As an avid collector of original vintage, there are certain brands that get my heart all aflutter. One of these would have to be Horrockses. The brand made beautiful cotton dresses in the 40s and 50s and even dressed the Queen in their stunning ready to wear collection, I wrote a post on her Horrockses outfits a couple of years ago. Even back then the dresses were very desirable and were a very special addition to women’s wardrobes.

The brand have been much discussed and written about a lot in recent years and have been part of some major exhibitions. A few dresses from Horrockses have passed through my hands over the years as a dealer. I’ve even found a couple for under £5 at car boot sales in the past. Online they sell for big money these days and as most are safely stored in museums and collectors wardrobes they are now reasonably scarce.

The main problem for me, is that they don’t really come in my size. The main collection was only ever made up to a vintage 16, which is a modern size 12. So as a size 14 I just can’t fit into them. When this dress popped up on a Facebook selling page in my size, I just had to snap it up. I was especially happy to get my hands on this one, as I was quite familiar with the print, having seen it in books before. Apparently certain shops did stock Horrockses dresses in slightly larger sizes, so they are out there. One day I might find another!

I found this particular print in Christine Boydell’s book Horrockses Fashions – Off the Peg Style in the 40s and 50s. It was designed by Alastair Morton in 1947 and as far as I can tell the dress was produced in 1948. Christine recently wrote a post featuring this design on her blog, which is a really interesting read and goes into more detail than I could on here. In fact her whole blog is a fascinating read if you’re interested in vintage textile design in general.

The dress cost me £75, this is pretty cheap for a Horrockses dress and this was mainly because it has seen better days. The label is missing, the zip is broken and it has a fair few marks on it. Luckily it is still totally wearable and I just adore it. It just goes to show you shouldn’t give up on a vintage item just because it isn’t perfect. I bought the dress from Liz who’s blog Advantage in Vintage is an incredible resource, she also has a ridiculously large collection of Horrockses dresses. Her Etsy store is also a bit dreamy!

I’ve worn the dress with a cropped cardigan from Tu Clothing, which I picked up last year. I’m wearing the Mimosa shoes from Hotter which I got recently, they are a cute comfy wedge that will look great with some of my vintage summer dresses. My basket was a recent £5 bargain from Ikea and my necklace is an original vintage one. I wore the outfit for a stroll around Richmond and a pub lunch with my dad last week.

I wear a lot of modern and reproduction clothing for everyday, as a mum I find it more practical, but it is lovely to wear some of my really special original vintage pieces and now that the weather is warmer, these will be appearing a lot more on the blog. I’ve also been sharing a lot of my everyday outfits on my Instagram over the last few weeks.

As for Horrockses, after its heyday in the 40s and 50s they continued to make dresses into the 60s and 70s, but those classic cotton and full skirts were a thing of the past. The brand name was recently licenced to another company who have made a selection of dresses based on the original prints. The dresses are available on Asos, but are made with duchesse satins and have a lot less fabric than the originals. As dresses I really love them, but I’m not sure they pay a true homage to the stunning original designs. I did think they were worth a mention though, as they would look fabulous for events. Click on the images below to see them in full. (above pic via Pinterest)

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One of my favourite things about blogging, is sharing my outfits with you. Putting them together, getting dressed up and choosing my favourite pictures is so much fun. I’m not sure my trusty photographers Rob and my Dad enjoy it quite as much, but you never know! Anyway, as well as sharing my outfits on here, I also post quite a few of my everyday outfits on Instagram. These are the usually just quick snaps I’be got people to take on my phone and they never make it onto the blog.

I though it would be fun to share a few of my favourite Instagram outfits on here today…

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I usually post a couple of different outfits each week and I’m going to try and share more. I also add a lot of pictures on my Instagram that don’t appear anywhere else. So if you’d like to keep updated and see what I’m wearing or doing you can follow me over on Instagram.

Heyday Vintage Style

I can’t quite believe the new year is here! Having not really done anything to celebrate the beginning of a new year, last night kind of passed me by. I haven’t really thought about any resolutions either. 2015 was a pretty good year for me and my only plans are to keep working hard, spending time with my family and enjoying life. The only thing I’d like to do is wear even more vintage and record more of my outfits here on the blog. It’s one of my favourite parts of blogging and Rob and I always have fun finding nice locations and taking pictures together.

Home Made Dress OOTDTodays outfit photos weren’t really planned. I got dressed and went to the park with my camera and decided to get a few snaps of what I was wearing. I have shared this dress on the blog before about 18 months ago and I have only worn it a couple of times since.

Home Made Vintage Style DressThe dress is one that I made myself from an old vintage sheet which I picked up for 50p at a car boot sale. I used to make my own clothes so much more and I really don’t know where I found the time! I don’t think I completed many garments at all last year and it’s definitely something I’d like to start doing again this year. I collected heaps of vintage fabric and I definitely want to turn it all into stuff I can wear.

Enid Collins Autumn Leaves BagIt may be winter, but todays accessories are still paying homage to the beautiful colours of autumn. I totally forgot that I had my autumn themed hair flower until last week, when I found it at the bottom of my jewellery box and I really wanted to give it a wear. I teamed it up with some coordinating plastic bangles and my vintage Enid Collins Autumn Leaves handbag. I wore it with some comfy modern ankle boots which were perfect for  a rainy day in the park.

Autumn Leaves Enid Collins Handbag

Outfit Details 

Dress – Handmade by me using a vintage sheet

Cardigan – Primark

Hair Flower – Rosie Alia Designs

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins via eBay

Bangles – Car boot sale find

Boots Primark

I’m really looking forward to another year writing this blog, cataloguing all the things I love and sharing as many of my vintage inspired outfits as possible. Most of all I want to wish everyone a very happy and joyful 2016!

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I am a very very happy lady at the moment! On Thursday I attended the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards feeling a little amazed that I was there at all. When I made it to the shortlist I was so stunned I cried! To be in the Best Use of Photography category was an amazing thing for me. Since the blog started, the photos are one of the things that I have really worked on. I’m a very visual and creative person and making the blog look beautiful has always been important to me.

Blog Awards
When they announced the winners and said my name, it was the biggest surprise ever. At that moment I realised just how much I hadn’t expected it and I was thrilled. It’s a moment I will remember forever!

A huge amount of hard work goes into all my blog posts and each one takes a long time both to write and to photograph. To have that recognised at one of the most prestigious awards in the blogging industry, just means more to me than I could ever explain. I just feel like jumping around hugging my award because it really is such a fab thing to have happened to me.

Cosmo Blog Awards Winner
Anyway, I just wanted to say !!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! to all the lovely people who helped make this happen for me by nominating me and then voting for me when I made the shortlist. You really are the best, if I could give you all hugs and cake I totally would right now.

Going forward I just want to keep improving the blog, posting as often as I can and just enjoying what I do. My award is going on the shelf in my office and I am so incredibly proud to own it.

I’ll probably post a bit more about the actual awards soon, but I just wanted to quickly let everyone know my fab news and to once again say thank you! xxx

Also I decided to leave my camera at home and just enjoy the night without taking loads of pics. I took about 10 pics on my phone so I know the qualities not great, but thought I’d share anyway!

You can see a full list of the winners and a video of the event on the Cosmopolitan website.

70s dress Oaks ParkWhen I first started blogging about vintage fashion, I certainly wasn’t stuck in any particular era. I just loved everything about vintage fashion. From hunting out amazing bargains to the social stories the clothes themselves tell. My wardrobe has always contained clothes dating from the 40s to 80s and it definitely is an eclectic mix. In recent years I found myself wearing 50s style more often than not, but to be completely honest I was getting a bit bored and felt the need for a change.

Autumn Vintage OutfitSeeing all the gorgeous late sixties and seventies trends which are absolutely everywhere this season led me to revisit the depths of my wardrobe and try on a few things that I’ve either not worn before or have left unworn for quite some time.

Seventies Autumn OOTDOne such dress is this late 60s/early 70s dress which I bought from a charity shop last year. I bought it because I loved the colour and print and it fit me perfectly. But it only got it’s first wear this week, when I had a little afternoon date with Rob and we went for a lovely Autumn walk in the park. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit from the headscarf to the coloured tights and even the heavier make-up, my look may have just grown up a couple of decades!

Primark Camel BootsI wore the dress with my new boots which were a bargain £15 from Primark this week. I popped in looking for a comfortable pair of camel coloured boots to go with another outfit, and since I bought them I’ve worn them with everything.

Seventies DressAlthough I will always dedicate the summer months to my original and reproduction fifties dresses, for Autumn and Winter I think the more earthy tones of the seventies may be making much more of an appearance. I can’t wait to show you some of the other outfits I’ve picked out for the coming weeks.

Seventies Autumn OutfitMy resolution for the rest of the year, is to mix up my vintage as much as possible and be more creative with my style. Do you wear vintage, and if so do you stick to just one decade or mix and match?