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There is no denying it, vintage inspired novelty prints are truly hit the mainstream in recent years. Sourcing vintage pieces is getting increasingly more difficult and the prices are literally skyrocketing every day. It is wonderful to see designers like Trashy Diva taking inspiration from some of the most beautiful vintage prints and recreating them in a range of designs to suit various body types. When Trashy Diva released their “Carnival” Mardi Gras themed print, everyone was going wild with excitement! With limited styles and sizes available, they sold out lightning fast. Fortunately I was able to acquire the Trashy Diva Carnival Gathered Skirt from Retroglam before it was too late.

Available in sizes 2-24 ~ MSRP $99

As I slowly amass more pieces from Trashy Diva, I find their sizing to usually be on par with the individual size charts for each style/print. Consistently I wear a size 6 (Small) in most of their designs unless the fabric is stretchy. In this case, the Carnival Gathered Skirt was rumored to be running small and had zero give in the waist so I was unsure what size to order. After chatting with the owner at Retroglam, I decided to risk ordering the size 6 knowing the larger size would have to be taken in a bit. The gamble luckily paid off, the waistband fit snuggly on my waist (27”) but it would have definitely been too small if my waist was the recommended 28” on the chart. I personally prefer skirts to be quite fitted, especially with such a wide band to create a cinched waistline silhouette. The Carnival Gathered Skirt features a curved extra wide waistband, 8 panels of gathering for a very full skirt, has hidden pockets, is completely lined and has a back invisible zipper closure. Made from a rich cotton voile, the vibrant Mardi Grad print features “Masked revelers parade through French Quarter streets in a whirl of vibrant color that embodies the true spirit of New Orleans.” At 5’-4” tall, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

Trashy Diva has really built a massive cult following over the years; die hard collectors that relish in all the gorgeous one of a kind prints they release in their signature designs. As their price points are a bit more of an investment especially with the weak Canadian dollar, I have to be more selective on my purchases. Although I initially coveted the Annette Dress in the fun Carnival print, I am thrilled to have chosen the Gathered Skirt as the vibrant colours go with an endless array of tops. The wide curved waistband is unique and very flattering even for us petite ladies. This is definitely a very voluminous gathered skirt, hence why I prefer the waist to be fitted and it also prevents the band from rolling down. Since the skirt is made with voile cotton, a good pressing will be required after each wear if you are sitting for any length of time. The whimsical Mardi Gras print is sure to garner tons of attention and be a conversation piece wherever you go.

Vibrant colour schemes are the most fun to accessorize. I had a difficult time choosing the colour of top to pair with the Carnival Skirt as there were several that would match beautifully. In the end, I wanted to showcase the rich purple in the motif by pairing it with the PUG Peasant top in Plum. I completed the ensemble with a vintage green marbled Bakelite beaded necklace, multi-coloured bangles and finished off by the Jenny Pumps in green by B.A.I.T. All accessories were selected to accent the vivacious Mardi Gras print.

Trashy Diva has enchanted our hearts by capturing the whimsy of the New Orleans spirit with their Carnival novelty print. These one of a kind prints are sure to become treasured pieces for years to come just like those from the 1950’s. There is a small selection of sizes that remain online and you can also join the “Desperately Seeking Trashy Diva” group on Facebook to acquire them second hand from fellow Trashy Diva fans.

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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?

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Heidi Revisited

One of the first blog reviews I shared was about the famous Heidi by Pinup Girl Clothing, a household name for all vintage lovers. The Heidi is by far a prominent wardrobe staple and definitely my personal favorite go-to retro dress for so many occasions. PUG knows how much we love our Heidi’s and has released some exciting new colorways and fun prints! But that wasn’t all…PUG decided to create limited edition Heidi’s for their top selling wholesale clients to reward their customers with something extra special. As soon as I laid eyes on the Heidi in red floral print I rushed to see where it was being sold. Being a proud Canadian, it was a pleasure to see Rowena aka Retroglam had the exclusive for North America.

Somehow, the mint Heidi found it’s way into my cart as well…

Available in XS to 2X in a variety of prints & colors – MSRP $98USD

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As mentioned in my earlier review, the Heidi runs true to the size chart and I definitely recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes in the waist area. The material is a high quality cotton with minimal stretch. The Heidi is suitable for ladies with bosoms of all grandeur with a modified sweetheart neckline. It features a full swing skirt and flattering cap sleeves perfect to conceal your favorite push up bra for extra pizazz! The thin belt defines your natural waist, easily adjustable for when you eat some extra treats.

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The red floral Heidi is even more stunning in person, the true definition of a Modern 50’s housewife dress. Add a matching red petticoat, round toe pumps and a pearl necklace to complete the look. Please bare in mind, nude undergarments are a must due to the white background and recommend the same with the mint color as well. I found the newer colorways to be a bit more snug in the waist but I still stuck with the medium like the cherry and pindot versions.

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My only point of discord with the Heidi’s in general is the need to iron them after each wear. The cotton is known to wrinkle after any prolonged sitting which is only normal for this type of material. Due to the thickness of the fabric, I highly recommend ironing as steaming doesn’t quite cut it.

The Heidi is ideal for every occasion; work, weddings, shopping…you name it! Have fun accessorizing as the options are as endless as your imagination will allow. If you want to kick it up a notch, a petticoat is the way to go! Personally the Heidi is my go-to dress on those days where I just want to dress up with little effort as shapewear is definitely not required.

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PUG knows how to make their loyal customers come back for more and more Heidi’s as you cannot own just one. Hopefully we’ll see more limited edition prints in the near future, we can never get enough of these dresses!

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