Retro In Bed [Glamour Bunny Nighties]

There were a lot of ways that the eras of the past were more glamorous than our modern world. People dressed up for dinner. The women set their hair and painted on their best faces for even days spent at home. Men wore pocket watches and cufflinks and all manner of dapper details that trump today’s Niké trainers and iWatches. And come bedtime, the women didn’t don their favourite novelty print pyjamas trousers and an oversized t-shirt, but instead nightie and robe sets, frills and lace and ribbons abound.

Don’t get me wrong. I am all about the novelty pj pants. If I’m not dolled up in one my favourite swing dresses I am most likely in yoga pants or a pair of polka dot bed trousers. I own many hoodies and a plethora of t-shirts, a large portion of which are Harry Potter themed. There’s nothing comfier for lounging in, there just isn’t. That being said, you don’t always want to look as comfortable as you feel. Sometimes you want to look glamorous and stylish and feminine even when you are comfortable. Which brings us back to those bed sets of times gone by.

I’ve been meaning to buy a nightie set for well over a year now but just never got around to it. I knew Glamour Bunny offered a small selection of bed sets and they shot to the top of my wishlist for my ‘If I ever get the chance to do a retro bedroom scene shoot, I’m getting one of these’ daydream. The dream photoshoot didn’t present itself, but the Glamour Bunny nightie sets went on sale, so, you know. What did you expect me to do?

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GBnightie7gbnightie3 The sets are sized only by bust as the rest of the nightie and robe are free flowing and loose. I ordered the size Large, which is stated for 38 inch bust, but my 40 inch bust fits fine. Since the nightie and robe both are loose it’s comfortable and easy to wear, both around the house and in bed. There’s no bunching, digging in, riding up or rubbing. The red is gorgeously vibrant and the ruffles are adorable. The jacket does help keep you a bit warmer as you toddle about the house, but this set isn’t something that will keep you super toasty in winter if you go to bed alone and/or are someone who struggles to sleep if you’re even the tiniest bit cold. Outside of the depths of winter though, and when you’re not sleeping alone, it’s the perfect little treat for feeling vintage and ladylike.

At full price this nightie and robe set was £48, but I snagged mine for £33; it went on sale for £36 and Glamour Bunny offer a 10% off loyalty discount to returning customers with code GBLOYALTY10.

The Fifi robe and nightie sets are currently sold out in black and red, but I suspect a pale blue will be coming in their SS16 release as pictures on the Glamour Bunny Instagram show a blue set being modelled by pinup babe Diablo Rose in the past couple months. If you can’t wait to see if that set will indeed be soon coming to fruition, Glamour Bunny currently offer another set, the Lulu retro nightie set, in pale yellow and pink, a set trimmed with pale lace rather than abundant ruffles.


Photo property of Frankie & Gerry’s Retro Studio

 

Froo Froo Fantastic [Voodoo Vixen Petticoat]

I’ve reviewed a couple of petticoats on the blog before, the Malco Modes Jennifer and Lindy Bop petticoats. There were pros and cons to both, and for that reason I’ve been thinking lately I need to keep an eye out for other brands to review to give you more information on a wider selection of available pettis. In that light, today I’m reviewing the Froo Froo petticoat by Voodoo Vixen.

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Top: Sophie top by Voodoo Vixen
Petticoat: Froo Froo petticoat C/O Voodoo Vixen
Belt: Black Faux Leather belt by Pinup Girl Clothing
Skirt: Handmade by me
Flats: Old season H&M

This petticoat comes in red, black and white, and is one size fits all. I’m 33 inches at the waist and as you can see from the picture above there’s still more room in this petticoat. There’s also a way to tighten this petticoat if you have a substantially smaller waist, as the elastic in the waistband closes with a button and the entire length of the elastic has button holes every half inch so you can tighten the petticoat to your own needs. That elastic also plays a massive role in the length of this skirt: At full length it’s 30 inches, great for tea length skirts or dresses, but the waistband has 3 different tracks that allow you to move that waistband elastic up and down throughout the 3 tracks to shorten your petticoat whenever needed, giving you versatility for a whole range of pieces in your wardrobe from just one petticoat.

All you have to do is find the little openings on the right hand side of the waistband and pop the button out of the track opening. Unfasten the elastic and put a safety pin through a button hole to give you something extra to hold on to when you’re re-threading the elastic. Pull the elastic out of the track, choose the track you want to become the new waistband, and keeping a firm grip on the button/safety pin, thread the elastic back into the track bit by bit until the entire piece is re-threaded. Fasten the button to close the waistband up and voila! Your petticoat can shorten a couple of inches.

Voodoo Vixen Froo Froo Petticoat

Left: Finding the button in the top track. Middle: Elastic moved to the bottom track. Right: The finished product.

When it comes to volume, this petticoat is great middle-ground; it’s got the perfect puff for your typical daily petticoat wear, but the volume isn’t out of control for ladies who are worried about their skirts getting too wide. It’s in the medium range of softness too; soft but not plush and definitely not scratchy or cheap. The only downside is that Voodoo Vixen don’t offer a shorter petticoat because even at the shortest setting this petti is too long to wear with their own dresses without considerable visible froth peeking out beneath their hemlines. That’s fine if you’re a gal who likes her petticoat to show a little, but for me personally that’s a huge pet peeve so I have to save this petticoat for my non-VV dresses.

The Froo Froo petticoat costs £29.99 from Voodoo Vixen, who have hidden a 10% off discount code on their blog for any ladies looking to get a little money off.