Y’all, I’m sure you know this already because when it happens we Brits can do nothing but complain about it, weak as we are, but it’s been hot here. Like, doesn’t happen in England very often kind of hot. (Aka, around 30°C.) I know that’s nothing compared to what some other countries have to deal with but it’s a rarity for us; some summers it doesn’t reach that heat at all, or perhaps for one day. We are much more used to damp summers, chilly springs, and frosty winters. When it gets hot here, with our humidity levels tending towards the downright rude, we kind of don’t know what to do except stand around moaning while we get all pink and clammy.
As such, it’s been a fairly simple style month. When it’s been hot the pincurls have been ditched in favour of buns, I’ve had little mental effort left to figure out how to tie together an outfit when my standard cropped cardigans haven’t been required, and honestly some days I haven’t felt like putting in any effort at all. Thankfully the heatwave is over and fingers crossed that will be it for this summer. Bring me sunny days with cool breezes.
You’d be forgiven for not being fully in the know about the set up of Banned/Dancing Days, because they’re a wholesale only brand and have only recently split up their company by styles with a name change, but don’t worry, I’m here to help you get to grips with it. Banned Apparel is an alternative style retailer that’s been around for years, functioning as a wholesale-only brand which means they don’t sell any of their clothing straight to their customers themselves, selling only to in-store and online stockists who pick and choose which pieces they want to offer to their own individual customer base. Since Banned has always produced vintage inspired lines as well as more alternative lines, they decided to make the distinction in those styles clearer by moving their vintage inspired items into their own brand, Dancing Days by Banned.
For this reason, it can take a bit of searching sometimes to track down where you can find their items for sale, because sometimes a stockist might list the item as branded Dancing Days and others still insist on listing it as Banned. There are a ton of Dancing Days stockists, though, and my favourite ones I’ve found that carry a lovely selection of their pieces are Top Vintage, Unique Vintage, Audrey Star’s Boutique, Tiger Milly, Starlet Vintage and Blue Banana. Continue reading
You guys, it’s been hot here. Well, the British version of hot. We’re talking 22-25°C if you go by the weather forecasts, but 31°C if believe the temperature dial on my best friend’s car, which she insists that we do because we’re British and pathetic and it makes us feel a bit better to say we’re suffering in 30+°C and not just 22°C.
Oh, and it was my birthday too, which means there was a bit of glam involved in some outfits. You know, whatevs. I’m old now so it’s barely even exciting (she says, despite the fact that she still has at least 4 celebrations and books her birthday off work.) Like I said, whatevs. All of this is to say, May was a rather nice month.
Sometimes you see a dress and just immediately know it’s a ‘you’ piece. Back in February when I was flicking through Collectif’s previewed SS17 line the Nora Abstract swing dress jumped right out at me in just such a way.
Featuring a bold print made up of red, green and yellow framed on a white background, it’s the kind of colourful print I’m never afraid of and always delighted by. The colour combination makes me think of chilies and dell peppers, and I think that’s kind of brilliantly fun.
Okay, so maybe this post isn’t named with all that much original brilliance, particularly since it’s a real near-miss with the name, but the dress it focuses on offers enough to make up for it. It is, of course, the wonderful Deliliah dress by Voodoo Vixen.
Every season I say it’s Voodoo Vixen’s best season yet, and considering the utter gem that is the Violet dress I already reviewed a few weeks back and now this delightful Deliliah, it’s kind of no wonder. Both dresses are fresh, fun and ready to be worn out in the sun, and with Deliliah now in my hands I’ll be doing just that. This green, those daisies, these pockets! My, someone hold my handbag because I sure do feel faint.
Hell Bunny always offer up such a varied, fun selection of prints for their summer lines, and this year is no exception. I’ve already featured a dose of their lemons and a view of their lighthouses, and today it’s time to journey with them to Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous.
While I’d love to be able to feature this dress set against a backdrop of the glamorous principality by which it was inspired, this country girl has instead been enjoying it on fresh spring walks, the occasional seaside trip and lots of garden hangs. Thankfully, it’s a dress so fun and flattering it looks good no matter where you wear it.
I’m certainly not known for being afraid of bright colours, but even I’ve got to admit the Del Ray dress by Unique Vintage might be taking that love of brights to new heights.
I saw it previewed at London Edge back in February and featured it then in my review post among my favourite picks from UV’s upcoming line, so its fearlessly bold striped print definitely captured me right from the off. Still, when it arrived and I pulled it from its bag, unfurling it before me in the air of a dim English morning, I had the slightest moment of pause: wow, was it too bright for me? Within a split second I had remembered myself: Nah! I’m good.
Let’s do this Del Ray, you beautifully obnoxious burst of Californian sunshine!
As much as I love bright colours, I’m not much one for clashing. I’ve actually been known to say before how much I hate pink and red paired together, with an unnecessary amount of passion. Turns out, that dislike is more of a contextual thing, because when I spotted this Eden frilly fronted cardigan I was totally on board. I immediately pictured it paired with a sky blue skirt and a wicker basket handbag, and then when it arrived I styled it exactly so. It’s just like I pictured it would be. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?
Come on, you must know by now that I’m a little bit crazy for nautical colour combinations. Give me red, white and navy, give me anchors, give me stripes! I just don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. But I suppose, sigh, that it is sensible sometimes to have separates that can make up a nautical outfit but don’t have to, that can be paired with other pieces for a different kind of look. I mean, I guess.
These pieces from Dolly & Dotty both indulge my nautical love and gift me with a somewhat reluctant possibility of versatility.
It’s not often I reach for anything other than a full-skirted 50s dress. Even all the beautiful gathered border print skirts I own get massively overlooked, because wearing a dress is just so much easier than pairing together separates. Dresses always come across as effort intensive and fancy to people who don’t often wear them, but those of us with a closet full of dresses know the secret truth: they are the laziest, easiest way to look put together with almost no effort. With my 50s style swing dresses, that just means zipping one up and tugging on a fluffy petticoat underneath. Continue reading