I find that there are certain dresses you just can’t seem to get out of your head. This chocolatey number was just scrumptious – so much so that I would ‘visit’ her regularly (via the Trove Vintage Etsy shop), but never took the plunge to purchase her. She was one of those dresses that I couldn’t shake though – with amazing shoulder detail and the twirlable skirt of stratified cocoa hues, like the delicious layers of a hot fudge sundae, melting into perfection.

As it happened, I found myself in Seattle for work last month and made my way over to Trove. I don’t often get to visit the brick and mortar versions of my favorite Etsy shops, so I was thrilled for the chance to see one in the vintage flesh. My friend and I spend ages poring over the racks, and I tried on multiple dresses – all beautiful in their own right. But, I saved this beauty till last. And just as thought, when I slipped her over my head and zipped her up to find she fit my curves perfectly – it was as if the dress knew all along what it took me months to finally accept: that no one can resist a hot fudge sundae. Or this dress.

Hot Fudge Sundae - The Dressed Aesthetic

Hot Fudge Sundae - The Dressed Aesthetic
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May your rockiest road be ice cream.

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As I’ve mentioned before in this post, brown dresses are always amongst the unsung heroes of vintage. But, they’re an amazing canvas. They don’t pull focus, don’t distract, and work with almost any color. Naturally, I couldn’t resist going all out with the sundae theme (cause more is always more in my opinion), but I can just as easily see this dress with pop color shoes in hues of blue or cherry red. The styling possibilities are endless.

While I wish I were camped out in my favorite 50’s inspired diner, tucking into an ice cream float, instead I’m spending most of the day in the lab working through a new technique, which will no doubt go horribly awry before it works out. That’s just the way science goes. But like the perfect hot fudge sundae, I’m sure it took a few tries before Mr. C. C. Brown, credited with it’s invention, got it perfect. It’s not like the ideal chocolate-to-ice cream ratio found itself – it takes work to get the balance right. So wish me luck, dear readers – once more unto the breach!

I definitely need ice cream for dessert tonight…

 

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Trove Vintage (similar modern or vintage herehere & here)
Necklace: Sophistihat (similar vintage or modern)
Hair clip (used as a belt clip): Handmade by Ask Sarah
Belt: Anthropologie (similar here)
Handbag: Glenda Gies (similar here & here)
Heels: Shoe Bakery

Nail color: Essie Bikini So Teeny

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