Solana for Summer [Hell Bunny]

It’s official, we’re entering my favourite time of year, that sweet spot between April and May when both the blossoms and the bluebells are out. I shared some bluebells loveliness with you all over the weekend, so today it’s time to give the blossoms a little more of their due as we look at a dress that is, actually, pretty much pure summer–I don’t have any tropical palms or banana leaves to hand though, so the blossoms will have to do while we all pretend I wasn’t cold shooting this dress at 8am in the April early morning wind. (Please, I do it for you.)

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Solana Mid dress by Hell Bunny for a fit and size review

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Margaret Fulfilling Dreams [Joanie Clothing X Horrockses]

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Margaret sundress by Horrockses Fashion x Joanie Clothing collaboration line for a fit and size review

Early in my journey of dressing in a vintage aesthetic I began to feel a pressure that to be a real pinup one had to wear true vintage clothing. Not exclusively, but certainly that owning some true vintage made you a ‘proper’ pinup, compared to buying modern made reproductions. The problem I quickly discovered, however, was that that wouldn’t be an easy feat for me; even back then, as a size 14/16 who lived in the English countryside, finding vintage pieces I liked in my size and within my budget largely meant spending a vast amount of time online searching, as I didn’t have easy access to thrift stores and vintage shops. On the rare occasion I found a dress I wanted that would fit me, it was either wildly outside of my budget or I got outbid. It didn’t take long before I accepted that the only vintage pieces I would be able to acquire with ease would be accessories, so I got comfortable in the world of vintage inspired and reproduction clothing, leaving behind any shame that my 100% modern clothing made me any lesser in any way. Continue reading

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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A Sunday In Provence [Joanie Clothing]

I know here on the blog it probably feels like I say something is my all time favourite colour/design feature/dress style a lot–I’m an enthusiastic person (in the moments I’m not acting like a grumpy old man, that is) so I can be prone to a touch of hyperbole. When it comes to sundresses though, as much as I love finding an exciting new style, I think my absolute favourite still has to be a simple dress with thin adjustable shoulder straps, a gathered skirt and, if possible, pockets. The Sunday dress by Joanie Clothing ticks all those boxes, and lucky me, it’s been released in a new print that I’m just a little bit obsessed with. (Hyperbole, me??)

Joanie Clothing Provence print Sunday dress plus size pinup fit review gifted Miss Amy May

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Sweet Violet [Voodoo Vixen]

The first time I clapped eyes on this Voodoo Vixen dress was in the briefest glimpse of a behind the scenes snapshot Miss Victory Violet posted on Instagram while she was modelling it for their SS17 catalogue. It was instant love, immediate obsession. Never mind that all I could see of it was the neckline, never mind that the picture was a selfie more so than a dress sneak peek. That neckline was all I needed to know that it would be a perfect vintage morsel, and a bestseller to boot. I was not wrong.

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Sky Blue, Gingham Too [Collectif]

Collectif Blue Jade swing dress Red gingham Lucy Cardigan

I feel like every season I say Collectif has outdone their last season, and yet here we are again, with li’l ol’ me fully in love with Collectif’s SS17. The particular torture of this love affair is that I actually got to view the line last September, so I’ve had 5 months of remembering what beauties lie ahead of us and eagerly awaiting the releases with grabby hands while also not trying to wish time away purely for the sake of clothes. But, you know, I was tempted to. Because if you haven’t seen Collectif’s new offerings rolling in to the New In section on their website, you might want to take a little look at the new arrivals, as well as at their Lookbook to see what other magic they’ve got in store for us. Continue reading

Darling Darcy [Unique Vintage] 

The Darcy dress by Unique Vintage is another one of those dresses, the kind I immediately fell in love with as soon as I first glimpsed it. It landed in my inbox as part of a New Arrivals email from UV and, though I had only just woken up, the sight of it made me a little bit grabby as I clicked through to the website with sleep still in my eyes.

In truth, I’ve been tempted by the Darcy dress before, but the previous prints hadn’t felt entirely ‘me,’ only managing to tempt me without convincing me. It wasn’t until I saw this red and cream print that I felt the I HAVE TO HAVE IT urgent feels. You know those feels. Of course you do, you read this blog; just between me and you, darling, there’s no point in denying we get a bit too excited at the sight of pretty dresses. It might be a bit weird to the not-so-clothing-obsessed, but it makes us happy. And this Darcy dress definitely makes me happy.

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You’re So Trixie [Trashy Diva] 

Okay, it’s official. I have a thing for Trashy Diva. My wishlist has become suddenly and alarmingly full, but can you blame me? With their chambray, their gingham, their seersucker, oh my! What’s a girl supposed to do, really, other than develop the urge to put everything into her cart?

So many of their pieces have a lovely southern flare, evoking hot, lazy summer days spent sipping lemonade and sheltering in the shade, even for those of us who only know of these things from books and movies and daydreams. After recently buying and loving their Seersucker Apple Tart dress, I was itching to choose my next purchase. Enter the dress of my chambray dreams, Trixie.

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Hamilton, Hamilton, Just You Wait! [Unique Vintage]

Okay, so if you’re familiar with Hamilton, the musical, then you’ll get the title reference of this post. You’ll probably also understand that when I first saw the Hamilton dress from Unique Vintage, yes, I did immediately love it for the dress itself, but I also at least partially snapped it up because of its name. I just had to. I’ve had the cast recording soundtrack playing on repeat for a couple months now and my heart is sad that I can’t see the show since I live in the UK (not that anyone can see the show really, sold out as it is) but now at the very least I can don this dress, head out into the sunshine and enjoy its musical namesake with a pair of headphones.

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