One of my favorite places to shop for Glamour Bunny clothing is their Ebay Store, which is full of incredible bargains on end of the line designs. This past summer, I scored one of my favorite dresses in their 2013 Collection for a steal and quickly scooped up a few more before they sold out. To my surprise, Gerry (creator of Glamour Bunny) slipped in an extra special surprise from her new Gerry Roxby Collection; The Harriet in Mauve.
Available in sizes XS-XXL, in Mauve & Navy ~ MSRP £96.00
As the Gerry Roxby Collection is the big sister to Glamour Bunny, all sizing seems to be consistent throughout. Based on the size chart, I fall squarely into the Medium (36-28-40). The Harriet has a true 1940’s design with the structured satin shoulders with long sleeves and fitted high waist skirt. Initially I thought this style wouldn’t suit me well but I was blown away once I tried it on with full hair and makeup. Since I have a short torso and narrow shoulders, the Harriet is too wide in the shoulders and the arms are a little long. It will require some alterations to get a perfect fit for me, but those with normal to broad shoulders will have a great fit with the Harriet right off the rack.
The Harriet is perfect for those cold winter months. The long sleeves with modest hemline make it work appropriate as well. Those who love the 1940’s era of fashion will be swooning over the attention to detail and figure flattering construction. The wiggle skirt is rather formfitting and shapewear is highly recommended. I paired mine with the Rago 1294 and it was a perfect match. The mauve is such a warm complimentary shade for a variety of skin tones.
Accessorizing the Harriet is quite simple; pair it with your favorite round toe pumps and an elegant simple necklace to complete the look. Less is more with the 1940’s styling. A fabulous pair of retro seamed stockings in nude with contrasting black would knock it out of the park!
The Gerry Roxby collection is truly the epitome of classic elegance and takes vintage fashion to the next level. I have had my eye on the Jessica (named after Jessica Rabbit, a given once you see it) in teal since the sneak peak was released a few months ago. Hopefully she will be mine very soon, I’ve been stalking their Ebay store nonstop!
The biggest shopping day of the year in the US is known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But for Canadians, it’s Boxing Day! Once you’ve finished opening all your presents on Christmas, you head to the stores for massive deals on the 26th. Being that I have worked in retail all my life, the last place I want to be is in a store on that day. It is much more convenient to shop online to avoid the crowds, lines and most importantly, spend more time with family. Last year there was only one thing on my must have list and I made sure to order as soon as the clock stroked midnight…the Hell Bunny Sarah Jane Coat from Retroglam.com.
Available in sizes XS-4XL in Red or Black ~ MSRP $130CAD
If you have ever tried Hell Bunny clothing before, you will know their sizing is quite generous overall. With most of my dresses being a size Small, I ordered the Sarah Jane Coat in the same. Needless to say, the fit was spot on and there is room for layers underneath as well. The Sarah Jane Coat is ideal to wear over your swing skirts and dresses due to the fabulous flared hemline. Not only is it beautiful, the Sarah Jane Coat is quite warm with a thick quilted lining on the interior. The faux fur trim and corset laced back are what makes this coat stand out from the rest. I love that the fur trim hood with pom poms is easily removed with a few buttons, versatile for the ever changing winter months here in Canada.
As most of you know, we don’t live in Igloos in Canada but we do have some blistering cold winters every year with tons of snow. Finding stylish outerwear that is also functional (ie: warm) is not easy to find. The Sarah Jane Coat was an instant win, perfect for those cold and windy days. I love the quilted lining since it truly breaks the wind from going right through you. The length it perfect, even only being 5’ -4” tall. It’s great to have coats of varying lengths in your closet; you never know which one will compliment your outfit the best.
Wherever I go, I get nothing but compliments on the Sarah Jane Coat. People are just drawn to its originality and truly a statement piece. It’s always a nice treat to find such amazing items on sale but the Sarah Jane Coat is definitely worth the investment even at regular price. I am beyond excited to add more retro inspired coats to my collection and now have my eye on the Angeline in black.
I have so much love for Trashy Diva clothing that I own at least ten pieces from this remarkable New Orleans based company. Since we are getting into the colder months, especially here in Canada it was timely to review one of my favorites, the long sleeved Jenny dress.
The Jenny dress comes in 3 colors (Black, Military, and Bordeaux) and two sleeve lengths! For me, I just had to choose the Bordeaux as the color is so lush and rich. The dress is a nice thick knit of rayon, nylon, and spandex which allows for a lot of stretch and beautiful drape. Of course it is also super comfortable and cozy for the many damp days here on the west coast of British Columbia.
The design of the dress is reminiscent of the 1940s with its gathered puff sleeves and strategic pleating/darts on the bust which are echoed in the skirt. The skirt is a full a-line and very flattering. The dress is easy to put on over the head with a small side zip from the waist to the sleeve.
The style of the dress allows for easy accessorizing, since it was a sunny autumn day I chose to add a skinny leopard print belt, a vintage bakelite bangle, and a beige snood (hand crocheted from Planet Pinup on etsy). With the addition of my black heeled oxfords I hoped to pull my vintage look together. This dress can be easily dressed up with a sparkly vintage brooch, some killer heels, and a pair of Cuban seamed stockings. I have winterized it quite a few times by pairing with thick tights of different colors and a cardigan.
I love vintage clothing but it is rare to find my size as being a modern 14/16 makes me a vintage 20/22. In terms of sizing, this is a very generous cut compared to other Trashy Diva offerings. You can safely size down from what the chart suggests as there is so much stretch. I usually wear a 16 in Trashy Diva and this one is a 12! This is a very good dress for all bust sizes (I am a 36G/GG) as the style works due to the darting. This dress is one of their more expensive and I picked it up during their online Black Friday sale last year, but most of my Trashy Diva dresses have been purchased from Rowena in Edmonton, they have a few styles (not this one though) on their website www.retroglam.com.
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It’s no secret that I am not overly fond of wearing petticoats with my circle dresses simply because it seems rather too much for everyday at the office. They are great to complete a look for a special occasion or if you love lots of volume. The one aspect I do like is how it gives a new dimension to circle skirts. I was delighted to see Pinup Girl Clothing’s new Canvas Underskirt; designed to give the fullness but remain flat around the tummy area and perfect for everyday.
Available in sizes XS to 2X in Black or White – MSRP $36USD
First things first, the size chart for the PUG Underskirt is not accurate and I highly recommend that everyone go up to the next size. Every person I know who followed the chart including myself was sadly disappointed the elastic waistband on the Canvas Underskirt was much too small. Although I clearly fall into the measurements of the medium (28” waist), it was ridiculously tight and was nearly impossible to snap close, not to mention the horrible muffin top it created. I reordered a Large and it just fits since the elastic band is meant to be firm around the waist. Make sure to take note, the snaps are to be placed in the front. The underskirt is made from a stiff two layered canvas designed to provide the fullness at the hips and suitable for any skirt length.
The underskirt is designed to keep the tummy area flat with the wide elastic band but I personally find it creates a slight muffin top as I don’t have a firm stomach. At this point, I’m not going to write off wearing the underskirt as I really love the volume it creates and feel it is a great alternative to traditional petticoats. It’s more of a subtle flare in comparison and I quite enjoy not having the bulkiness of a full length petticoat. Also, the underskirt is a fraction of the cost and doesn’t require you to purchase multiple lengths for each outfit or a variety colors. I opted for the white as most of my circle skirts are light colors for summer and it will still work under darker colors as well.
In the comparison photos, you can see the underskirt provides a nice amount of fullness in the circle skirt but not too much. I would definitely pair this with the Harley, Havana, Heidi, and so many more. Often I find petticoats to be too puffy and do not compliment dresses like with the underskirt. Also, the canvas is ideal for those hot summer months and won’t stick to your legs like the layers of tulle. As you can see, there are a lot more pros with the underskirt in my opinion than with traditional petticoats. Overall, it will come down to your personal opinions on what look you prefer.
At this point, I am hoping the elastic band will relax a bit over time. Another option I may look into is having my seamstress create slits to give more room in the waist. Either way, the underskirt is still a great item to have if you are in search for petticoat alternatives like I was.