Thursday, November 17, 2011

Not All Vintage Dresses Are Size Zero (or two for that matter)

Early 60's Emma Domb Winter White Party/Wedding dress.
Waist: 32"~Bust: 40"~Hips: Open

1950's Coral Splendor Taffeta Party Dress.

Classic early 50's crepe cocktail dress-
Bust:44"~Waist:34"~Hips: open

Black 1940s Femme Fatate Beaded Taffeta Cocktail Dress...

1940's Plum Crepe Evening Gown...

1930's Silk Charmeuse Evening Gown....

Fantastic Black &White Abstract Print Rayon Set--

Note the pearl and rhinestone details..

Shown with belted jacket. This set is in immaculate condition..

Exquisite 30's panne velvet tilted topper...

Christian Dior Velvet hat....125.

Late 50's cerulean blue satin party dress....
Waist 36"~Bust: 42"~Hips: 52"

Wowza! 1970's jersey halter gown in brilliant blue. Modern size 12.

1930's chartreuse silk tilt hat with netting and rose. 125. Excellent condition.

The number one thing that people say when walking into Xtabay is: "WHAT?! Was everyone just smaller back then???", or "I love vintage, but everything is SO tiny--I don't fit in any of it!"

Hearing this starts to get on my nerves, for one--it's been said (as Carl Sagan would say) Billions and Billions of times since I opened 10+ years ago and secondly (and more importantly) it isn't entirely true.

It is true that Americans are getting bigger--whether it be the result of better nutrition or growth hormone injected nutrition-I'm not really sure.  All I know is growing up I drank gallons of bovine growth hormone milk and I have size 10 ( and growing) feet and a head the size of a watermelon.

 I readily admit that most of the fluffy 50's prom dresses we post have itty-bitty waistlines and yes, I admit I like posting pictures of them because they look so fabulous on the itty-bitty dress forms. So upon honest investigation I must confess, I myself have perpetuated this myth.

That is why I have chosen to show off some of our prettiest size 12 and above dresses. Mind you, back in the 50's and 60's a Size 12 was the equivalent of a modern size 4-6. Hence, when people say that Marilyn wore a size 12, it's not the same as a modern size 12.

So here are some stunning examples of some of the more curvaceous dresses we currently have in stock.
I did pin them to fit the mannequin properly and to show the true shape of them when worn.
There are also a few little hats in there--which are pretty much one-size-fits-all, unless like me you have a watermelon sized head.

Thanks for looking, for prices and further details email me at
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P.S. Xtabay Vintage Bridal Salon will be opening VERY SOON> stay tuned for more details!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post! Let me know if you ever open a branch store in Colorado :)