Everyone needs some classic dresses in their wardrobe that can be dressed up or down and matched with several things, right? Bonus points if that dress is comfortable and a viable option for going out to dinner in (priorities). So, I'm pretty pleased to have got my hands on this fabulous wiggle from Vintage Diva, who are Top Vintage's new house brand. I've loved Top Vintage as a third party shop for a long time - their range is incredible - so I'm quite excited to see them expand.
Wearing this pencil dress (the Jazmin) is a bit of a return to my original vintage roots. When I first started this blog I was more often than not always in a wiggle shape if I was dressing up a bit. It took me quite a while to own a circle skirt and get the bug for the iconic full-skirted 50s shape, and then my collection rapidly expanded and I now wear them a lot more of the time. I still love a wiggle dress though and this dress reminds me why...
It's just so darn classy! Put a pencil skirt with a bardot top and you have automatic chic. I just love off-the-shoulder looks - but I especially love them if they actually stay off the shoulder. How do I know this dress is quality? It's the first folded bardot top I've owned where everything stays in place. I've got my arms up in some of the pictures below and unlike other tops I own like this, I didn't have to get B to immediately adjust everything the moment I put them down. Indeed, the material is thick while still being stretchy - it feels like a good quality jersey and I do find clothes in this kind of material my favourite to wear. Oh and also, I wasn't expecting the free belt to be any good. I saw it had no holes and that it was a shiny type and I was sure it wasn't going to stay in place. But it did! And it has a loop, so no awkward flapping.
One of my favourite things about Top Vintage is that their size guide advice is impeccable. They measure every garment and they often give tips about when to size up or down depending on which of your measurements isn't aligning with the clothes'. So far, I've found their advice to be absolutely on the money - as it is for this dress. So I'm not going to tell you what sizing is like cos they've done it for me better than I ever could.
I realised when I'd styled this that I was basically dressing as my own nterpretation of a Vintage Diva, don'tcha think? It's the hat...
Belt: came with the dress!
Bag: Vendula London (similar 'shop front' styles)
Shoes: Melissa x Vivienne Westwood (old style)
*Please note that I have had this dress professionally shortened by c. 3 inches. If you're taller than my 5''1" I expect you won't need to do this and it is meant to be worn long.
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