I have always been a fan of deep hued velvets. It's a liking fashioned by the era I grew up in. What can I say? We are all products of our times and environments. Forest green, chocolate brown, navy blue, and wine red velvets were all around, especially at Christmas and New Year's Day. Usually with cream lace, or rhinestones, or even satin. It came to mean holidays, parties, dressing up and happy times. And I have learned that a love of texture and color transcends era.
However, I grew up hearing how dowdy the styles of the 1930s were, spoken by women who had lived through the decade. That certainly has not been my experience as we hunt for vintage clothing. I find wonderful, attractive things form the 30s and this dress is a case for Not Dowdy. It's got design appeal, contrast, neat details and the skirt hugs the figure with diagonal seaming. The collar isn't what we would see now on a modern mall store dress, but that's what makes vintage fun. It's unique.
1930s Art Deco Vintage Chocolate Brown Velvet Dress SZ S