March Outfits Round Up

Spring is heeere (mostly) and it is glorious. I’ve loved fishing out my summer dresses from storage to swap them for my darker, heavier winter duds. Tropical prints, bright colours and pastels have made me so happy to throw on each time I go out, making me feel like spring even on days that the weather perhaps hasn’t done it’s part in representing the season. Plus, I’m so excited that even more SS17 releases will be trickling out over the next month or two, so bring on the summery dresses!

Talis swing skirt & top in green by Collectif, Ice Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Ivory Blossom Falls hairclips by Alternate Normality, old F&F wedges, Luxulite brooch, assorted old bangles, old Primark hat

Red Gingham Lucy cardigan from Collectif, Marilyn dress by Blueberry Hill Fashion, old F&F flats, Deluxe Clip In Bettie Bangs by Classy Rebel

Toucan Print Estella dress by Lady Voluptuous, Sage Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Green Loraine heels by BAIT, old bangles, Ivory Blossom Falls hair flower by Alternate Normality, Deluxe clip In Bettie Bangs by Classy Rebel

Blue Jade dress by Collectif, Honey Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Wrapped in a Bow bag by Voodoo Vixen, old Primark flats, old ASOS circle brooch, old bangles

Defunct Tara Starlet dress, Burgundy Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, old bangles, New Look flats, Deluxe Clip In Bettie Bangs by Classy Rebel

50s Lighthouse skirt by Hell Bunny, Teal Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Miss Candyfloss top, old F&F flats, Splendette dark woven bangle, old wooden bangles

Deco Daffodil Jolene dress by Trashy Diva, old Pinup Couture Bettie shoes

Amber dress by Voodoo Vixen, Felicity orchid hairclip by Daisy Jean Florals, Deluxe Clip In Bettie Bangs by Classy Rebel, Splendette dark woven bangle, old wooden bangles, old F&F wedges

Sunday Picnic Penelope dress by Hearts & Found, Ice Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, old New Look flats

Sweet Violet [Voodoo Vixen]

The first time I clapped eyes on this Voodoo Vixen dress was in the briefest glimpse of a behind the scenes snapshot Miss Victory Violet posted on Instagram while she was modelling it for their SS17 catalogue. It was instant love, immediate obsession. Never mind that all I could see of it was the neckline, never mind that the picture was a selfie more so than a dress sneak peek. That neckline was all I needed to know that it would be a perfect vintage morsel, and a bestseller to boot. I was not wrong.

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Bag: Vintage
Cardigan: New Look
Shoes: Old Pinup Couture

The surprising thing about Voodoo Vixen is that, somehow, they always seem to make me fall in love with styles featuring pink. I don’t know how they do it, because the passion with which I hate certain shades of pink is nothing less fiery than that of the surface of the sun. And yet for several seasons in a row they’ve created styles featuring pink that have been some of my season’s favourites. It is super weird and I don’t really know how they’re doing it (Witchcraft? Hypnosis? Hallucinogenics infused fabrics??) but I’m not mad at it. Three of my favourite five styles from this season feature pink heavily or, like this Violet dress, are just downright pink, and yet I don’t feel like the impostor I usually do when sporting these shades.

To be honest, I actually think this dress is a peach, with pink leaning tones depending on the light. Still, regardless of the technical colour, or perhaps because of it, this dress is perfection in my eyes. The embroidered floral trim of the neckline feels so authentically vintage to me that it almost hurts. The fabric is non-stretch and has a subtle, dainty criss-crossing of white stitching that creates a tweed-like finish, except lightweight enough for summer. There are pockets, huzzah, and the 28 inches long flared swing skirt will house a slim volume petticoat for a nice floaty skirt feel should you not want to wear it alone. Balancing out the non-stretch fabric is the shirred back panel and the adjustable shoulder straps which make the fit of this dress more flexible from body to body.

Still, saying that, I’ll admit the non-stretch fabric and my current measurements put my usual Voodoo Vixen XL size at near risk of not fitting me in this dress. My 45 inch bust really wasn’t keen on playing along with the side zipper, but changing my usual style of bra for my WKD longline merrywidow cinched everything in tight enough that I could zip up. And thank God, because I truly might have cried if I hadn’t been able to fit this dress. The waist flat measures 32 inches with just enough give to max out at 34 inches, barely, while the 38 inch bust can stretch to 43 inches thanks to the shirring in the back panel. All that makes this the most true to the size dress I’ve ever had from Voodoo Vixen, which typically sizes a little larger than their size chart states, so absolutely make sure to check the chart for the correct size before you order. Once you do, though, I’m sure you’ll end up with a dress you’re as obsessed with as I am.

And, you know, Voodoo Vixen, if you feel like making this dress in white next year with yellow floral trim, I’d be cool with that. You know, whatevs. (Frantic internal screaming of longing.)

The Violet dress comes in sizes S-XL for £47. I fully expect stock to sell out fast, so do be aware that if Voodoo Vixen sell out of their own stock that their stockists may still have stock as well, and that a restock will be coming in April. Voodoo Vixen ship internationally.