Autumn/Winter Brings Hot New Releases!

As we transition into a new season, we can surely expect some spectacular new releases from our favorite vintage reproduction brands. Although I am a diehard summer loving gal, Autumn will always hold a special place in my heart. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, Autumn and Winter are the longest months of the year so of course we want to look fabulous year round. With so many great new designs coming soon, I wanted to share some of my top picks for Autumn/Winter 2017 Hot New Releases!

Voodoo Vixen

Now this is hands down my favorite new collection of the season. Miss Victory Violet has done it again…collaborating with Voodoo Vixen creating some of the most magnificent wardrobe staples for the cooler months ahead. Luckily Ella and I share very similar tastes in vintage and our measurements are almost identical therefore I know several her amazing designs are likely going to make their way into my closet. Don’t delay, these beauties are literally flying off the shelves! Here are some of the fabulous designs coming soon from the Miss Victory Violet Collaboration & the Voodoo Vixen Autumn/Winter Collection:

Ella Tartan Flare Dress £60

Veronica Tartan Pencil Dress £55.00

Celine Black Top £25.00

Marienne Green Full Circle Skirt £35.00

Chloe Floral Sweater £37.00

Collectif Clothing

For those of you who may have been living under a rock, Collectif Clothing is the leader when it comes to designing the most magnificent winter coats that will make you feel like an ice princess while keeping you toasty warm. Of course everyone is always anxious to see what new colourways will be released in the delightful Pearl Coat along with oodles of versatile winter essentials: cardigan, jumpers, trousers, and much more! This seasons’ inspirations go from classic vintage to vampy sex kitten…appealing to both our sweet and sultry personas. Here are some of the notable releases coming soon from Collectif Clothing this Autumn/Winter Collection:

Claudia Coat & Cape £192.50

Jessie Rose Embroidery Cardigan £45.50/ Talis Rose Embroidery Swing Skirt £67.00

Patrice Faux Fur Collar Dress

Karla Heart Dungerees

Julia Pu Pencil Dress £45.00

Morticia Fishtail Dress £65.00

Dancing Days by Banned

Many of you might not have heard much about Dancing Days by Banned before but I can assure you they are going to quickly become a household name if they keep delivering so many delightful winter essentials each collection. One of the major differences with Dancing Days by Banned is that they are only available to purchase from resellers rather than from the designer directly. For a wide selection of the new collection, make sure to visit Top Vintage Boutique. Here are a few of my favorites from Dancing Days by Banned newest releases:

Eliza Swing Dress in Aubergine €59.95

40s Hidden Away Trousers in Teal €37.95

50s Proud Peacock Cardigan in Aubergine €39.95

50s Izzy Pencil Skirt in Grey €42.95

50s Delilah Cardigan in Forest Green €37.95

60s Charming Heart Knit Sweater in Mustard €37.95

Miss Candyfloss

Last year Miss Candyfloss wooed us all with the epic Librarian collection, each piece selling out within days of their release. Now we can all look forward to the Femme Fatale Autumn/Winter collection which is already causing quite a stir on social media. The Femme Fatale designs are a big departure from Miss Candyflosses signature style and everyone is eager to get their hands on these mysterious and seductive designs. Here are the highlights of the Femme Fatale Lookbook:

Ulrika – Preppy Tartan Shirt Dress

Thilde – Boucle Winter Swing Coat

Beata – Car Coat with Removable Cape

Brianna – Sophisticated Tailored Swing Dress & Tara – Suit Inspired Jumpsuit

Viima – Leopard Catsuit

There are many more hot new releases coming this Autumn/Winter from our favorites brands so keep your eyes peeled to their social media and websites to be the first to know when they are hitting the virtual shelves. I would love to hear what designs that are on your wishlist this season!

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Frolicking In A Winter Wonderland

I often get asked how to transition dresses to be worn year round when living in such a cold climate. Well the answer is quite simple…Collectif Winter Coats! This is the second season in a row that I add more of their designs to my regular rotation of winter outerwear and I absolutely adore them. Why? They are not only beautiful, they are so incredibly cozy and warm. Now that I already own the Pearl in green and Rachel in gray, it was time to expand to some lovely warm neutrals. From the moment I saw the Collectif Frances 40s Riding Coat, I knew she had to be mine.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £153.50

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Finding the proper sizing with coats can be rather tricky since you need to ensure the shoulders width is just right and also allow for enough room to layer for a great fit. I opted to stay with my usual size 10(Small), just as I had with the Rachel Coat. The Frances Riding Coat did not disappoint. It seems to run a little snugger in the waist but there was still just enough room for layering over dresses. The 40s inspired Frances Riding Coat features a double breasted button design, a rounded collar, is fully lined and has a flared princess skirt with pleated back detail. Made from a rich brown speckled polyester and wool blend fabric.

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Now here’s the trick when shopping for warm winter coats…look at the percentage of wool content. The more wool, the warmer it will be. Here is a comparison with Collectif’s most popular styles: Pearl 50%, Rachel 60%, Frances 20%. With those facts in mind, I would rate the warmth of each one to be completely in line with the ratio of wool blend. The Frances Riding Coat is still very warm but I would definitely reach for my Rachel Coat on the blistering subzero days. The simplicity of the Frances makes it a great basic coat to wear regularly and not just on those “fancy” occasions like the Pearl.

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To show how the Frances is great for layering, underneath I chose to wear a very bulky vintage wool circle skirt. As you can see, the sweep of the coat molds and drapes beautifully to the fullness of the skirt. Often times coats tend to compress and wrinkle our dresses when there’s not enough space to expand accordingly. Since we often have a lot of snow and ice, I opt to wear winter boots while outdoors and change into my nice shoes when arriving at my destination. This also helps with keeping your legs and feet warm while the Frances Coat is long enough to keep the rest of you toasty.

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After trying numerous winter coats from various vintage reproduction brands, I can say confidently that Collectif is by far the best when it comes to style, functionality and most importantly…warmth! Do not despair if you missed out on the Frances Riding Coat on Collectif’s website, there are still some available online from their wholesale partners.

PS. All our snow melted a few days before this shoot and we got hit with a massive storm only days later. Got to love old man winter right?

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