If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me share a few pictures of todays gorgeous dress. I have already written about it for the Laura Ashley blog and everything about it is fabulous!

Laura Ashley Floral Ruffle Dress 2A few months ago I went to the Laura Ashley press day and saw so many gorgeous things that appeal to my love of vintage and retro clothes. For this season Laura Ashley have looked back to their archives for inspiration and this collection really does pay homage to the companies best days. As I’ve mentioned many times I adore the 70s look and all the romantic flowing fabrics and floral prints, this dress really epitomises that for me.

Laura Ashley Floral Ruffle Dress 4The Pink Floral Ruffle Dress has a high neck with a pussy bow detail at the neck as well as plenty of retro ruffles. It has gathered sleeves and an elasticated waist which is neatly hidden behind a classic tie belt. The dress falls mid calf, which is a little longer than I usually wear, but perfect for wearing with some knee-high boots. The ones I’m wearing are from Dune and were kindly leant to me by Fay (the bestie).

Laura Ashley Floral Ruffle Dress 6Fit wise, I went for a size 14 as usual and the fit was great. I didn’t have any problems with gaping at the bust and the elasticated waist was just right, but would also add a little flexibility if you’re between sizes. The dress is made from polyester crepe and doesn’t need ironing, which I appreciated as I seem to spend most of my time glued to the iron!

Laura Ashley Floral Ruffle Dress 3As the dress has quite a busy design and print, I kept accessories to the absolute minimum and only brightened the look up with a hair flower from Scarlet Ribbons. I wore my hair in a simple messy Gibson roll, I think the dress is nice with an up-do as its shows off all the details, although it would also look good with some 70s style waves. As the weather gets warmer I will probably wear the dress with a pair of wedges instead of boots, making it a great transitional piece as the seasons change.

The dress costs £110, but is currently on offer for £88 and is available on the Laura Ashley website.

*Thank you to Laura Ashley for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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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.

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 OOTDMy 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 OOTDMy 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 OOTDThe 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 OOTDAnother 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 OOTDFor 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 OOTDLastly, 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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One of my most popular blog posts of last year was my preview of the Clarks AW15 collection. One of the highlights of the collection was the amazing shoe collaboration with designer Orla Kiely. I’m a big fan of her retro designs and prints anyway, but her collections from Clarks have been a real highlight for me.

Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail Shoes Brown
A couple of weeks ago I finally got my hands on a pair of her Abigail platform heels from the collection which I have been coveting for ages. At £130 they were a big purchase, and I only managed to get them when I was gifted a Clarks gift voucher at their last press day. Unfortunately they have since sold out on the Clarks site, however I’m sure a few pairs will pop up on eBay in the future and much of the Orla collection is still available on the Clarks website.

Orla Kiely Abigail Shoes from Clarks
I absolutely love the 70s influence to these gorgeous shoes, which also came in black and gold. They are so comfortable and go perfectly with all the fabulous 70s inspired clothes on the high street at the moment.

1960s outfit of the day - Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail shoes
I love mixing vintage with modern and I paired my Orla’s with an original 60s dress and handbag alongside a modern coat and tights. I really enjoyed injecting a little retro colour into an otherwise rainy day in the park.

Clarks Orla Abigail

Outfit Details

Shoes – Abigail Heels – £130 – Orla Kiely at Clarks 

Jacket – £30.00 – Primark (currently in stores)

Dress – Vintage 1960s – Car boot sale find

Tights – Primark

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins – Ebay

I’m sorry if I’ve tempted you with shoes that are now sold out! 🙁 But there are lots of other lovely Orla styles on the Clarks website.

70s dress Oaks ParkWhen I first started blogging about vintage fashion, I certainly wasn’t stuck in any particular era. I just loved everything about vintage fashion. From hunting out amazing bargains to the social stories the clothes themselves tell. My wardrobe has always contained clothes dating from the 40s to 80s and it definitely is an eclectic mix. In recent years I found myself wearing 50s style more often than not, but to be completely honest I was getting a bit bored and felt the need for a change.

Autumn Vintage OutfitSeeing all the gorgeous late sixties and seventies trends which are absolutely everywhere this season led me to revisit the depths of my wardrobe and try on a few things that I’ve either not worn before or have left unworn for quite some time.

Seventies Autumn OOTDOne such dress is this late 60s/early 70s dress which I bought from a charity shop last year. I bought it because I loved the colour and print and it fit me perfectly. But it only got it’s first wear this week, when I had a little afternoon date with Rob and we went for a lovely Autumn walk in the park. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit from the headscarf to the coloured tights and even the heavier make-up, my look may have just grown up a couple of decades!

Primark Camel BootsI wore the dress with my new boots which were a bargain £15 from Primark this week. I popped in looking for a comfortable pair of camel coloured boots to go with another outfit, and since I bought them I’ve worn them with everything.

Seventies DressAlthough I will always dedicate the summer months to my original and reproduction fifties dresses, for Autumn and Winter I think the more earthy tones of the seventies may be making much more of an appearance. I can’t wait to show you some of the other outfits I’ve picked out for the coming weeks.

Seventies Autumn OutfitMy resolution for the rest of the year, is to mix up my vintage as much as possible and be more creative with my style. Do you wear vintage, and if so do you stick to just one decade or mix and match?

Every press day I’ve been to this season has got me more and more excited about all the wonderful 70s influences which will be everywhere later this year. Being a vintage collector I’ve managed to pick up quite a few amazing 70s pieces over the years and although I don’t love every look from the decade there are certainly aspects of it I adore. One shop that seams to have really picked up the best of the Seventies is ASOS. Everything has a very authentic retro feel,  infact at first glance their press day could be mistaken for an actual vintage shop.

ASOS AW15 Press Day Womenswear

The colour palette contains all the rich earthy tones you’d expect from retro clothing and it’s all absolutely perfect for Autumn. The fabric choices are also inspired from the past with lots of flowy chiffon and muslins as well as crimplene-esque stretchy fabrics. There are lots of strong prints, as well as stripes and chevrons with embroidered and beaded details.

ASOS AW15 Press Day Beaded Top

ASOS AW15 Press Day Favourite Dresses 1970sIf disco is more your thing then you won’t be disappointed, there were lots of sequins and sparkles. Forget being subtle, winter will be all about bright, light catching all over sequins, just in time for the party season.

ASOS AW15 Press Day Sequin Cape

ASOS AW15 Sequin Details

ASOS AW15 Sequin Jacket

The accessories are also daring with heavily embellished clutch bags, metallic boots and lots of fur.

ASOS AW15 Press Day Bead and Sequin Embellished Clutch Bag

ASOS AW15 Press Day Metallic Snakeskin Ankle Boots

There are also lot’s of brown tones and platforms as you’d expect. I can just image all of these walking over thick shag-pile rugs!

ASOS AW15 Press Day Brown 70s Style Platform Shoes

I really really liked all the coats, which are perfect for cold winter nights. I love seventies style coats and have an original suede one with a big furry colour, which looks just like these. I love all the fur details these all look so warm!

ASOS AW15 Press Day 1970s Coats

What do you think of the seventies trend and the collection from ASOS? I think it’s really cool and I’ll definitely be embracing aspects of it in my wardrobe.

Shop the currant collection from ASOS here