vintage ootd: over the rainbow

There was a brief* time during my childhood in which I refused to respond to anything other than "Dorothy Gale, from Kansas."

Not "Dorothy."  Not even, "Dorothy Gale."  "Dorothy Gale, FROM KANSAS."  Only.

*Seriously, what 3 year old has a several month-long identity crisis?  But, I digress.

During my innocent, not-at-all worrisome role playing, I insisted on wearing a little checkered and floral jumper daily because, in my mind, it was Dorothy Gale (from Kansas)'s signature gingham frock.  Oh, and pink sparkle jellies TOTALLY passed as ruby slippers.

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I still fantasize about that little jumper dress of mine and the simple days where I could just BE Dorothy Gale, from Kansas.

So, of course, the moment I saw this dress in an online vintage shop, I knew it had to be mine.  I feel like Dorothy would totally approve - blue and white gingham, bright colored poppies...it might as well have an Emerald City and a Yellow Brick Road!

I've worn it many times this summer, and I cannot believe that this is the first time I've blogged about it.  The fabric is a soft, very worn cotton that feels like butter, and I adore the sweet lace details.  I firmly believe it is the most beautiful, perfect dress I've ever owned.  And that's saying a lot.  Have you seen my closet?