Fine Leontine [Miss Candyfloss]

I love sleeved dresses for the colder months but I don’t often buy them because all of my vintage-style shopping is done online, and of course anything that doesn’t fit requires the more testing rigmarole of arranging and posting a return compared to the fairly simple task of walking a hanger back to the clothes rail it came from. When it comes to sleeved dresses it’s the threat of the likelihood of a return that deters me, because my large upper arms regularly determine that long-sleeved dresses which technically fit are, in reality, too uncomfortable to wear.

Nothing bugs me more than a sleeve that’s so tight across the biceps that I can’t move my arms in a normal range of movement, let alone even sit still comfortably without feeling tight compression or pinching. Which is why I am always so grateful that Miss Candyfloss, the verifiable winners of creating the best vintage-inspired Autumn-winter designs, always scale up their sizes beautifully and I have never yet experienced any discomfort when donning one of their sleeved dresses. The fact that all of those dresses are also achingly glamorous and chic almost comes in second to the grand scale of my gratitude and relief.

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Sophistication in Romane-Bo [Miss Candyfloss]

It’s that beautiful time of year again. Yes, I do sort of mean autumn, but mostly I actually mean it’s time for Miss Candyfloss to start releasing their Autumn/Winter line. Miss C release such superb winter collections that I genuinely get excited in mid summer just anticipating what each year’s newest seasonal offerings might be. They can always be relied upon to produce chic, timeless, sophisticated designs, which cover every occasion from dinner party glamour to office-friendly. They are, in short, my favourite company for cool weather wear, and this year’s Marilyn Monroe inspired collections have once more surpassed my high expectations.

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Giselle in Roses [Miss Candyfloss]

When it comes to polka dots, I’m a 50/50 girl. If they’re small enough and on a background colour I really love, I can get into moods in which I am all for them. The rest of the time I will probably not-entirely-correctly say ‘Yeaaah…I don’t really like polka dots.’

When I first saw a picture of this dress I thought it was red polka dots on a pale blue background, and even though theoretically if I peer into the folder marked ‘Amy’s taste’ in my mind that doesn’t sound like a combo I would be super into, I was surprised to find myself drawn to the idea. I pictured wearing this dress on a warm spring day with a white cardigan and red accessories. Then I found out those polka dots are actually tiny pink roses and for a short while that put me off, because that ‘Amy’s taste’ folder said tiny roses would be too twee for me. But, as I am discovering more and more as I get older, sometimes my gut is wrong, and in this case it was, because the tiny roses are super cute and the blue of this dress is absolutely perfect. Also, as it turns out, that styling I imagined? It still totally works.

Giselle-Regina dress gifted by Miss Candyfloss fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May Fairy tales Disney collection

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A Blue Belle [Miss Candyfloss]

Once upon a time, there was a fair skinned girl with hair red as age-darkened cherries, who didn’t know blue was a shade that, on her, looked sweet and true.

…That girl is me, that realisation came a few years ago, and now thanks to Miss Candyfloss I’m fulfilling all kinds of fairy tale dreams I didn’t even have with this darling Bella dress, a vision made in blue.

Beauty and the beast Belle cosplay disneybound disney fairy tale vintage inspired pinup Miss Amy May plus size fit review Bella-Blue dress gifted by Miss Candyfloss

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Woodland Aurora [Miss Candyfloss]

Ardent admirers of Miss Candyfloss will no doubt recognise this dress from their Lookbook for this summer’s Fairytales collection. It was launched at the same time as an identically cut dress, the Mary-Beth dress, which comes in a green and grey tartan with bold black accents. At first I was drawn to the tartan iteration, before remembering that I’ve actually been meaning to add beige, brown and grey pieces to my wardrobe recently, which is sorely lacking said neutral tones. With that in mind, I paused briefly to envision a few different ways I might style the piece, then happily clicked the order button.

Aurora-Tan dress gifted by Miss Candyfloss vintage inspired Sleeping Beauty Aurora cosplay disneybound Miss amy May plus size

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Fairytales and Coats [Miss Candyfloss]

If you read my recent review of Miss Candyfloss’s Arista dress you’ll know that while their new spring/summer collection may be Disney Princess inspired it still has plenty of simpler, timeless options for those of us who find the idea of Princess styles a bit too twee and girlish for our tastes. This Aemela-Ivy dress and the Cloebella coat are both lovely examples of items that will appeal to ladies who aren’t looking for bows or butterflies.

I may not personally be a huge Disney fan, but I wanted to pay homage to Miss Candyfloss’s inspiration for this range, so let’s travel together into the woods now in an ode to fairytales, just watch out for the roses’ thorns…

Aemela-Ivy Dress and Cleobella-Minty hooded swing water repellent coat by Miss Candyfloss made in Europe EU plus size pinup size fit review Miss Amy May

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Green Elegance [Miss Candyfloss + Charlie Stone Shoes]

‘It’s one of my favourite colours!’ I feel like I say to people a lot, but not just about one colour. Once upon a time I claimed purple as my favourite (when I was 10,) and then lime green (13.Yikes!) Over time it became navy blue, then red. For the past few years though, it has been very clear–very clear that I have 3 favourites, that is, and I can’t be asked to choose between them. Burgundy, mustard (every tone of it,) and green, practically every shade of green. Olive, khaki, emerald, grass, they all make me happy, and without tooting my own horn, they all look good on me. But really I think they look good on everyone; green is an equal opportunity colour. Which is why today this review is going on hard on the colour green, right down to my toes.

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Like Fine Wine [Miss Candyfloss]

If I had to choose a favourite vintage brand, it would have to be Miss Candyfloss. Their Autumn/Winter lines especially floor me every year, always producing elegant, stylish, and seasonally-appropriate pieces no matter the theme of their inspiration for the season. This winter the inspiration for their new line was Dior’s iconic New Look, and their resulting releases have been just as extraordinary. So much so that each time I’ve managed to snag a piece it has almost always sold out within hours, let alone by the time the parcel containing my order arrives in my hands. As such, deciding whether to blog sold-out styles has been a conundrum I’ve repeatedly faced, not wanting to torture the ladies who missed out while also feeling these pieces are so beautiful they deserve a spotlight here on the blog.

This week, knowing once again that this latest dress of mine might have sold out by the time this review goes live, I decided it was too lovely a piece not to get its own photoshoot. Folks, let’s all marvel at the Ambre-Wine together.

Miss Candyfloss Ambre-wine peplum burgundy dress Amour Fou New Look Dior collection Miss Amy May plus size pinup size fit review vintage

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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

Allegra, My Dream [Miss Candyfloss]

You know how sometimes people see something and they say ‘oh that is so you!’ and it’s really kind of cute because it means they know you and what you like so well that they can recognise when something is a perfect match for you? That is one of my favourite things in the world, and recently lots of people on my social media platforms were saying it when they saw the Allegra dress debuted in the Miss Candyfloss SS18 lookbook. Why? Because it is a delicious mustardy slice of summer freshness, sweetness, chicness, and the fact that other people associated those things with me and what I love made me smile.

The dress is so perfect for me, in fact, that while I know realistically Miss Candyfloss didn’t design it for me...ehh, part of my excited heart chooses to believe that they did, because come on! Look at it! It’s summer Amy May personified!

Allegra yellow dress by Miss Candyfloss

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