There’s no denying it, I have a huge weakness for Vintage Roses whether on clothing, bedding or even the inspiration for my next tattoo. They are better known as English Roses or Cabbage Roses, both featuring stunning large blooms in soft pastel colored hues. As soon as I laid eyes on the Vivien of Holloway 50’s Halterneck Floral Dress in Cream Tea Rose I was in love! Sadly at the time my size was out of stock but I anxiously stalked their site waiting for it to return. Needless to say, it landed in my cart the moment they were restocked.
Available in sizes UK10-UK24 in a variety of colours & prints ~ MSRP £79
The 50s Halterneck Dress was my very first order from VOH, so I had to do some homework to know how their sizing ran in comparison to their charts. Originally when I was looking to purchase, my measurements were 36-29-42; I was a little worried the size UK14 (b36-w28) would be too snug in the waist. A few of my trusted vintage gal friend’s said they found the waist to be on the generous side and didn’t need to size up. Well I took the plunge and ordered the 50’s Halterneck Dress in a size UK14 hoping for the best. Nervous when it arrived, I tried it on only to find the waist was quite tight even after losing weight and now having a 28″ waist. I would highly recommend ordering up if you are in between the chart measurements as there is little to no stretch in the floral cotton fabric. The 50s Halterneck Dress features well constructed boned bodice with a soft sweetheart neckline with gathers, perfect for women of all bust sizes. The wide halter strap is not adjustable and may require minor alterations depending on your torso length. That being said, I had to alter the strap as it was gaping at the sides and base of my neck since I have a short torso with narrow shoulders. The most incredible feature is the traditional vintage full circle skirt, perfect to pair with the fullest petticoats. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knee.
Since this was my very first experience with built in boning, I was a little weary of the fit initially. It was a little tricky to find the right strapless bra to match the natural shape of the design (a soft bullet style is better than the round seamless cups) but once I did, it looked perfect. The matching burgundy elastic belt is a little big and I could have easily sized down to a small for a more cinching effect. Originally I had ordered the 50s Halterneck Dress for our wedding reception as it was the perfect excuse to buy such a breathtaking dress and this also helped convince my hubby-to-be that I had to have it. Although I ended up wearing a more traditional wedding dress, I was so happy that I took a chance placing an order with VOH. Their service was impeccable and they even managed to locate the matching belt in my size that was out of stock on their website. My order arrived all the way from the UK in less than two weeks and thankfully with extra no duty.
The 50s Halterneck Dress is perfect for almost any occasion or setting. Add a little cardigan or bolero to wear it to an afternoon gathering or in my case, to the office. If you choose to pair it with one of your own belts, make sure pick a wide style in a contrasting color to accentuate your waist. The circle skirt looks amazing with any volume of petticoat, seen here with the Hell Bunny 25″ in white. It looks darling with a pair of Mary-Janes or comfy ballet flats and a classic pearl necklace.
I am blown away at the quality and style from Vivien of Holloway and will surely become a repeat customer in the future. That paired with excellent customer service, you cannot go wrong! Now I have my eye on the Grace Circle Dress possibly in a beautiful emerald green…