I won’t be the first blogger to admit that on occasion we suffer from “writers block” or feel uninspired to adequately express ourselves. These times usually happen when life gets hectic and we feel the pressure to not disappoint our readers. This week I was definitely experiencing that angst and decided to take the weekend to relax to get back to my happy bloggers place. Late Sunday night as I was searching for a particular photo on my laptop, I stumbled on a set of images we had taken this past fall and had completely forgotten about. From the moment I saw the rich autumn colours of that day, I quickly felt inspired and excited all over again. I am certain you will agree that the Bernie Dexter Scallop Pin Up Dress in Black with Luscious Rose deserves to be revered.
Available in sizes XS-1X ~ MSRP $156USD
When it comes to Bernie Dexter sizing, it is known that each particular style runs very different to the suggested size chart. This means we must rely on online reviews and customer feedback in our fabulous pinup forums to ensure we find the right fit. After consulting with a few seasoned BD experts, I decided to order a size Small despite my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) exceeding the size chart since this style was known to run more generously. This was indeed very true, the size Small fit me with room to spare in the waist and the bust was quite flattering, not snug whatsoever. The Scallop Pin Up Dress features the most delicate scalloped sweetheart décolletage with matching hem detail, adjustable thin straps, full swing skirt, with back zipper closure and black vinyl belt. Fabricated from a quality printed cotton which features opulent red and pink roses accented by lush green foliage. At 5’-4” tall, the scalloped hemline falls slightly below the knees.
The Scallop Pin Up Dress was one of those distinct designs that simply resonated with my love of vintage rose prints. They are truly timeless and capture the beauty of an era that is never ending. The scalloped design simply embodies the essence of the delicate nature of a rose. I found that the neckline needed a little extra pressing and proper undergarments to ensure the edges lied flat against the body as it has a tendency to curl outward. A more permanent solution would definitely be to add some spray starch to stiffen the fabric. Although the fabric is lightweight cotton perfect for the hot summer months, the solid black background makes it ideal for all seasons.
The luxury of the Scallop Pin Up Dress is that it can be dressed up or down for any occasion just by changing your accessories and shoes. In addition to being very appropriate to wear to the office, simply by adding a cropped cardigan in any of the accenting colours: pink, red, green or black. To create a quick polished look: tie your hair back in a high bun, throw on your favorite pair of round toe pumps finished off with a pair of red rose cabochon earrings. To show off the delightful scalloped hem, pair it with a contrasting red petticoat and allow it to peek through.
Sometimes it only takes the beauty of a classic rose to rekindle the creative mind of a writer. Although the Scallop Pin Up Dress is no longer available on Bernie Dexter’s main website, there are still some online shops with stock remaining and most definitely keep an eye on Bernie’s Ebay store for end of line clear outs at incredible prices.
As promised, 2016 will bring many new and exciting brands never before showcased here at Pin Up Persuasion. I have been working hard behind the scenes and enjoying every minute of it. Often times these fabulous designers have been around for many years but are simply lesser known in different parts of the world. We are so fortunate that the realm of online shopping has no limits and we can procure vintage inspired fashions from around the globe. Some of you may have noticed that the United Kingdom is home to many vintage reproduction designers and a force to be reckoned with. They are taking North America by storm and I know without a doubt that Miss Fortune will be no exception! Did you know Miss Fortune has been around for over a decade designing versatile pinup and rockabilly fashions? As a longtime fan of their lovely jumpers, I was so delighted to add the Miss Fortune Carrie Swing Dress in Tartan to my collection.
Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP £57.98
We all know how daunting it can be to shop with unfamiliar brands as determining proper sizing is always a factor. After reviewing the Miss Fortune size charts, I knew the size Medium would be way too big based on my measurements (bust 36” waist 26/27”), therefore the only option was sizing down to a Small despite exceeding the maximum bust size by 2”. When the Carrie Swing Dress made its arrival, I was taken back by the superior design quality and the sheer beauty of the tartan print. I was utterly thrilled that the size Small fit wonderfully; there was ample room to accommodate my bust and the off the shoulder sleeves sat perfectly on my petite frame. The Carrie Swing Dress features a classic off the shoulder design with contrasting purple collar and elastic straps, short sleeves, a full circle skirt, back zipper closure and also includes a black elastic belt. The breathtaking tartan print has the most spectacular shimmering purple lurex thread throughout, I have never been so infatuated with a textile in my life. At 5’-4” tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.
Believe it or not, the Carrie Swing Dress is the very first tartan print in my pinup collection and it has certainly set the bar high. The uniqueness of the Carrie Swing Dress design is undoubtedly striking, but is also very figure flattering and so comfortable. I really love the fact that the elastic straps allows you to wear your regular undergarments and creates a lovely accent while being functional to keep the off the shoulder look perfectly in place. There’s no fussing or adjustments to be had. The black belt cinches in your waist nicely, yet it allows for freedom of movement due to the practical elastic design. One thing I remarked immediately was the substantial weight of the tartan fabric; the quality is remarkable for the affordable price point. The Carrie Swing Dress is completely different than any style I have ever tried over the years and I can honestly say that there is something truly magical in the way it makes me feel that I never want to take it off.
The deep purple plums are slowly creeping their way into my closet, as the rich jeweled tones are quite complimentary to redheads. I feel that the Carrie Swing Dress is very much a standalone statement piece that I refrained from using any accessories, simply pairing it with my staple black round toe pumps and a black petticoat for a little volume to accentuate the full circle skirt beautifully. The entire look could not be complete without a nice shade of plum lipstick to compliment.
It is easy to see that although the Miss Fortune Collection is smaller in scale than most, they truly put everything into their designs to ensure superior quality and fit. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, they fashion beautiful distinctive designs that work for the modern day vintage lovers. Luckily for all of you, Miss Fortune is giving away a £40 Gift Card for our 4th Anniversary Giveaway Bash going on now until January 31st! –>CLICK HERE to enter now!
With many of us now in hibernation for the long cold winter season, desperate for any glimpse of spring we find ourselves planning ahead and scooping up beautiful frocks during the end of season clearance sales. It was utter pandemonium when Collectif Clothing announced their semi-annual 50% off Sale…but can you really blame us for wanting pretty clothes at such incredible prices? With oodles of bright summery florals in my closet, I felt the need to add some winter inspired blooms to complete my collection. From the moment I saw the Maria Woodland Bloom Swing Dress, I knew it was destined to be mine.
Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £60 Sale £45
After sharing several reviews of my many dresses from Collectif, I always seemed to find the waist to be rather loose on the size 10UK(Small) and simply belted them to fit. This time I decided to take a little gamble going down to a size 8UK(extra-small) based on my current measurements being nearly on par with the size chart (bust 36, waist 26/27). This risky decision paid off wonderfully as the Maria Dress fit me like a glove, no longer was there any gaping in the waist. I would venture to say that the Maria Dress fits accurately based on the size chart but be mindful there is no stretch in the fabric. For the ladies with a short torso like myself, you may find that the shoulders need to be taken up slightly to better suit our proportions. The Maria Dress features a gorgeous crossover-faux-wrap bust, short sleeves with full flared skirt and deep V detail with back zipper closure. What makes the Maria truly spectacular is the rich all over winter floral print fabric; this isn’t grandmas’ old sofa we’re talking about. At 5′-4″ tall, the flared skirt falls mid calf…definitely ideal for the taller gals.
The Maria Woodland Bloom Swing Dress seemed to call to me every time I was browsing the Collectif website. I contemplated for some time that I should go with the Maria Autumns Leaves Swing Dress for something a little different than floral; maybe it was fate trying to intervene as I always found myself pinning over the rich Woodland Bloom print tirelessly. Lesson learned…we should never doubt our instincts as they will never steer us a stray. There is no doubt in my mind now that the opulent winter blooms was the best choice of the two prints. The Maria Dress design is quite simple yet classic, perfect for any occasion. Some may shy away from short sleeves due to comfort but these are not constricting at all, I can easily lift my arms up overhead with ease. The crossover-faux-wrap bust can be a bit boobilicious depending on the type of bra worn underneath, avoid push-up style bras for a more conservative decolletage.
From the moment I put on the Maria Dress, I knew it had to be paired with my vintage pearl necklace and Collectif Pearl Bracelet with Diamante Bow. Just recently I spotted some of the cutest shoes at Collectif by Lulu Hun; it was like a match made in heaven when I came across the fabulous Amelia Mid Wedges to go with the rich burgundy in the Woodland Bloom. With a little online research, I found out that a 7US converted to 5UK. The sizing worked out quite well, they were a bit wide for my narrow feet but nothing an insole can’t fix. As a gal that can’t wear high heels, these wedges are wonderful to give me a little extra height without the sore feet to go along with it. Luckily I had the perfect colour belt to coordinate with my shoes and added a petticoat to complete the whole ensemble.
Can winter be done already so we be rid of bulky snow boots & coats and enjoy wearing all of our beautiful frocks again? In the meantime while we wait, we can enjoy treating ourselves to the fabulous end of season sale going on now at Collectif Clothing! You can scoop up deals on the stunning Maria Woodland Bloom Swing Dress along with many other styles, but don’t wait too long as sizes are quickly selling out!