For as long as I can remember, I’ve gravitated towards what could be considered vintage or retro fashion when selecting pieces for my wardrobe- be it a brightly colored 1950s-style swing dress or a daring jumpsuit with a plunging neckline straight out of the 1970s. My taste spans across numerous decades and is inspired by multiple fierce women who have come before me- although my grandmother and mother are usually the pioneers I look to the most- and are the two ladies who encouraged and assisted me throughout many of my style risks and revolutions over the years.
Another icon I turn to in terms of clothing and makeup is Bettie Page- a true icon with a history and a legacy that extends far beyond her most famous photos. Years ago, I used to do the bulk of my shopping at Bettie Page Clothing- a boutique on Newbury Street in Boston who drew their inspiration from Page herself but also from the decade in which she thrived. Their clothing was well-made, flattering to all shapes and sizes, and was indisputably unique.
The store has long since closed, and has become Tatyana Boutique– now based out of my second favorite city, Las Vegas- but their designs are available for in-store/online purchase and are just as wonderful as when I used to frequent their dressing rooms in the Back Bay all the time.
One of my favorite pieces I own from the company is this light blue and white, fitted and belted dress (with pockets!) that has been ideal for the Summertime. Whether I’m hanging out on the boardwalk, going to a backyard BBQ, or running errands so that I can stay indoors where it’s air conditioned- I’m always comfortable and get so many compliments on this one.
And although I love a good high heel as much as the next girl- I recently wore this dress with some simple, silver sandals for maximum comfort. We are still in the middle of a pandemic, after all.
I have a plenty more ensembles from Tatyana Boutique I’ve collected throughout the years- and will show them off soon, I’m sure- but I am still so absolutely smitten with this dress after all this time and I’m surprised I haven’t written about it sooner!