Be Merry, Be Fabulous, Be You!

When the seasons begin to change, I find myself eager in anticipation to see all of the new designs being released from our favorite vintage reproduction designers. That said, I was personally on the hunt for practical dresses with longer sleeves to wear through the colder months and most importantly…wouldn’t break the bank just before the holidays. Luckily for us, Voodoo Vixen knew exactly what their customers wanted and released the truly classic Tiger Lilly Flocked Houndstooth Flare Dress.

Available in sizes S-4X ~ MSRP £62

IMG_6777In my experience, I find Voodoo Vixen sizing to be rather generous all over therefore I am able to size down to a Small despite my bust measurement (36″) exceeding the maximum by 2″. The Tiger Lilly Dress was no exception, the bust fit splendidly and the waist was a little loose but this was easily fixed by cinching the belt tighter. I was most thrilled that the shoulders¬† sat perfectly on my petite frame, something that is a constant challenge with these particular styles of bodices. The Tiger Lilly Dress features an asymmetrical wide collar, button bodice detail, elbow length sleeves, a flared skirt with matching belt and zippered back closure. The flocked hounds-tooth fabric is soft to the touch and has a slight stretch which hugs your curves effortlessly. At 5′-4″ tall, the flared skirt falls just below the knees.

IMG_6787 IMG_6770The Tiger Lilly Flocked Houndstooth Flare Dress is one of those classic styles that will remain a go to staple year after year. The subtle black and white check pattern makes it super versatile for a variety of events. If you have never owned something made from “flocked” fabric, be sure to adhere to the wash tags as it takes extra special care to maintain. Whatever you do, don’t use a hot iron because that will instantly melt the flocking, leading to irreparable damage to your new dress. I personally ironed mine inside out and then on a very cool setting to remove the packaging creases. One thing I found a bit odd was that the coordinating belt was ridiculously long, I had to pin mine around the back despite it being labelled a size small. Some of you may have quickly spotted the functional pockets, the black trimming detail makes it even more pleasing on the eyes.

IMG_6778 IMG_6784It has become a personal style fundamental to pair black and white patterns with bright pops of red…I simply could not resist doing so with the Tiger Lilly Dress. Although I wore the coordinating belt, I can definitely see myself switching it up for a vibrant cherry red to go with these Madden Girl Pumps. For a little more unique touch, add a lovely novelty brooch on the collar. The flared skirt is meant to drape naturally, no need for a petticoat this time ladies. This classic design will also look remarkable with bold coloured or monochromatic patterned tights to get you through those very cold winter months.

IMG_6781 IMG_6766If you are looking for a fabulous holiday outfit that can be worn again and again, the Tiger Lilly Dress undeniably fits the bill. Even if your family is super casual like mine, I think this ensemble will be casual enough to not raise an eyebrow from across the room and allow you to show off your personal style. Luckily for the readers of Pin Up Persuasion, Voodoo Vixen is feeling festive and offering an exclusive 20% off discount code PINUP20 valid now until January 31st. So don’t worry if Santa doesn’t bring you everything on your wishlist, Voodoo Vixen has you covered!

The Illusive Simone Dress

Welcome back Pin Up Persuasion readers! January not only marks the start of a new year, it is also the 2nd Anniversary for Pin Up Persuasion. Time sure does fly by, it only seemed liked yesterday that I took the plunge into the unknown world of blogging. I honestly wondered if anyone would even read what I wrote but I didn’t let that stop me from sharing what I am most passionate about. To this day, I cannot believe what Pin Up Persuasion has become and you, the readers have made this all possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I am forever grateful for your continued support in this endeavor of love.

In the past week, readers were asked which style they wanted to see reviewed next and the winner was the Collectif Simone Houndstooth Doll Dress. If this was not your top choice, don’t fret…the others will also be featured in the weeks to come. It is no lie when I say, I chased after the Simone Doll Dress in Navy Houndstooth for months…it was sold out from release since the fabric was being held up by the supplier. One lucky day, it finally appeared and I made my purchase instantly.

Available in sizes UK6-UK22 in a variety of colours ~ MSRP £65

IMG_1865Since the Simone Doll Dress was purchased last winter (pre-weight loss), I ordered my usual size UK12 (Medium) when my waist was 29″ and bust 36″. If I were to order it today, I would easily fit in a UK10 (Small) now that my waist measures 28″. After months of waiting, I was beyond excited when the Simone finally arrived. It was every bit as beautiful as seen modeled on the website. The navy houndstooth is rich and compliments the style wonderfully. The Simone Doll definitely takes inspiration from Mad Men styling with the full swing skirt and modest squared neck line complimented by the large round buttons detail. The cap sleeves provide ample room for the upper arms and are very flattering as well. The matching belt is ideal to cinch the waist and give the illusion of a hourglass figure. It came as no surprise the Simone required alterations in the shoulders due to my short torso. My seamstress made a small change to the sleeves by creating a slight gathered pleat and I love it even more. Sometimes she has to get creative to ensure the integrity of the overall design is not compromised.

IMG_1866The Simone Doll Dress is ideal for those cold Fall and Winter month. It is made from a thick cotton houndstooth material with ample weight to keep you warm. This is one of my go to dresses for work when I want to look classic but be ultra comfortable at the same time. There’s no need for shapewear and you can pair it with your favorite bra, definitely win/win on both accounts. Although the Medium is a little too big in the waist now, the matching belt makes it super easy to cinch the excess fabric so I can still wear it comfortably.

IMG_1860Accessorizing the Simone is rather simple with it’s classic style. Pair it with a single strand pearl necklace and favorite round toe pumps to go from day to evening with no fuss. Although the Simone features a full swing skirt, I would not recommend pairing it with a petticoats. The skirt drapes beautifully with the weight of the fabric and does not require anything more.

IMG_1858I truly hope Collectif brings the Simone Doll out in more fabrics for next Fall/Winter as I’d really love to own another. For those of you more keen on form fitting dresses over a swing skirt, the Simone is available in a wiggle dress as well.