Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Razzling That Dazzle!

What goes around comes around, and never more so than in fashion. The strapless dress has been back for a while now, all the more reason to concentrate on our upper-body workouts. But the current strapless styles have nothing on the ones from the Fifties, when designers took the look as far as it could go. Isn't that when we first heard the joke, "That's a lovely dress you almost have on?"

On a little "windowshopping" expedition among vintage store websites this morning I found this ultimate silk strapless party dress, at Cindy Ferris's Razzle Dazzle in Tucson. Va-voom! With the right coloring (and that toned upper body) a girl would look like a movie star and feel smug knowing she paid only $55 for it.

This aptly-named store specializes in dazzle, specifically vintage fine and costume jewelry. My favorite was the 1940s necklace, earring and bracelet set from Mexico in handmade beads of copper and silver. Magnifico!

Guys can spiff up too at Razzle Dazzle, where there's a wide selection of vintage duds for men, too. Where else could you pick up a huggable full-length cashmere coat for $75 for your honey?

There are also home furnishings, especially Fifties-era, like the beautifully-kept authentic chrome-and-Formica kitchen set shown here, for the Retro kitchen that will take everyone back to their childhood.

Razzle Dazzle has a new location at 3402 Grant Rd., formerly Tom's Antiques, between Country Club and Dodge on the south side of the street. But if you're a long way from Tucson, visit the website, where much of their merchandise is displayed in bright, clear and enlargeable photos, and if something calls to you, take it home in their shopping cart!