It’s been a few weeks since I shared one of my favourite original vintage dresses and I thought it was high time I showed you another. The dress I’m wearing today originally belonged to my good friend Carrie-Ann from Something Definitely Happened. I had admired it on her a few times, so when she decided to sell it, I jumped at the chance. I love that she’s bought one of my dresses too, I think thats one of the best things about having friends who wear vintage, we can pass things on to each other. It really is a great example of how every vintage dress has been on adventures and has it’s own little story.

The dress is made from cotton, so its easy to care for and really versatile. I really like the darker colour, which makes the dress work all year. Brown is a surprisingly easy colour to wear and we don’t see enough of it in modern clothing. It really does make a great alternative to black or navy and it goes with most skin tones too. I especially like the little pops of colour in the print of this dress.

I’ve worn mine with a pink belt, to bring out the gorgeous colours in the dress. I’m wearing my Orla Kiely Clarks Abigail shoes on my feet. I adore these so much, as I’ve said many times! They another great example of how useful brown clothes and accessories can be, I wear these with so many different colours and they also work across different eras too.

The dress is made by a brand called Jules Canton, who I’ve not heard of before and couldn’t find that much information about. I did find a few 40s and 50s dresses from the brand online though. I also spotted this dress in a different colour way on Google Images though. The picture also shows what the original belt looked like too.

If you’re looking for an easy to wear and versatile vintage dress, cotton shirtwaist styles are such a great option. They are really comfortable and easy to wear. I also find that vintage ones often have more bust room than modern ones, so they don’t gape as much.

I have a few vintage shirtwaist dresses on my Etsy shop at the moment, as well as lots of vintage jewellery.

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Last year I discovered Joanie Clothing for the first time. Since then I have picked up a few of their lovely dresses. When they offered to send me another one to try I obviously jumped at the chance. I’d had my eye on this lovely striped shirt dress for ages, so had to give it a try. I am always drawn to bright colours and I love all the clashing, contrasting shades in this one.

One of my favourite things about this dress is the arm length. If like me, you sometimes like to keep your arms hidden, then this is a great choice. I was also impressed that the arms weren’t too tight either, so the dress is really comfortable to move around in.

In general the fit and style of the dress is great, I had to add a safety pin at the bust, which I do with most shirt dresses. I’m quite busty so to get a great fit everywhere else the bust can gape a little. Having said that the dress didn’t feel at all tight across my chest, so this wasn’t a big problem for me at all.

Another thing I liked about the dress, was that the body isn’t too short and the dress’s waist sits very well on me. I love the belt that comes with it too. Its quite a strong one and should last well.

The dress is made from a light soft polyester and the skirt is lined. It’s a very comfortable dress to wear in warmer weather and I found the dress quite cool and breathable.

I went for my usual size 14, which was absolutely fine on me. They do run ever so slightly on the small side, so if you’re unsure make sure you take a look at the size guide first.

I’ve worn my dress with my favourite yellow shoes from Miss L Fire, an H&M hair flower and some vintage Avon Colour Go Round bangles from the 70s.

I’ve fallen in love with so many dresses from the Joanie website, these three are next on my wishlist. They would all be perfect for summer holidays and sunny weekends.

Mermaid Sun DressStripe Sleeveless DressFrill Sundress

Find the full range of dresses on the Joanie Clothing website.

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

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As we have probably already established during my four years of blogging, I have a bit of a weakness for 50s dresses and floral prints. When you put the two together you have my perfect dress! One of my favourite styles of the 50s would have to be the shirt waist dress, they are so classic and flattering and casual enough for everyday wear.

1950s Blue Shirtwaister OOTDA few weeks ago I picked up this lovely blue rose print dress from Radio Days, one of my favourite vintage shops in London. Sadly they are soon to be closing after over 20 years in business, it’s so sad to see one of London’s original vintage shops closing it’s doors. The owners are currently offering really good prices, so I got about £20 off the original price of this dress.

Blue Rose 1950s Dress OOTDI absolutely love the classic blue rose print, which is so bright and perfect for summer. It’s also a really comfortable dress. Fit-wise I find original vintage dresses are roomier across the chest and I rarely have problems with gaping buttons on my true vintage pieces. They also usually have wider arms than modern reproduction ones, which makes them much easier to wear.   The dress was just perfect for a lovely morning walk around a beautiful park. 

Rose Print 1950s Blue Shirtwaister DressI’m wearing a 50s style What Katie Did bra under the dress. I don’t always wear vintage style lingerie, however for a dress like this I find traditional underthings will always create a better line.

Enid Collins Bag and Blue BanglesTo complete the look I added one of my favourite vintage Enid Collins handbags and a mix of blue vintage plastic bangles, which compliment the colour of the dress.

If you’re looking for original 1950s outfits, shirt dresses are a great place to start. They are quite easy to find and I’ve never had a problem finding them in slightly larger sizes.

If you like this post, you might like some of the others in my Outfit section.

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