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.

Oh You Nomi [Collectif]

I don’t really do trousers, not as a pinup. I wear jeans for work, as well as steel toed boots and a hi-vis jacket, because hello, Warehouse Supervisor life is the glammest of glam. But outside of that, in the vintage style realm of the 50s that I prefer, trousers are either high-waisted fitted styles or high-waisted swing styles and it’s that high-waisted part that I struggle most with. Because while my hips and butt are delightfully rounded food-storers, it’s my stomach that literally takes the cake. Often when I’ve tried these styles in the past what fits my hips won’t fit my waist, or sometimes they’ll fit my waist but they won’t really be truly high-waisted enough on me, ending at that weird belly button height that does favours for no one.

Well, Collectif saved the day, and my butt. Last summer when they launched their Kirsty jeans I heard talk that they were both truly high-waisted and stretchy as all get out. I eventually gave them a try and was delighted to find the talk to be true. Anytime I need to get out of the house quickly or want to be totally comfortable, I reach for my Kirsty jeans, so much so that I bought myself a back-up pair in this past winter 50% off sale. I figured that was me all set for a while with my pants needs.

And then along came Nomi, AKA Kirsty 2.0. Featuring the same high-waisted rise and comfortable stretchtastic denim, these babies are Kirsty jeans with the side zipper replaced by a partial front zip and 3 featured gold buttons, front pockets, and a slightly darker hue. Basically, babies, I love them.

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Jeans: Nomi Jeans C/O Collectif
Cardigan: Red Gingham Lucy Cardigan by Collectif
Bangles: Splendette Woven Bamboo / Wine carved / Red Clear
Sunglasses: Red Judy sunglasses by Collectif
Wedges: Old Primark

The stretch on these bad boys is no joke. Generally speaking, the sizing advice on the Kirsty jeans was to size down one, maybe even two sizes, depending on how tight you wanted the fit. For me, chubby of thigh and round of stomach, I sized down by my bottom half’s measurements technically by only one into the size 16, which have continued to serve me well even as Christmas weight and, you know, just general pizza weight, continued to pile on. I was assured the Nomi jeans are just as forgiving and even with the differing closure that holds true.

The size 16 are a perfect fit on me, comfortable and flattering. I’m 5 ft 7 and the rise on this size 16 pair is 16.25 inches, just in case you weren’t convinced how serious I was being when I said these are truly high waisted. The waistband flat measures 33 inches, the lower waist 36 inches, the hips 43 inches, but the stretch allows the hips to expand to fit my 50 inch hips without pinching, digging in or straining, so you will definitely be able to size down at least once, possibly twice as with the Kirsty’s.

The great thing about these jeans is that they’re so comfortable you can wear them anytime. Sure, they look great with cropped vintage style tops or cardigans, but if you don’t like highlighting your middle by wearing high-waisted trousers with cropped items, like me, you will likely find that these are so comfortable they replace even your ‘normal person’ jeans like they have done mine.

When I need to roll out low-key, low-maintenance, it’s so easy to throw these on and go, no need to pause to consider if the task ahead of me is going to be limited by or effected by the comfort of my outfit. Just going to go to the supermarket to grab a small shop before I go visit my niblings quickly then rush home to finish some chores and blogging? Cool, Nomi jeans, t-shirt and a hoody works just fine, thank you. Meeting a mate at the cinema but don’t want to bother getting pinned up to sit in the dark for two hours? No problem, Nomi jeans and a peplum top will be comfortable for sitting for that long. They immediately became my holy-grail jeans, a recommend-a-pair pair for anyone whether you’re looking for a vintage cut or just looking for jeans that aren’t going to make you feel like your stomach is being cut in half when you sit down (my fellow chubby girls will know what I’m talking about.) Girl, if you can’t wait to unbutton as soon as you get home because you’re in so much discomfort or pain in the jeans you’re wearing, just make the switch; your squishy bits will thank you.

Plus, they make my butt look awesome. Yeah, I said it. Not sorry.

The Nomi jeans come in UK sizes 6-22 and cost £45. Collectif ship internationally from their website, or ladies who want to shop in-store can find Collectif at one of their London or Brighton stores.