I have a wardrobe absolutely packed with lovely dresses, if in doubt I always wear a dress. However hanging unworn and neglected I also have a lot of vintage separates, mostly skirts and trousers. This year I decided to buy fewer dresses and start thinking about things I need to fill the gaps in my wardrobe and one of the things on my list was to get a few blouses. When Pretty Retro offered me a top of my choice to review on the blog, I took the opportunity to invest in one of their lovely vintage style blouses.

Pretty retro 40s style blouse reviewPretty Retro are the sister brand of House of Foxy and have a great selection of reproduction vintage items, including lots of basics and wardrobe staples. The blouse, is a simple 40s style blouse with an elegant v-neck and large tortoiseshell plastic buttons. It has gathers at the shoulders to give it that perfect vintage detail and darts for a great fit. It is made with viscose, so it hangs beautifully.

Pretty retro White Blouse ReviewIt is designed to be worn tucked in to swing trousers and pencil skirts, but I wanted to go for my own look with this one, so I wore it over a pair of original vintage wool trousers by Pendleton. I like creating a classic look, with both modern and vintage influences, which is what I tried to achieve with this outfit. I really like that the blouse is long enough to be worn tucked in or out of trousers.

Pretty retro 40s Inspired OOTDI paired the blouse and trousers with a vintage handbag, lots of bakelite bangles and a vintage plastic necklace. I also wore my trusty Orla Kiely shoes (which I wear with everything!) I put a pair of warm mustard socks underneath to fight off the winter chill.

I went for my usual size 14 and I think the fit is just right. I was really happy with the fit across the bust as there is no gaping and the darting and gathers help it to fit around the body perfectly. The website mentions that the blouse will shrink by about 3% in the wash, mine shank a little but not enough to alter the overall fit. It should be hand washed or dry cleaned to keep it looking its best.

Pretty Retro 40s Style Blouse ReviewThis is a great addition to any vintage wardrobe as it can be worn with so many different things. I’m already planning to wear it with everything from jeans to my high-waisted shorts in the summer. It would also be perfect for under a vintage suit, something I really want to get my hands on this year.

Price wise the blouse costs £39, which I think is excellent value for something of such lovely quality that I’ll wear a lot. The blouse is also available in black, which I would really like as well.

I am really happy with my new blouse and would definitely recommend it as a fantastic flexible garment. I love the fit and feel of it and that it will work very well with my original vintage garments. I’d really like to show some other looks that could be created with this, so if I can get a willing friend to take some more pics for me, I’ll show you some more outfit ideas soon.

View the full range of tops on the Pretty Retro website.

Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a style rut? I often do at this time of year. Sartorially the summer is definitely my favourite time of year. I find it so easy to throw on a gorgeous 50s style summer dress, some cute sandals or ballet flats and I’m good to go. The colder weather always comes as bit of a shock to me and I find myself looking at my wardrobe with a total lack on inspiration.

Then I remember the 60s and seventies, and I feel inspired again. The autumnal colours of the two decades are so easy to wear at this time of year. I hate wearing black as it totally washes me out. Todays outfit is actually a little daring for me. I rarely wear short skirts and this is a lot more leg than I usually have on show. But sometimes you’ve just got have fun and this outfit really cheered me up on a soggy cold rainy day.

sixties-inspired-ootdI picked up both the skirt and top at my local Sainsburys while doing my weekly shop, I am absolutely loving their clothing at the moment and I’ve picked up quite a few things in the last few weeks. I’ll definitely be sharing some more supermarket outfits over the coming weeks. I’ve paired them with some daring mustard tights from Primark, which make me feel a bit like an extra from the Simpsons, but I still love the colour. My shoes are my trusty Orla Kiely Abigail shoes from Clarks.

retro-sainsburys-jumperIt was fun to step out of my comfort zone a bit in this outfit and to try something a bit different. One of the best things about wearing vintage and retro style clothing is being about to jump between the decades and mix and match your look. For me always dressing in the same style all the time can get a bit boring and I enjoy the creativity of taking inspiration from different eras of fashion.

clarks-orla-kiely-abigail-shoesYou’ll probably notice me wearing these shoes with loads of outfits over the next few months. Partly because they are my very favourite shoes and they go really well with so many of my clothes. Also because I don’t own that many shoes any more. I got rid of loads and now try to invest in good quality shoes that will last me years.

Outfit details:

Top – Similar here – Tu at Sainsburys

Skirt – £18.00 – Tu at Sainsburys

Tights – Primark

Shoes – Some available on eBay – Orla Kiely at Clarks

What do you think of this slightly different look from me? Do you enjoy experimenting with influences from different periods in fashion history?

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As I mentioned in yesterdays blog post, one of the main things I want to do on the blog this year is share more of my vintage inspired outfits. It’s nice to have an incentive to get dressed up everyday and I love wearing all the lovely clothes in my wardrobe and making sure they all get worn. Today I put on a dress from Lindy Bop which I bought in the sale a few weeks ago. Luckily it’s still available and reduced to just £20.99, so if you’re looking for a winter dress at a bargain price then this might be what you’re looking for.

Lindy Bop Daria Dress Review

Today was a typical English wet and windy day and Rob and I braved the cold for a few minutes to get a few shots of my outfit in the garden. I paired the lovely tartan dress with an old belt and my Clarks Orla Kiely shoes which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.

Lindy Bop Daria Dress Tartan

I don’t own that many dresses which work well in winter. I’m always drawn to pretty, bright floral summer dresses and never really buy dark colours. I chose this dress because I knew it work work well in the winter worn with tights and a cardi. The dress is made from a lovely soft brushed cotton and reminds me of flannel shirts. I love the simple 50s shapes and the cute scalloped detail around the neckline.

Lindy Bop Daria Sale Dress

Lindy Bop sizing can really differ from dress to dress and this one comes up a little bigger than most. I bought my usual size 14 and it fits really comfortably. I like that theres loads of room in the bust and I had no pulling or squatting at all. I’m 5’6″ and worn with a full petticoat the dress sits just below the knee on me, making it the perfect length.

The dress also comes in a selection of other prints, many of which are also in the sale at the moment. It is also available in kids sizes.

Lindy Bop Daria Tartan Dress

Outfit Details

Dress – £20.99 – Lindy Bop

Necklace and Belt – Old from Primark

Bangles – Car boot sale finds

Shoes – Clarks Orla Kiely

Do you struggle to find vintage inspired winter outfits? Do you have any tips for creating great winter looks?

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.