calivintage: easy

i remember several summers ago before i started my blog, i would spend almost every day wearing one of many little mexican wedding dresses i’d collected over the years. i was drawn to them after seeing a haunting image of my mom as a teenager standing in her backyard wearing a softly glowing full length dress covered in embroidered flowers. she’d picked it up on a trip to visit family in mexico, a story she would tell from time to time involving bus rides with squawking chickens, and a month without the modern convenience of regular showers and safety razors, in which her armpits grew fuzzy.

so perhaps it’s no surprise that i find myself so drawn to this cute embroidered dress, a lovely gift from lauren moffatt that was waiting for me at my hotel when i arrived in new york for fashion week this february. it evokes just a hint of those ever-popular 1970s frocks, but with a much more modern update. i love the peter pan collar and low back, and i love that i can simply throw it on with a pair of sandals and call it a day.

dress: lauren moffatt crosstown traffic dress
shoes: kork ease bette wedges
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag
lipstick: ysl rouge pur in le orange

calivintage: easy
calivintage: easy
calivintage: easy
calivintage: easy
calivintage: easy
calivintage: easy

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41 Responses to easy

  1. Tinacious.Me April 9, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    this is such a pretty dress! love your hair style! too cute :)
    xo, Tina

  2. Meghan, Out of Order April 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    you look wonderful, and I’m always drawn to those embroidered Mexican dresses in thrift shops; I should pick one up even if it’s only for decoration <3


  3. Brigita April 9, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    Such a beautiful dress! Silhouette and colors are really nice.

    xx Brigita

  4. Prettygreentea April 9, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Now this is one very pretty dress.

  5. Eunice April 9, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Very beautiful outfit and you look beautiful in it :)
    Love the dress – the print, the collar, the back! everything.

  6. Lauren@Styleseer April 9, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Adorable dress!

  7. Lady à la Mode April 9, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    ADORABLE! Absolutely love it!


  8. Sweet Harvest Moon April 9, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Adorable dress!

  9. Valerie (all mussed up) April 9, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    What a lovely compliment to your mother. I have a haunting image of my mum, too, from the 70’s. What a beauty she was, and how desperate I am to be just like her. :)

  10. libby April 9, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    that dress is adorable! love the wedges too!!

  11. Samira April 9, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    I myself love it too!! it reminds me of dresses i would wear when i lived in mexico!! you look gorgeous!

  12. Phara April 9, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Love the dress, you look stunning in it!

  13. Becky Bedbug April 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    That dress is so beautiful! You’re a lucky girl!


  14. Melissa April 9, 2012 at 10:36 am #


  15. shannon April 9, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Your dress is so darling! Perfect for warm weather.

  16. Berty Morales April 9, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    What a beautiful dress…I am in love and it looks gorgeous on you.

  17. daria April 9, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    the dress is super nice, especially that back, and you look very very pretty. this hair really suits you.

  18. Quincy April 9, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    LOVE that dress!

  19. Toshiko April 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    ahhh such a cute dress and your hair is looking amazing here!

  20. Sierra April 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    What a cute story. It’s funny how we are drawn to certain fashions because they remind us of something special. That’s probably why I love wearing cut-offs so much—they remind me of pre-teen summers riding bikes and building forts with my siblings and cousins. Anyway, you look lovely as always and that dress really is amazing!

  21. aimee lynn April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    love your style. the dress looks so pretty on you! you’re right its all in the little details, such as the peter pan collar and low back. what a wonderful gift!

  22. Julia Topaz April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    you are one attractive lady.

  23. Maite April 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    How much I love that blog!!
    Love the hair long like that, shorter too

  24. marie April 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    It’s truly gorgeous! the collar is so sweetly face framing.

  25. monkeyshines April 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    cute dress, brilliant back design!


  26. Ana April 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    That is such a lovely dress. I love the deep scoop back on it! You just look lovely.


  27. Jennifer April 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I just love that dress on you. And the low back just makes it even sweeter!

  28. Alison April 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    Such an adorable dress and I love the story of your mom :)

  29. Jo - Lost in the Haze April 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    What an incredible dress – the scoop back is so unexpected! And the photograph of your mother sounds exceptional; I hope you share it sometime – along with your Mexican wedding dress collection (sounds amazing!)


  30. Inez April 10, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I understand bus rides with squawking chickens. :) Lovely little dress. Love the low back too.

  31. lens & anything else April 10, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    great dress…love your haircut!

  32. nataliya April 10, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    love that dress!!! and your hair at this length is perfect!


  33. Monique April 10, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    This dress is gorgeous and I love that it conjures of memories of your mother and her travels.

  34. steffy April 10, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    prettiest easy breezy dress. and your hair looks amazing!


  35. Style Tutor April 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    That dress is AMAZING!

  36. Mici Mathonka April 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I love the back shape of collar, I plan to sew dress like this..

    • erin (calivintage) April 11, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      ooh, how awesome! you’ll have to show it to me once it’s finished!

  37. Marzipan April 11, 2012 at 7:00 am #


  38. Kasia April 12, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    I love that type of collars, beautiful dress :)

  39. Jennifer April 12, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    I adore the lower collar in the back!

    xo Jennifer


  40. Jamie Rose April 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    This dress is so cool! I’m in love with the collar and low back. It looks like it’ll be nice and breezy during the hot weather too.

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