Tuesday 22 May 2012

Vintage vintage vintage

I have always had a soft spot for the past. At school I was a history buff, when out with friends, we dance to soul, and when dressing, I love the aesthetic of full skirts and fitted tops. 

Even when I was younger, I was left wondering amongst hand bags and jewellery, rather than the pretty vintage clothes in charity shops, or vintage clothing stores. 

It is only now that I have come to realise that there are 3 different types of vintage. There is genuine vintage:

 This is a size 26 dress, made of a shiny brown lace, with a beaded neckline. It was lovely! I was wearing it over the top of a dress with a full skirt and petticoat, so that is why there are no better photos of the dress!

These dresses were purchased for Dotty for Vintage, a partnership that scours for vintage plus size clothing, so we don't have to!

There is then home made vintage:

This dress was made by my Grandma for my Mam when she was in a show about 12 years ago? 

And then there was reproduction vintage:

The blue and white dress as from, and was a perfect fit in the 24, other than the buttons gaping. The pink polka dot dress was a Lady Vintage dress, with the square neckline showing off a little more bra than I'd like! 

But why do I stick with it? Because I love the shape, the cut and the feel of the dress. The way that it hangs, the way the blue dress sits below my knee:

Now, my challenge is to wear this dress to work, and make it less 'costume' like. I was called a nurse and a midwife when I last wore this dress, so I'd like to think of a way to wear it, where it is more versatile. 

So ladies, Vintage is ours, we just need to reclaim it!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x


  1. All your dresses are really cute I love the blue button down one xx

    1. Thanks! So many dresses!!

      I love the shape of these as well - although the white and blue printed dress is a little short on me now...

      K x

  2. I'd wear the blue one with a white cardie to offset the 'sailor costume' quality of it but that's just me

    1. Ooooh, I might try that!

      I'm thinking a red cardigan might work as well...

      K x

  3. Completely with you on the vintage thing...I might not wear a lot of it, but in terms of everything else, I like a bit of history to stuff...definitely a soul girl, and I like visiting old places, and old books are just heaven!

    Maybe I just need to embrace the vintage thing properly!! But you don't look like either a nurse or a midwife - you don't have the crazy headgear for a start! ;p