Recently several vintage reproduction brands have moved into a new decade and started recreating the fabulous fashions from the 1960’s. Although you may instantly think go-go boots and psychedelic flower prints, you couldn’t be more wrong. Women’s fashion from the early 1960’s slowly evolved into shorter hemlines and classic curve hugging silhouettes. When Heartbreaker Fashion released the Marleen in their Haute Collection, I knew it was perfect for the office and without hesitation scooped one up from JBR Clothing.
Available in sizes XS to 2X in Black, Red & Blue ~ MSRP $116USD (Sale @ $69)
Often times I mention when a brand is known to be consistent in sizing as this definitely helps us to find the right fit. In my experience, Heartbreaker is one to stay true to their size charts for the most part. Originally when I purchased the Marleen my measurements were 36-29-42 and I ordered a size Medium. Since the dress is made from a high quality double knit, there is a generous amount a stretch and forms beautifully to your curves. The fabric is so very soft and hugs you in all the right places but thick enough to conceal the trouble areas. Now that I am a bit smaller (36-28-40), I could easily fit in a size Small but much prefer it being a bit loose in order to avoid wearing any shapewear. The Marleen features a round Peter Pan collar in contrasting white knit with a matching belt to cinch the waist. The 1960’s straight pencil skirt bottom falls just above the knee but still modest for those like me who don’t like to show off too much leg. The wide round neckline poses a small issue with slipping off my petite shoulders but not unmanageably so.
For the first time last week, I wore the Marleen to work now that the cooler fall temperatures are here. The double knit fabric is quite warm and would pair well with fun colored tights. The Marleen is so comfortable and doesn’t lose it’s shape after hours of sitting behind the desk. With 1960’s fashion featuring shorter hemlines, it took some time to get comfortable with the skirt falling above the knees. All my other dresses show much less leg and I have become rather accustomed to that as part of my comfort zone. As I mentioned earlier, there was no need to wear shapewear even with the form fitting silhouette. Even a simple pair of tights would nip you in wonderfully and give you a break from the hardcore undergarments. Lately I have been trying to stay away from wiggle dresses simply because I don’t want to be required to wear shapewear 24/7 to feel confident in my clothes.
The simple clean lines of the design pairs beautifully with many accessories, the choices are a plenty. I love to wear the Marleen with my black patent leather round toe pumps and my favorite black & white cameo necklace. If your like me, tie you’re hair back in a high ponytail and you’re ready to go! 1960’s fashion is about simplicity and women on the move. A word of caution, the knit fabric must be hand washed in cold water and lie flat to dry in order to keep its shape. Beware – keep it away from the dryer unless you want it to shrink dramatically.
It’s quite exciting to see the recent trend of 1960’s fashions hitting the scene as I am very keen on the new styles being redesigned for the modern day pin up. The Marleen is fabulous for everyday and a great staple to add to your wardrobe as a grab and go type of outfit.