I have a thing for winter appropriate prints, checks, tweeds and weighted fabrics. They never go out of style, which means when you buy a piece in that kind of fabric you know you can wear it year after year regardless of the passing current trends. This holds even more true when the pieces are vintage inspired, so I was pleased to see that Voodoo Vixen made several pieces in their AW15 line that fit this outline.
The Pia pencil skirt is the one that most caught my eye from the VV workwear appropriate new pieces. It’s a lightweight highwaisted grey pencil skirt sporting a tweed inspired print with kick pleats in the back. From the same AW line I picked up the Sophie top, a black three quarter sleeved top with plenty of stretch for comfort and a great button detail staired neckline.
The Sophie top has quickly become one of my favourite staple pieces. I love that it’s simple yet the neckline is interesting and atypical. It’s stretchy so it’s super comfortable, plus it’s a great medium weight fabric so it’s not accidentally sheer at all and doesn’t threaten overheating or freezing. The size L fits with some room to spare. I haven’t worn a top by Voodoo Vixen before in order to gauge whether they typically run large but I’ve found in my past experience that their cardigans run very large, so if you’re large of bust follow the size chart on this piece to size true but if you like a really snug fit and aren’t big in the bust then you could possibly size down.
As shown in one of the photos above, the Pia skirt closes with a size zip and is pretty high-waisted; I’m 5 ft 7 so the 29 inches from waist to hem on this skirt hits me just on the knee. It’s work appropriate as well as being a classic enough piece that it can easily be styled for vintage inspired social wear. Typically the XL in Voodoo Vixen pieces is stated on the size chart as being for 33 inch waists, which has been my measurement for the better part of this year. Their dresses tend to flat-measure larger than that, but I flat measured this XL Pia skirt to be 33 inches exactly with only enough give to stretch to 34 inches, so definitely follow the size chart on this piece to avoid disappointment.
The Sophia top comes only in black–don’t worry, I’ve already asked Voodoo Vixen whether they might consider expanding the colour range in future lines–and costs £24.99 while the Pia skirt costs £37.99. Currently, though, Voodoo Vixen are holding a pre-Christmas sale with both items available at a reduced price and a further secret 10% off discount code hidden on their blog for readers to discover, so head on over post haste to get your winter mitts on these pieces at a pretty price.