Here is the but, I'll have to make some more adjustments to the suit if I plan to keep it. The skirt will need to be taken in and I'd love the jacket to be taken in ever so slightly, so I have some thinking to do about if I should keep it. It really is an art to find the perfect fits in vintage.
I was very fortunate to be able to find this lovely lady (through Gertie) to replace a missing button for the suit. I had battled with the idea of making my own button but was so glad this lady could do it for me. You can see that this is not just a simple button but also has a ring around it as well. It's just about impossible to guess which button is not original, isn't it? So amazed. I also had this wonderful lady make a button for this Lilli Ann coat, that was missing a button. If you'd like her contact information, just shoot me an email. You can imagine my hesitation at cutting into the hem of this skirt, but I'm very glad I did as the top button was needed. I did neglect to take a picture of what the suit does look like with the top button unbuttoned, which is also a fashion possibility.
There are so many things to love about this suit but in all honesty, I feel a bit grandmother when looking at certain front views of this suit, it does need a bit more tailoring to make it perfect.
However, the side angles are just magnificent.
I also wanted to play around with floral accents with this suit. You see so many splendid vintage suit ads where the women were wearing floral accents. I quite like this. There is a certain art about this.
Hat: Christian Dior 50s
Scarf: Hattie Carnegie 50s had the tag still attached and it was quite cheap. It's amazing the great deals you can get on vintage silk scarfs.
Jewelry: Eisenberg 50s
Red Flower: Etsy SophisticatedFlowers
Earrings : Vintage milk glass screw back earrings
Cuff Links: None really, just some rhinestone button accents I added
Umbrella: Vintage 50s bay
Gloves: NOS 50s. Isn't it nice when you get gloves that have not been worn before? I have gotten some pairs before that I couldn't wear because they were so worn out so I try to look for ones with tags still attached. Although, I do make exceptions for Lilly Dache and Dior gloves when they come up for auctions at good prices. Also, I am a fan of angular or gauntlet types of gloves.
The hat is really a lovely hat and I don't think I paid too much for it or I'd remember. But, it can be a pain to get on but the plus is it doesn't fall off easy. If I put it on too far down, it leaves marks on my forehead:)
Of course, I thought it would be fun to find a very similar Lilli Ann suit advertisment. I haven't seen an exact match for this suit. This ad is from 1955 and I'm guessing the same year/collection as my suit. My suit also at one time had rhinestone accents which are no longer there so I added an Eisenberg pin to the hip line where a rhinestone accent used to be.
In my next post, I will share a very rare image of a lady in a similar silk Lilli Ann suit that I found randomly on ebay while just looking at general 1950s images. She is not a model and is just a well dressed lady. Think about how many Lilli Ann suits there are out there and how often you see an actual period photograph of a lady in a Lilli Ann? Quite rare indeed.
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