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!
If you haven’t come across eShakti before, they’re a custom-make company that offer a wide array of clothing that can be customised to your tastes by selecting the neckline, sleeve style and skirt length you most prefer for each design. Everything can also be ordered either in standard sizes or customised to your own measurements, and in some cases you can even have the item of your choice made in the fabric of your choice in their new Fabric Customization feature. They regularly host sales and provide discount offers, a recent example of the latter spurring me on to order this chambray belted beauty made perfectly for simple, stylish summertime wear.
Who doesn’t love a good shirt dress? They’re timeless, easy to wear, and simple to style. I have a few in my winter wardrobe in plain moody colours, but it occurred to me recently that I don’t have any cute printed shirt dresses that would work for casual, fun summer wear. Well, as it just so happens, Joanie clothing have taken up that call this season with aplomb.
It’s no secret that I like a bit of gingham. Or, more accurately, a lot of gingham. I’m also a vocal fan of yellow, so this Margita dress by Miss Candyfloss isn’t exactly an out-of-left-field choice for me. And once I saw how good it looked on Miss Victory Violet and Scarlett Luxe, who had each snagged it from stockists, I was chomping at the bit waiting for it to go up for sale on Miss Candyfloss’s own website. Once it did I placed my order immediately, and now here we are, united, happy little sunshine daisy yellow dress on a happy little Amy.
Well, well, well, what have we here? A summer heat wave, in May? Oh England, you’ve outdone yourself.
Or so I might think, if I believed it would continue this way until August, which it most certainly will not, because #England. Currently, though, the country is aflush with excitement that our temperatures have broken the 20c mark, and simultaneously aflush with the clammy pink faces that prove just how bad we are at coping with the heat. ‘It’s so sunny, it’s amazing!’ people proclaim to each other with joy, before parroting at one another ‘Oh God, it’s too hot’ just hours later, looking tired and red and a bit like they can’t go on like this. Continue reading
Hell Bunny have done great work this season in producing not only an array of dresses in fun prints, but also in including design details in the construction of those dresses that produce a great fit and a level of customisation for the wearer. Given that Hell Bunny is a budget-friendly vintage inspired brand that really impresses me, and I’m pleased to be sharing another such dress with you today.
To me, the Tahiti 50s dress is a pinch of tropical paradise done by way of England–that is to say, it features a gorgeous tropical print that won’t scare off ladies who are wary of wearing super bright colours. It’s all about rich plums and muted greens framed against a soft fresh minty-blue, with a dose of clean white, and it’s kind of perfect.
I’ve featured eShakti once before here on the blog, back when they only shipped to the USA and Canada. A third of my blog audience is from the USA alone, but for the rest of my readers it was somewhat of a cruelty to tell them of this reasonably priced, fully customisable shopping service that allowed you to order what you liked not just in your perfect size but also in the length, sleeve style and neckline that you wanted. I know, I’m sorry. It was justifiable consider my stats, but it was still a bit mean.
But, fear not, my little vintage crumpets, if you haven’t yet heard the latest eShakti news, I bring it to you with great joy: eShakti have massively expanded the countries to which they now ship. The UK, Singapore, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, France, Italy, and UAE have now joined Canada and the USA as eligible for international shipping, and I fully expect further countries to be added to that list in coming months if their recent swift expansion is anything to go by.
So, in celebration of my now being able to order from their website without it necessitating one of my American friends agreeing to act as postal recipient and mail forwarder for me, I ordered myself a delightful new summery dress with one of their many regular promotional discounts on offer.
Remember how I said a few posts back that I’m really picky about prints, that I generally stay clear of animals and fruit but that there’s exceptions to every rule? Well helllloooo Springtime 2017 Amy, who is, apparently, breaking her print rules ALL OVER THE PLACE.
This time around, it’s fruits that have got me feeling adventurous, namely lemons. Oh did I say adventurous? Clearly I meant zesty. Ba dum cha!
I do love a good floral, whether it’s delicate or oversized, pastel or bright, abstract or ultra real. People talk about what a cliché it is to wear florals for spring (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?) but I think it’s one of those things that’s a cliché because it really does work. There’s truth there. Florals look good on everyone and they make getting dressed in spring and summer feel as breezy and beautiful as the weather outside.
Saying all that, I love it when a floral is available which flouts the usual offerings in floral prints. It’s fun to find something that’s out of the norm, whether that’s because the design is a bit geometric and oversized or because it’s a flower you’ve never seen before, or because, like this Amber dress from Voodoo Vixen, it chooses to showcase an oft-overlooked colour on which to frame it’s floral print.
This bright yet unoffensive mid-blue isn’t used in clothing as often as I would expect it to be give how much people seem to lose their minds when I wear this kind of shade. Perhaps people just like how it contrasts with my pale skin and dark red hair, but they seem to show equal love for the colour itself, not merely how it wears on me, so I feel like it must be an underestimated colour in general. Regarding this dress in particular, I love that this blue combined with the white, yellow and pink flowers create a floral dress that is summery, airy and fun all without being overpowering. If you wanted to load up on brights you could easily accessorise with reds, yellows or even lime to make this dress POP, but alone it’s a floral that isn’t softly spoken nor shouty, a solid middle-ground kind of print that’s interesting and beautiful.
My first and only ever review of Bernie Dexter dresses was over a year and a half ago, when I was very new to blogging and still fairly new to being a pinup. At that time I’d tried several repro clothing brands but not nearly as many as I have now. My wardrobe had quickly and largely become full of Pinup Girl Clothing, still my favourite brand for top quality retro inspired pieces offered in a variety of styles and at a reasonable price for the high quality presented.
Comparatively, the Bernie Dexter dresses I tried were…kind of disappointing. I had a bad experience with the delivery, since UPS can be a pain in the ass to receive an international parcel from, as they don’t pre-alert you of the customs fee demanded upon delivery and arranging pre-delivery can be tricky sometimes. That aside, I opened my package of 3 Bernie dresses to discover they were shorter than, less well fitted, and made of less fabric than the dresses I was accustomed to, as well as being unlined and lightweight. And despite all that, they were more expensive than my usual Pinup Girl Clothing buys, which aren’t exactly cheap themselves. Add in the hugely costly shipping and custom fees and I was not just disappointed but massively out of pocket. Continue reading