Beaded Evening Dress

As Fall weather sets in, even here in Florida, I am less inclined to reach for a sleeveless evening dress. I have always been of the mind that you do not need to show a lot of skin to be fashionable. That’s a welcome reminder on a chilly evening! This 1960s beaded evening dress was a fun find at the Antique Emporium in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. The Antique Emporium was where I got my start in antiques. At five-years-old, I started tagging along with my mom at the Emporium, which was a massive, three-story treasure trove of antiques. Now, almost thirty years later, I get the same giddy feeling as I did when when I was a little kid scouring every corner of the shop. Although this dress is nearly sixty years old, every bit of the hand beading is miraculously in place. It also weighs a ton!


While you may know BHLDN as Anthropologie’s Bridal Collection, you will be thrilled to learn that they also make gorgeous non bridal gowns and dresses. I loved being a “BHLDN Bride” and I must confess, I still enjoy looking at their newest bridal wear. For a similar look to my beaded dress, I love this celestial Mercure Dress with a high neckline, flouncy long sleeves and beading all over.

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Mercure Dress

While I’d be most inclined to wear this dress in the evening, I would say a beaded dress would still work quite nicely during the day for a formal event. Here I’ve paired the dress with a soft pink fascinator for a formal daytime look. Fascinators are growing in popularity here in the United States, and I recommend ones that have a headband attached or hair clip to stay nice and snug on your head. I found this fascinator on Etsy, but I also love supporting my local millinery shops. Southern women love love love their hats, so you will find millinery shops like Amy Jo Original Hats turning out beautiful hats and fascinators like this vibrant hatinator. 

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Multi Color Striped Hatinator

Obviously, the best part of this shoot was playing with these adorable baby chicks at Weidlich Farms in Cantonment, Florida. What I love about Florida is that I can leave the beach and thirty minutes later, find myself driving through miles and miles of cotton and sunflower fields. Luckily, the baby chicks did not seem to mind hanging out in my rose teacup. I have a number of mismatched teacups and saucers throughout my home which I love using as soap dishes, mini vases or as a nighttime home for my rings on my bedside table. Vintage teacups are a cinch to find at your local thrift or charity shop. They also add a beautiful decorative element to a baby or bridal shower. 

Happy tea time!

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Alison Hetherington

For the modern girl who loves everything vintage.

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