Tiered ruffled floral dress: Laura Ashley;
Shoes: Tayla platforms, Target.
Photos by me.
I found this dress at Goodwill over the weekend, and I almost didn't get it. With the exception of my shoulder pad dress and my sequined top, the 1980s aren't my favorite decade for fashion inspiration, and this dress had multiple signs of it: Tiers of ruffles. Floral, strapless. Laura Ashley. But when I tried it on, I realized how well made the dress was with its boning construction, 100 percent cotton and sweetheart neckline. And with the photos taken in the setting of the farm park, the dress seems to jump from 1980s dance party to 1950s Southern garden picnic. It seems much more at home in the latter, and I'm glad I was able to see it in the context of my own preferences. This might be one of my best thrift finds and I can't wait to remix it. It just goes to show that even the strangest items on the hanger can look more beautiful when tried on -- so always be adventurous and take it to a dressing room.
The photos on the porch are taken at the farm park's office -- I thought the swings and rocking chairs seemed perfect for the genteel look of the dress.
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