One of my current guilty pleasures is Instagram…I find it fascinating to follow inspirational people and discovering new unique brands. Although I am not one of the most active bloggers for posting photos multiple times a day, I do enjoy sharing happy little moments with my followers and I always take great pleasure in reading all your comments. This is exactly how I very recently discovered a fabulous new British clothing line, Zoe Vine Ltd. Their companion vision “…to produce garments with an emphasis on quality, cut, fabric and finish. And to provide women with affordable designs that create shapely silhouettes with a vintage flair, emulating a timeless sense of romance and glamour currently absent from high street brands” truly resonates with what we all seek and love about vintage reproduction fashions. With the cooler autumn temperatures now upon us, I felt immediately drawn to the graceful Millie in Hummingbird print.
Available in sizes S(10)-XL(16) ~ MSRP £85
When trying any new brand of clothing, I tend to get a little nervous with sizing as you never really know how accurate the size charts are until your order arrives. Based on my measurements (bust 36″, waist 26-27″), I fell in between size Small and Medium. Knowing that if I sized up the waist would be absolutely too big and since the Millie has an open back design, I took a calculated risk of sizing down to a Small. When my order arrived from Zoe Vine Ltd, I was pleasantly surprised with the lovely gift box wrapping; it’s the extra little details that make a company truly stand out. The Millie Dress fits splendidly, the bust was not too small at all and I was so thrilled that the shoulder width was spot on. There’s only one very minor adjustment needed due to my short torso, the back puckers slightly but it is an easy fix that will cost next to nothing to have a flawless fit. The Millie Dress features a jawdropping low back, a classic high boat neckline with gathers under the bust, a lined bodice, shoulder length sleeves, a fitted waist with pleated full skirt and back zipper. The open back can be a bit tricky to find the right undergarments. In the depth of my lingerie drawer, I found a convertible strap that adapts a regular bra into a deep plunge for low back styles. It wasn’t quite low enough but I was able to make it work with some minor readjustments. An easy fabulous alternative is adding a lace camisole to accent the open back design. At 5′-4″ tall, the full skirt falls just below the knees.
The Millie Dress is not only a timeless classic, it is incredibly well constructed! The gorgeous hummingbird pattern is so rich and printed on very high quality thick cotton. I am genuinely impressed that the quality goes right through from the design, to the fabric, to how well the garment fits on the body. The Millie Dress is ideal for casual to formal occasions and also a great style for spring, summer or fall due to the versatile half sleeves. The skirt deep pleating creates the right amount of fullness and flare without the need to add a petticoat. I absolutely adore how the Millie is such a classic practical dress that I will wear over and over throughout the seasons.
Oddly enough, when I accessorized the Millie Dress…I added different options all depending on how my hair was styled. When my hair was down, I felt less was better and simply paired it with some frilly nude pumps. In contrast with my hair pulled back, I felt the Millie needed more accents like some blue/green confetti earrings, pearls with rhinestone bracelet and my go to basic nude pumps. In the warmer months, I would definitely pair the Millie with open toe sandals in blues or greens to pull out the beautiful colours in the hummingbird print.
Luckily for all of us, social media is a wonderful network that brings us all together and introduces us to fabulous new companies like Zoe Vine Ltd. They have been in the industry since 2013 and quickly becoming a brand to watch…delivering high quality designs at competitive prices. With the Millie becoming a new personal favorite, I now have my eye on the Olivia Dress in adorable Palm Beach print!