Today’s post features a dress that was on the top of my wishlist for a long time, before it finally found its way to my wardrobe. The Cath Kidston and Disney collaboration featuring Mickey and Minnie was long anticipated and as soon as I saw the two dresses that would be in the collection I knew I had to have them!

Cath Kidston Disney Minnie Mouse DressHaving already gone through the drama of buying the Winnie the Pooh dress a few weeks earlier, I knew that getting the dress as far as my basket would be a struggle. So I signed up to the advance preview list and as soon as my email came with the password, I was on the Cath Kidston website. Unfortunately despite my best efforts I only managed to get one of the dresses I wanted, before they all sold out. That was the Mickey in London dress, which I will also feature on here soon.

Cath Kidston Minnie Mouse DressAlmost instantly the dresses started to appear on e Bay at crazy prices. I find it really unfair when people bulk buy limited edition items and then put them on e Bay. So I gave up on ever owning this dress. Until a few days ago when I got an email saying a few more were in stock, so I instantly bought one and two days later, there it was in my hands!

Disney Mini Mouse Cath Kidston DressThe dress will really come into its own in the summer when I can wear it on its own with some sandals, but for now I’ve been wearing it with a long sleeved top underneath, with tights and ankle boots. The dress is made from a lovely thick textured cotton and fastens at the side with an invisible zip. Like all my Cath Kidston dresses the quality is absolutely lovely. I usually try to not spend a fortune on clothes, but Cath Kidston dresses are one thing I like to splurge on because they fit well, wash like a dream and last ages. This one cost £70.

Minnie Mouse Cath Kidston DressMy only qualm with CK dresses is the length, I find them a little short on both the body and the skirt. This is mostly because I’m used to wearing original vintage and reproduction dresses and skirts, which usual sit on or just below the knee. But I guess its nice to have a change and its not really put me off any of the lovely designs so far.

Cath Kidston navy Polka Dot Spots Minnie Mouse DressAmazingly there are still a few of these in stock after the original sell out. They’re not easy to find on the site so use this link to go straight to the dress. You can see the whole Disney collection here.

Did you buy anything from the collaboration? What were your favourite pieces?

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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.

Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a style rut? I often do at this time of year. Sartorially the summer is definitely my favourite time of year. I find it so easy to throw on a gorgeous 50s style summer dress, some cute sandals or ballet flats and I’m good to go. The colder weather always comes as bit of a shock to me and I find myself looking at my wardrobe with a total lack on inspiration.

Then I remember the 60s and seventies, and I feel inspired again. The autumnal colours of the two decades are so easy to wear at this time of year. I hate wearing black as it totally washes me out. Todays outfit is actually a little daring for me. I rarely wear short skirts and this is a lot more leg than I usually have on show. But sometimes you’ve just got have fun and this outfit really cheered me up on a soggy cold rainy day.

sixties-inspired-ootdI picked up both the skirt and top at my local Sainsburys while doing my weekly shop, I am absolutely loving their clothing at the moment and I’ve picked up quite a few things in the last few weeks. I’ll definitely be sharing some more supermarket outfits over the coming weeks. I’ve paired them with some daring mustard tights from Primark, which make me feel a bit like an extra from the Simpsons, but I still love the colour. My shoes are my trusty Orla Kiely Abigail shoes from Clarks.

retro-sainsburys-jumperIt was fun to step out of my comfort zone a bit in this outfit and to try something a bit different. One of the best things about wearing vintage and retro style clothing is being about to jump between the decades and mix and match your look. For me always dressing in the same style all the time can get a bit boring and I enjoy the creativity of taking inspiration from different eras of fashion.

clarks-orla-kiely-abigail-shoesYou’ll probably notice me wearing these shoes with loads of outfits over the next few months. Partly because they are my very favourite shoes and they go really well with so many of my clothes. Also because I don’t own that many shoes any more. I got rid of loads and now try to invest in good quality shoes that will last me years.

Outfit details:

Top – Similar here – Tu at Sainsburys

Skirt – £18.00 – Tu at Sainsburys

Tights – Primark

Shoes – Some available on eBay – Orla Kiely at Clarks

What do you think of this slightly different look from me? Do you enjoy experimenting with influences from different periods in fashion history?

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I had been looking forward to the Cath Kidston and Disney collaboration, since I first heard about it a few months ago. I knew there would be a dress in the range and I was determined to own it. As the range was a limited edition I knew it would be hard to get my hands on one, so I signed up for the early bird newsletter and luckily managed to get the dress in my basket within ten minutes of it going online.

disney-cath-kidston-winnie-the-pooh-dress-2These sold out so quickly, by later that evening there were none left so I was definitely one of the lucky ones. So is the dress worth the fuss? In some ways I feel I got a little sucked into the hype of this collaboration. I absolutely love Cath Kidston and Winnie the Pooh, so I was always going to love this range. However I very rarely wear polka dots, so this is a bit of an exception for me. I think it’s really cute how the polka dots are incorporated into the print though, but it would have been nice to have had a floral dress option too.

disney-winnie-the-pooh-dressMy other misgiving with this dress is the length. It’s just a little bit too short for me. Although I love wearing shorter 60s dresses, to me this style of dress would look better sitting at knee length. Other than that the dress is wonderful, I love the thick textured fabric and the overall shape and as a collectors item, this was a great addition to my wardrobe.

winnie-the-pooh-cath-kidston-dressI wore mine with some vintage red and yellow jewellery and my favourite yellow Miss L Fire shoes, to bring out the colours in the polka dot balloons. I’m looking forward to trying it out with different accessories and making it work for the winter.

I am really looking forward to the next Disney Collaboration from Cath Kidston. Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and get my hands on the next dress from the range!

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Earlier this year I went to one of my first 1940s themed events. I usually dress in 1950s style clothes, with the occasional dabble into the 60s and 70s. When it came to finding an outfit suitable for the era I found it a little tricky. In the end I wore my peony print dress from House of Foxy that I reviewed last year. But it got me thinking how nice it would be to have a few 1940s style outfits to wear to events and that I really needed to fill that decades gap in my wardrobe.

Pretty Retro Red Ditsy Tea Dress

Last year at London Edge I visited the House of Foxy stand, where they were not only displaying the amazing clothing from their range but also a selection of clothing from a new brand that they have launched in the last few months. Pretty Retro is an affordable reproduction vintage brand, which sells key pieces to create a vintage look. As a huge fan of House of Foxy I am so excited by this range. The designs are simpler and are more suitable for everyday wear, so where House of Foxy is perfect for those show stopping extra special outfits, Pretty Retro provide the kind of clothes you could wear to work or for a lunch date.

To me this brand really fills a gap in the reproduction vintage market and I’m really excited to see what else they have coming up in the future. They kindly offered me the chance to review one of their dresses. I jumped at the chance, especially because a 40s style tea dress had been exactly what I was looking for. I opted for the Pretty Tea Dress in Red Ditsy. This is a simple viscose tea dress, perfect for an everyday 40s look.

Pretty Retro Tea Dress Review

What I love about the dress is that it is simple and easy to wear while still having some really gorgeous details. It has a typical 1940s neckline and slightly puffed shoulders and has a super flattering gathered detail at the front and a little bow. The fabric is a lovely flow viscose which makes it hang beautifully. I have worn it 3 times this week already because it is the perfect dress to wear in a heatwave. The dress isn’t fitted so the light fabric skims over the body, which is so comfortable.

Red Ditsy 1940s Tea Dress Pretty Retro

Fit wise I went for a 14, as the dress has no zip or fastenings and is quite loose fitting, I think this was the right size to go for and I think it comes up pretty true to size. The bias cut of the fabric, gives it a beautifully flattering drape and I found it really easy to wear.

As usual I added a vintage Enid Collins bag to the outfit, although not era appropriate, I think they go with everything and I’m not a stickler for keeping everything authentic, I like to dress like me! I also wore my Orla Kiely for Clarks Abigail shoes, which are probably my all time favourite shoes. Although they are 70s inspired I think they work well with 40s style dresses too. I finished the look with a stack of simple vintage bakelite and plastic bangles and a vintage bead necklace. I will definitely be wearing this dress to my next 40s event, with slightly more authentic hair and accessories.

Pretty Retro Red Ditsy Tea Dress Review

The quality of the dress was really nice. The fabric is absolutely lovely and the details make it that little bit more special. The dress costs £49 which I think is just right and I think it is something I will keep for many years to come and wear a lot. The dress also comes in a blue tiki print and a black polka dot, both of which I would really like to add to my wardrobe.

The whole range is really exciting and includes a wiggle dress and a really beautiful swing dress as well as basic wardrobe staples such as capris, swing trousers and pencil skirts. If you are new to vintage or just want to expand your vintage wardrobe, this is a really great place to start. I’m really hoping this dress comes out in more prints, because I would love to have more.

See 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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