Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wearing Retro Fashions: Betty Page Clothing Line
When true vintage just won't due, sometimes it's necessary to shop the retro racks for a perfect dress. I recently went shopping with a curvy fit model to the Betty Page Clothing boutique on the old Walk of Fame in a vintage Hollywood district. Their shop is truly a 'blast from the past', located in a very 50's style building. Big and open, it felt like we'd stepped back in time, the entire space filled with colorful dresses and separates in tons of retro styles. We had alot of fun shopping the racks, then it was time to try them on!
We both agreed that we liked the summer dresses shown here the best. The dresses are sewn in fabrics that are stretchy cottons. The weight isn't too stiff or plastic. We found the fit great--due in part to that stretch. The black and white striped "Lucky Dog" sun dress is stunning. It comes with a red belt, which is cute. One of the first things I noticed as the 'dresser' are hefty metal back zips. Wow, these zippers are great!
The red or khaki cotton "Carla" shirt dress is another keeper. The bodice fit is good and it has a flattering full skirt. We liked the looser short sleeves which are perfect for summer. There are several nice details in the dress: tucking on the shoulders, side pockets and buttoned front.
For authentic vintage details, both the turquoise "Petra" and printed "Cheers" frocks capture a true 50's feel and look. The print on "Cheers" is adorable and it's a nice casual summer frock. "Petra" is a bit more dressy, with gathering at the neckline and an open back. This dress would be great worn casual with flat sandals at a morning farmer's market, or dressed up with heels and belt at dinner.
As a fit model, my curvy fit girl is tall, and we noticed that the body cut for this line is a bit short (so she'll wear her belts a bit lower to compensate for that). The company size chart on the website (HERE) seems to reflect what we found with their sizes. If you are considering ordering online, I think you will be happy with any of these dresses for spring and summer.
Betty Page Clothing, online shop
Dresses from the Betty Page line: New Arrivals
Yellow Sundress: Cheers, $102
Turquoise Sundress: Petra, $108
Red and Khaki Shirtdress: Carla, $112
from the Elvgren line:
Black and White Sundress: Lucky Dog, $116
Betty Page Clothing Boutique
The Walk Of Fame
6650 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028