All my recent outfit posts have featured my favourite vintage style highstreet finds and reproduction dresses, and I thought it was high time my original vintage dresses got a bit more of a look in. So I’ve decided to do a new series on the blog featuring some of my favourite authentic vintage outfits.
Todays dress was an eBay buy and I don’t wear it very often as it’s a little too small. I usually sell dresses which aren’t the perfect fit, as I really don’t believe in keeping stuff you don’t use. This dress is an exception to my rule however, because I love it so much. I have a huge love of all things gingham, especially if it’s red. For everyday wear I have been wearing my red gingham dress from Sainsburys a lot, but it has not replaced this dress in my favourites.
I’d always wanted an original 1950s Horrockses dress, one of the really collectible expensive ones, but I’m yet to find the perfect dress in just the right size and for such a big investment it would have to be perfect. When I spotted this 1960s one for just £40 I had to have it. Hopefully when I finally get round to losing my baby weight it will be a better fit. To get it on today I had to wear the most ridiculous vintage girdle to take an inch off my waist!
The dress is made from a lovely soft cotton and has a cute lace trim on the body. It’s not full enough for a petticoat like a 1950s style would be, but still full enough for a mid-century look.
I’ve teamed the dress up with my favourite pair of wedges from New Look a couple of years ago and an original 1950s bag which I bought at Wimbledon Car Boot Sale for £2.
I’m looking forward to sharing a few more of my favourite vintage dresses with you in the future and hopefully getting some new ones soon too!