It is no secret that I spend hours and hours on the internet every day searching for new finds and fabulous pieces to blog about for my readers. Sometimes I stumble on things out of sheer luck but from there I must do my homework before even considering featuring them on Pin Up Persuasion. It is not very often that a particular clothing brand literally comes out of nowhere and takes the vintage reproduction industry by storm. Nevertheless, this is how I would describe in what manner Lindy Bop has hit the mainstream in recent months with the breathtaking addition of the stunning Ophelia Dress! Ladies have been eagerly snatching up the Turquoise Ophelia every time it is restocked and is now available in a multitude of colours and prints. No surprise, I couldn’t resist getting the Ophelia Floral Spring Garden Party Picnic Dress in both Turquoise and Black & Pink.
Available in sizes UK8-22 in a variety of prints & colours ~ MSRP £34.99
Since several lovely ladies that I know had already purchased the Ophelia, I decided to ask for their input on the sizing in comparison to the Lindy Bop size charts. The general consensus was that the Ophelia was generously cut and it was best to go by my smallest measurement. I ordered a size UK10 in both colourways based on my current measurements (bust 36”, waist 27”). When my Ophelias arrived, I was seriously in awe at the magnificent floral prints and opulent colour combinations. I concur that the sizing is quite generous in the waist but not so much in the bust. With my bust exceeding the UK10 sizing by 2”, there is no way I could have sized down any further. I simply added a thin belt to cinch the small amount excess fabric as seen in the photos. On a quick note, I did notice the Turquoise fit a little more snuggly in the bust and waist in comparison to the Black & Pink, probably due to different production batches but the difference is minimal. The Ophelia features a contrasting rushed sweetheart neckline complimented by the folded scoop bust detail, wide straps (which will allow you to wear your favorite bra) and a fabulous full swing skirt. The rich bold fabric is actually a thick canvas and creates an incredible structure for the design. At 5’-4”, the skirt falls just below the knees.
To say I adore the Ophelia is no exaggeration; she is the epitome of elegance. The richness of the bold prints and unique design elements, make it truly to die for! In addition to its beauty, the Ophelia is functional and comfortable for every day wear. The canvas fabric is very forgiving and holds you in where you may need a little extra help. To my surprise, the affordable price point does not hinder in the quality in construction by any means.
Lindy Bop also has a small range of petticoats (£21.99), as seen in the review photos. Note I had to roll the waistband a few times in order for the length to match that of the Ophelia skirt since the petticoats are all 26” long. Although I am not overly keen on super full petticoats, I find this look suits the Ophelia wonderfully.
One of the best things about the Ophelia is that you can wear it to any occasion or simply for a trip to the grocery store. I know mine will be a workplace staple and worn every chance I get. When it comes to accessorizing, the options are endless. I chose to pair the Turquoise with a burgundy slide belt, red dahlia hair flower from Vintage Box 1947 and Miss L Fire Pompeii heels in red. With the Black & Pink Ophelia, I added a black slide belt, yellow rose hair flower from Vintage Box 1947 (can you tell these are my favorites), and black patent t-strap heels by Chelsea Crew. Both Ophelias’ are paired with the Lindy Bop petticoat to add just the right amount of oomph.
The Ophelia has several fabulous features that make this dress truly unique and has quickly become a staple in many pinup wardrobes. Although I own two already, I can’t help but want more as the floral just pulls at my heart strings like mad. Lindy Bop was not born overnight but they truly took the scene by storm with the addition of the magnificent Ophelia. Be sure to visit their Facebook Fanpage as they are constantly adding new designs and sharing what we can expect to see in future collections.