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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Getting Fruity

One trend that has transcended over six decades and remains a hot ticket item are novelty prints. Whether you are a vintage collector or prefer vintage reproduction, these spectacular one of a kind prints are highly sought after by many. Surely due to their originality and the desire to make a statement by those who are bold enough to wear them. Lately, I have been all about fruity prints and I simply can’t get enough of them in my wardrobe. To my surprise, Gerry from Glamour Bunny sent me the Katy Pineapple Pinup Dress to review and let’s just say, I was over the moon excited with her fruity choice.

Available in sizes XS-3X in pineapple & cherry ~ MSRP £80

IMG_3567 IMG_3598When it comes to Glamour Bunny sizing, I find all their styles are very consistent with their size charts. Based on my current measurements (36-27-39), I fit perfectly in their size Medium. If you find yourself in-between sizes, there is a fair amount of stretch to the Katy Dress as it’s made from bengaline and they are indeed designed to be curve hugging. I get so excited when a dress fits wonderfully off the rack and requires no major alterations, it’s a little victory every time. As you can see in the photos, there’s a tad bit of gaping along the front bustline which will be easy to adjust by moving the straps in slightly. The Katy Dress features a lined bodice, adjustable straps (my favorite), an invisible back zipper and lovely kick pleat skirt. The contrasting green trim detail is a fabulous compliment to the adorable yellow pineapple print. Plus, I find that it also helps prevent the yellow from washing out those with a fair complexion like me. At 5′-4″, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_3570It has been some time since I’ve added a new wiggle dress to my wardrobe as they often require a little extra help in the shapewear department. The Rago 1294 girdle is a great pairing with the Katy Dress, creating that sexy hourglass silhouette. The design and quality of Glamour Bunny dresses aren’t one to ever disappoint. They accentuate in all the right places and you can’t help but feel fabulous in them. Needless to say, the pineapple print is absolutely adorable and I think everyone should own it! The Katy Dress is a perfect summer look, taking you from day to evening with little effort. With the modest bust line, I would even venture to wear it to the office paired with a cute cropped cardigan or bolero. I know the Katy Pineapple Dress will be in my suitcase for our upcoming trip to Jamaica!

IMG_3580Now accessorizing the eye catching pineapple print was so much fun; I paired it with a vintage yellow basket handbag, vintage bakelite bracelets to play up the lovely tones in the print and finished off with my B.A.I.T Dennise wedges. I would have loved to own the Andy’s Eye Candy pineapple hair fruits, as it would have been total perfection from head to toe.

IMG_3578Summer is in full swing and the Katy Pineapple Dress is sure to make a statement wherever you go. I have taken to collecting vintage and vintage reproduction novelty prints as they are true collector pieces sure to brighten any pinup wardrobe. Make sure to take advantage of Glamour Bunny’s 10% off loyalty coupon applicable on all orders! Simply use code GBLOYALTY.