Winter Tartan Chic

The one thing I am not fond of living in Canada are our cold and snowy winters but luckily they are becoming slightly milder in recent years. As the chillier temps set in, I am quickly reaching my frocks with long sleeves to keep me warm and still looking fabulous. When I heard the news that Miss Victory Violet collaborated with Voodoo Vixen for their Autumn/Winter collection, I knew we would be in for a real treat. Her love of  tartan was the inspiration behind the beautiful monochromatic designs that are perfect for the season. I must admit, I could not resist buying several pieces from this magnificent collaboration including the spectacular Veronica Tartan Pencil Dress.

Available in sizes S-2XL ~ MSRP £55.00

Being a longtime customer of Voodoo Vixen, I find their sizing to be quite consistent with each design. Normally I wear a size Small but knowing the Veronica Pencil Dress had little stretch, there was absolutely no way my hips were going to fit. Based on my current measurements (bust 36″, waist 27.5″, hips 41″), I rolled the dice and ordered a size Medium as the size chart still said the hips maxed out at 38″. The true test was shimming in and trying to sit without feeling crammed into a sardine can. Thankfully the size Medium fit well in the bust, waist and shoulders with a little shapewear help needed for the hips. If you are not prepared to wear a girdle, I definitely recommend sizing up to fit your hips comfortably. The Veronica Pencil Dress features a square neckline with shoulder bow detail, 3/4 length sleeves with contrasting cuffs, a sexy pencil skirt with dipped pleats on the back hem and zipper back closure. The monochromatic grey tartan print is a true classic and very chic. At 5′-4″, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

The Voodoo Vixen and Miss Victory Violet collaboration is truly one of my favorites to date. Ella and I share similar tastes which is sure to result in fabulous new frocks that I simply adore. Normally I instinctively shy away from wiggle dresses but the Veronica Pencil Dress had such exquisite design details that made it simply irresistible. The back dipped kick-pleat is my favorite element of the dress. The  combination of beauty and functionality, suitable for the cold winter days ahead. I did find the sleeves to be a bit loose for my liking but I know many ladies would surely appreciate them not being overly tight. In order to feel more comfortable and have a little more room in hips, I paired it with the Rago 1294 girdle. The Veronica Pencil Dress can easily transition from daytime work wear to evening attire.

In keeping with the monochromatic scheme, I felt any accessories should be a basic black or grey to not take away from design. I paired the Veronica Pencil Dress with silver  confetti earrings, bangles, vintage 40s handbag, the matching grey belt, seamed stockings by WKD and black round toe pumps. The thick tartan fabric conceals your underpinnings and shapewear flawlessly.

The Veronica Tartan Dress is a classic with subtle flair that really gives you an air of confidence to make you want to strut your stuff. I highly recommend checking out the entire Miss Victory Violet collaboration with Voodoo Vixen, you are sure to fall in love with one if not all designs. I simply could not resist the Ella Tartan Flare Dress and the Celine Black Top as well.

From a Little Spark May Burst a Flame

As our personal tastes and style continue to evolve everyday, I find myself much more aware of not over spending on clothing that will simply sit in my closet going unworn. Up until recently, I was focusing mainly on authentic vintage but this autumn has brought forth some pretty spectacular designs that I simply could not resist. The online boutique that I have always admired for their phenomenal ability to make everything look fabulous with their line up of iconic pinup models is Top Vintage Boutique. They carry such a wide array of brands, suitable for almost all budgets. In particular I found myself fancying their house line Vintage Chic, as it recaptured my love of a curve hugging wiggle dress. After a very short debate, I decided to take the plunge ordering the 50s Brianna Tie Neck Pencil Dress in Cognac.

Available in sizes 8-18UK in Cognac & Blue (new)~ MSRP €59.95

Seeing as I was very unfamiliar with the Vintage Chic brand and sizing, I relied heavily on the Top Vintage size chart and customer reviews to confirm what size would be most suitable. Top Vintage provides great fit advice on each items individual size chart; for the Brianna Dress, they advised it ran small and to order up if you are in between sizes which I was. My measurements (bust 36″, waist 27″, hips 41″) put me at the higher end of the size 10 and right in the middle of the 12. Since I intend to wear this mostly to the workplace, I wanted mine to hug my curves comfortably and not be overly fitted so I went with the size 12 (Medium). Needless to say, I was even more in love with the Brianna Dress when it arrived as the photos do not do the gorgeous cognac colour justice. I was super thrilled that the fit was spot on, it hugged my curves all in the right places but still had ample room to feel at ease. The Brianna Dress features a chic tie collar with 3/4 sleeves, stylish front pockets, a sexy wiggle pencil skirt and side zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

It has been a long time since I found myself enamored with a sexy secretary look a la Joan Holloway and the Brianna Dress did not disappoint. When I placed my order from the Top Vintage website at the end of summer, there were very few photos showing how the Brianna Dress would look on a curvy body type like mine. Ava Elderwood’s magnificence and the glowing customer reviews both convinced me to take the plunge. The rich cognac colour is so warm and quite a rare shade to come across these days. What drew me in is the simplicity of the design silhouette with the unique subtle details like the side tie collar and front pockets that create a point of interest. I will be honest, I fussed with tying the collar as it was a bit tricky to get it to lie nicely but once I did…it looked perfect. The polyester fabric has some stretch and is quite thick which is ideal to help conceal any trouble areas. To create the illusion of a flawless hourglass silhouette, I paired this sexy wiggle with my trusted Spanx High Waisted shorts (link here). The Brianna Dress is perfect for the office and can easily transition to nighttime glam.

A classic wiggle dress is simply elegant on its own and needs little accessories to create a stellar ensemble. I chose a classic office look by pairing the Brianna Dress with vintage copper earrings, a thin black belt, a vintage 40s cable knit handbag and black round toe pumps. If you want to add some sparkle, a fabulous large brooch placed at the tie collar or a dainty one placed on the chest would both look spectacular. The possibilities are abundant.

It has been a long while since I ventured away from my go to swing styles and embraced my inner Joan but the Brianna Dress has sparked the old flame inside of me again. We need to celebrate our bodies and not hide behind our insecurities; something I have been doing for quite some time now. So what if we gain a little weight or don’t meet the ideal image of ourselves…live life for today!

 

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