Dreamy Demira [Collectif]

Look, I know I must sound a bit like a broken record when I say ‘I saw this dress and just fell in love with it’ but…well, I’m an honest woman, I like dresses more than I like men, and when it comes to clothing, it turns out I believe in love at first sight, okay? And this Dreamy Floral Demira dress is the latest in a (reasonably long) line of dresses that have made my heart go pitter patter. Considering it’s spring epitomised, I doubt you can blame me.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Collectif clothing Demira Dreamy Floral dress for a fit and size review

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Golightly, Go Roses, Go Eyelet [Unique Vintage]

Spring and summer will mean different things to different people, but something I think we could probably all agree on (at least here in the Northern hemisphere) is that it means flowers. And, if you’re a lover of all things chic, summer whites. So, what happens when you combine those two design concepts? Why, this fun Golightly dress, that’s what. 

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Golightly Red Roses and White Eyelet dress by Unique Vintage for a fit and size review

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Gingham Maxine [Unique Vintage]

If there’s one thing that screams summer to me, it’s gingham. It can absolutely be worn year round, of course, but for me it will always feel like a joyous welcome to spring when I pack away my heavier, darker winter dresses and pull all of my summer dresses out of storage, gingham right at the top of the pile. The first time I wear gingham each season on a fresh, sunny day feels like turning the page on a new book. It always reminds me of daffodils, of picnics, of sun hats. Today’s gingham number will be a marvelous addition to my summer collection!

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Black gingham Maxine dress by Unique Vintage for a fit and sizing review

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Ukulele Summer [Hell Bunny]

It’s that time of year when the sun is playing coy with us here in the UK; bright one day, snowing the next (no, literally, today it’s snowing up north, but yesterday we had a lovely sunny day here down south.) So when there’s a chance to throw on a summery dress, boy does it feel glorious. And it doesn’t get much more summery than this tropical little Hell Bunny number.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Ukulele 50s dress gifted by Hell Bunny for a fit and size review

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Spring Chantilly [Hell Bunny]

Y’aaaaall, it’s finally springtime! Well, for us northern hemisphere folks, that is. Spring is always my favourite time of year, but this year it is definitely a figurative and literal breath of fresh air. A balm for lockdown blues, a sunny salve for the seasonally disheartened–just damn lovely, really. As much as I’ve been enjoying my recent downtime of not blogging so much (wow, not being allowed to leave the house really takes it out of you, huh??), it was so nice yesterday to unpack a parcel of new Hell Bunny spring/summer goodies and to dash out into the sun to take some pictures for you. Was it cold as heck, despite the sunny glow in these pictures? Hell yes! Am I thrilled to be sharing with you my first summery dress of the season, with the promise of cautious garden hangouts beckoning on the flowering horizon? YES! Let’s go.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Chantilly 50s dress she was gifted by Hell Bunny for a fit and size review

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Beth’s Golden Leaves [Collectif Clothing]

One of the thing’s I feel like the vintage style realm gets right that the wider fashion world doesn’t is the appropriate level of love for mustard yellow–which is to say, a lot of it. Sure, you can go out and buy a mustard handbag, shoes, cardigan even, but a dress? That just doesn’t happen a lot, even in the vintage-inspired world. So there’s almost no point in telling you how happy I was when I saw this Collectif dress for the first time, is there? No, exactly, you get it.

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One Cool Jemima [Collectif Clothing]

Last spring Collectif released their Jemima dress, an instant favourite that sold out in both then-available colours. It came in cream and navy, both sporting multi-coloured polka dots, making it ever so cute and sweet and fun. This season? Oh, this season Jemima is back in a big way, not just in new colours but also in new prints. And me? I’m a little bit obsessed with this palm print.

Fit and size review of the Navy Cool Palm Jemima dress gifted by Collectif by plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Glorious Gigi [Retrospec’d]

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of vintage inspired companies in our little vintage-loving corner of the fashion world that produce beautiful designs for us to wear, twirl in, and generally fawn over. As someone who doesn’t have the time, money, accessibility or motivation to search out true vintage in my size, I am vastly grateful for and fond of these companies that produce modern examples of vintage styled beauty all over the world for likewise ladies who can’t have or don’t want closets full of true vintage.

One of my favourite such companies producing modern takes on vintage gems is Retrospec’d. Founded and run by two sisters, Sharon and Teena, they were inspired by their vast collection of true vintage to produce fabulous dresses for all woman, regardless of size or age. Retrospec’d produces high quality items that are made in Australia, all painstakingly and lovingly designed by that dynamic sisterly duo, right down to the perfection of every print and pattern. The result is gorgeous dresses that feel the most authentically vintage of any other reproduction company currently sharing the market.

This particular dress, the Enchanted Fleur Gigi, is a dress of that exact ilk, stopping my thumb in mid-scroll the first time I ever saw it because I couldn’t believe it wasn’t a true vintage piece. Despite my immediate love for it, it took me months and months before I finally got my eager little hands on it, but I’m so glad I did. Enchanted indeed!

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