I have a wardrobe absolutely packed with lovely dresses, if in doubt I always wear a dress. However hanging unworn and neglected I also have a lot of vintage separates, mostly skirts and trousers. This year I decided to buy fewer dresses and start thinking about things I need to fill the gaps in my wardrobe and one of the things on my list was to get a few blouses. When Pretty Retro offered me a top of my choice to review on the blog, I took the opportunity to invest in one of their lovely vintage style blouses.

Pretty retro 40s style blouse reviewPretty Retro are the sister brand of House of Foxy and have a great selection of reproduction vintage items, including lots of basics and wardrobe staples. The blouse, is a simple 40s style blouse with an elegant v-neck and large tortoiseshell plastic buttons. It has gathers at the shoulders to give it that perfect vintage detail and darts for a great fit. It is made with viscose, so it hangs beautifully.

Pretty retro White Blouse ReviewIt is designed to be worn tucked in to swing trousers and pencil skirts, but I wanted to go for my own look with this one, so I wore it over a pair of original vintage wool trousers by Pendleton. I like creating a classic look, with both modern and vintage influences, which is what I tried to achieve with this outfit. I really like that the blouse is long enough to be worn tucked in or out of trousers.

Pretty retro 40s Inspired OOTDI paired the blouse and trousers with a vintage handbag, lots of bakelite bangles and a vintage plastic necklace. I also wore my trusty Orla Kiely shoes (which I wear with everything!) I put a pair of warm mustard socks underneath to fight off the winter chill.

I went for my usual size 14 and I think the fit is just right. I was really happy with the fit across the bust as there is no gaping and the darting and gathers help it to fit around the body perfectly. The website mentions that the blouse will shrink by about 3% in the wash, mine shank a little but not enough to alter the overall fit. It should be hand washed or dry cleaned to keep it looking its best.

Pretty Retro 40s Style Blouse ReviewThis is a great addition to any vintage wardrobe as it can be worn with so many different things. I’m already planning to wear it with everything from jeans to my high-waisted shorts in the summer. It would also be perfect for under a vintage suit, something I really want to get my hands on this year.

Price wise the blouse costs £39, which I think is excellent value for something of such lovely quality that I’ll wear a lot. The blouse is also available in black, which I would really like as well.

I am really happy with my new blouse and would definitely recommend it as a fantastic flexible garment. I love the fit and feel of it and that it will work very well with my original vintage garments. I’d really like to show some other looks that could be created with this, so if I can get a willing friend to take some more pics for me, I’ll show you some more outfit ideas soon.

View the full range of tops on the Pretty Retro website.

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Last year I trawled through all my favourite reproduction vintage sites to share all the best deals for Black Friday weekend. I know loads of you found it really useful, so I thought I’d do it again this year. I’ll be updating the post throughout the weekend, so keep checking back to see what I’ve found.

I’ll have a 15% off sale on my Etsy shop which has original vintage clothing and jewellery.

Clothing:

Lindy Bop have some great deals across the site, so now is a great time to grab that beautiful dress that you’ve had your eye on. I’m loving all their novelty prints at the moment.

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Collectif have 25% off most of the site. I love so much of their latest collection and there are definitely a few things I have my eye on. Use code BLACKFRIDAY16

Pin Up Girl Clothing are offering 35% off, which makes some of their more expensive pieces much more affordable. definitely time to stock up on those Jenny skirts!

ChiChi Clothing have 30% off using the code 30BFCC

Dolly and Dotty have up to 60% everything across the site.

Lady K Loves have 15% off all orders, their Hug Me Baby jeans are amazing. In fact I’m wearing a pair right now!

Lady V London have up to 60% their range of vintage style clothing.

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Campbell Crafts have 25% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY they have lots of lovely reproduction vintage from a selection of brands.

The Pretty Dress Company have some absolute bargains on their range of lovely elegant dresses.

Voodoo Vixen have up to 50% there selection of pretty vintage style clothing.

Hell Bunny have up to 30% off selected items on their site.

Rock My Vintage have up to 60% off.

True Vintage:

Love Miss Daisy has 15% their range of original vintage using code NOVEMBER2016

Rokit have up to 30% off in their sale.

High Street:

Boden have 30% off across the site and free delivery. Although not a vintage shop, I always find great dresses and tops that work really well in my vintage wardrobe. Use code F6P8

Cath Kidston have up to 40% off their lovely range.

Lingerie:

What Katie Did have lots of discounted items from their range of reproduction vintage lingerie.

House of Satin have 30% off their lovely vintage style lingerie using code BLACKFRIDAY30

Accessories and Jewellery:

Splendette have some great Black Friday deals on the lovely reproduction plastic jewellery.

Luxulite have lots of Black Friday specials on their lovely vintage inspired plastic jewellery.

Brighter Bakelite have 25% off many of their restored original vintage Bakelite jewellery.

Shoes:

Miss L Fire are also taking part with some great discounts on their collection of vintage style shoes.

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Hotter shoes have 25% and free delivery. As you probably know, I’m a big fan of Hotter shoes and have quite a few of their vintage inspired collection.

Clarks have 20% off across their site. Using the code BMERRY16

Beauty:

The Vintage Cosmetic Company have 30% off everything on their site.

Benefit have 20% off everything using the code BLACK20

I’m adding links all day so check back soon to find out what else I’ve found.

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The other day I went to meet my brother from work. He was running a bit late, but it’s all good because he works at one of my favourite museums in London The V&A. So after I’d picked myself up some dinner in the fantastic cafe I went to drool over some fabulous vintage and antique clothing.

The V&A is well-known for it’s fabulous collection of fashion dating hundreds of years. There is just so much there and I love seeing what they currently have on display. My favourite fashion eras of all time are early regency 1930s and 1950s. The V&A doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting a good fix of these eras.

As someone who mostly buys and wears 50s fashions I thought I’d have a good look at the 50s clothing and these were my 3 absolute favourites. In another world where I am rich I would have a big collection of fifties couture and I’d like this sort of thing in it!


Embroidered silk organza evening dress trimmed with sequins, rhinestones and ostrich feathers by Pierre Balmain

Printed silk evening dress with applique details by Pierre Balmain
Cellulose acetate satin evening ensemble lined with silk with a boned net underdress by Christian Dior 

Aren’t these amazing. Since I will never own anything this spectacular I will settle for more everyday fifties fashions that women just like me would have worn sixty years ago. If you could have any fashion item and money was no object what would you choose?

The pictures in this post are a little dark as the lighting is very low in museums to avoid fading and you can’t use a flash!