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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Fifties Timeless Elegance

There’s nothing I am more drawn to then the true timeless elegance of the fashion era from the fifties. Many vintage repro designers add a modern twist to their designs but I am a sucker for the genuine untouched elements from the decade we all know and love. From the moment I laid eyes on the Bettie Page Beverly Dress, it was love at first sight! Its simple sophistication was breathtaking. I was thrilled to see JBR Clothing was stocking this number.

Available in sizes XXS to 4X – MSRP $134USD

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One of the things I appreciate most when shopping at JBR Clothing is Rachel’s amazing guidance on sizing…she has yet to steer me wrong! Personally I find Bettie Page sizing to be different with each design and would love to see specific size charts to make online shopping easier. Based on Rachel’s feedback, I opted to order the Beverly in size Medium which fits wonderfully (Measurements 36-29-41). Made from a very unique textured pale green 4-way stretch fabric, with flecks of blue, orange and pink woven in. The Beverly is fully lined with a beautiful quality satin, it feels like silk on your skin. A notable feature is the cute bow belt supplied with the Beverly in brown, also available to buy separately in a variety of additional colors. The belt seems to run quite large, I will need to trim the excess as it wraps around too far.

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The Beverly is designed with modesty in mind with a high rounded collar, short sleeves and knee length hemline. The thickness of the woven material and lined interior truly creates the illusion of a flawless silhouette. A word of caution, be extra careful when closing the back zipper as the texture of the fabric tends to easily get snagged and will cause thread pulls. The Beverly fit perfectly off the rack and required absolutely no alterations. I find ladies with a more hourglass shape regardless of size will be drawn to its simplistic look. Thankfully the bow belt adds a little pop of color to the overall design.

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Perfect for the office or an afternoon with the ladies, the Beverly is the epitome of fifties fashion. Pair it with your favorites red pumps to spice up your look. Add a set of vintage pearls to enhance the Jackie O’ vibe to the design. Simplicity is the best look with the Beverly…less is more!

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I truly hope to see more genuine fifties inspired designs coming from Bettie Page in future collections…modernizing tends to lose so much of what we love most from those times. Sadly I cannot wear true vintage dresses as the sizing is much too small in the waist. Thankfully we are blessed with several fabulous Vintage Inspired Designers that help keep the era alive!

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I Love Pretty Dresses!

It is no secret that I have crazy obsession with vintage inspired dresses…just go have a peek at the closet dedicated to my pride and joys. When I came across a online retailer called The Pretty Dress Company…I instantly knew it was going to be heaven on earth for the addict in me. After spending many hours staring at all the beautiful designs, it was clear I would have to wait for a sale as the exchange rate from British Pounds was not affordable in Canadian dollars. I opted to sign up for their newsletter and was thrilled to buy the Limited Edition Red Polka Dot Hourglass Pencil Dress at half price!

Available in sizes 8UK to 16UK in a variety of colors & prints – MSRP £89 (On Sale £49)

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The PDC size chart really threw me for a loop due to their extremely small hip measurements in comparison to the bust and waist ratios. After inquiring on their Facebook page, they quickly responded saying the hip measurement is taken at the top of your hips, not the fullest part as we are accustomed to with other retailers. Based on the size chart, I would fall in the 12UK (Medium) range – measurements 36, 29, 41; although the hip states 36 inches! Their International shipping rates are based on the total value of your order; for orders between £49-£100 it was a reasonable £10.59 and arrived in less than two weeks.

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Needless to say, placing an order for the first time with any retailer is a little nerve racking as it can be a real gamble when it comes to fit. I am thrilled to report, the Hourglass Pencil Dress did not disappoint and fits beautifully. The faux wrap over neckline provides ample space for all bust sizes and allows you to choose the modesty level based on the bra style worn. The bodice is fully lined with stretch viscose elastane to hold and support your shape. Made from a soft stretch cotton, perfect to flatter your curves for a flawless silhouette. The cap sleeves feature a soft gathered elastic to stay perfectly in place on your shoulders. Don’t let the front pleat detail fool you, this is not a wrap dress and there is no need to worry about the skirt accidentally flapping open when you walk. The front oversize side tie creates a fabulous optical illusion minimizing your waist.

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The quality and exceptional design is hands down worth every penny! The Hourglass Pencil Dress is so well constructed, sure to flatter your figure creating the illusion of a flawless silhouette. I adore the vibrant red color in combination with the white polka dots. The only small alteration required was taking up the shoulders as I have a short torso but this would not be necessary for ladies with average to long torsos. (I often require my dresses to be taken up 2+ inches in the shoulders)

The Hourglass pencil dress is appropriate for almost any occasion, dress it up with heels and a pearl necklace or go more casual with sandals and a small hair flower. I can definitely see myself wearing this beauty to the office, adding a small lace camisole would be a lovely touch for those seeking a more conservative look. The thick cotton material will conceal your shapewear perfectly; I highly recommend pairing it with your favorite Rago piece.

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I am certain you will fall head over heels in love when you discover the fabulous designs by So Couture. What? …why did I say So Couture? One of my readers enlightened me that the label is actually called So Couture and The Pretty Dress Company is their online store front. Yes, I learn something new everyday along with my readers 🙂

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The Body Image Problem & How to Fix It by Denise Delany

beauty in every shape and size

Photo by: Vonnie-Seiyuki-Chan.

Growing up I never had a problem with my body and how it looked. I never thought about trying to be like the superstars on screen or the models on television. I can safely say that I haven’t had many issues with how I look I have always liked what I see in my reflection. Oh sure sometimes I wish I was prettier or taller but never thinner, fatter or slimmer. Then one of my friends said that I had a male’s body image, in short, I think I look good in anything.

Then I went through a horrible illness that rocked my world and I had a taste of what my friends were going through. I hated what I saw in the mirror and just couldn’t keep up with my wildly swinging and bloating body. The dresses from Pin Up Girl gave me my confidence back and once again I looked “normal” (even though I was going through a lot). I am on the road to recovery now and my confidence has returned full throttled. So I have decided to share my secret with all the women out there.

When I see women, I see perfection regardless of size, colour or shape. What I do see are people wearing clothes that simply do not flatter their bodies. Designing is an art form but lets face it, it’s a moneymaking industry. Many designers either have a lack of understanding in regards to the female form (as they are males) or it’s easier to design clothes that do not compensate for curves because it’s easy to mass-produce and there is little skill required.

Now here’s the best trick that these people have played on us, they have somehow blamed their inability to design clothes that flatter our bodies on us! Its some how our bodies fault that their clothes don’t flatter our body shape. This is classic blaming the victim mentality, its somehow our fault that their designs look like garbage on us. That’s as good as me writing a report that consists of garbled sentences that look like it should make sense but just doesn’t, and then blaming my boss cause she/he didn’t understand it.

So if a designer can’t design something that looks flattering on me its THEIR fault not my body’s’. I would rather spend my money on quality brands like Pin Up Girl Clothing, who understand women and their curves than throw away cash on a Ralph Lauren T-shirt made in china in some production factory that looks like a sack on me. Why throw away good money on cheaply made and terribly designed clothing just because its got a well-known brand associated with it?

My other secret is confidence. Yes that C word that most of us lack when we look in the mirror. A little bit of ego and not caring what other people think goes a long way. You could wear a potato sack and still look glamorous because you’re confident, your body language changes, your smile changes in short you radiate beauty and THAT’S what people find attractive. So if your feeling down about your body don’t change it, change your clothes I guarantee it will help.

So women of the world unite and rejoice in your body, as it’s a glorious piece of art. Don’t let designers inability to design clothes that flatter you get you down, simply give them the flick and patronize designers that know how to design for your body shape.

Its time we stopped blaming ourselves (and trying to make a square fit through a triangle). Blame the designers poor design do not for one second blame yourself.

Remember that you are PERFECT JUST THE WAY YOU ARE.

– By Denise Delany

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There’s A Little Bit of Joan In All Of Us

Even if you are not a fan of the show Mad Men, there is no mistaking the classic sex appeal of Joan’s character played by Christina Hendricks. Joan’s wardrobe is infamous for its curve hugging bold solid colors while maintaining a modest bust line perfect for the office. I could only dream to own them all as they are the true epitome of classic 60’s vintage. Inspired by Joan’s fabulous style, Glamour Bunny designed a dress truly embodying it’s muse. As soon as I saw previews of the Joan Dress in Royal Blue, I went straight to Rockabilliy Pinup to reserve mine!

Available in sizes XS to XL in Royal Blue, Red, and Black – MSRP £94.50

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One thing is for certain, Glamour Bunny has very consistent sizing throughout their entire line. The Joan dress is now the fourth piece in my collection, all in size Medium. Although my hips fall in the Large size range, I have no trouble wearing the size Medium with ease. The Joan Dress features a modest boat-neck collar with a detachable bow (which I forgot to wear in the photos, sorry) and three quarter length sleeves. Designed to hug your curves, the material is made from a comfortable soft stretch cotton. At 5ft 4 inches tall, the skirt falls perfectly a few inches below the knee. The Royal Blue is even more breathtaking in person, sure to turn heads everywhere you go!

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As most of you know, blogging is a personal pass time during my off hours but my day job is at the office where I wear most of my pretty dresses. The Joan is definitely work appropriate as it commands respect, while maintaining a classic elegance. The quality of the fabric perfect to conceal your favorite shapewear; I paired mine with the Rago 6201 High Waist Leg Shaper. Glamour Bunny is known for their high quality designs and fabulous fit for women with curves. Every piece I own fits like a glove right off the rack and requires zero alterations.

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The classic elegance of the Joan dress requires very minimal accessories. Pair it with your favorite pumps and you’re done! If you choose not to wear the detachable bow, a vintage brooch would be a perfect touch to add timeless refinement like Joan on Mad Men.

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I truly hope more vintage repro designers take inspiration from Joan’s character as her style is the epitome of sophistication of the era. Glamour Bunny never disappoints!

Stay tuned…I just snagged the Red Shirt Dress (seen worn by Dita Von Teese) on Ebay for a steal! Review coming soon…

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