Palm Springs Swirl

Even though Patrick was busy all week with his conference while we were in Palm Springs, I was able to snag him to lunch one day, and he snapped a few outfit photos for me before I went off to the Palm Springs Air Museum (which I’ll cover in my next post) and he went back to his conference.

I scored this Swirl dress at the last Dapper Day Expo, and it just screamed Palm Springs to me, so I knew it had to come in my suitcase for our visit. I also loved that it still had its iconic swirl patterned button, as sometimes those go missing.

Swirl dresses were known for their ease of wearing, as they simply wrapped the wearer’s body, and you just had one button to do and tied the rest! You can even spy Ethel in I Love Lucy wearing them. This one features a swell deep pocket, perfect for any size phone these days! Take a peek at the label here.

Stay tuned for my visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum!

Swirl Dress: Dapper Day Expo
Shoes: Re-Mix
Bangles: Here and there…
Purse: Lux de Ville

Swell Swirl

I’ve never been much of a brand/label/designer person when it comes to clothing. I like what I like, and I don’t care who designed it. But, there are a few exceptions…one of which was owning a Don Loper, which I crossed off my list in January.  One other exception to the rule is a Swirl, which just the other day fell into my lap at Simply Vintage.

Not only did it fit, er, okay, maybe more like well enough…it’s a tad big and short waisted, but it was my favorite color and featured pockets, so I had to take it home!

Swirls were basically the quintessential 50s housewife dress.  In fact I believe Ethel  in I Love Lucy was quite fond of them.  While the brand was never mentioned specifically, the classic single back top button and wrap ties and often pockets are a trademark of a Swirl and she is seen in many dresses of that style.  Made of sturdy cotton, and simple to put on, the Swirl is a fun dress for a day out shopping or a day at home.

A favorite detail of this outfit is this darling maracas brooch! It was a gift from fellow blogger Suzanne of Sweetie Suz.  I couldn’t be more in love with it! Not only does it has swell colors, but the maracas actually make noise too!!

Dress: Simply Vintage, Portland, Oregon
Purse: Thrifted
Earrings: Oh, gosh…who knows?
Cuba Maracas Brooch: Gift from Sweetie Suz
Bangles: Various
Shoes: Siesta by Miss L Fire, Imelda’s, Portland, Oregon