Tag "Vintage Fashion"

A New Rose

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

Every now and then I love to get girly. Vintage dresses are a bit of a weakness for me, especially swing dresses. When Dolly and Dotty reached out to me to ask if I would like to review one of their dresses I couldn’t refuse! When I saw this Annie embroidered roses swing dress it had to be mine! It took me a while to select between the red and black or black and white options! I definitely think I made the right decision. The red rose just happens to be my favourite flower so this for me was a no brainer!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

Vintage dresses have such a femininity about them. When I wear them I have a different feel of confidence and a spring in my step. For me wearing them is my little way of getting to play dress up. What I love about this one is the simplicity in the style. The thick shoulder straps make bra selection an easy process. Not having to worry about too much exposed cleavage would even make this something I could wear to work on a casual Friday. The midi length is perfect for me, especially if you want to wear chub rub shorts!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, t-bar heels and lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

I love a dress that feels comfortable, has a little wow factor about it and works with women of all sizes and shapes! Vintage dresses suit absolutely everyone! Dolly And Dotty have many gorgeous dress. I actually wore one in a shoot I did over a year ago, check it out in this post. Red is a colour that really looks good against my skin tone. Being able to wear items with red adornments is always fun for me! It gives me an excuse to pull on a red bandana and wear my lips clutch bag.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket, red bandana and t-bar heels

You know what I always say, wear the clothes that make you feel confident and speak to your mood. The sunshine always makes me want to pull on a vintage dress! I have an entire wardrobe full of them! Here’s to many more retro summer days!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a rose vintage swing dress, bicker jacket and red bandana

*This dress is a gifted item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Wearing My Music

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

People often say that fashion is a form of expression. I would agree with that statement, however it’s not always true to everyone. I spent years working as a singer and musician and was only ever able to express my musicality by wearing fan based items. It was never easy for me to find items donning a music print. These days every time I see something remotely featuring music symbols it simply has to be mine!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

Collectif Clothing is a vintage brand that I have loved for years. Recently they carried some lines with bold piano key prints and music based items. When I was browsing the sale section of their website a few weeks back I was thrilled to see that this skirt was available. When it comes to vintage fashion, swing skirts are my thing. especially Transitional items are always great to wear especially when you can pair them with other items in your closet.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater and beretVintage retro music print swing skirtA plus size woman wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

You could call this a Parisian chic kind of style. When putting this look together I wanted to go for a classic, chic style. I have more beret hats and head scarfs than anyone so it was easy to include one of my black ones. The winter cold is still making the days uncomfortable and so I decided to opt for a turtleneck sweater. Believe me you can dress in a way that you want and accommodate the weather too, especially in the winter!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

This skirt is a nice thick material with quite deep pockets too. I love the practical side it has in addition to the scarlet red stitched music notes. I decided to wear a pair of shoes that are extremely comfortable and vintage enough in style so of course I opted for my black t-bar heels from Hotter shoes. As always when I wear black on black fashion I go for a pop of red lipstick so when the clothes I have add that extra red, even better!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

I really do hope that I continue to find music based items to wear because they will always have a valued space in my wardrobe! A bomber jacket with a giant treble clef at the back would be perfection!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black turtleneck sweater and black beret

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

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!