It is no surprise that people who live in colder climates like here in Canada, love to escape to tropical destinations in the Caribbean in search of sunshine, hot temperatures and beautiful clear blue waters. Since the hubby and I were married in the Bahamas now three years ago, we save our pennies to return to the tropics for a little rest and relaxation every couple years. Of course, incorporating my personal sense of style for these getaways is an absolute must considering I have a serious obsession with vintage Hawaiian designs. As our vacation quickly approached, I decided it was the perfect occasion to place an order with Violets In May 1945 seeing as I had been lusting over her designs for what feels like an eternity. Most specifically, the Brittany Playsuit Set had caught my eye because it is very reminiscent of the patterns from the 1950’s and super versatile with the matching wrap skirt.
Available in sizes 6-18UK ~ MSRP £120.00
For those of you also new to Violets in May 1945, all items are made to order in UK sizes 6-18 with the option of custom sizing for a small additional fee. Although my measurements (36-28-40) were in line with the size 10, I had to choose the option of custom sizing to adjust the fit to my short torso. Most vintage playsuits are designed to fit average to long torso therefore they are always ill fitting on me. The whole process was super simple with Laura from Violets in May walking me through every step of the way and she is the BIGGEST sweetheart by the way!!! The hardest part was choosing the fabric, there were too many great options. After narrowing down the choices to 2 or 3, the hubby picked the blue tribal print as it is like nothing I already own and it is very rare to find me wearing blue. I am so glad that he did because the blue tribal print is so utterly magnificent in person. The next step was a nail bitter, trying the Brittany Playsuit on for the first time since our trip was only days away. All those worries immediately subsided as the fit was flawless and so figure flattering. The Brittany Playsuit Set features the most exquisite cross over style neckline, curve enhancing shorts, fully lined with side zipper closure and matching wrap tie skirt. At 5′-4″ tall, I ordered the skirt in a 27″ length.
Where do I even begin?!? The hardest part for me is that I have been battling with severe body issues since my surgery and was really self conscious of how I would look wearing a playsuit right now. This weighed heavy on my mind but I wanted so badly to order the Brittany Playsuit Set from Violets in May. Needles to say I am so glad that I did because from the moment I put on the Brittany Playsuit, it made me feel sexy and confident again…I was glowing inside and out! Over the years, I have ordered from several independent Etsy sellers and never been this taken back by the impeccable craftsmanship before. The Brittany Playsuit Set was so immaculately constructed, it is true to the authentic vintage counterparts that are still found today over 60 years later. The versatility of the matching wrap tie skirt instantly allows you to go from glam to lounge ready in a fraction of a second. I can tell you, it was a real head turner at the resort and I received tons of compliments from the staff and other guests.
While packing for our trip, I had to plan wisely on what accessories to bring so that they coordinated with various ensembles. I was able to keep the Brittany Playsuit accents casual and simple with a few bamboo bangles, my coconut purse, white espadrille sandals, vintage style sunglasses and a real hair flower to complete the look.
There is an endless sea of independent designers on Etsy’s vast network, but there are only a selected few gems like Violets in May. As a long time admirer, I am so thrilled to now be a very satisfied customer who cannot sing their praises enough. In addition to gorgeous playsuits, they also offers a wide range of vintage inspired designs from versatile basic tops to skirts and dresses. Check them out here –> Violets In May Etsy.