Tag "Vintage"

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 Little Bit Of Music

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Music is absolutely everything to me. I have loved music for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed all things related to it. As a musician I spent many years singing and performing. I have found that my love of music has developed in many ways as the years pass by… Times were always hard as a fat woman on stage. When I was coming up in the game it was very much a thing that image is everything and to be a larger woman was not acceptable. Needless to say I struggled in this area as the fashion options were so limited… As popular as treble clefs and music symbols are I have struggled to find music print clothing. So you can imagine how excited  I was to finally find a music print vintage dress.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Rose Gal contacted me a short while ago and asked if I would like to review some of their clothing. As soon as I saw this dress I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve been on the hunt for music print clothing for ages! I can’t begin to tell you how long I was searching for something available in plus size… The material for the dress is satin so there is little to no stretch in the fabric. I’m wearing this one in size 5XL (UK 22/24 in their sizing). I should note that there is very little boob room and it fits a little tight in that area. Truth be told I didn’t really care though, a 50s style dress with white music score print is right up my alley.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

When I first tried this one on I wasn’t sure how I would style it due to the tightness in the chest area. I decided that I’d have fun with a rockabilly look. Pulling out my red tulle petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway, this gave the dress a little added volume. I have more than 2 red bandanas so that was an easy addition to the outfit. Topping off the look with my black biker jacket, red lip clutch and fave red lipstick shade and I was set! I figured if I can’t have fun wrapped up in music who can!?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Playing around with retro looks is always fun to me. I always feel super sexy and feminine even if my cleavage is totally covered and my curves are hidden beneath the many folds of my petticoats. Vintage fashion is something I wish I could wear more in my day to day life. The big, bright and playful looks always lift my mood and my confidence levels. You will be sure to find me in vintage stores whenever I venture out looking for a pretty frock to wear somewhere special. The challenge is trying to find a way to incorporate retro looks into my work wardrobe. This may be something I can play around with in the near future. Stay tuned on the blog for upcoming styles!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

I will forever be grateful to have musical abilities and thank God each and every day for blessing my life in that area. Music has brought so many amazing people into my life, friends, colleagues and even family members. I am connected to music of every genre and style and will forever create and sing songs. The last time I really had fun on stage was in church and I hope I get to perform again soon as I miss it. Who knows maybe I’ll even get to do so in this dress! Music makes me happy and is one thing I simply could not live without so to finally be able to not only listen to it, create it and observe it, I can now wear it!

Check out some more white dresses from Rose Gal here.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress and biker jacket

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!