First of all, I want to thank each and everyone of you for the outpouring of support and well wishes during my recovery. I am profoundly humbled by the loving family that makes up our pinup community after sharing my health struggles over the past several months. I am improving a little every day and couldn’t be more excited about getting back to blogging. Please join me in thanking all of our wonderful guest writers Lark, Emily, Samantha, Carrie-Ann, and Patty. You ladies did such a phenomenal job!!!
Today’s feature is a continuation of my new found love of vintage inspired maxi dresses. It is quite funny how our tastes change as we evolve in our journey of self confidence. For years, I avoided maxi dresses like the plague as when I first tried a few on at a local mall years ago….they made my body look shapeless, like a huge sack of potatoes. From that point on, I steered clear of any long dresses as I was positive they weren’t designed to flatter curvy bodies. It wasn’t until I saw my best friend Amber looking absolutely fabulous wearing 40’s inspired maxi dresses by Trashy Diva, that I started to reconsider trying them again. I finally set my heart on the Trashy Diva L’Amour Long Dress in Cactus Rouge and waited for Black Friday to scoop it up on sale at Catnip.
Available in sizes 2-16 ~ MSRP $216USD
One of the best thing about Trashy Diva sizing, they provide accurate individual size charts for each style and print. Based on my measurements, (bust 36″, waist 27″, hips 39″) I fell perfectly in line with the size 6, which was thankfully still available at Catnip. I was thrilled that Catnip offered very reasonable International Shipping, every little of savings helps when the currency exchange is so bad for us Canadians right now. When the L’Amour Long Dress arrived, I couldn’t have been more excited to see how the 40’s style maxi would look on me. I was immediately smitten, it fit my body effortlessly and draped so beautifully. The sizing couldn’t have been more perfect; the 3 tier adjustable button straps allows one to easily shorten the length. The L’Amour Long Dress features keyhole center bust with a thin drawstring, 3/4″ wide adjustable straps, side smocked panels, ankle length full skirt and back zipper closure. At 5′-4″, I shortened the straps on the 2nd button to drape ankle length.
What I adore most about Trashy Diva is that they continually offer such a variety of gorgeous prints that flatter all women no matter their shape or size. The cactus rouge print really resonated with me as I love the feel of tropics so much but this one is more subtle in comparison to most Hawaiian inspired motifs. The L’Amour Long Dress truly feels like lounge wear; the way it accentuates your body and the fluidity of the draping makes it feel completely effortless. You all know that I am a diehard 50’s fashion lover but I am really coming around to appreciate the 40’s more and more. The slimmer silhouettes like the L’Amour really emphasize the female figure wonderfully and lends well to all body types. Trashy Diva is very unique in the sense that they have a variety of staple designs and continually release new prints/colourways throughout the year. They use the most beautiful quality rayon fabrics that are known to stand the test of time if properly cared for. Never did I think I would be so madly in love with a maxi dress, the L’Amour Long has really dazzled me with its charm and elegance.
The L’Amour Long Dress is one of those versatile ensembles that can easily be worn from day to evening. By adding a cute cropped cardigan, it will allow this look to be suitable for any occasion. Personally, I love to play up the tropical motif of the cactus rouge print by adding simple wooden bamboo bangles (sadly I forgot in these photos). Although you can’t see my footwear peeking out from underneath, I chose to pair the maxi with cute white espadrilles for a nice summery vibe. For a little more waist definitely or to break up the print, add a contrasting thin belt.
It goes to show you that quality made clothing will always outshine the competition. Trashy Diva maxi dresses accentuate the figure flawlessly and are worth every penny of their investment. If you are unfamiliar with Trashy Diva’s popularity, the demand for discontinued prints are insanely sought after and collectors will snap them up in a blink of an eye therefore retaining their value even secondhand.