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A Different Kind Of Vintage – A Dolly And Dotty Review

I love getting a pretty new dress. There’s just something about a cute dress that can make you feel girly and beautiful; I always find myself thinking of exactly where I might want to wear it and how I would style my look. I tend to gravitate towards vintage dresses that have a deep cleavage and a wide circle skirt but, when vintage inspired company Dolly And Dotty contacted me recently to see if I would like to try out one of their styles I was really excited. I love vintage clothing and I find that more often than not most vintage style brands on the market don’t cater to my dress size or proportions. I’m always on the hunt for vintage brands which include plus sizes and it’s often difficult finding that perfect little dress with something a bit different. Things have most definitely improved in that area and most of my readers would have seen some of my favourite looks that I like to wear. Give me a swing dress and a petticoat and I know exactly how I’ll wear it!

I wanted to try something a little different this time and so I selected the Anna dress to try out, a special little number that reminds me of something that the legendary actress Audrey Hepburn may have worn. I love the navy and white mix with block colour bodice and horizontal striped skirt, for me this gave a slightly new twist on a sailor dress. The weather in London has been pretty dire the past few months and so I didn’t want to wait until the summer time to try out this gorgeous dress. I decided to bring it along as one of my looks during my recent shoot with Studio 52. In most cases I would wear this dress with a white jacket, white heels or trainers, blue bandana and hair my hair in a series of twisted curls. This time I’m wearing the dress without a petticoat and no other accessories.

Looking back on these photos and seeing myself in a vintage dress sporting a full afro got me thinking. I wonder how times were for women who look like me back in the 40s and 50s? A lot has happened over the past few decades and a lot of things we begin to talk about today with regards to politics leans towards more of a negative feeling about where we are as people. As a woman of colour though I am aware of the changes that have happened throughout history and I am happy to say that for the most part we have all come along way with how we look to other people and how we treat them. I know that very few women who look like me would have been able to wear a beautiful dress, in a beautiful setting with a gorgeous velvet chaise lounge, feeling glamorous having lovely photos taken of them… I’m pleased that times have and do change and i’m happy that this is an experience to which myself and others like me can thoroughly enjoy.

I look forward to wearing this dress in the warmer seasons of the year and having fun playing around with different accessories and vintage style items. I do love that even though this is a vintage inspired item that it can easily be worn with some more modern items with a little creativity and flare.

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

My Finnish Winter

I love getting to know new people and see new places. I have always been intrigued by what makes someone who they are and, I have found that learning a bit of someone’s history is a great way to connect. When I met Hanna a few years ago I had actually been following her blog for quite some time! If you know Hanna’s style you’ll easily see why she continues to inspire many women like myself. Like many girls in the bloggersphere our initial connection was about fashion and lots of it. Our bond was strengthened by many things including our love of boy bands and music. Hanna and I have been through a fair bit together these past few years laughing and crying together at times. I’m lucky enough to say that she is by far one of my best friends and I would have been lost if she hadn’t been there for me to rant with on occasion!

I have been hearing many stories and tales about Finland since meeting Hanna and have since made some connections and new friendships of my own with other Finns. I had wanted to visit for a while now and so when Hanna and I were invited to Mimmi’s wedding party (you can see some of the photos on my Instagram) we made plans for my first visit! I was really looking forward to seeing friends, catching up with Hanna’s family and seeing the very country I had heard so much about!

Hanna was seriously worried that I might dislike Finland because of how freezing it can get over there! Everyone knows my distaste of winter and the cold so she made sure I knew that almost all of the homes out there are kitted out with saunas and that we’d not only get some time to relax but be more than warm! When she said it was cold she was not joking! The minute I stepped off the plane I felt a cold wind that made my teeth feel like shattering glass! The temperature was at times below 20 degrees Celsius! Having said all of that it’s absolutely gorgeous out there! The snow is a fluffy like powder and the bright sunshine makes it sparkle. Trees and wide spans of forest can be seen for miles and overall the countryside is a really tranquil and calm place to be.

Now when you’re heading to a winter wedding on a freezing cold day what does one wear?! I thought my Collectif Claudette dress would be the perfect dress. It is rather glam but I felt that the emerald green colour would be perfect for the season. The velvet provided some much needed warmth and comfort. As this is a very booby sleeveless dress I borrowed a green turtleneck from Hanna and went with a layered up look. My Georgette heels from Hotter and a silver clutch and I was set! I was so excited to get to the wedding that Hanna and I started taking pictures before I applied my lipstick lol.

I’d like to thank Hanna’s lovely family for having me at their home. They made me feel so loved and welcome and like a member of the family. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Paint Pots And Dolores Dolls – A Collectif Review

There isn’t a woman out there who hasn’t seen a dress that she just HAS to have! Admittedly I see gorgeous clothes all the time but it’s not so often that I literally find myself searching the globe for a dress! When I first saw the gorgeous Paint Pot Dolores doll dress from Collectif I could see myself wearing it. I knew exactly how I would style it, exactly where I would wear it and exactly how great I would feel in it! Now anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to vintage swing dresses I’m a little crazy! I have more in my closest than I can literally store, in a series of bright and bold colours and prints and even though some have similarities, they all have a little something special about them.

My ultimate vintage cut is the Dolores Doll from Collectif. I have loads of them now and I don’t plan to stop buying them anytime soon! I say this a lot, when something works for me I stick with it! I’m the girl who would and has bought the same dress upwards of 10 times, simply because the colour is different or there is a slight design tweak. The Dolores Doll for me is the perfect length for my 5’5 frame, the cap sleeves are extremely comfortable and are perfect for covering up the bra straps. I find that these dresses lift and shape my bust in a way that gives the ultimate cleavage and they are just the right cut and shape for an extremely sexy yet modest look.

When I was sent the lookbook for a recent collection by Collectif I was instantly taken by the amazing new lines all in paint pot print! I instantly knew I wanted the girly pink and blue version of the dress. I love wearing all shades of blue as you know and pink is a colour that whilst I enjoy it, I like to pair it with many tones and shades. This dress took a lot of the work out of putting the colours together and for me needs very little with it! Unfortunately for me this dress sold out so fast I was unable to get my hands on one! I literally mean the dress was sold out in size 20 within a matter of days! The spaghetti strap version, the Janie was also totally unavailable! I was crushed. I made it a personal mission a few years ago to treat myself every summer to an incredible vintage dress and the only one I set my sights on was the Dolores Paint Pot dress!

As you can imagine a keen few women out there beat me to the punch as well as some wholesale companies who source some of their vintage goodies from the brand. I scoured the internet hoping for an opportunity to buy a second hand version but of course no one wanted to give up this one! My search led me to a dutch based vintage company Succubus where I snapped up one of the last in my size, spending money I didn’t have at the time and not even caring about the cost lol. As soon as I paid I had my eyes on the tracking website and post every day that followed, lucky for me I got this vintage treasure in record time!

Hanna and I had decided to spend an afternoon in Highgate, the weather was great, sun was shinning and I was in the perfect mood to wear a girly dress! I decided to pair this one with my white Sam’s petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway, Michelle shoes from Hotter and the main outfit was pulled together. In keeping with the idea of white additions I pulled my new denim jacket from Zizzi, recently gifted to me by one of their UK stockist, Navabi. I’m wearing this in a size 22. My new square buckle stretch belt from Lane Bryant was a must with this look. One of my many bandanas, this time in baby pink, my hoop earrings of course and I was set.

I have to say I’m so happy to finally have this dress. I love everything about it and I have to say, this is another one I just have to twirl in!

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

 

Poppies In The Sunshine

It’s hard when you love the summertime, have a wardrobe stacked full of clothes perfect for the season and you live in a country where sunny days can be few and far between. I remember it wasn’t so long ago when the seasons fell on the months they were assigned and, we were able to clearly identify just from the time of year what plans we should make and what clothes we should wear at the same time. I now have a mix of winter and summer clothes accessible in my wardrobe and more often than not i’m having to still pull on a jacket of some sort.

Last year we saw the introduction of vintage brand that was created specifically for us plus size women. Lady Voluptuous was brought to us by the well known British brand, Lady Vintage. They teamed up with the gorgeous Georgina Cox from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and brought us a fun, vibrant and exciting clothing line. The brand has gone from strength to strength and have since expanded, bringing us bridal options and a plethora of new designs. When the collection first launched there was one dress in particular that I really wanted to get my hands on! The orange poppy print dress! Now I cannot begin to tell you the hell I had in trying to get this one! I purchased one of the last dresses in my size and unfortunately Royal Mail lost my parcel and I was left without my dress! Lady Voluptuous were lovely about the situation and sent me out a dress one size smaller. I was determined to get this one and was willing to squeeze into a smaller size to do so! Unfortunately I was unable to wear this dress because it squished my breasts down too much giving me that saucer-like look most of us ladies hate! The thing is I just couldn’t bring myself to sell it…

As some of you know I suffered a really horrible stomach illness at the end of last year that stretched out until just a few weeks ago. I was then diagnosed with IBS so the challenge to eat has resulted in my losing a fair bit of weight. Now I’m a vegetarian who is seriously picky already about what I eat and it’s only now i’m starting to get my diet together having cut out and cut down on some things I was eating. The good news though, I can finally fit into this dress! I’m wearing a 20-22 in this gorgeous bright Cossette dress.

Orange isn’t a colour I have worn much of and I really wanted to add some real summer colours into my dress collection. I love how the colour bounces off my complexion and the black incorporation make this one really easy to style. A couple of months ago I took a break from wearing hair extensions, weaves and wigs and decided to wear my hair totally natural. I knew with this dress that I wanted a really 1950s look so I was unsure how to go about styling my hair for this look. Seeing as I have an extensive scarf and bandana collection I thought it would be fun to put an Afro/Caribbean twist on a popular look. Often women wear them with a pompadoor bang or my personal favourite, the victory or suicide roll. I thought it would be cool to twist in my hair and let the front be open and loose curls.

I decided that I would go for a rockabilly 1950s look. Pairing the dress with my number one go-to heels from Hotter, the Michelle heels. Pulling out my faux leather biker jacket from Yours clothing and my old black rose cinch belt from Collectif. Most of my vintage dresses have a cap sleeve and require a bolero or cardigan when the weather is like this but as this dress as long sleeves it could be worn on it’s own. With a slight chill in the air I thought it best to keep the jacket at hand however.

Even though it’s been a crazy and hectic few weeks it’s been great to let the sun shine on my face, embrace all the new changes and make the most of things. I have to say it’s been fun doing so in a dress that I really wanted to wear! I’m pretty sure every woman out there knows what it’s like to have an item in their wardrobe that makes them say ‘I will wear it one day…’ I’m glad for me that the day has come for me to rock this summery number! The only thing that’s bad is the way I was able to do so.  Hopefully they’ll be more hot summer days and there will be some more things to smile about!


Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

My Winter Pinup Style

It’s just a few days before Christmas and the city of London is buzzing with people doing their last minute shopping, catching up with friends and taking some much needed personal time before the holiday season really takes flight in just a few days! Yesterday I went out for lunch with my girlies Hanna and Isha for a catchup that was long overdue and, I had a little bit of Christmas shopping to do myself.

I already knew that I wanted to wear a vintage dress yesterday when I woke up. Usually I reserve my vintage looks for the summer as I can be more fun and playful with them but, I just couldn’t resist taking my dusky blue Dolores doll dress out for another spin this year. The dolores doll is my favourite cut of vintage swing dress and is of course from Collectif clothing. I wear this dress in a size 20. Some of you may remember my bright summer look which featured this dress…

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This time around I knew that I wanted to warm up my look and so I added a pair of black tights, the new fuller figure tights from Primark are amazing, definitely worth a try if you haven’t already! I thought that the grey tones in the dress would compliment my hot pink cardigan from Fashion World really nicely. Topping off my look with my new hot pink beret and favourite shade of pink lipstick my look was complete. I of course opted to wear my Michelle heels again from Hotter.

Luckily the weather isn’t freezing cold at the moment, usually this time of year in London the air is icy and mountains of layers are required to stay warm! For additional coverage and a little warmth I finished off my look with my Dietrich coat in powder blue, originally from Collectif and this gorgeous check scarf from studio 8.

I have a thing about bringing colour into my winter looks. I find that too many options are drab and lifeless during the winter and so, this is my way of having a little fun with my look. I will say this, many brands are introducing more colour options in their winter offerings which is more than welcome if you ask me! I get inspiration from strange things this time of year, the colour of tinsel, the Christmas lights, things I see on the street…

I think we should always bring ourselves into our outfits and allow our clothes to showcase different elements of our personality. Have fun with your winter looks. I hope you all have an incredible Christmas and get to spend some quality time with your friends and loved ones xx

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Pineapple Express – A Collectif Clothing Review

When it comes to vintage fashion most people to tend to go all in! whether you’re a pinup princess or rockabilly chick, the outfit selected tends to be only a small part of the the overall look. I see girls dressed to the nines with victory rolls in their hair, winged eye-liner and countless tattoos to achieve the look they want. In my case I take a different approach when I wear vintage items.


Luckily for me many things that are typical of the style feature in my personal style. I don’t remember the last time I went out without my eye liner winged or when red lipstick wasn’t my preferred shade. When it comes to styling vintage outfits I, like many other women consider every element to my look. A few weeks ago I bought a new Doll dress from Collectif. When I first spotted the Fairy Pineapple Print Doll Dress on the website it simply had to be mine! Admittedly I don’t tend to buy clothes that have food images or prints on them but something about this one caught my eye. I usually purchase the Dolores Doll in a size 20 but I thought I would opt for a size 22 in this style for a more relaxed fit around the bust and a little less cleavage.


I really wanted buy a bright and fun dress for the summer and was thinking about what sort of dress I might take with me if I get the chance to reach a sunny destination on holiday. Not only were pineapples a really popular feature in summer fashions this year, they also happen to be one of my favourite fruits so I figured I should make this dress my first ever food print item lol.

The spaghetti straps are a really nice feature and make this dress really comfortable to wear. If like me you enjoy that little bit of extra coverage then a cardigan or jacket would be a nice addition to the look. I’m wearing a jacket that I borrowed from Hanna. This one was available in a previous collection by Old Navy. In keeping with the white of the dress and the choice in jacket I wanted a pair of white shoes. This pair of white brogue style shoes from a previous collection by George were my choice as I wanted something breathable and flat.


What I really enjoy is taking an item and putting my own stamp on the look. I love getting dolled up like a pinup princess but I wanted a more casual and easy look for this dress. I wanted to bring in elements of my usual style and keep things simple. I wore my fringed black hair scarf, signature hoop earrings, and my usual style of makeup. Hanna being the queen of lipsticks borrowed me a burnt orange shade from her collection to match the colours of the dress.

If you like this dress and want to try it out for yourself I have some good news, it’s currently on sale! This dress is now just £14 reduced from £55 and I have to say it’s an amazing fit and such a nice one to wear! There are some other pineapple print items from Collectif too have a look and see what you might fancy!

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

A Sailor’s Sweetheart – A Collectif Review

*This dress was a gifted item

One of the best things for me is to get dressed up. When you’re a bigger girl living in London the way you view yourself and fashion may be slightly different to the view of the average person. For years we have been limited with our options and it’s only been the past few years that has brought new changes and opportunities to the forefront. The fashion industry as a whole has started to embrace the bigger girls and with it we have been awarded the chance to freely express ourselves.

What I love about Collectif is that they create their dresses in sizes 6-22. I have to say I love that the brand has the same set of clothes available for standard and plus size women. So many brands have a separate range of clothing for us bigger girls and, more often than not the choices aren’t as edgy or experimental. The good news is that the options that are coming from brands all over the place are becoming more stylish, edgy and generally more fun to wear.


Collectif recently contacted me and gave me the chance to review a dress. When I saw the Ginger Sailor Wing Bust Dress, I knew I instantly wanted to try it. My Sindy Doll sailor dress is one of my favourites and I absolutely love wearing it. As the shape of this dress is very similar, I knew it was one I could have fun with. I’ve selected this dress in a size 22.

I love nothing more than slipping on a fun vintage dress, putting on a petticoat and really going all in with my look. When I was styling this dress I imagined being back in the 1950s. I pictured myself as the wife of a sailor in the Navy on my way to meet my husband whilst he came back from his tour. Funny I know but it’s fun to play a character sometimes lol.



I say it all the time, I love blue, any shade of blue and so this dress was one I was determined to have fun with. A great feature is the adjustable straps. These can be worn in a criss-cross fashion, in a halter style or the dress can be worn as a strapless number. In these pictures you’ll see that I have taken pictures in both the criss-cross and halter-neck style.

I should note that the belt of the dress has no loop holes for you to have a fixed closure. I found that from time to time when walking or moving the clasp would slip open. This to me was the only flaw in the dress but can easily be resolved by using another belt if you really want to wear the added accessory.

Hanna and I were taking full advantage of the hot London sun and so we decided to spend the day taking a ton of outfit pictures this previous Saturday. Whilst I was getting my dress together the lovely Diana was really sweet and borrowed me a few things to try with the dress. This gorgeous fascinator by Pearls And Swine was something I fell in love with at first sight. I love the gorgeous collection of white roses and the net detail attached. At first we weren’t sure how this would look but I thought it completed the outfit beautifully. A simple white bolero was added and in some of my pictures a necklace of a ship was worn. Definitely in keeping with my sailor theme!

I of course selected my Michelle shoes from Hotter as my given footwear! It’s no secret how much I love to spin and swirl in my pinup dresses and so I needed shoes that were perfect vintage styling and pain free. If you love to swing or jive dance I cannot stress enough how incredible these heels are!

In keeping with usual style I wore my small hoop earrings for added jewellery. Applied some deep red lipstick to my usual vintage style makeup and I was ready and set to go! I always say it, have fun with your clothes. If something makes you feel amazing, wear it! Don’t apologise for expressing yourself through fashion, that’s exactly what fashion is all about!

Good news ladies this amazing dress is currently on sale! The price has been slashed in half so if you want to try this one out for yourself be sure to pick one up now! Also any of you who do get this one I’d love to see your pics and how you styled it!

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Pinup Picnic In The Park!


Photo Courtesy Of Pyramid Clicks

So last Saturday I attended an incredible event right here in London. The British Belles organised a picnic which was held in Hyde Park. Now I must state this was no ordinary picnic, this time there was a theme, VINTAGE! Guys and girls came dressed in true vintage fare and I have to say just being amongst so many fun and interesting people who all looked amazing was just incredible!


Katt (Fatgirlforlife), Tanya (Secret Plus Size Goddess) and Caroline (Curvy Wordy)

The girls and I met with everyone at Marble Arch and we were greeted with passers by asking us to stop and take pictures. I guess being someone who loves vintage fashion it’s easy to forget that for many people it’s still a rare and unseen thing. In truth, it’s been quite some time since I was surrounded by so many colours and people in perfectly put together outfits!

The great thing about an event like this is how relaxed and laid back it was. I was even surprised to find out that people had travelled from all over Europe to be in attendance, and even better over £1000 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care. There was a pretty big mix of people there of all ages including several pinup style babies!


Vintage Doll Laura and myself

What made the afternoon so nice, apart from the glorious sunshine was of course how many bright, bubbly and confident people were out dressed in their best to have a day of great conversation and picnic treats. I met so many amazing bloggers, models, fashionistas and photographers. In truth most events have a really formal and cooperate feel to them where the ultimate goal is to promote and sell products. This is one of the few I have been to where the main requirement of the day is that everyone has fun!


As you can imagine everyone spent days toying with what to wear! I myself took a mini poll with some of the other plus size bloggers on Whatsapp messenger and it was decided that I should wear my Gretal Gingham dress from Collectif. To check out my previous review of the dress click here. Hayley (Curves & Curls) too was in gingham only her dress was the Dolores Doll version.

Overall the day was a lot of fun and we all left with a healthy glow on our skin after sitting in the sun for so long. Everyone was already talking about how much they are looking forward to another picnic next year and hopefully more events beforehand.


Caroline, October Divine and Myself


I really enjoyed the day and it was great to get to know some of the other bloggers better and form new friendships during the day. Sometimes you just need to sit in the sun with a good sandwich and a glass of pimms lol.

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

Pinup Perfection: The Dolores Doll!

Sometimes you just have one of those days when everything clicks and you feel amazing in your clothes. I usually like to dress to my mood and try to find ways to make it work with the weather. Lucky for me the sun was bright and hot in London the other day and I had just received my latest Collectif purchase! I bought my first dress from Collectif 2 years ago and I have to say I have been in love with the brand ever since! The Dolores Doll is a favourite for many ladies and so far remains my favourite cut of vintage dress from any brand! I now have 3 and I still want more!

What I love so much about this cut of dress is that is suits absolutely everyone! It’s not often that you can find a dress that suits women of all heights, shapes and sizes! The cute little puff sleeves are really lovely and are so comfortable. The length of the dress stops just below the knee, true to the 1940s and 1950s cuts for a dress, but also very flattering for anyone to wear. The even better news is that most women have to size down to have the perfect fit. In most brands I wear a 22-24 but always go for a size 20 in this dress, and I would easily be able to get into an 18 if my bust was smaller! They are all available in sizes 6-22.

The thing is, in my day to day life I don’t often have much time to just feel girly and playful and I always love wearing my vintage clothes because I feel ultra feminine and sexy. There’s something really sexy about vintage clothes as they highlight all of the best attributes of the female figure. Tall, short, fat or thin everyone suits these dresses and I find that they are wearable in many more places than people think. I have seen these used in countless weddings, summer events like garden parties, a day at the races…the list is endless! When I first saw this baby blue polka dot Dolores it had to be mine! I went onto to the site to make my purchase and as usual the size I required was gone! I was absolutely gutted and so I kept my eyes glued to the website. A couple of weeks later I saw the dress appear in my size and so I snapped it up before it was gone, despite the fact that I didn’t have the money at the time lol. You all know how I feel about blue! It’s my favourite colour and I am always looking for new blue fashions. It’s not often that I can pick up something I know I’ll love and wear often, and I just knew this one would be more than welcome in my wardrobe!

I wore this with my white Petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway. I have to say of all the Petticoats I have tried theirs are the best by far! Available in an assortment of different colours with a high elasticated waist band. All 26-27 inches are a silky soft chiffon that is really comfortable on and really gives any swing dress that extra boost you might want from time to time. They do cost a little more than some of the others on the market but I cannot stress enough these are worth every penny!

I don’t have that many cardigans or boleros and one staple colour I’m missing is white! I thought this lace bomber jacket from a previous Evans Collection would look cute with the dress. Bomber jackets are heavily featured in vintage and rockabilly fashion and so it was an easy choice for me.


I love to dance! I don’t get the chance to much but I often buy my vintage dresses with the view that I will go jive dancing in them one of these days! I haven’t been jive dancing in over a year and despite the fact that I’m not that good I can’t resist twirling in my swing dresses and watching them swirl around me! What can I say they bring out the playful side of me. I have however worn my white Dolores Doll to a night club in the past and I was not short of compliments or opportunities to throw some shapes!

I was recently gifted the most gorgeous pair of Michelle heels from Hotter. I got my first pair of shoes from the brand last year and I have to say I am in love with them! The inner soles are made of a really foamy material which contains over 1000 air bubbles. The technology used for the soles of these shoes make them so comfortable and their heels are virtually pain free! The black suede shoes with patent t-bar and heel detail were a must have for me and work perfectly with almost all of my vintage style dresses!

To see how I have previously styled my Dolores Doll dresses check out my recent post where I wore my white polka one with hot pink accessories. Also check out the review of the amazing summer bouquet dress available in 2 colour ways!

2 of my favourite bloggers and friends Caroline (Curvy Wordy) and Georgina (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) have also reviewed the Dolores Doll. Check out their blogs to read their reviews and see how they styled the dress!

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!

The Perfect Polkadot Classic – Collectif Dolores Doll!

So the start of the season has been an interesting one we have seen all kinds of weather but we were lucky to have a couple of weeks of nice warm sunshine. It was Hanna’s birthday a couple of weeks ago and us girls decided we’d have dinner and drinks in a little pub in Hampstead. As the weather was so nice I was in a really cheerful mood and I just had to wear my favourite vintage dress, my while polka Dolores Doll! I have been to a few celebrations in this one and I always feel amazing wearing it.

It’s no secret that I have a real love affair with classic prints and patterns, houndstooth, polka dots and paisley prints are must haves for me and I try to find clothes and accessories that are splashed in these patterns. What I love about this dress is firstly the vintage swing cut. This is one of those items that can be sexy, classic and understated all at the same time! The black and white colour makes this one easy to accessorise and play around with also.


I love vintage inspired fashion and I always feel amazing in it! Many plus size women don’t like to draw attention to themselves and I can understand that, the thing is vintage clothing always attracts attention but for all the right reasons! For one thing not that many people know where to buy clothes in the style and usually people go all in with victory rolls in their hair, cupcake accessories etc. others tend to adapt the clothes to suit more of a rockabilly style. In my case I simply love the dresses and like to find ways to incorporate them into my own personal style. I always wear my signature hoop earrings with my vintage dresses for example and I like to add my own personal touches in places.

I usually wear this dress with a petticoat but this time I thought it would go without. I tend to wear this one with a bright and bold bolero or cardigan. I usually go for red as I love wearing my red petticoat, cinch belt and bolero. This time around I was feeling pretty girly and so I opted for a hot pink cardigan and matching paisley print bandana. I should note that this dress is extremely giving and most women tend to downsize 1-2 dress sizes. I wear a Dolores dress in a size 20 to give myself enough boob room. The skirt is a full size circle skirt and so you could wear this with multiple petticoats if you wanted that really poofy look in the skirt.


I don’t tend to show much skin so the length of this dress is perfect for me as it stops just below the knee. Even though my confidence has soared over the past couple of years there are certain areas of my body I have always liked the look of and I have always liked the look of my cleavage. This dress moulds and shapes my bust in a way that makes them look really full and shapely and I really enjoy that element of wearing vintage fashion. Dresses in this shape tend to flatter women of all shapes and sizes with varying sizes of bust too.

For footwear I thought I would keep it simple and go for a pair of ballerina pumps. These pink and purple floral ones were a complete steal! I picked these up in Primark for just £4! When it comes to my makeup you may have noticed I don’t switch things up that much. True to my personal style and a signature feature in vintage beauty is winged eyeliner. I always wear mine winged as I like to enhance the shape of my eyes. I managed to find a deep pink lipstick to tie in everything and I was ready to have a fun evening.


For full review of this dress check out my post here. Also in the Dolores Doll style I reviewed the gorgeous summer bouquet print also. Check it out here.

Also check out how the gorgeous Georgina and Caroline have styled this dress on their blogs x

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and wear it with a smile!