I keep saying that I should share more of my original vintage dresses on here as well as all my lovely repro pieces, and now I am finally getting round to it! I have been collecting vintage dresses for a few years now and I’m hoping to get pictures of all of them. I’m quite good at clearing out my wardrobe and will often sell or donate my dresses after a few wears, otherwise I would run out of room pretty quickly! So even when things leave my possession it’s nice to have photographs and visual records of them.

Today’s dress has actually been with me for some time. The main reason is because I managed to damage it the very first time I wore it, so its been at the bottom of my repair pile for ages. Last week I gave it some much needed tlc and now I can wear and enjoy it through the summer.

The dress is made from lovely light cotton, making it perfect for the summer. I bought this one on eBay for about £35 I think. If you’re building a vintage wardrobe yourself, cotton 50s dresses are a great place to start. Larger sizes can be harder to come by, but if you persevere they are out there.

I’ve worn my dress with a flower garland, which I picked up from New Look a couple of years ago. I’ve teamed it up with my yellow Miss L Fire shoes, which I adore. My bangles are all vintage bakelite, I’ve been slowly building up my bakelite collection over some time. I love mixing and matching them to go with different outfits.

It’s been lovely to have a bit of sunshine over the last few weeks and to be able to finally wear some of my prettiest dresses!

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been adding lots of new stock to my Etsy store, including loads of lovely summer dresses. Everything dates from the 50s to 70s and there’s a selection of sizes. I’ll be adding new stuff every week so watch this space for updates.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of the vintage treasures from my wardrobe over the next few weeks, as well as tips on building your own vintage wardrobe. If you have any vintage related questions please let me know.

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I’ve always had a bit of a thing for shoes. Before I had kids and had a few extra pennies to spare, I had a little tradition of going into to Office on every single payday and buying my self a new pair of gorgeous shoes. It was my little indulgence and I had a fabulous collection. Now that I’m older and have to do more adulting, new shoes are a bit more of a rarity to me. I also love my poor feet a bit more now and usually lean more towards comfort and you’ll mostly see me in a comfy pair of flats.

I also wear the same shoes a lot now, if you’ve been reading for a while you’ll know that I always wear my few trusty favourites in my outfit posts and thats fine by me. You’ll also know how much I adore all my shoes from Hotter. Their shoes are all about comfort and when a couple of years ago they brought out a range of vintage inspired shoes I couldn’t get enough of them. Every season they bring out new colours in their gorgeous range and I always gaze longingly at them, wanting them all.

I recently got sent two new pairs to review here (I love my job)! One was a pair I already have in pink and the other pair is a new style to me. Both are absolutely beautiful and will obviously be popping up quite a lot of the next few months in my outfit posts.

First up is the Donna shoes in pale blue. I already have these in pink and wear them all the time. Not only are they beautiful and vintage appropriate, they are also unbelievably comfortable.

They have a low elegant heel and have lots of cushioning inside, so they are a dream to wear. They are also perfect if you have slightly wider feet, the standard width is still quite wide so perfect for my chunky feet.

Donna is one of their most popular vintage styles, so they come in loads of different colours in both a suede and leather finish, I just wish I could have them all! See me wearing them in my Lindy Bop review from last week.

The other pair are the Viviene shoes. I’ve liken these ones for ages and thought they’d look great with 30s style dresses, as well as some of my fifties looks. These cute T-bar shoes, have a low heel and pretty scalloped details.

As with all Hotters they are really comfy while still be ing really elegant. I didn’t have any beige coloured shoes before and three will really come into their own in the warmer months with some of my summer dresses.

These come in black, navy and beige and would be great for wearing to work, if you want something quite smart, but will be comfortable enough to wear all day. See me wearing them in my Voodoo Vixen outfit post.

If you’re looking for the perfect pair of shoes to compliment your vintage dresses, or want something comfortable enough to wear all day, while still being glamorous then I would definitely recommend having a look at the Hotter website.

You may have noticed in some of my recent outfit posts, that I’ve been wearing Hotter shoes quite a lot. I’ve been familiar with the brand for a long time as my mum wears them. They only really came to my attention last year, when they launched a range that were inspired by vintage shoes. The shoes are all absolutely gorgeous and come in a range of fabulous colours.

Hotter Vintage Style ShoesMy two pairs of Hotter shoes, the Donna and Michelle

When it comes to shoes I like to wear something comfortable. When I was a bit younger I was all about high heels but now I like to wear something I can walk around in all day and dance all night without hurting my feet. This is where Hotter shoes come in. They are designed first and foremost with comfort in mind. Inside they are super cushiony and soft and even the ones with a heel are comfortable enough to walk in all day. The designs look great too and I’m so happy with the two pairs I own so far.

Hotter Shoes

A couple of months ago I was invited by Hotter to try a Lindy Hop class while wearing a pair of their shoes. I chose a gorgeous pair of navy t-bar shoes made from suede and leather. I chose navy because I find it much more versatile for my wardrobe than black and I think they could carry me through winter and also look great in the Spring.

The shoes were so comfortable to dance in, they are really flexible and easy to move around in. I’m not the best dancer ever, so trying Lindy Hop for the very first time was a little daunting, but I really enjoyed myself and would definitely try it again.

Hotter Shoes Black FridayHere are some of my other favourites from the range

Here’s a little video from the event where I talk about my shoes, I was so nervous being filmed but I love how they’ve made it look like I can dance!

It was great to meet all the lovely people from Hotter, who put on such a fun night and we had so much fun learning to dance together. It was nice seeing more of the shoes and I definitely saw quite a few that I’d love to try.

The Michelle heels which I wore for the event are currently on sale at £37 and are available in black, navy and plum.

Hotter shoes are available both online and in one of their many UK shops.