Ah, the vintage violet print. You may have seen old catalog pictures floating around the blogosphere, as people wistfully talk about the print of yore (or yesteryear). I know not everyone pines for those clothes, but you must admit there was something special about the brightness, the cheeriness, the healthy and smiling models. Anyway, I digress...
J.Crew consistently does two things so well: pencil skirts and colors. This vintage violet color is classic J.Crew. It's a saturated, gorgeous purple that looks rich and makes everyone look lovely. The print is big, but beyond beautiful. Here are catalog pics of the dress and cami:
I initially just searched for the cami, but then one day, I popped onto that greatest of evils/sites, eBay. Checked out my usual J.Crew, and what should appear? The Vintage Violet Shirtdress, in all its silken glory. Not only that, but it was NWT and a reasonable price, especially considering the original retail ($325). Er, yes please. Then I waited impatiently for it to arrive.
Hello gorgeous. Now this is not really an everyday kind of piece. I can't throw it on and hit Target. But let me tell you, for a special occasion, it's perfection. Mostly I just love that it makes me feel fabulous and confident. Because you really need a bit of confidence to wear a very purple, very floral dress like this. I would not call it a wallflower dress. (ha, see what I did there?) It has an empire waist and the fabulous pockets that I love in these print dresses. Bit of a ruffled collar and cuffs, but done in a classic way. Tiny black buttons up the placket. Light as air silk (with lining of course).
So anyway, enough blathering on. Here are some pictures:
I mean...right? Isn't it fab?! Do you remember this print? Do you have any pieces? Do you have a cami you'd like to sell me? (hee hee)
Have a wonderful day!