The official birthday portrait. I’m at work but hey ho, gotta keep those bills paid. Grateful for life and health. Happy birthday to me.
Shoes: (covered in flour): Evans
There are a plethora of stylish bloggers online that wear vintage clothing but my top ranking vintage lover is Wendy D.J from Just Jewels 4U. One of the reasons that I like checking out her posts is that like me- she loves 80’s fashion. Wendy has an extensive wardrobe of 80’s dresses so I sent her another one to add to her collection and here she is looking superb. This was one of my star dresses from my stock and I’m so glad to see that its gone to a good home. Wendy- you look great!
“Where are you going in that Beverly Hillbilly dress?”
“Are you going to become a cowboy?”
“Are you going to the Midwest?
“Are you about to ride a horse?”
All questions I’ve had to field from a family member who has about as much style as ball of string but seems to think his non- fashion sense holds sway with me, and fancies himself as a bit of a comedian to boot *side eye*. I’m well impressed with my new Beverly Hillbilly dress thank you very much. I’ve been looking at it on the Asos Curve site for a couple of weeks but didn’t buy it as I felt I might look a little ridiculous in a pinafore as I left primary school a long time ago. After two weeks of doubt I came across this photo on Instagram (@girlsofplenty) which convinced me that it is possible to wear a pinafore as a grown woman and still look like an adult..
I can already see that I’m going to be wearing this all summer. It’s comfy, the fabric is sturdy, and if I decide that this is the year to become a cowgirl- I’m ready.
Less than 24 hours ago I told you about the blue and black dress that I thrifted and it brought back memories of an identical dress I had. Today I go out and find the exact same dress in green! What are the chances of that happening?!
Talk about grinning from ear to ear! It made my day!
Size 14/ 16 green dress available here.
I’ve been a regular thrifter for around twenty years and while I’ve on occasion seen clothes that remind me of something I may have owned as a youngster, I’ve never until now seen something identical. I spotted this dress in a charity shop and I immediately grabbed it from the rail in instant recognition.
I was around 13 in this photo and seeing that dress brought back a lot of memories. I’m pictured with my mom and we wore very similar clothes, not because I loved dressing like my mother, but because it was damn near impossible to find age appropriate size 16 clothes for young teenagers. Finding casual clothing wasn’t too bad but when it came to dressing for church or weddings (as in this photo) the dress code was definitely “middle aged”. While most teens were shopping in Chelsea Girl, Miss Selfridge and H&M, all my garb came from C&A- and I don’t mean the younger Clockhouse line. At thirteen I had some of the same clothes as my mom and my aunt, which really was a sorry state of affairs.
Maybe that’s why I love 80’s vintage dresses so much now? They weren’t age appropriate at the time but as I’m pretty much middle aged now they actually suit me. Am I really admitting to everyone that I just have not moved on? Yup, I think I am. I may be stagnant and stuck in a style timewarp, but plus size fashion has thankfully come a very long way and now teens can dress like teens- not their aunts. Shame the dress is only a size 16- I would have given it another spin. Dress available here.
Does Vintage Life magazine usually feature plus size fashion or is this a one off? I glance through it on occasion but have never actually bought a copy until today, owing to the “Plus Size Fashion” heading on the cover. The May issue includes a feature on fellow plus size blogger Betty Pamper, and also several pages on plus size vintage clothing with a fifties spin. There are also tips for dressing a larger figure. The magazine in general is an interesting read and has opened my eyes to some festivals and boutiques I’ve never heard of. All in all, a good read for any vintage lover.
Remember this item of the week post from 2011?
The Freckle shoe by Office. I still love these shoes now. I never bought them as they didn’t fit but everytime I go into an Office store and see the same shoe in a new colourway, I smile. And touch it. So imagine how happy I was to go thrifting this week and see the original shoe from the 80’s in a charity shop!
Oh Office you crafty lot, there I was thinking that the design was an original idea from the inner cortex of one of your super skilled design team. Tut tut tut. Still, I snapped those bee-arches right up! Do they fit me- course not. But I’m sure they’ll fit one of you lovely ladies perfectly. UK size 8, standard fit, good condition, and available now in my Etsy shop.