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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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.

Hotter Donna

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 OOTDHotter Sandy

My 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 OOTDHotter Mary Janes:

My 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 OOTDClarks Orla Kiely:

The 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 OOTDClarks Brogues:

Another 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 OOTDSwedish Hasbeens:

For 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 OOTDMiss L Fire:

Lastly, 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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Absolutely ages ago, back in July in fact, I wrote a blog post about a new series I’d like to write on the blog. My Vintage Favourites series was all about showing you my favourite true vintage pieces. In a sea of gorgeous reproduction vintage it’s nice to see the real thing every now and then. But in true Catherine style I wrote one post and never got round to doing another. My last post was all about my red gingham Horrockses dress. With my one and only new years intention being to share more outfits on the blog, now seems like the perfect time to start again.

Mustard Dress OOTD
Todays dress isn’t just one of my favourites, it is my very favourite vintage dress. I absolutely adore everything about it. Mustard yellow has always been one of my favourite colours and when I spotted this dress at the Classic Car Boot Sale a couple of years ago, I knew it had to be mine. I love how typically mid-century the print is and I love the big pockets and the extra details.

1950s Mustard OOTD
I’ve added my favourite cardigan, which is a hand knitted one that I picked up at a charity shop last year. I wear it with absolutely everything, but I am so happy with how well it goes with this dress. To finish off the colour co-ordivation overload I’ve worn it with my brand new Miss L Fire shoes, which were a bit spendy, but as soon as I saw them I knew they would go really well with my dress.

1950s Mustard Dress Close Up
The dress looks quite summery, but worn with a cardi and some nude stockings I quite like it as winter outfit. I’ll definitely be wearing this outfit all year round though. I love adding a little colour to a dreary rainy day.

Miss L Fire Betty Shoes Mustard Yellow

Outfit Details:

Dress – Vintage 1950s – Classic Car Boot Sale

Cardigan – Charity Shop Find

Betty Shoes – £99.99 – Miss L Fire

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Apart from one very precious red gingham Horrockses dress, my clothing collection is seriously lacking in the red department. One of my aims for the year is to expand my colour palette a little and red seems like a great place to start. I’m in love with some of the bright feminine reproduction garments I’ve seen and today I’m sharing a few of my favourites with you. There was actually so much in the way of beautiful bright red dresses that it was hard to pick my favourites, but I think this is a great mix for every day as well as special occasions and all of these items can be dressed both up and down.


I think it’s important to have fun with fashion and I’m loving the little novelty bags which seem to be everywhere at the moment. The pretty strawberry clutch would be perfect for adding a touch of kitsch fun to any outfit and the pretty heart shoes are just adorable.

Red Retro Seamed Stockings – What Katie Did – £8.50

Nancy Red Houndstooth 50s Dress – Lindy Bop – £29.99

Vanessa Red Polka Dot Wiggle Dress – Lindy Bop – £29.99

Red Lovestruck Shoes – Miss L Fire – £109.99

Delores Red Gingham Sweetheart Top – Collectif – £30

Kathy Red Shorts – Collectif – £16.25 (sale price)

Strawberry Clutch Bag – New Look – £12.99

Alison Red Swing Skirt – Collectif – £29.75 (Sale Price)

Marina Striped Jumper – Collectif – £29.50

Resin Rose Bracelet – Cath Kidston – £8.00

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Red – Boots – £3.99

Do you ever wear red? What are your favourite red items? Is there a colour you wish you had more of in your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments.

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