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Keeping it Casual in Collectif Dungarees

4 Feb

As well as wearing lots of beautiful vintage dresses and skirts, I love practical clothes that I can wear to run around with the kids. I thought it would be nice to share some of my casual everyday outfits on here, because I definitely don’t get dressed up every day! One of my favourite casual outfits is my Collectif Denise dungarees with a comfy jumper and a pair of converse. I wore this outfit for a muddy walk with Rob and Lila and not only was it comfortable it was also nice and warm on a chilly winter afternoon.

Collectif DungareesI love that these are a slightly more glamorous twist on a classic dungaree shape, with their sweetheart neckline and fitted shape. The dungarees fasten with a side zip, which gives them a really nice fit.

Collectif Denise DungareesThey are made from a stretch denim, so they are really comfortable and easy to move around in. They’re absolutely perfect for days spent outdoors, or for a cute casual look. I’m looking forward to wearing them in the summer with a little white tee and a pair of sandals.

Vintage style Dungarees^ When your kid makes you giggle while taking outfit pics!

I went for a size 14 in them and they come up pretty true to size. If in doubt, use the size guide on the Collectif website.

My hair has finally got long enough to wear it up more, so I wore it in a simple bun with pinned up plaits at the front, which only takes about 5 minutes to do and makes a simple style a bit more vintage.

Let me know if you’d like to see more of my everyday casual outfits alongside my usual ones and I’ll see what I can do.

Collectif Mimi Dress OOTD

24 Feb

Every time I vow not to buy any more reproduction and concentrate on building my collection of real vintage, the same things happens! I check the Collectif website, fall in love with absolutely everything and just can’t help myself! This is especially bad when they have a sale, I have such a weakness for their gorgeous clothes and grabbing a fantastic bargain. So when they had a 50% off sale recently I accumulated rather a large haul. One of the items I picked up was the lovely Mimi dress, which I’ve worn absolutely loads over the last few weeks.

Collectif Mimi dress Review
This dress is now almost completely sold out, unless you’re a size 6 (lucky you!) But I thought I’d grab a few pictures and talk about the fit and quality, as they have lots of similar items available at the moment.

I’m always really impressed with the quality of my Collectif dresses. the fabric is usually quite a heavy so it hangs beautifully. They also usually have a little stretch, as this one does which helps if you’re quite busty like me. I always go for a size 14, and I’ve had no problems with fit so far. A few people I know have found the sizes inconsistent, but I usually go for similar styles that I know will work well for my shape.

Collectif Dress OOTD
I usually don’t go for polka dots, as the repro market is absolutely saturated with them, but I couldn’t resist the cute combination of roses and dots and the sweetheart neckline totally sold the dress to me. I also love anything navy as it’s the best alternative to black. I love the super flattering gathered detailing on the bust and the lovely full skirt which could be worn with a petticoat for a fuller more 50s look.

Art Deco Necklace OOTD
I wore the dress with an original art deco era glass necklace which I recently picked up on eBay as part of a jewellery bundle. I love how the green beads pick up the leaves in the dress. On my feet I’m wearing an original pair of vintage 1960s shoes which were a car boot sale find and a firm favourite of mine as they are so comfortable. I was delighted to find exactly the same pair of shoes again in plain black at another car boot sale recently.

1960s Shoes OOTD
I’ve been making much more effort to get dressed up every day this month. I’m not great at putting vintage style winter outfits together at this time of year, so dresses like this which go with everything and are easy to accessorise are absolutely perfect for me.

Outfit Details

Dress – Collectif

Necklace – Vintage Via eBay

Shoes – Vintage Car Boot Sale Find


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A Family Day Out at Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer

12 Oct

I love it when a vintage event happens near me. Although there are great events all over the country, being able to pop to one for a couple of hours with the kids is always a bonus. I’ve been meaning to go to the Vintage Alldayer at Kingsmeadow Football Ground the last few times it’s been on and have never got round to it, so it was great to finally pop along a couple of weeks ago and check it out.

Kingsmadow Vintage Allayer Homeware Stall
The event featured an absolutely amazing selection of vintage traders, with lots of clothing accessories, records and homewares. I’m trying to save money at the moment so I couldn’t buy any of the lovely dresses I spotted, but I did get an egg slicer  to add to my Tala collection! You can see it in the picture above.

Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer Tea and Cake
We had a lovely slice of cake with tea served in gorgeous vintage china at the events tea room, while watching lots of talented couples taking to the dance floor for a jive.

Classic Cars Kingsmeadow Vintage Alldayer

Classic Car Kingsmeadow As usual lots of people had brought along their fabulous classic cars to be admired. The girls love looking at them all. I didn’t take a huge number of pictures at the event, as I just wanted to enjoy some family time and have a good look at everything. I’d definitely recommend the event and next time I will definitely be going again.

J and L Lindy Bop
It is actually impossible to get these two to both look at the camera at the same time these days! Lila is wearing her Lindy Bop kids dress which is her absolute favourite at the moment.

Collectif Aida Zac Lucia Red Gingham Dress
I’ve mentioned my current obsession with red gingham a lot this year. I wore yet more gingham to the event. This dress from Collectif has become my go-to dress for events at the moment as its so comfortable. I got it a while ago, but it’s currently in the sale. The shoes are my absolute favourite shoes at the moment, they are so comfortable and they look amazing with vintage dresses.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Aida Zak at Collectif

Cardigan – TU at Sainsburys

Necklace – Vintage via Charity Shop

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins

Donna Shoes – Hotter

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My Top 20 Reproduction Vintage Shops.

16 Aug

Over 2 years ago I shared a post featuring my Top 10 Reproduction Vintage Shops. It has been such a hugely popular post with people reading it and discovering all the great shops I mentioned, every single day. Since writing it, I’ve discovered more shops and brands that I love. I thought it was high time I compiled an up to date list and share some more great brands with you. So without further ado this is my new improved top 20 list…

My Top 20 Reproduction Vintage Shops

What Katie Did – When choosing clothing, lingerie is the best place to start. Whether you’re wearing true vintage pieces or a reproduction piece, having the right foundation can make such a big difference to the finished outfit. What Katie Did have all grounds covered from beautiful bras to corsets and stockings. They also have a great range of sizes.

Heyday – Heyday make beautiful 40s and 50s style dresses and separates that are absolutely perfect for vintage events and reenactments. Their Fleur dresses are based on a vintage Swirl dress design and the one I have in my wardrobe is one of my favourite dresses. Look out for their amazing limited edition Christmas prints in December. They also have a menswear range so the man in your life doesn’t need to feel left out!

House of Foxy – For beautiful dresses with the most gorgeous details House of Foxy is there when you need something a bit special. Their designs look very authentic and are perfect for ladies wanting to recreate looks from the past. I love their gorgeous floral print dresses, but their separates are perfect for every day looks to wear to work.

La Vie En Swing – For lovely clothes based on the 30s, 40s and 50s La Vie En Swing have something for everybody. I love their 4os style blouses and swing trousers which come in a selection of colours. They also have plenty of dresses which would be perfect for wearing to vintage events and dance classes alike. Their 40s style dresses remind me of wartime utility wear. I’ll be doing a review of their swing trousers later in the year so watch this space!

Vintage Reproduction Dresses Vintage Frills

Lindy Bop – I adore Lindy Bop, firstly because they have so much choice and also because they are so affordable. They have literally hundreds of gorgeous dresses in a great selection of styles, colours and prints.

Collectif – For fun girlie dresses in both swing and fitted styles you can’t go wrong with Collectif. Every collection seems to get better and I love them for all their feminine ginghams and bright mid-century inspired prints. They also stock Miss L Fire shoes which I can’t afford at the moment but want really really badly!

Tara Starlet – Tara Starlet offer fashion forward vintage inspired clothes that would suit both vintage fans and ladies who love modern clothes alike. Expect gorgeous flattering styles and bright prints, their oversized ginghams are amazing.

Vivien of Holloway – For fun 40s and 50s dresses and separates Vivien of Holloway can’t help but make you smile. I particularly love their gypsy tops which look amazing with 40s gathered skirts. Their dresses all come in a huge selection of prints and colours. Be sure to check their size guides as their sizing is slightly different to most shops.

Pin-up Girl Clothing – Pin-up Girl Clothing just keep getting better and better! For amazing novelty prints and 50s style Americana this is the place to go. I desperately want a wardrobe filled with their amazing Jenny skirts and dresses. The full range is only available in the US although they do shop to the UK. There are a full stockists over here so it’s worth doing your research.

Dolly Dagger – For lovely dresses and inspired by the 1950s, Dolly Dagger have some lovely choices. That also have plenty of cute accessories.

Reproduction Vintage Dresses Vintage Frills

Love ur Look – I have been a fan of Love ur Look for such a long time. The owner Ronke designs beautiful dresses which pick out all the beautiful features you’d find on original vintage garments. The novelty print fabrics are all absolutely gorgeous and I love the extra details like big pockets and oversized buttons. I have 4 dresses from Love ur Look so I feel really confident recommending the brand.

Freddie’s of Pinewood – When people talk about retro jeans they always seem to mention Freddie’s. They are well-known for stocking fantastic denim for both men and women as well as authentic looking knitwear to finish the look.

Bettylicious – If you’re looking for lovely vintage style swimwear that you can actually get into a pool wearing, then Bettylicious is the place for you. I love their high-waisted bikini bottoms and one pieces which come in plenty of prints and colours to suit all tastes. Next time I go on holiday I’ll definitely be stocking up on flattering swimwear from here.

Miss Bamboo – Miss Bamboo specialise in Hawaiian, American and Mexican style vintage. Many vintage lovers dream of owning an original vintage sarong dress, but if you don’t own the real thing then Miss Bamboo is the place to go. I adore all the tropical prints and there are plenty of gorgeous accessories to complete the look.

Atypical Girl – This lovely brand launched last year, not only do they sell gorgeous authentic vintage pieces, but also beautifully designed vintage style pieces as well. Simone the owner has a great eye and I adore her in-house range.

Dolly and Dotty – I recently discovered Dolly and Dotty and was lucky enough to get to try a couple of their cute vintage inspired dresses. If you love bright colours and easy to wear repro clothes, then this is a great place to start. Their prices are also fantastic so a little indulgence here won’t break the bank!

Top Vintage – Top vintage sell a huge array of brands, including some of those featured above. I love the gorgeous pictures on their website and the fact that you can shop by decade. they cover a huge range of eras from the 1930s – 60s and they have everything from dresses to jewellery and handbags. Everything you need to recreate a vintage look.

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – Everything in this great shop is made from original 1940s designs and the choice of fabric makes every item look like the real thing. Their website is absolutely gorgeous and I just love everything they have on offer. They even have a siren suit, prefect for anyone who loves fashion history!

Lady K Loves – If you’ve been looking for jeans, but can’t find a pair that flatter your curves, then look no further. Lady K Loves Hug Me Baby Jeans go in and out in all the right places. They are so popular that they regularly sell out. Their gorgeous vintage inspired separates are also amazing, 

Darcy Clothing – I’ve included this lovely site, mostly for my male readers. If you’re a dapper gentlemen looking to deck yourself out in vintage style attire, then head on over to Darcy clothing. They have everything a well dressed vintage gent could need.

Like my last post, if I discover any more amazing companies I’ll add them to the bottom of this post as and when. If you have any favourite shops that I’ve not included, please leave them in the comments so I can go and check them out.

Collectif Atomic Flamingo Doll Dress Review

7 Aug

I always get a little over excited when Collectif have a sale. About twice a year they reduce everything on their website to 50% off and I go a bit mad and buy all the pretties that I’ve had my eye on. This time I came away with a grand total of four gorgeous dresses and a selection of accessories. I’m planning to do a haul post soon, but for now here is a review of one of the dresses I bought.

Collectif Flamingo Print Dress

I have a bit of a thing for tropical themed prints at the moment, they make me feel instantly cheerful so I was totally drawn to this bright atomic era inspired, flamingo festooned dress. The doll dress is a new shape for me, I’ve always been really happy with the fit of the Dolores Doll dresses and don’t usually go for thin straps, but I decided to go for something a little different and I’m glad I did. I’m not a fan of strapless bras, so I wore the dress with a bra with very thin nude coloured straps and I don’t think they notice too much.

Collectif Flamingo Doll Dress Review

I love the fit of the dress, which I bought in a size 14. The dress has a panel of shirred elastic at the back rather than fastening with a zip which I find quite handy for getting a really good fit on a curvy figure. The front of the dress features some pretty wooden buttons and a gathered section over the bust which is super flattering. There was more than enough room across the bust and there was definitely lots of extra stretch, so this would also be a great style for busty girls with smaller waists.

The quality of the dress is fantastic, I’ve never had any problems with any of my Collectif clothing before, it all washes and lasts really well. I was also impressed with the speed in which my lovely new clothes were delivered. Despite the very busy sale period my parcel was with me within 4 days, so I didn’t have to wait too long before I could try all my lovely new clothes on! With free postage on top of the already fantastic discount I was really happy.

Collectif Flamingo Doll Dress

We’ve been decorating the house all week and I’ve had no time to anything with my hair so I just popped into a pony tail and covered it with a pretty chiffon head scarf from Bow and Crossbones. I accessorised the dress with a vintage wooden box bag which Rob bought me for my birthday from an antiques shop and a selection of plastic bangles and a wooden bracelet alongside a pair of pink Swedish Hasbeens. This was the perfect outfit for a lovely walk in the park.

Vintage Box Bag, Bangles and Pink Swedish Hasbeens

Outfit Details:

Atomic Flamingo Doll Dress – £55 – Collectif – similar here

Headscarf – £3.50 – Bow and Crossbones

Jewellery and Bag – Vintage / Carboot sale finds

Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens – similar here

This particular dress isn’t currently available on the website, however you can get the Atomic Flamingo print in a Dolores Doll Dress to this style of dress in the Pineapple Print.

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