I keep saying that I should share more of my original vintage dresses on here as well as all my lovely repro pieces, and now I am finally getting round to it! I have been collecting vintage dresses for a few years now and I’m hoping to get pictures of all of them. I’m quite good at clearing out my wardrobe and will often sell or donate my dresses after a few wears, otherwise I would run out of room pretty quickly! So even when things leave my possession it’s nice to have photographs and visual records of them.

Today’s dress has actually been with me for some time. The main reason is because I managed to damage it the very first time I wore it, so its been at the bottom of my repair pile for ages. Last week I gave it some much needed tlc and now I can wear and enjoy it through the summer.

The dress is made from lovely light cotton, making it perfect for the summer. I bought this one on eBay for about £35 I think. If you’re building a vintage wardrobe yourself, cotton 50s dresses are a great place to start. Larger sizes can be harder to come by, but if you persevere they are out there.

I’ve worn my dress with a flower garland, which I picked up from New Look a couple of years ago. I’ve teamed it up with my yellow Miss L Fire shoes, which I adore. My bangles are all vintage bakelite, I’ve been slowly building up my bakelite collection over some time. I love mixing and matching them to go with different outfits.

It’s been lovely to have a bit of sunshine over the last few weeks and to be able to finally wear some of my prettiest dresses!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been adding lots of new stock to my Etsy store, including loads of lovely summer dresses. Everything dates from the 50s to 70s and there’s a selection of sizes. I’ll be adding new stuff every week so watch this space for updates.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of the vintage treasures from my wardrobe over the next few weeks, as well as tips on building your own vintage wardrobe. If you have any vintage related questions please let me know.

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Green is my absolute favourite colour, but when it comes to clothes its a colour thats a little lacking in my wardrobe. I’ve chosen some of my favourite green clothes online and put together a wish list of some of my favourites, as well as a few white and cream items to mix and match. I absolutely cannot wait for the warm weather so I can wear more dresses skirts and playsuits. I’ve always been a fan of pairing pretty outfits with a pair of converse for comfort and talking vintage influences and doing something a bit more modern with them.

1.  Broderie Collar Cardigan – £60 – Cath Kidston

2. London Park Dress – £60 – Cath Kidston

3. Broderie Anglaise Top – £45 – Cath Kidston

4. Jayne Playsuit – £50 – Voodoo Vixen

5. Converse Trainers – Office

6. Jumpsuit – Not currently available – Voodoo Vixen

7. Green Floral Knickers – £7 – Cath Kidston

9. Lace Detail Blouse – £60 – Laura Ashley

10. Erstwilder Wischt the Verbose Brooch – £21.75 – Collectif

11. Carly Cardigan – £36 – Collectif

12. Regents Rose Dress – £80 – Cath Kidston

13. Duck Pond Skirt – £35 – Cath Kidston

14. Agatha Green Floral Dress – £47.50 – Voodoo Vixen

15. Lulu Hun Joan Shoes – £38.50 – Collectif

16. Green Leather Card Holder – £14 – Cath Kidston

17. Green Leather Handbag – £90 – Cath Kidston

What’s your favourite colour and do you wear it much?

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A few months ago, I reviewed a beautiful floral 40s style dress from new brand Pretty Retro. As I said in that review, the dress would be perfect to wear to 1940s events. Last week I received anther gorgeous dress from them and this one is every bit as lovely and a very authentic tribute to 40s fashions.

pretty-retro-1940s-style-shirt-dress-reviewFor those of you unfamiliar with the brand, it comes from the creators of established repro brand The House of Foxy, and is an affordable range of staple items for a vintage wardrobe. The range consists of several dresses as well as a great range of separates. The dress in todays review is the latest new addition to the collection and comes in a choice of green and red.

pretty-retro-pretty-green-shirt-dressSince green is my favourite colour and I don’t have nearly enough of it in my wardrobe, I knew it was the perfect dress for me. I love the simple shirt style and all the extra details are really flattering. The dress has pleats and tucks in all the right places, giving it a very authentic vintage feel and setting it a cut above similar reproductions I’ve tried. I love the slightly padded shoulders and larger buttons which finish the look of the dress of perfectly.

pretty-retro-green-1940s-dressWhen it comes to fit, I went for a size 14 which is my usual size and it fits perfectly. The side zip allows for a perfect fit and it was lovely to have a shirt dress which doesn’t gape at all at the bust. The length falls just below the knee, which is just right for the era. The dress is made from a poly, viscose and spandex mix, which acts in the same way as a traditional 1940s rayon.

pretty-retro-outfit-detailsI will definitely be giving the dress a spin at any 1940s events I go to. I’m quite tempted to buy it in the red too, as it’s such a useful dress to have in my collection. It is also perfect for everyday wear, as it’s really comfortable and classic and it can be machine washed, so it’s practical too. At £59 it’s a great investment piece that can be worn year after year.

pretty-retro-pretty-green-shirt-dress-reviewI wore mine with a beret which I picked up on Ebay, some Cath Kidston bangles, a vintage Enid Collins box bag and my Clarks Orla Kiely shoes. I love mixing up my eras a bit, but I’d probably wear some classic brogues with it to an event.

Check out the full range on the Pretty Retro website.

*Thank you so much to Pretty Retro for sending me the dress for review. All opinions as usual are entirely my own. 

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