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Vintage Lookbook | 1940s Day Dress at the Red Barn Duet

This Vintage Lookbook features an adorable striped 1940s day dress and a 1960s floral handbag, which have just arrived to the shop. I’ve never seen a day dress quite like this. It goes over the head, the solid brown bodice snaps in the back, and the striped dress falls over the back of the bodice and wraps around to the front where it buttons down the front of the skirt. Had it fit me perfectly, I would have kept it for myself (which is something i very rarely do). So after holding onto her for about a year I am saying adieu. I laundered her and made a few minor repairs, and now she’s ready for her next chapter with her new owner.vintage lookbook | 1940s day dress I stumbled upon a bit of history while working on this vintage lookbook. My husband Kris and I were out driving on country roads in Taylorsville, KY when we spotted this pair of red barns. I immediately started looking for a place to park and, lo and behold, I see a small gravel spot about the size of my car right across the street from the barns. So we pull off, jump out, and start to snap as many pictures as we can. A few days later a friend of ours saw one of the pictures from the lookbook and mentioned that he had been searching for a red barn for a shoot he was working on. Barns are everywhere you turn Kentucky, so I thought that was kind of odd. Whenever I imagine a barn in my head, its red in color. But then I started actually looking for them every time I was out driving and he was right….no one paints their barns red anymore!1940s day dress | vintage lookbookSo, I did some digging and I found out that early barns (in the late 1700’s) were painted red out of convenience and frugality. Wanting to protect their barns from weather damage, farmers made their own paint from skimmed milk, lime, and red iron oxide (which was plentiful because it’s found in natural red clay). Farmers noticed that painting their barn helped to keep it warmer during the winter so red paint quickly spread in popularity, and so the “American Red Barn” was born. I also read that red has remained the traditional color for most American barns in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, which excludes Kentucky. So, that concludes my ramblings on why barns are (or perhaps aren’t) red. Thanks for reading!1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbook1940s day dress | vintage lookbookSarah’s Wearing: Vintage 1940s day dress and Vintage 1960s floral clutch purse by Moon Revival Vintage, Vintage 1950’s ring (borrowed from my mom), Pink sky t-strap heels by Swedish Hasbeens

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