From a Little Spark May Burst a Flame

As our personal tastes and style continue to evolve everyday, I find myself much more aware of not over spending on clothing that will simply sit in my closet going unworn. Up until recently, I was focusing mainly on authentic vintage but this autumn has brought forth some pretty spectacular designs that I simply could not resist. The online boutique that I have always admired for their phenomenal ability to make everything look fabulous with their line up of iconic pinup models is Top Vintage Boutique. They carry such a wide array of brands, suitable for almost all budgets. In particular I found myself fancying their house line Vintage Chic, as it recaptured my love of a curve hugging wiggle dress. After a very short debate, I decided to take the plunge ordering the 50s Brianna Tie Neck Pencil Dress in Cognac.

Available in sizes 8-18UK in Cognac & Blue (new)~ MSRP €59.95

Seeing as I was very unfamiliar with the Vintage Chic brand and sizing, I relied heavily on the Top Vintage size chart and customer reviews to confirm what size would be most suitable. Top Vintage provides great fit advice on each items individual size chart; for the Brianna Dress, they advised it ran small and to order up if you are in between sizes which I was. My measurements (bust 36″, waist 27″, hips 41″) put me at the higher end of the size 10 and right in the middle of the 12. Since I intend to wear this mostly to the workplace, I wanted mine to hug my curves comfortably and not be overly fitted so I went with the size 12 (Medium). Needless to say, I was even more in love with the Brianna Dress when it arrived as the photos do not do the gorgeous cognac colour justice. I was super thrilled that the fit was spot on, it hugged my curves all in the right places but still had ample room to feel at ease. The Brianna Dress features a chic tie collar with 3/4 sleeves, stylish front pockets, a sexy wiggle pencil skirt and side zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

It has been a long time since I found myself enamored with a sexy secretary look a la Joan Holloway and the Brianna Dress did not disappoint. When I placed my order from the Top Vintage website at the end of summer, there were very few photos showing how the Brianna Dress would look on a curvy body type like mine. Ava Elderwood’s magnificence and the glowing customer reviews both convinced me to take the plunge. The rich cognac colour is so warm and quite a rare shade to come across these days. What drew me in is the simplicity of the design silhouette with the unique subtle details like the side tie collar and front pockets that create a point of interest. I will be honest, I fussed with tying the collar as it was a bit tricky to get it to lie nicely but once I did…it looked perfect. The polyester fabric has some stretch and is quite thick which is ideal to help conceal any trouble areas. To create the illusion of a flawless hourglass silhouette, I paired this sexy wiggle with my trusted Spanx High Waisted shorts (link here). The Brianna Dress is perfect for the office and can easily transition to nighttime glam.

A classic wiggle dress is simply elegant on its own and needs little accessories to create a stellar ensemble. I chose a classic office look by pairing the Brianna Dress with vintage copper earrings, a thin black belt, a vintage 40s cable knit handbag and black round toe pumps. If you want to add some sparkle, a fabulous large brooch placed at the tie collar or a dainty one placed on the chest would both look spectacular. The possibilities are abundant.

It has been a long while since I ventured away from my go to swing styles and embraced my inner Joan but the Brianna Dress has sparked the old flame inside of me again. We need to celebrate our bodies and not hide behind our insecurities; something I have been doing for quite some time now. So what if we gain a little weight or don’t meet the ideal image of ourselves…live life for today!

 

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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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