Shoes to Wear with Vintage OutfitsWhen it comes to vintage, I seem to have absolutely loads of dresses, handbags and jewellery. However I own very few pairs of true vintage shoes. This is partly because my feet are quite wide and I find it hard to vintage shoes to fit, I also find it hard to find affordable styles that are in good enough condition for regular wear. Therefor I like to buy modern shoes on the high street, which are comfortable and complement my vintage wardrobe.

Most of the time you’ll find me wearing either my converse or comfy ballet pumps, but I also have a few favourite pairs of shoes which I also wear quite a lot. I thought I’d share some of my favourite pairs with you. hopefully it will help if you’re stuck for shoe inspiration for your vintage outfits. I think every single one of these has been included in outfit posts over the last couple of years and I wear them all a lot.

My favourite shoe brand is definitely Hotter. This brand has always had a focus on comfort and although traditionally aimed at the older generation, their last few collections have included some wonderful vintage inspired styles.

Hotter Donna

My favourite pair from Hotter are the Donna shoes in pink, which I wear all the time. They are so comfortable, with just the right heel height to look elegant, while still being comfortable enough to wear all day. They bring these out in new colours every season and I especially like them because they go with so many different vintage styles and eras. You can see I’ve worn them loads as they’re a tiny bit battered, but still going strong! You can see me wearing them in my House of Foxy blog post.

Hotter Donna Pink

Hotter Donna OOTDHotter Sandy

My next pair from Hotter are the Sandy shoes, also in pink. These are made from a lovely soft leather and I love the slightly more detailed t-bar style. I got these earlier this year and I’ve used them in quite a few of my outfit posts. These are slightly higher than my other styles, but still really comfortable. They also come in a gorgeous mustard and grey colour, which I absolutely love too. I wore these in my Dolly and Dotty Cape Review.

Hotter Sandy Shoes

Hotter Sandy OOTDHotter Mary Janes:

My final pair from Hotter are some lovely classic navy shoes. I wore these loads in the winter and they are simple enough in design to go with loads of outfits. I very rarely wear black so I usually go for navy or Brown shoes when I want something darker. I reviewed these shoes last year.

Hotter Michelle Shoes Hotter Michelle OOTDClarks Orla Kiely:

The Clarks and Orla Kiely shoe collaboration was one of my favourite shoe collections ever. I’m so sad that they’re doing them anymore. I was lucky enough to get this lovely pair of brown platforms from the range last year. I love these seventies inspired shoes and wear them with outfits from all decades. I reviewed these shoes last year.

Clarks Orla Abigail Brown

Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail OOTDClarks Brogues:

Another pair from Clarks are my pink and cream brogues. Clarks always have a great selection of brogues in a huge variety of colours and leather finishes. These go really well with dresses and vintage trousers and to me they are an absolute must-have. They are comfortable enough to wear for a whole day on your feet, while still looking really feminine and pretty. I featured them in my Lady K Loves review.

Clarks Pink and Cream Brogues

Clarks Brogues OOTDSwedish Hasbeens:

For the summer my favourite sandals are my Swedish Hasbeens, these are the only shoes that I struggle a little to walk in as the soles are so solid. Walking in clogs is an art I’ve not quite mastered yet. They do however, look great with really summery vintage dresses and I’ll definitely be persevering with them this year. I wore these in my Collectif Flamingo dress review.

Swedish HasbeensSwedish Hasbeens OOTDMiss L Fire:

Lastly, possibly my favourite pair of shoes ever, are my Miss L Fire mustard collared 40s style ones. When it comes to clothes and shoes this is definitely my favourite colour. Miss L Fires are quite expensive, but I bought these with some birthday money, so there was not a shred of buyers remorse after picking these up! I wore these in my vintage favourites post in January.

Miss L Fire Shoes

Miss L Fire Mustard ShoesI have lots of other shoes which I wear occasionally, but these are my go-to styles to wear with vintage outfits. I might do a future post on my original vintage ones, if anyone would like to see?

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As we have probably already established during my four years of blogging, I have a bit of a weakness for 50s dresses and floral prints. When you put the two together you have my perfect dress! One of my favourite styles of the 50s would have to be the shirt waist dress, they are so classic and flattering and casual enough for everyday wear.

1950s Blue Shirtwaister OOTDA few weeks ago I picked up this lovely blue rose print dress from Radio Days, one of my favourite vintage shops in London. Sadly they are soon to be closing after over 20 years in business, it’s so sad to see one of London’s original vintage shops closing it’s doors. The owners are currently offering really good prices, so I got about £20 off the original price of this dress.

Blue Rose 1950s Dress OOTDI absolutely love the classic blue rose print, which is so bright and perfect for summer. It’s also a really comfortable dress. Fit-wise I find original vintage dresses are roomier across the chest and I rarely have problems with gaping buttons on my true vintage pieces. They also usually have wider arms than modern reproduction ones, which makes them much easier to wear.   The dress was just perfect for a lovely morning walk around a beautiful park. 

Rose Print 1950s Blue Shirtwaister DressI’m wearing a 50s style What Katie Did bra under the dress. I don’t always wear vintage style lingerie, however for a dress like this I find traditional underthings will always create a better line.

Enid Collins Bag and Blue BanglesTo complete the look I added one of my favourite vintage Enid Collins handbags and a mix of blue vintage plastic bangles, which compliment the colour of the dress.

If you’re looking for original 1950s outfits, shirt dresses are a great place to start. They are quite easy to find and I’ve never had a problem finding them in slightly larger sizes.

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A few weeks ago, I listed heaps of lovely deadstock vintage jewellery on my Etsy store. It was all really popular, especially the novelty brooches which sold out really quickly. I managed to get my hands on a few more pieces to sell and thought I’d share a few with you on here. I try to keep everything on my shop really affordable, so most of these are under £8.00

Deadstock Vintage jewelleryElephant Brooch –  £6.50

Enamel Bow Brooch On CardEnamel Bow Brooch – £7

Enamel Flower Brooch On CardPink Flower Brooch – £7

Fish Dress Clips on CardFish Dress Clips – £8

Hedgehog Brooch FaceHedgehog Brooch – £7.00

Westie Brooch close UpDoggie Brooch – £7 

Batty Grable CurlersBetty Grable Rollers – £9

DSC_0982Yellow Flower Brooch – £7 

Elephant Brooch Close UpElephant Brooch – £6.50

Gnome Brooch Off CardGnome Brooch – SOLD

I have a 25% discount code on everything in the shop, for blog readers. Use the code VINTAGE25 at the checkout. Valid until 31st May 2016

I’ve also added some more clothing, with lots of new bits coming very soon.

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Vintage Afternoon Tea 8I am most definitely a summer person. As soon as the weather turns warmer, I want to spend all of my time outdoors. I am lucky enough to have a nice big garden and I’m slowing working on making my outdoor space, somewhere that I can relax and enjoy.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 4When Wayfair invited me to create an outdoor living space using a few of their products, I jumped at the chance. having looked at some of their garden furniture I thought it would be nice to create an outdoor afternoon tea. The idea of taking tea and cake into the garden on a summer day really appeals to me, whether I’m entertaining friends or just relaxing with a good book on my own.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 7The area I’ve made over is a boring patch of garden, next to our big concrete garage. We put some decking down a couple of years ago and I really wanted to brighten the area up. It’s the perfect spot for a little seating area and I’d already bought lots of plants and put them in some old pots to add a little colour.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 1

Vintage Afternoon Tea 10If you are creating a living space outdoors, the first place to start would have to be somewhere to sit. I wanted something simple which had a slightly vintage feel. I chose the Lutyn Bench as it has a lovely classic design and it’s quite an affordable piece. I wanted something light in colour as all my plants are really colourful and I wanted them to provide most of the colour in my seating area.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 12Next I needed a small table. Because I wanted this to feel like an outdoor living room as opposed to a dining area, I chose a small folding butlers table, which goes really well with the bench. This is perfect for a couple of drinks or could be used as a decorative piece with plants and an ornament. It was just the right size for a few cupcakes and scones and a nice big pot of tea.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 16No indoor living room would be complete without throws and cushions and my outdoor living space is no different. I softened up the bench with a throw and some mix and match cushions. I prefer my cushions to all be different, while sticking to a colour scheme and I think these all work really together.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 17To complete the look I wanted some decoration on the wall behind the bench. I absolutely love outdoor mirrors and these shabby chic Wayfair green garden mirrors look like they have been salvaged and up-cycled, which I think works really well in my garden. Eventually I’d like a climbing plant to grow on this wall, which I thinking would look amazing surrounding these mirrors.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 15I’d like to keep adding to the area and adding a few more decorative items, but I’m really happy with how it looks so far. What things do you do to make your outdoor space more interesting?

Vintage Afternoon Tea 13

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After the coldest April on record, every last bit of sunshine is bringing a smile to my face at the moment. Soon it will be time to ditch the warmer clothes from my wardrobe and start wearing my favourite summer things. I’ve been looking at some of my favourite reproduction vintage websites for summer wardrobe inspiration and have seen so many things I like. When I looked at the Lindy Bop website, I knew my bank balance was going to take a bit of a hit! Yet again they have upped their game, their new collection is better than ever and includes lots of pretty pastel colours and lovely novelty prints. I put together a wish list with some of my favourite pieces from the website. The only difficult bit now, is deciding what to get!

LINDY BOP WISHLIST

The collection includes all my favourite things, pastels, gingham, florals and border prints. Most of the pieces I’ve chosen could be mixed and matched as part of a pretty summer wardrobe…

Top Row:

Bonnie Blue Gingham Swing Dress  £32 – Caterina Yellow Gingham Top  £20 – Bernice Paris Border Swing Dress £45 – Bettie Blue Bow Print Cardigan  £22

Second Row:

Caterina Green Gingham Top  £20 – Bernice Mint Rose Swing Dress  £45 – Bobette Striped Culotte Trousers  £24 – Bernadette Blue Lipstick Print Swing Dress  £30

Third Row:

Joni Pale Blue Tulle Wiggle Dress £35 – Olive Lilac Box Sweater £22 – Cheri Cherry Print Cardigan £22 – Kennedy Cream Shrug £20 – Bernice Turquoise Tulip Swing Dress £45

Bottom Row:

Settler Pink Stripe Rockabilly Top £20 – Nishka Blue Floral High Waisted Shirts £15 – Corinna Yellow Gingham Swing Dress £30 – Mansfield Bluebird Sweater Top £22

Which is your favourite item from my wishlist?

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