Tartan Cindy [Dolly & Dotty]

I keep seeing people counting down to spring, but I just spent 3.5 days in a dim, chilly house without power due to Storm Eunice, with the wind whistling in our chimney and regular bouts of rain, so spring currently feels quite far away. It’s been so wet and dreary one could be mistaken for believing it was the depths of autumn, not almost spring, and the only time the sun has come out since last Friday has been alongside blasting winds. With all that in mind, it feels perfectly apt to focus today on tartan, a print that always feels best to me in the cold weather months. Thankfully this one can at least brighten up all this dreariness with its bursting yellow.

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Nothing Rusty About Manuella [Miss Candyfloss]

Another day, another post in which I explain how I fell in love with a dress from Miss Candyfloss’s lookbook. I know it sounds repetitive, but that’s only because it’s true. Pouring through the new Miss C lookbook each season to see what the latest line will have in store for us is genuinely one of my favourite parts of a new season, not just because Miss Candyfloss is my favourite brand but also because I love it when a brand shows you sneak peeks of their upcoming line. It sets expectations, letting you know whether the aesthetic for the range fits with your own tastes, and if so, helps build excitement as you wait for your favourite previewed pieces to debut. This Manuella-Amber was one of my (yes, many,) instant faves, and I think she’s a doll.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Manuella-Amber dress by Miss Casndyfloss for a fit and size review

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Some Autumn Sun [Miss Candyfloss]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Halloween—it’s time for Miss Candyfloss’s autumn/winter line! The release of Miss C’s new range each season is always exciting for me as they are unquestionably my favourite brand, but their autumn/winter ranges are most especially my favourite, because if anyone understands the specific vintage aesthetic of my heart it’s Miss Candyfloss. Their silhouettes are always stunning, their colour palette exquisite, the design choices chic, and the quality top notch. The inspiration behind this season’s line is Pierre Balmain’s New Look era of the 40s and 50s so it is–a surprise to no-one– absolutely gorgeous. The Isolde-Sun is my first piece from this season, a favourite among many favourites that stunned me from their Lookbook, and I’m thrilled to share it with you today.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Isolde-Sun dress by Miss Candyfloss for a fit and size review

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A Little Frostine My Pinafore [Hell Bunny]

Once upon a time (ie, my whole life up until about a year ago) I thought I couldn’t wear pinafores, but thanks to Hell Bunny I know that’s not true. Because come on, a pinafore that has adjustable straps, a full skirt, comes in cute checks, and it has pockets? That’s a pinafore that will work for anyone!

Hell Bunny Frostine pinafore fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May hellbunny.com discount code 20% off Amymay20!%

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Irvine, So Fine [Hell Bunny]

It’s September and the weather seems to have settled for long enough that I think we can finally call it; it’s Autumn! And while for many that means getting overexcited about Halloween, something I could not care less about, for me it means joyously waiting for the leaves to start changing colours (my absolutely favourite part of the season,) beginning to layer up, and the chance to dig out all my tartans from the back of my wardrobe. Tartans and plaids are my favourite part of autumn and winter dressing, hands down, so I was thrilled to see Hell Bunny offering us more new tartan lovelies this season. Oh Hell Bunny, I can always count on you to make me happy. Today, it’s with Irvine. 

Red Tartan Irvine 50s dress Hell Bunny discount code AMYMAY20!% plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Head to Toe Festivities [Vivien of Holloway]

Vivien of Holloway are well known for their many signature style dresses, from their Halter Neck Circle Dress to their Bolero and Sarong sets, but come winter their beloved tartan circle skirts take centre stage. There’s always a flurry of excitement and desperate flashing of bank cards when the winter skirts are restocked each year, and each year they sell out in a frenzy in their most popular tartans. Now, much-anticipated releases of new colours or prints of their Slash Neck Tops often sell out with the same kind of speed and fervor, so I’m sure I’ll be preaching to the choir for many of you today when we look at this Vivien of Holloway outfit that’s got me feeling all kinds of festive.

Vivien of Holloway Slash neck top Jenny cardigan 1950s red tartan circle skirt

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Some Winter Sugar [Doll Me Up]

You guyyyys, Autumn is here! I know that, really, it’s been here for a couple months already and that next month actually marks the start of winter, but I swear the leaves have taken longer to turn this year than they usually do, so as often as I’ve been squealing and crooning in delight about it being fall, it’s only now truly starting to feel it through and through. And I am, as I’m sure you’re sensing, pretty freakin’ psyched about it!

I love that Autumn style means plaids and tartans, rich tones and moody colours, flannels and velvets. The gold leaves and our warm houses aren’t the only part of the season that feels lush with such snuggly style options abound, and this outfit from Doll Me Up I’m sharing with you today definitely feels like it fits in with the season perfectly.

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A Bold Tartan [Miss Candyfloss]

You guys know I’m a mustard lover, ditto with tartan as well, so it was downright predictable that I fell in love with the Tiffany-Lee skirt when Miss Candyfloss launched their lookbook a while back. As much as I’m happy to collect tartan and plaids in all manner of colours, it’s not often you find one that’s truly unique. The bold colour combinations and large size of this tartan print means it’s the most unusual one I’ve seen in a while, which is delightful.

Aubree-Gia top Tiffany-Lee tartan skirt by Miss Candyfloss

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A Pale Winter Tartan [Hell Bunny]

If this dress looks familiar that’s because it is. The Aberdeen dress was first released for AW15, I remember vividly because the first iteration in the green and navy Dublin tartan so enamoured me I ordered it as soon as I first clapped eyes on it online. It came with me to the USA for my October trip to attend a friend’s wedding in Virginia and visit another friend in Texas, and though I massively overpacked for that trip and ordered at least 6 other dresses to greet my arrival at my friend’s house I wore it twice on that 17 day trip. Because that’s the thing about a good dress, one good wear deserves another. And if you’ve got one good dress in a great print or colour, I’m a firm believer that it deserves to be produced in yet another, just so that crazy dress addicts like me can enjoy the same wonderful dress in a second (or third, or fourth!) colour. A colour for every occasion and for every season!

Hell Bunny have humoured me, and every other Aberdeen lover out there, with a new ice blue tartan for our coming winter, so just in case the green/blue Dublin or the white/red Stewart tartans didn’t grab you, this frozen frock can.

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