Partly due to my busty and bottom heavy shape, and partly because I like to pretend I’m in an episode of ‘Mad Men’; I wear a lot of vintage-style clothing.
I try and pick things up wherever I can; this usually means vintage stores, eBay, charity shops, and of course, well known companies that make or sell vintage clothes (two of my recommendations being Vivien of Holloway and Pin Up Girl Clothing – well worth having a browse).
I thought I’d take a little break from bra reviews, and show you a select few of my favourite vintage dresses. So, delving into Sophia’s wardrobe…
The first thing I’m going to show you is a lovely little peach tea dress that I picked up on eBay, for a grand total of £3. It’s label-less and brand-less, but to me that doesn’t really matter. It’s quite a loose size 14, so it was a bit big on me to begin with, however, a quick waist-cinching belt later, the size doesn’t matter so much.
Peach Polka Dot Tea Dress - eBay
Believe it or not, this (I think) is the only peach-coloured item of clothing that I have ever owned. It’s not a colour I would usually go for, but I actually really liked it. I’m a sucker for polka dots, so I loved it immediately….it also has lots of boob and bottom room 🙂
White belt – also from eBay.
Navy Dress - Jaeger
This next dress, is actually from Jaeger (somewhere I couldn’t exactly afford to shop regularly). I bought it for a special occasion, and remember being astounded by how silky it was, and what great material it was made from. I can only describe it as being something you know is expensive as soon as you put it on. This picture doesn’t do it justice at all – because of the dark colour, I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus, but believe me, it’s a fabulous dress.
It’s one of my smarter dresses, but it’s also very sexy too because as it does up at the front, it gives a sort of split-type thing when you sit down. It skims the curves and is such a flattering style (although, not necessarily in these pictures). It’s a very loose size 12, so feels a lot more like a 14.
Poppy Dress - Dorothy Perkins
Here is a dress I bought a couple of months ago from Dorothy Perkins. I really like this one particularly because it’s very light and great for summer. I really love my dresses to have sleeves, so this was a great find for me. Sometimes I have bad luck with Dorothy Perkins, as occasionally their dresses just don’t have enough boob room – but this, is a lovely stretchy poppy dress in size 14, and it has lots of space.
I know strictly speaking this isn’t a vintage dress, but the fact it has sleeves and I’ve teamed it with a red vintage belt from eBay, made me want to include it.
Pony Print Dress - Whistles
This is my adorable ponies dress! (In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s covered in ponies :P)
It’s from Whistles, and is a size 14. It’s nicely tailored at the waist, and pulls in tightly – but also has a zip at the side so it’s not a pain to put on. It’s actually made of silk, so it’s really soft and feels lovely. While perhaps this is a more modern dress, to me there’s still a vintage-feel about it. In the first two pictures I’ve paired it with a brown belt I had, but it works just as well without because of the tailored waist.
Purple Dress - Rokit
The next one is from one of my favourite vintage stores – Rokit (click to check out their website). There are four Rokit stores, all located in London, and they sell vintage clothes from the 20’s all the way through to the 80’s. Both I and my other half have picked up numerous items from Rokit, including cowboy boots, Levi jeans, belts, jackets, dresses, you name it. I bought this dress – which actually appears to be originally from America – for a great bargain of £20. Again I’m afraid the photos aren’t that clear.
The thing I love about this dress, is that it looks a little like an 80’s power suit. I’ve teamed it with a blue belt with gold detail, again for a few £’s from ebay.
Last but not least, I’m going to dedicate the next section to Vivien of Holloway; a really great company specialising in recreating vintage clothing from the 40’s and 50’s. They have one London store, located on Holloway road – easy to remember!
I cannot praise this place enough. When I went in to the store, I felt like my time machine had suddenly worked! All the staff were dressed up, there was some rockin’ 50’s music playing, and all around me were stunning, beautiful, brightly coloured vintage-style dresses. The staff were very helpful, and brought me all sorts of extra bits and bobs to go with the dresses I had picked out. One particular thing they brought me…which I then had to purchase, was the most incredible petticoat I have ever seen 😀
Pink Petticoat - Vivien of Holloway
If you want your 50’s circle dress to be big and noticeable, this petticoat will definitely give you that!
'Rose Garden Blue' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway
This dress pattern is called ‘Rose Garden Blue’ and was the first one I picked out. I was desperate to get my hands on a ‘Rosa White’ 50’s circle dress, but alas, both online and in store they had none in my size.
However, the Rose Garden Blue 50’s circle dress was more than good enough. The sizing is what they call ‘vintage sizing’ meaning you usually have to go up by one size to get the right fit. After being in store only 5 minutes, I had already had been measured round the waist for them to bring me the right sizes. Size 14 was pretty much spot on. What I adore about these dresses, is that they are lightly boned down the bust/waist area – this means that the shape just looks so perfect, and won’t budge while you’re wearing it.
'Rose Garden Blue' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway
I was wearing the dress outside before a party a few weeks back, and my other half took a sneaky picture while I was spinning around in it – I thought I’d share it with you, so you can see the fabulous petticoat in action!
'Black Pink Polka' 50's Circle Dress - Vivien of Holloway
My second circle dress purchase was the ‘Black Pink Polka’. Having already purchased a light-coloured material, I was looking for a more ‘evening’ colour, just for some variety. I didn’t think much of this one on the rack, but after the shop assistant brought it to me as a suggestion, I loved it on. I actually got this in a size 16 instead of 14, because the material for this one had a little less stretch – made in just the same way as the other one, it is again, boned down the middle and perfectly structured.
'Pink Rose Floral' Tea Dress - Vivien of Holloway
The third Vivien of Holloway purchase was a tea dress. It was during a sale, and I hurriedly bought it without checking the size. It is one size too big for me, but I loved it anyway. It kind of gives me a little bit of a ‘nurse’ vibe, but a lot of tea dresses have that feel about them. This one is in ‘Pink Rose Floral’ and it was a size medium. Again, another nice day/summer dress with sleeves – something I am constantly searching for. For these types of vintage dresses, the prices are pretty good. Of course it’s not as cheap as general high street shops, but you wouldn’t really expect it to be. If you can’t afford a VoH dress, I suggest just going into the store to try them on anyway – totally worth it!
I hope this might give some other girls ideas on where to get some nice vintage clothing. If you have any suggestions for me, I am always keen to try new places, so just comment and let me know.
I haven’t been able to place an order with Pin Up Girl Clothing yet, but when I do, you can be sure I will be writing a post about them too.