  6. This dress is perfect! I'm in love with it...

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  7. oh wow, you do look like a bride, a fantastic one! love the rings, they had some roughness to the sweet dress.
    anyway I agree it will look better when shorter.
    x

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  8. Lace is so in at the moment- this dress is lovely!

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  9. That is the perfect dress. Really. You're the luckiest girl ever :)

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  10. you find it. You find the perfect one.
    Is just gorgeous.

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  11. you can keep the chopped part and turn it into a skirt? :)

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  12. °O°
    O___O
    WAAAAAAAW this dress is sooooooo beautiful!!! You look like a princess from the past... I LOVE IT!!
    It could be a marriage dress too... *3*
    I want one like this!
    Kisses from Paris!
    Pandore

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  13. This dress is beautiful! I look forward to seeing it post-alterations

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  14. You look like you sprung out of a fairytale! I love it!

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  15. wow!! you look like a Jane Austen heroine!! i love it as it is, really! and great photos too, excellent landscape!

    thecommonsuspect.blogspot.com

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  16. The dress is gorgeous and a great find! I wonder if you might do something with the collar too - i'm sure many people love it (it's fabulous) but it kind of swamps you. Just a thought! can't wait to see how it turns out in the shorter length!

    le sigh. I need someone to teach me how to shop for vintage treasures. :)

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  17. The lace makes the prettiest shadows, doesn't it? And these pictures make you look like a Little House on the Prairie bride. :) And you're a braver person than I, to alter a dress (much less vintage!). Can't wait to see its altered state!

    Toast with Charmalade

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  18. Wow, that dress is an incredible find. It fits you perfectly and as much as I adore it long, it will be the perfect little white dress in the summer once you've altered it. Wow.

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  19. it would be a sin if you did not hem that dress =x

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  20. what an amazing dress! You feel very long in it, aren't you?

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  21. Wow that dress is amazing!

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  22. so gorgeous, I would do the same thing by cutting it off. but it looks great long too!

    lovelove, M.
    http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

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  23. sososo gorgeous, rebecca! truly a dream dress~ <3

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  24. That really is a beautiful dress! I love it! I think hemming it will make it infinitely more wearable but I would be tempted to keep it until my wedding day! :D

    Maria xxx

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  25. this dress is absolutely beautiful! I would kill for it! lol. Gorgeous pictures as well!

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  26. YOU'RE JUST LIKE AN IMPRESSIONIST PAINTING IN THIS WONDERFUL-WONDERFUL DRESS.

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  27. gorgeous dress! I'll forgive you for hemming it. ;)

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  28. this would be my DREAM spring dress ! the short white ones are boring me out.. yours is just truly unique !

    www.glistersandblisters.com

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  29. wow, your dress is amazing! i can't believe your going to cut it, and I can't believe I'm going to say this, but it will probably look even better then

    xx

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  30. I think it will be wonderful.

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  31. these photos are gorgeous, they remind me of wuthering heights for some reason

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  32. so beautiful. i love it and i cant wait to see how it looks when you shorten it!

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  33. that is just gorgeous!!! the details are exquisite. and you know what? i can picture it on you as a shorter dress and i know you'll look so stunning!! but yeah, i have to say that this can be such a dreamy wedding dress too! :D


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  34. its soooo great! can't wait to see the finished product :) it would also look neat dyed ever so lightly with tea

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  35. What a stunning dress, and stunning pictures. Absolutely magical.

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  36. wow, what an incredible anne of green gables-esq find! I do love the length, and it does make me sad that you intend to hem it, but I think it's the right choice. Hard to wear a dress that long and it deserves a lot of attention. Great post!

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  37. Very romantic :-)

    Looking forward to seeing the dress again post-treason ;-)

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  38. sweetest girl with that dress.
    AWESOME !!

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  39. What a wonderful dress ! your pics are amazing too!

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  40. Beautiful dress! You look absolutely amazing!

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  41. Lovely, lovely photos! The dress and location reminds me of a photoshoot I did last year.

    What an incredible find. It's beautiful long, but I'm sure it will be darling short, too :)

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  42. you look like a fairytale.

    L

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  43. omg it's amazing. dont cut it!!!!! ahhh!!!!

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  44. Dreamy dress! I love the length on you!

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  45. it looks like something out of a movie !

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  46. Amazing dress! I'm sure it looks even better when it's short, at least it's more wearable then :) x

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  47. ...would that title be a reference to the amazing sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen (the original one)? because that would be awesome.

    beautiful dress, by the way, and great photos as always.

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  48. You look absolutely beautiful in this dress. What an amazing find! Can't wait to see the new shorter version, I'm sure it will look great!

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  49. This is a stunning and flattering dress! It pains me to know that you're going to cut it. Though I would probably have done the same.

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  50. Oh, but it's going to be such a great knee-length dress!

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  51. Wow, this dress is just amazing! Have you read "Effi Briest"? It reminds me so much of this book. :)

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  52. Eep! Okay okay, you can do it, just remember to keep the length proportionate to the collar. I can't wait to see you style it and wear it the forest or the meadow or one of your lovely settings! x

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  53. That dress is so gorgeous... it's very ethereal!


    Carissa
    http://copiouscouture.blogspot.com

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  54. that dress is lovely

    i believe it will make a very adorable knee length dress but it is a shame. the full length dress is amazing

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  55. What an amazing find. I just love it.

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  56. wow that was thrifted? it looks really nice like....really really nice. i like it

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  57. Ohhhhh it is perfect. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  58. I have one that looks exactly like this except it's cream with no lace. I found it 6 years ago at an awesome yard sale in Nashville. I've never worn it, but you are inspiring me to!

    sarahhartsu.blogspot.com

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  59. Beautiful dress, but I don't blame you for wanting to cut it - much more wearable that way.

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  60. these pictures are so gorgeous!

    also, in regards to your last post, i can't believe your dad picked out that fascinator for you! he must know his daughter very well!

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  61. You should just remove the bottom tier of the dress and leave it almost-full-length. It's such an incredibly gorgeous dress and I think at knee-length it wouldn't be quite so lovely.

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  62. that dress, oh my god, that dress.
    I want to tell you to not cut it, but the truth is, it will be so much more wearable then.
    it's just too beautiful now, agh. AMAZING find.

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  63. ahhhh noooo do not cut up the dress! it looks absolutely stunning the way it is. you will regret altering it! most of your dresses are above the knee, and this really stands apart in the best of ways. please save it how it is, espeically if you are considering wearing it for your wedding! =)

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  64. @Anonymous (and everyone else), sorry but I am making it knee length! That length suits me and even if I tried to keep this long, I'd have to hem about 4 inches off (to wear with heels); being 5'1" means this dress is impossible as it is...

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  65. such a beautiful dress. while i appreciate the length, i think it's gonna look absolutely lovely at the proper length for your frame, and it will certainly be more wearable. can't wait to see the finished piece!

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  66. stunning dress. i love the updo here. and really enjoyed the photos of bookshelves.

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  67. NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Don't chop it. Please :(

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  68. This dress is so beautiful!!

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  69. AHHH you can't chop it! As lovely as it would look short, Its just so beautiful long. I could never do it. Maybe you could get a dress maker to try and find a way to deattach the bottom so that it is connectable again in the future. Then you can wear it as a wedding dress :)

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  70. this is absolutely gorgeous! Oh wow!!!

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  71. You look like you just stepped out of the Victorian era. So, so lovely.

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  72. So very pretty, however I look forward to see the changes you make to it !

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  73. wow! amazing dress and beautiful pictures

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  74. wowwwww, it is absolutely gorgeous!

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  75. It's absolutely breathtaking! How lucky of you to find it. I agree: it's gorgeous this way but hemming it would be the right way to go, I think. (:

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  76. Like Virgin lool

    I love your dress !!

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  77. my goodness, you look fantastic! like a summer goddess (if something like that exists).. :)

    http://thenovembergirl.blogspot.com

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  78. im really loving the flowy dress with the silver rings. perfect. x

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  79. Just beautiful, and love your bird ring!

    http://sarah-leighsstylefiles.blogspot.com/

    S-L x

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  80. I say chop away! Unless you plan on growing a few inches and suddenly decide to get married, how much wear will you get out of it otherwise? Can't wait to see the finished product. I'm sure it will be just as lovely as in its original form!

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  81. this dress is so feminine and lovely! a white dress is definitely a summer staple, and i am beyond jealous of your find!

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  82. Gorgeous gown!! I am sorry to spam, but I'm having a giveaway in my blog where you can win two tickets to SATC hotspot tour, please come and try your luck!

    juliet xxx

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  83. this will look so amazing when you cut it off at the knee. what a wonderful find!

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  84. yes! exercise that totalitarian will! this dress is incredible and it makes me have a huge girl crush on you. beautiful!

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  85. That is the most beautiful vintage dress I have ever seen! I would have kept it long! So Victorian! ;D

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  86. The dress is gorgeous and it does remind me quite a bit of a wedding dress :) but I like the idea of chopping it a bit! Can't wait to see the results!

    xoxo
    J

    www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

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  87. You look absolutely breathtaking. :)

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  88. that dress is stunning and you look stunning in it. i love it

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