My Favourite: Vintage Inspired Accessory Brands

Splendette, Bow and Crossbones, and Luxulite accessories finishing off an outfit to perfection

There’s a lot of small accessory brands out there in our vintage inspired community, but because they’re small companies, often owned and run by one woman doing everything herself, it can be hard to discover them because they don’t have the same advertising budgets as the larger vintage inspired clothing brands/shops we see constantly promoted on our feeds.

In my experience the best way to find new accessory brands is to check the tags and captions of the photos you see in your news feeds or the blogs you follow, so that when you see a fakelite bangle or a reproduction handbag you like the look of you can establish whether it’s a true vintage item or something currently for sale. All of these businesses below are ones I found scrolling through Instagram and spotting them on the arm or in the hair of one of my favourite fellow pinups. Continue reading

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Harriet in the Country [Joanie Clothing]

Here’s the thing; my favourite thing about the vintage silhouette of which I’m most enamored is definitely the full, swishy skirt flowing down from a cinched waist, but sometimes in summer the dedication and discomfort it takes to stay committed to that silhouette is just too much. Sometimes you just need an easy, breezy summer dress that reminds you of your favourite vintage features without all the layers and cinching and sweating. Sometimes you just gotta relax. Enter, Harriet.

Harriet bardot stripe sun dress blue Joanie Clothing plus size Miss Amy May

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Thelma & Me [Joanie Clothing]

Who doesn’t love a good shirt dress? They’re timeless, easy to wear, and simple to style. I have a few in my winter wardrobe in plain moody colours, but it occurred to me recently that I don’t have any cute printed shirt dresses that would work for casual, fun summer wear. Well, as it just so happens, Joanie clothing have taken up that call this season with aplomb.

Blue Thelma Check dress Joanie Clothing Miss Amy May plus size

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Spring Mint [Unique Vintage]

Once upon a time, I wasn’t really a fan of plain coloured dresses. Occasionally I would give them a try, but inevitably I’d never end up wearing them enough and I’d pass them on. I was all about prints, often the brighter the better. These days, though, I think I finally see the merit in a solid coloured dress. It’s a blank canvas. There’s nothing, really, to limit your imagination. You can go wild with accessorising, you can create a dozen very different looks. A plain dress is only as plain as your palette. And with as pretty a solid as this Unique Vintage mint Luna, who, really, would dare call it plain?

Unique Vintage 1940s Style Mint Brushed Cotton Luna Swing Dress & Mesh Capelet plus size Miss Amy May

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Blue Skies in Waldorf [Unique Vintage]

One of my favourite things about spring is when our fruit trees begin to blossom. Thanks to the late snow this year I was a little paranoid that they wouldn’t, but eventually the little buds began to show themselves, just a few weeks behind schedule. Now the blossoms are in full swing, making me endlessly happy each time I look at them.

This Waldorf dress from Unique Vintage, while not technically featuring blossoms as part of the floral print, still puts me in mind of those delicate, fluffy flowers that bring me such joy, thanks to the gorgeous colours of the print; the white flowers and their rich green leaves set against a soft blue that feels like sky. It all reminds me of a clear spring day encouraging the growth of the blossoms I love, so on just such a day recently passed I couldn’t help but head out into the garden to introduce it to Waldorf.

Plus Size Unique Vintage 1950s Style Light Blue & White Floral Print Pleated Waldorf Swing Dress Miss amy May

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April Outfits Round Up

April, you glorious bastard! After so much rain it felt like spring might never come, but near the end there you skipped right to summer with our mini heat wave. Always a surprise, mostly a pleasure, always weird. I mean, obviously it then went right back to April showers, but having sun wake up all the blossoms finally has truly made my month. And now onto May, my birthday month! Bring it.

Isidora-Mustard blouse by Miss Candyfloss, Black Jasmine skirt by Collectif, Gold slings by Select, turban made by me, old wooden bangles, Honey blonde faux bangs from eBay cut and dyed by me, visible Ariel strapless longline bra by Dominique

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Full of Roses [Love UR Look]

If you’ve been following my blog for a long time you’ll be familiar with Love Ur Look. Like many other companies, I’ve featured them here almost every season since this blog began, but I’m sure if you looked back through my past reviews you’d recognise the pieces I shared instantaneously; because if there’s one thing Love UR Look knows how to do, it’s produce dresses that don’t look like anyone else’s.

Their dresses are always unique, often made in original hand-drawn fabrics or re-imagined vintage prints, and almost always featuring little design details I just don’t see anywhere else. Necklines that are shaped by atomic-inspired zig zag cut outs, bodices that feature layered fabric folds that give the word ‘structure’ a new meaning, contrasting panels layered over novelty fabrics with brightly coloured buttons. Whenever I see a Love UR Look dress, I can always tell the brand without needing to check a caption or a label or a website. Today, we’re looking at one of their more gentle, less novelty designs, in a flower print that shares my mother’s name: today we gaze at roses.

Miss Amy May Love UR Look 1950s Rose Belt Front dress

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Lorena in the Sun [Miss Candyfloss]

Miss Candyfloss Lorena Sun colour block dress Miss Amy May

I love mustard–I know that, you know that, it’s probably been stated a million times by this point. In fact, I think it is a truth universally acknowledged that a vintage dress in possession of a good mustard colouring must be in want of an Amy, so deep seated and everlasting is that love. The unusual part of this post about a dress of mustard is that not only is this dress not made wholly from mustard, but it also includes two colours that a) I do not wear and b) I actually, kind of, you could say, definitely…hate. Continue reading