I don't often have the occasion to dress up, but that's the great thing about wedding season - a perfectly legit excuse to wear pretty frocks and stilettos. (Oh, and the amazing happy occasion of two people celebrating their love for each other, of course, heh.) As it happens, I've only got one to go to this year and thanks to Whispering Ivy I'm spoilt for choice as I've got two potential outfits, starting with option A...
Anyone remember Whispering Ivy and their adorable detail-orientated dresses from the London Edge fashion show photos I took back in February? On the pin-up, vintage-inspired repro scene they're relative newcomers and their range compared to the likes of e.g. Collectif is small, but my what they do have can be very pretty indeed. The prices are also very good - I was expecting lesser quality for that but was pleasantly surprised. Take this dress, for example - alongside the beautiful side bow there is a hidden snap inside the bust to help to stop it gaping if you need it (I assume) and the inside of the shoulders are slightly elasticated to help them stay in place (which is still a challenge on me because I'm very narrow-shouldered being petite, but it's certainly better than none!). I certainly feel it's on a par with all of my Collectif dresses in terms of quality - superior to a couple of them, in fact.
Their latest range is particularly strong for floral prints, so if they're your thing I do recommend taking a look (there's a mix of wiggle and swing styles). I'm not usually a very big fan of florals - they're often quite big prints that are overwhelming on me and there's something in me that feels they're too twee for my style... but this dress got my attention because the flowers were quite subtle and there's something else in there too - leopard print! I can't resist leopard print. I also think the colours are quite an unusual mix and give you the opportunity to accessorise in numerous different ways - pink, green, orange, mink, black... I picked some orange orchids for my hair and was quite pleased with the finished look. With my pale skin (that hasn't seen the sun for an awful long time) and the florals I felt very English rose (or orchid!) taking these pictures in a Cambridge University garden. But I'm still not sure this is the outfit I'm going to go with for the wedding (you'll have to wait to see the second option)...
Hair flower: Sophisticated Flowers
Dress: c/o Whispering Ivy
Bag: Lulu Guinness (similar - and much cheaper)
Shoes: Next (similar)
Really cute dress, huh? And not too overwhelmingly long on my short frame either. One piece of advice - pay close attention to the size guide on the site if you've got your eye on something - this dress is a size medium, but I've got a second that's a small (they tell me they source from two manufacturers).
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