I love it when a reproduction or vintage style item, looks like it could be an original. I really feel that way about the Lindy Bop Maybelle jacket and dress sets. They really do pay homage to that early 60s Mad Men era style. When I went out last week with my mum and dad they were genuinely amazed that this wasn’t a real vintage find.

The set was hugely popular when it first launched in a couple of different colours and I was delighted to see lots of new additions this season. I’m not usually a big wiggle or pencil dress wearer, because I prefer to hide my tummy and hips, which definitely show the signs of having had two babies, but I really like the slightly heavier fabric and lining on this dress, which definitely help smoothen things out a bit.

When Lindy Bop contacted me, to see if I wanted to review one of their new items, I chose this straight away. I love anything in a mustard colour and I thought this would be a great addition to my wardrobe. It makes a nice change from my usual dresses and it’s useful to own something a bit smarter and more formal.

The jacquard fabric definitely reminds me of real vintage pieces I’ve come across in the past and I really like that it had a little bit of stretch. The combination of fitted dress and slightly more boxy jacket works really well too and gives it a very authentic feel.

Quality wise I’m pretty impressed. I like the little details like the concealed zip, fabric covered buttons and the bow on the dress. The lining is a great addition, which I think makes the dress fit and hang better. The set is also finished very well, giving it a more expensive feel. At just £55 I think its great value for money.

Fit wise I went for my usual size 14 and it was absolutely fine. With Lindy Bop it is always worth looking at the size guide, as they really do vary a lot.

I’ve worn the outfit with a pair of Hotter Viviene heels. I think it works well to keep the outfit simple and not go overboard with accessories, so something simple and cream is perfect.

The outfit comes in a selection of colours. If a fitted dress isn’t your thing, then there is also a very similar style in the same fabric with a fuller skirt, which is also absolutely gorgeous.

Top Row – Maybelle Dresses Bottom Row – Marianne Dresses (more colours available)

Which is your favourite colour and style?

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

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I haven’t done a dress of the day post in a little while, partly because I’ve been working on other things for the blog including a regular weekly beauty post which will be coming soon and partly because as ever my two little girls have been keeping me very busy!

I’ve been pinning lot’s of beautiful vintage dresses on my Vintage Style Pinterest board which is well worth a follow for some of the best vintage on Ebay and Etsy so if I’m not posting dresses on the blog I’ll be pinning them there!

While perusing Etsy earlier this week I found someone who reproduces some of Joans Dresses from Mad Men to your measurements! Wow! She’s based in the US but ships to the UK so if your Mad Men obsessed then it’s well worth the wait and price tag!

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This purple dress which is just likes Joan’s costs $150 (£96) available here

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This navy dress from the show was based on an original vintage dress found by the designer in a very large size, it was remade to fit Christina Hendricks perfectly. You can own your own version here for $150 (£96)

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This lovely blue dress as seen on Joan is available here $150 (£96)

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And this eye-catching brown dress is perfect for chilly winter days available here $150 (£96)

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This green dress is my personal favourite available here $150 (£96)

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And lastly this navy dress is classic and elegant and very wearable in 2012 available here $150 (£96)

That’s my Mad Men style fix out of the way for now. Now all I need to find is some Betty style dresses!

Here’s a video featuring some of the costumes from Mad Men season four, including the green dress pictured above…

I’m an ridiculously obsessed with Mad Men at the moment, it’s crazy that I’d never watched it sooner. Today I stumbled upon these…

MAD MEN BARBIES!!! My one complaint about the Mad Men Barbie collection is why isn’t there a Peggy doll? I guess Barbie havn’t moved on since the fifties and only turn the glamourous characters into dolls!

What I love most about them is that they are 1960s style Barbies, and their dresses are gorgeous!

You can see a little more detail of the dolls as well as some of the fabulous costumes from Mad Men in this video…

This week I have been mostly watching Mad Men. I can’t believe I haven’t watched it before. It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to watch forever. It has everything I love, early 1960s clothing, retro interiors to die for, an amazing story line, and bucket loads of old school glamour. I’ve managed in the last few weeks to watch the first 3 series and in many ways I’m so glad I came into it so late as I have countless episodes to watch all in one hit.

If you haven’t already seen Mad Men (I think it’s just me!) then you really really should. The show is produced to perfection, the whole era is so fabulously represented with attention paid to every last detail. If you’re a vintage fashion lover you will literally drool at the screen!

Mad Men is about a Madison Avenue based advertising agency and series one is set in 1960. The series covers the work and lives of employees and their families, and is a fantastic snapshot of life in New York in the early 60s right from the top of the food chain with the company partners to the secretaries. What had the most profound effect on me was the attitudes of the time towards women, homosexuals and black people, it makes you realise how far we have come in 60 years. The early 60s were a politically turbulent time and the events that took place during the era run alongside the main storyline. Events like JFK becoming president, Marilyn Monroe’s death, the fear of nuclear attack and the civil rights movement are all taking place in the background.

The characters are complex, believable and interesting. They are easy to love and hate at the same time. If perfection were a TV programme Mad Man would be it. I just can’t wait to carry on watching. In fact that’s what I’m going to do now…

P.S. My need for vintage clothing has reached fever pitch due to obsessive viewing of Mad Men! Here’s a few vintage picks to get the Mad Men look. xxx

Betty

50s Lace Vintage Prom Dress £150 Natasha Bailie

Joan

60s Vintage Rose Cocktail Dress Natasha Bailie

Peggy

1950s dress £85 Love Miss Daisy