One item of clothing I’ve come to love that I would not have believed I would ever even wear, were you to have told me this many years ago, is the pussybow blouse. Even ignoring that my previously-modern wardrobe just would not have had space for such a blouse to fit, sartorially speaking, it’s likely I just would not have believed they would ever suit me. I probably would have thought they were too delicate, too sweet, too girly for me, but back then I simply would have lacked the fashionable imagination to know that, like almost everything else, pussybow blouses are all about how you style them. For me, they work perfectly for layering, especially as a fun neckline feature under pinafore dresses or cardigans. This Heron blouse, though, offers plenty all on its own to be considered the feature piece in an outfit even without layering.
Spring is my favourite season, but autumn is a close second behind it, entirely for its colours. When the trees are in different stages of decline, awarding the sight of red, yellow, orange, near-gold and green all mixed together side-by-side over the hedges of my garden, along the roads that lead me everywhere I go, my heart is made happy. So realising that very sight is epitomised into the tartan of this Hell Bunny Oktober dress–well, my heart was more than a little pleased.
Did I want to open this post with a joke about Hamilton? Yes, of course I did. But we don’t have time for such musical shenanigans, because Hell Bunny’s Autumn/Winter line for this season is bursting with incredible pieces and we need to start looking at them immediately! There is almost no time to spare, that’s how much good shiz they’ve got on offer!
The feel of spring is finally starting to creep in, and not a moment too soon! I am ready for that fresh, clean scent to the air that only comes when the sky is clear and the flowers are beginning to bloom. Sure, I could stand to hold off longer on it being time to return to mowing the lawn once a week, but for sunshine, daffodils and warmer days, I’ll accept that seasonal trade. Now we can bust out our floral prints in earnest, no matter what Miranda Priestly might think, and this new Hell Bunny offering is a beautiful example.
You may recognise this print from my review several weeks ago of the Hell Bunny Antonia dress. For that post I highlighted how well the print works for a moody, winter styling. I love said print so much that I couldn’t help but snap up the skirt version as well, but for its review I wanted to wait until we were approaching spring to show you how well this print could be styled for sunshine and warmth too. Sure the background is black, the roses rich and red, but there’s nothing about spring that says decadence and elegance must be forsaken for lighter, sweeter florals. Antonia really is ready to be worn year round.
I am not often drawn to any shade of purple, nor to mid-blues. This dress, though–my, my, has it won me over. Ensnared me! Mesmerized me in earnest.
…I really like it basically, okay? So much so that while I’ve been enjoying this winter for the opportunity to dress seasonally in dark and rich colours, to rock winter-only prints like tartans, the one spring dress hanging in my wardrobe that I’ve been dying to wear, even though I’m kind of not really ready for spring yet on the whole, is this Violetta. She has been calling to me for weeks and finally, thankfully, it’s time to let her do her thing.
When it comes to prints, there’s not many that work year round. Anything nautical suits only good weather, which here in England certainly means it’s meant for only spring and summer, at best. Tropical florals work the same way, feeling odd in the cold, darker parts of the year. Tartan and checks suit cold months best, while pretty pastel florals will always look best in spring. But a rose print? Oh a rose print can work all year round. And this Antonia print by Hell Bunny is ready to represent.
There’s almost no opening pre-amble I can give for this coat, because it is practically too perfect for words. A winter coat that combines my love of faux fur trims, elegant but detachable capes, and genuine winter practicality of providing warmth, having pockets and being able to fit over my full-skirted swing dresses? HELL BUNNY YOU HAVE SLAIN ME.
One of the fun things about the vintage inspired world is that the seemingly opposing style types of timeless classic pieces and novelty designs exist side by side. It’s one of the things that confused me a bit when I first became a pinup, and 5 years on I still rarely feel drawn to the novelty elements of vintage fashion. One time of year when I do like to indulge in a little bit of fun in that way is at Christmas. Each year it’s fun to find a new festive dress I can wear in the run up to the big day that will bring joy to the other Christmas lovers I meet.
Whether it’s in the supermarket, running errands, grabbing a drink, or when meeting one of my best friends for dinner, if I can wear an obnoxiously Christmas themed outfit that will make the people I encounter happy, that makes me happy. It’s like the pinup version of a Christmas sweater, I suppose. And this year, just as last year with their Holly print dress, it’s Hell Bunny who’ve brought the Chrimbo joy to vintage dressing with this Nutcracker number!
Oh, what’s this? Mooooore tartan? I don’t mind if I do!
No, but seriously, I know I own a lot of it, but I actually don’t own a single pinafore dress, let alone a tartan one, so this post was practically overdue. Let’s get down to it!