Fanciful Peacock

Novelty prints are the new polka dots in the vintage fashion world these days. The multitude of fun, bold, colourful, and boundless designs have provided us with many choices to showcase our unique personal style. The original vintage counterparts are becoming alarming unaffordable for the budget conscious shopper, but it is with great relief that modern reproduction designers are creating fabulous alternatives for more modest prices. It is no secret that I have a profound adoration for the breathtaking beauty of peacocks and continually seek out new fanciful peacock motifs to add to my collection. As Voodoo Vixen released their new summer collection, I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous turquoise Kate Skirt in peacock print.

Available in sizes S-XL ~ MSRP £32.99

IMG_8046Voodoo Vixen sizing is known to be designed a little more generously in the waist in comparison to the bust area. Thankfully practical separates take some of the guesswork out of having to accommodate our vastly different body proportions. Based on my waist measurement (27″), the size Small would be a spot on and it was. I actually found the waist to be slightly loose, which I actually did not mind at all. A little extra breathing room is great to have since my waist tends to fluctuate up and down regularly. The Kate Skirt features a classic box-pleat flared skirt, with a covered button and back zipper closure. Made from a thick brocade turquoise fabric adorned with striking peacocks accented by pink and red floral print. At 5’4″ tall, the skirt length falls just below the knees.

IMG_8048 IMG_8016Versatile separates like the Kate Skirt are great essentials that can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of combinations to stretch your wardrobe even further. The thick brocade fabric gives the skirt lots of structure with built in volume and extra dimension to the gorgeous novelty print. Surprisingly lightweight and great for everyday wear. An extra bonus is that the fabric doesn’t wrinkle nearly like cotton. The elegant peacocks are not overpowering yet pop beautifully against the vibrant turquoise brocade. I love that there are so many bright colours in the novelty print, making this skirt easy to coordinate with an array of tops in royal blue, white, coral, red and more!IMG_8044

It was so difficult to choose one ensemble to showcase and accessorize as I had endless combinations that would compliment the Kate Skirt wonderfully. Seeing as I always gravitate towards bold summery colours, I thought the Classic Bombshell Tank in Coral from Le Bomb Shop paired perfectly with the pink floral accents along with plastic bangle bracelets in blue/green and my Demi Mint Wedges from BAIT. There is really no need to add a petticoat as the structure really creates that fullness naturally.

IMG_8038 IMG_8037There is something to be said for practical wardrobe staples that allow us to showcase our personal interests on a modest budget. Voodoo Vixen offers fabulous affordable designs like the Kate Skirt while not sacrificing quality. Great news for peacock lovers alike, this stunning novelty print is also available in two dress styles, the Kaylynne and Cindy. As an extra special treat for all Pin Up Persuasion readers, Voodoo Vixen is extending an exclusive 20% off coupon valid site wide until July 31st with code pers20 at checkout!

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Peacock Perfection

Believe it or not, the one brand of repro inspired clothing that has never been a part of my wardrobe until now is Trashy Diva. It is not because I don’t love their designs considering I have been lusting over their dresses for years but simply never took the plunge in making a purchase. One thing I have noticed about Trashy Diva, their stuff sells out quickly and often only available one time around so make sure you don’t procrastinate too long or you’ll miss out. When Trashy Diva released the Peacock Lilian dress, I was over the moon excited but they quickly sold out everywhere so I had conceded it just wasn’t meant to be. By some stroke of luck or it was a plain miracle, Rowena/Retroglam.com recently restocked the Peacock Lilian dress in my size…it was fate!

Available in sizes 2-18 ~ MSRP $173CAD

IMG_3240Since I had no experience with Trashy Diva sizing, I relied on the assistance of Wendy at Rowena seeing as we are both similar in size and based on the feedback from her customers. It appears the Peacock Lilian runs one size smaller than the other Trashy Diva designs which are similar in cut therefore I went with a size 6. My initial worry was that the shoulders might be too wide but thankfully the size 6 fit wonderfully. With the Peacock Lilian being inspired by the era of the 1940’s, the style is meant to be figure flattering and softly drape over the hips. The Lilian also has a strong Asian influence with the breathtaking peacock embroidery and large Mandarin collar which can be worn up or neatly folded down. It also comes with a matching black grommet belt to cinch the waist and features decorative covered buttons on the center bodice. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt (25″) falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_3271 IMG_3273Most of you already know how much I adore everything that features a peacock motif as they are truly one of the most majestic creatures on earth. The Peacock Lilian is such a classic design with eye catching embroidery sure to garner lots of attention. The fabric feels so luxurious and drapes beautifully to flatter a curvy figure. Although I normally shy away from Asian inspired high on the neck collars, I couldn’t help but put that fear aside in this case as the peacock design was too tempting to resist. It is no secret that Trashy Diva dresses are quite an investment, I have to say their quality appears to be in line with their pricing.

IMG_3264The Peacock Lilian makes a statement in itself therefore accessorizing should be kept simple and elegant. I paired mine with a lovely peacock feather hair fascinator and my Chelsea Crew T-strap heels in black. If it were a bit cooler out, I would recommend wearing some back seamed stockings to create a timeless look.

IMG_3261After years of window shopping at Trashy Diva, I am now a proud owner of one of their fabulous designs and I look forward to adding more to my wardrobe in the future. The Lilian Peacock eluded me for several years now but after much persistence, the stars finally aligned. Now I have to continue my mission to find the Trashy Diva Yellow Maria dress in my size…

What dresses are you hoping to find before they are gone forever?