Sometimes you get lucky - this one was black with no silly decorations and a $10 price tag. The top is an embroidered tone on tone brocade that doesn't suck and thankfully the skirt is unadorned. The short sleeves could be a problem - but there are remedies. And - there are no shoulder pads to remove!
I am thinking this could work for a quick Victorian day or evening look. The dress fits nicely, although it tends to hang off the shoulders a bit, but this could be an advantage.
I collect vintage-looking shawls so I pulled out a few that might work. Paisley, roses, beading, and tassels are Victorian motifs. I wanted to soften the neck and sleeve lines.
|Silver-gray chiffon with embroidery, beadwork, tassels|
|Openwork beads and tassels|
|Black and silver paisley|
|Black lace with embroidered roses and tassels|
|Chiffon with silver paisley and silver tassels|
|I like the back view|