In a wardrobe stuffed full of dresses, I have very few fitted and wiggle dresses. This year I wanted to try a few different styles and shapes and this pretty wiggle dress from Voodoo Vixen was exactly what I was looking for. The Gabriela wiggle dress, is ridiculously glamorous, while being smart enough to wear to work.
I’m a little bit between sizes in Voodoo Vixen and in the past I have always gone for the XL and found them a bit too roomy. This time I went for the L and it is definitely very fitted on me, but still comfortable and easy to move around in. I’d definitely recommend having a look at the size guide before buying as it really helps.
It can be a little daunting wearing more fitted styles when you have a bit of a mum tum and a few lumpy bits. However I really love my body and decided to a while ago to wear things I like no matter what my shape and size. I have also got a fair amount of structured lingerie on under this dress to help with the shape! The dress reminds me of the early 60s and is perfect for getting that Mad Men look. Although the style is quite simple, I really like the little details at the neck and bottom of the skirt, which remind me of some of my original vintage dresses of the era.
I’ve worn it here with a pair of Viviene shoes from Hotter, a simple vintage bangle and a little pearl necklace. I think the dress looks really nice with simple accessories.
The dress is priced at £37 which I think is great value for such a lovely dress. I would love it if this style came in some darker colours as well, it would look fab in navy or a maroon shade in the winter. Right now though I’m going to enjoy wearing this colour for Spring.
The dress is available on the Voodoo Vixen website.
*Thank you to Voodoo Vixen for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own.
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As promised, today I have another of my favourite true vintage dresses to show you. This one is quite a recent acquisition so I’ve only worn it a couple of times so far. I picked up this lovely bargain dress for just £25 when I visited The Clothes Show last year. It was one of two from Urban Village Vintage. I don’t wear wiggle style dresses very often, as I prefer fuller dresses which flatter my figure a bit better. But I couldn’t resist the rich orange hues in this fabulous early 60s print.
The dress is made from a gorgeous heavy cotton and I love the beautiful cut and pleats. I wish I’d had the chance to wear this in the Autumn as the colours capture every shade of the season so well. I’m really happy with the fit although my plan is to have the hem let down a little as I’d prefer it to sit slightly lower on the knee.
I would love more dresses in this shape, which I prefer to the more fitted modern reproduction wiggles. They don’t cut them quite how they used to! If you’re unsure about wearing a wiggle dress for the first time, I’d always recommend trying an original one first rather than a reproduction, stretchy fabric isn’t always best.
I wore the dress with a pair of original vintage heels, which as far as I can remember were a charity shop find. My bag is yet another vintage Enid Collins, I’m completely addicted to all the cute designs. I now have 7 of them! I usually buy them on eBay and have them shipped over from the US. Despite the postage and occasional customs charge, I still find it cheaper than buying them over here.
I love the little mirror inside and it looks like someone used it to store pencils at some point!
Vintage Wiggle Dress – Urban Village Vintage at The Clothes Show
Bracelet and Bangles – Car Boot Sale Finds
Vintage Shoes – Charity Shop Find
Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins via eBay
Check out more of my vintage dresses in my Outfits section. See how I keep my vintage wardrobe organised here.
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I love sharing offers and discount on the blog and today I have a fantastic discount code for Dorothy Perkins. I’ve also picked out a few pieces from the website that I think would look great in a vintage girl’s wardrobe. They have a great selection of pencil skirts and dresses and I’ve teamed them with pretty knitwear and a floaty blouse as well as some very 1950s appropriate shoes…
Navy Heart Cardigan – £20 – Green and Navy Check Pencil Skirt – £22
Cream Windsor Blouse – £39 – Green Jacquard Midi Skirt – £19
Black Sleeveless Roll Neck Jumper – £20 – Check Print Velvet Pencil Skirt – £10
Red Keyhole Pencil Dress – £22
Jade Green Lace Shoulder Dress – £33
Burgundy Off The Shoulder Dress – £30
Black Bow Shoes – £25
Snake Effect Shoes – £23
Shop online on the Dorothy Perkins Website and use code WOW15. Some brands are not included in the offer so please check at the checkout. Code expires at midnight 26th January.