Winter Tartan Chic

The one thing I am not fond of living in Canada are our cold and snowy winters but luckily they are becoming slightly milder in recent years. As the chillier temps set in, I am quickly reaching my frocks with long sleeves to keep me warm and still looking fabulous. When I heard the news that Miss Victory Violet collaborated with Voodoo Vixen for their Autumn/Winter collection, I knew we would be in for a real treat. Her love of  tartan was the inspiration behind the beautiful monochromatic designs that are perfect for the season. I must admit, I could not resist buying several pieces from this magnificent collaboration including the spectacular Veronica Tartan Pencil Dress.

Available in sizes S-2XL ~ MSRP £55.00

Being a longtime customer of Voodoo Vixen, I find their sizing to be quite consistent with each design. Normally I wear a size Small but knowing the Veronica Pencil Dress had little stretch, there was absolutely no way my hips were going to fit. Based on my current measurements (bust 36″, waist 27.5″, hips 41″), I rolled the dice and ordered a size Medium as the size chart still said the hips maxed out at 38″. The true test was shimming in and trying to sit without feeling crammed into a sardine can. Thankfully the size Medium fit well in the bust, waist and shoulders with a little shapewear help needed for the hips. If you are not prepared to wear a girdle, I definitely recommend sizing up to fit your hips comfortably. The Veronica Pencil Dress features a square neckline with shoulder bow detail, 3/4 length sleeves with contrasting cuffs, a sexy pencil skirt with dipped pleats on the back hem and zipper back closure. The monochromatic grey tartan print is a true classic and very chic. At 5′-4″, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

The Voodoo Vixen and Miss Victory Violet collaboration is truly one of my favorites to date. Ella and I share similar tastes which is sure to result in fabulous new frocks that I simply adore. Normally I instinctively shy away from wiggle dresses but the Veronica Pencil Dress had such exquisite design details that made it simply irresistible. The back dipped kick-pleat is my favorite element of the dress. The  combination of beauty and functionality, suitable for the cold winter days ahead. I did find the sleeves to be a bit loose for my liking but I know many ladies would surely appreciate them not being overly tight. In order to feel more comfortable and have a little more room in hips, I paired it with the Rago 1294 girdle. The Veronica Pencil Dress can easily transition from daytime work wear to evening attire.

In keeping with the monochromatic scheme, I felt any accessories should be a basic black or grey to not take away from design. I paired the Veronica Pencil Dress with silver  confetti earrings, bangles, vintage 40s handbag, the matching grey belt, seamed stockings by WKD and black round toe pumps. The thick tartan fabric conceals your underpinnings and shapewear flawlessly.

The Veronica Tartan Dress is a classic with subtle flair that really gives you an air of confidence to make you want to strut your stuff. I highly recommend checking out the entire Miss Victory Violet collaboration with Voodoo Vixen, you are sure to fall in love with one if not all designs. I simply could not resist the Ella Tartan Flare Dress and the Celine Black Top as well.

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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