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Bell sleeves 70s maxi dress cotton aqua | XS-S

$48.00

Bell sleeves 70s maxi dress cotton aqua | XS-S

$48.00
Item #:
DR1191
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Product Description

Size: XS to S
Bust: measures 35” flat, to fit 32 to 34”
Waist: measures 29” flat, to best fit approx. 26 to 27” (slightly loosely)
Hip: measures 42” flat, to fit up to 38” loosely
Length: 56” from shoulder to hem in front
Sleeve length: 26”
Shoulder to shoulder: 13.5”
Label: Design Thai Bangkok, Hand Tailored in Thailand

This bell-sleeve 70s maxi dress in vibrant aqua and white cotton was made in Thailand. It is similar to a caftan, but with a more fitted, flattering shape. The abstract print imitates a traditional batik pattern on a large scale—although it also reminds me a bit of barbed wire! The cotton fabric is extremely lightweight and should be comfortable on even the warmest days. The scoop-neck bodice skims over the body from bust to waist; below, the full-length skirt section flares outward in an A-line shape. The long sleeves widen from the shoulder to the hem. Originally, the elastic at the wrists created a balloon sleeve effect, but it has loosened over time, to the point that they appear more like bell sleeves. This elastic could easily be replaced, if you prefer the sleeves to be fitted at the wrists. Similar to batik fabric, the cotton print has run in a few places from past laundering. I recommend dry-clean only for this dress unless you would prefer a more tie-dyed effect. (We had it dry-cleaned, recently, but just for your future reference.) Except for the sleeves, the dress is fully lined in white muslin, for modesty, since the cotton is lightweight enough to be semi-sheer. Other than the sleeve hem elastic and the very minor dye run, this fabulous 70s maxi dress is in very good condition and has no issues to note. Whether it’s your new beach holiday dress or summer evening gown, this dress will look lovely in a variety of settings!

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