I was casually walking up the road this morning when my neighbour stopped me. He wanted to tell me I looked exactly like the girls from his youth in the sixties. My neighbour is Brazilian, and apparently all the most fashionable, daring girls wore dresses in a similar style to mine (complete with matching sandals). “Do you know the song The Girl From Ipanema?” he asked, “you look like her today!”.

The Real Girl From Ipanema

Tall and tan and young and lovely… as lyrics go, that is quite the compliment! The Girl From Ipanema was originally written about Helo Pinheiro. Helo was around 18 at the time of composition in 1962. Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, the song became a worldwide hit in 1965. Vinicius de Moraes later described their inspiration as such.

“a golden teenage girl, a mixture of flower and mermaid, full of light and grace, the sight of whom is also sad, in that she carries with her, on her route to the sea, the feeling of youth that fades, of the beauty that is not ours alone—it is a gift of life in its beautiful and melancholic constant ebb and flow.” 

I think that’s such a wonderful description, what girl wouldn’t want to be immortalised in a song that way? She looks so beautiful in the few photos available of her in 1962. It’s weird to think this vintage cotton dress would have been considered racy. The dress is quite modest compared to some of the summer garments on offer today! My dress is vintage, so who knows where and when it might have been worn in a previous life. It’s sadly not been sashaying down to the sea with me yet – though hopefully in a few weeks that will be rectified!




Dress – vintage, sandals – TK Maxx, bag – charity shop, belt – from childhood

Pictures of Helo in 1962, copyright and picture credit to Renta Rendas.

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  • Reply Vanessa

    Such a beautiful outfit…I really like your blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

    April 25, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Bree

    Gorgeous dress, you look super beautiful!

    April 26, 2013 at 4:58 am
  • Reply Rosie Pentreath

    Laila I LOVE this post! Your photos are so beautiful – such good light and you look lovely! And just as iconic as that bond girl-esque Helo Pinheiro. Keep writing – I love your blog!

    April 28, 2013 at 10:21 am
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