Let me explain. For whatever reason the dress just doesn't look right, so much so that I could not even take an acceptable photo of myself wearing it for the purpose of this post. Worn on its own the dress gives a vague Blanche-of-the-Golden-Girls-meets-Maggie-Thatcher vibe. I have tried accessorizing it with soft and feminine items, and it ended up looking more like Dorothy of the Golden Girls, which I am not sure is a good thing. I made an attempt to style it "off" with something a little rougher, but the whole thing was a disaster. The dress is rather loose on the body (the cut is like that), but somehow it looks shapeless on me. I tried to wear it with a belt (tried several), but it looked even worse.
The golden rule of wearing vintage is to wear it with something modern, but what could that modern thing be? Could the colour be the issue? Is it just so 80s that there is nothing I can do? Do I have to come to terms with a previously unknown fact that there could be vintage out there that can't be brought into modern life? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Anyway, after struggling with the dress for an entire frustration-filled hour today, I ended up wearing this instead: