Today I’m continuing my mission to share all of my original vintage dresses on here. Continuing from last week when I shared one of my original 1950s dresses. Today I’m featuring another of my very favourite dresses, this time its a Swirl. I talked about Swirl wrap dresses in a post a few years ago, when I wore my black and white one. They are one of my favourite brands to collect and this particular dress is the highlight of my collection.

I spotted this dress at Twinwood Festival back in August and it was love at first sight. I had absolutely zero shopping budget while I was there. I kept coming back to it though. I absolutely love anything with a fruit print and being a big fan of Swirl dresses I knew I couldn’t let it get away.

The stallholders kindly offered to bring it to the Mid Century Market in London the following month and had it waiting for me when I got there. I’m so glad I got to make it mine! I bought it from Shazam, who are best known for their incredible vintage style hair flowers. They also sell original vintage pieces at fair and festivals. It wasn’t cheap at around £80, but this dress is one that I plan to keep forever. Although most of my clothes are bargains, I will invest in special pieces for my collection if I know I will love and wear them for a long time.

I’ve worn the dress with my yellow Miss L Fire shoes, which I can’t stop wearing at the moment. They are such summery shoes, that I pair them up with everything at this time of year. I’ve also added a hair flower and a stack of bakelite – my go to accessories for nearly every outfit! Beppe the cat also wanted to be included, this is his OOTD debut and he I think he poses like a pro.

One of the things I love about Swirl dresses is their distinctive cut and style. They fasten with a button at the neck and wrap around the back, with ties at the front. The basic design of all Swirls is the same, but the finishes and patterns vary immensely. I particularly like the 50s versions which their big patch pockets.

This fabulous advert from the 50s shows how a Swirl is worn. Image from The Vintage Traveller (used with permission)

First produced in America in 1944 and manufactured well into the 70s, the design changed very little. This makes them a great type of dress to collect. Being wrap dresses the sizing can be a little tricky and I have been caught out before buying them a bit too small, so its always worth double checking the measurements.

You can find out a lot more about the company on The Vintage Fashion Guild website and The Vintage Traveller has some really informative posts on Swirls. I decided not to write too much about the history of the brand, as these two sources have done it so much better than me.

Image from The Vintage Traveller (used with permission)

Swirl dresses are very popular and collectible today. They are more common in the States than they are over here, but they do pop up on Ebay and Etsy from time to time. They aren’t usually ridiculously priced and if I see something I really like I’ll often get it from abroad. I find Swirls are generally in pretty good condition, as they were well made from good quality cotton and were designed to be worn and washed frequently. They have definitely stood the test of time and are still a handy and comfortable addition to a wardrobe.I am completely in love with this novelty print Swirl dress on Etsy at the moment, and just wish it was my size so I could buy it!

Heyday is the only reproduction company who do a style similar to a Swirl. Their Fleur dress is inspired by Swirls and comes in a lovely selection of prints. I’m wearing one in this post from a few years ago.

This patchwork print dress from Heyday pays tribute to the Swirl wrap dresses of the past. 

This lovely duck print dress from Heyday shows how both the Swirls and Fleur dresses fasten at the back.

 Writing this post had made me want to dig out my other Swirls and get some pictures, so watch this space and I’ll be showing them very soon as well.

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I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Cath Kidston’s latest print, firstly because I love anything beachy, but also because it features lobsters. This isn’t the first time novelty lobster prints have been used and the latest offering from CK has has some rather fabulous lobster predecessors. I thought I’d share a bit of fashion history, before showing you my favourite pieces from the Cath Kidston collection.

Image from The Philadelphia Museum of Art (source)

This amazing dress by Elsa Schiaparelli dates from 1937 and was designed in collaboration with Salvador Dali. It’s one of my all time favourite dresses.

Image found via Pinterest

Above is a picture of Walace Simpson wearing the dress, photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1937 shortly before her marriage.

Image found via Pinterest from The Fashion and Textiles Museum

Horrockses also produced a lobster print, which can be seen in the above skirt. I really love this print and I hope one day it’s reproduced.

Another variation of the Horrockses Lobster print designed by Pat Albeck is included in the Horrockses book by Christine Boydell.

Lobster and Shells DressLobster Beach ToteLobster Kids SunglassesLobster Foldaway ShopperLobster Grace MugLobster Espadrilles 

I absolutely love the cute beachy theme of the Cath Kidston dress and the colours are really pretty. I also really like the simple lobster and blue background print on the shopping bag and really wish there was a dress in this print too, as it would love a bit more vintage. As well as the dress I really like the beach tote bag a lot and these are the two pieces from the collection that I’ll definitely be saving up for.

What do you think of the Cath Kidston prints, is there something from the collection that you like?

See the full Lobster range on the Cath Kidston website.

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I get very excited at this time of year. Saying goodbye to my boring winter wardrobe and hello to sandals and summer dresses, is just the best thing. Its also a time where I endanger the safety of my bank balance, by coveting just about everything on my favourite websites. I made the fatal error of having a good look through all the new dresses on the Collectif website today and I have to confess that I fell in love several times! Seriously though the new collection is definitely their best so far. Choosing my favourite pieces was hard, but here goes…

  1. Scenic Mountain Swing Dress – One of my favourite things about true vintage, is all the gorgeous novelty prints. The real things are so mind boggling expensive right now, that I’m more than happy to see the rise of repro novelty prints recently. The latest addition from Collectif is so pretty!
  2. Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress – This adorable dress, has the prettiest colours. I can’t resist gingham and the pretty combination of pink green and lilac is perfect for hot sunny days.
  3. Jade Plain Swing Dress – I absolutely love the shape of this pretty dress and the colour would look lovely in the summer. This is a great one for dressing up or down and I like the idea of wearing it with a contrasting vintage belt to create a slightly different look.
  4. Simona Flamingo Swing Dress – I know there are a LOT of flamingo prints out there at the moment. Everything gone a bit flamingo crazy, however I really do love this pretty swing dress and the print is quite subtle compared to some of the other ones out there, and therefor I love it!
  5. Jade Watermelon Swing Dress – I absolutely adore this fun and fruity dress. This is definitely one of those dresses which will invite a lot of compliments. Its so fun and absolutely adorable!
  6. Fairy Bird of Paradise Doll Dress – Every vintage girls wardrobes needs a bit of tiki in it. This pretty tropical print dress, is an absolutely lovely colour. I have a few dresses in this shape from previous collections, you can see my wearing one of them here.7. Marina Tropical Bamboo Sarong Dress  and  8. Fairy Tropical Bamboo Doll Dress

I absolutely adore fruit prints and so this gorgeous new fabric really caught my eye. It reminds me a little of my original vintage fruit print Swirl dress which you can see in this post. The design has a very authentic mid century feel to it and it’s nice to see slightly less girly colours on a repro dress.

This is by far my favourite collection from Collectif so far and there are lots of other things on the website that I want to share, but I’ll save them for another day. What’s your favourite dress from the ones I’ve included above?

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In the winter I get stuck in a bit of a style rut. It’s just so much harder to get dressed and I often find myself reaching for my comfy jeans and not making so much of an effort. I love colourful clothes and although you can make them work in the colder months, it is harder to find tights and shoes that they work with. Now that the warmer weather is just around the corner, I’m all excited for dressing up and feeling the sun on my skin. Here is my first Spring wishlist of the year and it’s a real celebration of all things colourful.

1. Roses and Stripes Sweater – £32 – Voodoo Vixen

2. Sun Jellies Bag – £10 – Collectif

3. Delores Top – £25.50 – Collectif

4. Peggy Sue Skirt – £22 – Lindy Bop

5. Jasmine Plimsoles – £18 – Cath Kidston

6. Vera Skirt – £25 – Lindy Bop

7. Lulu Hun Ann Heels – £42.75 – Collectif

8. Punky Pins Anchor Necklace – £14.75 – Collectif

9. Cocktail Print Audrey Dress – £30 – Lindy Bop

11. Pink Bead Necklace – £10 – Collectif

12. Catarina Pencil Dress – £57.50 – 



It’s been a while since I bought anything from Lindy Bop, mostly because my wardrobe is pretty full at the moment and I’ve been very good at resisting temptation. However their recent collection of fun novelty prints has definitely caught my attention. Back in December when my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I knew exactly what I wanted and I sent him in the direction of the Alaska Print Gilda dress.

The Gilda dress is a lovely vintage style shirt dress, made from a thick slightly stretchy cotton. It comes in a lovely selection of novelty border prints. Linda Bop has gone a bit crazy for novelty prints recently. But I really like most of them and its a great change from the polka dots and cherries that seemed to be on everything a couple of years ago.

The dress is really lovely quality for the price and I love that as well as having buttons at the front, it also has a concealed side zip, which gives the dress a lovely fit. My only complaint would be that on me the dress is a little short in the body, I could do with the waist starting a little lower, but I don’t think it detracts from its overall loveliness.

The sizing on this dress is pretty spot on, I’m quite a standard size 14 and the dress works really well on me. I love that there is enough room in the bust, that it sits perfectly on me with no gaping. The dress is available up to a size 26.

I’ve worn it here with my vintage lucite necklace and my new Hotter Donna shoes, which are now available in lots of lovely spring colours. I’ll be blogging more about them soon.

Since this is quite a wintery print, the dress isn’t currently available in this option. The Alaska print is still available in a skirt and there are lots of lovely new prints in the Gilda dress. I popped some pictures of the current offering below, I absolutely love the Spring colours on the bicycle print dress.

London PrintSan Francisco PrintCocktail Bar PrintAlaska SkirtGolden Leaves PrintBicycle Print

I’ve got my eye on the San Francisco print at the moment, but I really love all of them. Which design is your favourite?

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