12 reasons Banned Apparel are becoming one of my favourites

It’s no secret that I’m a huge repro lover and the majority of the clothes I buy now come from brands like Collectif, Hell Bunny, Lindy Bop etc etc. Before this year, though, I’d never really looked twice at Banned Apparel. But that was because they didn’t have their sub-brand, Dancing Days, until a lot more recently. And it wasn’t until this year that – in my opinion – this stuff got really, really good.
In particular, their autumn/winter range has been phenomenal. In fact, I love so many pieces that I wanted to write a whole post about them. It’s very unusual that I like so much from one range in one season I could do that, although this season Hell Bunny are also up there and I’ve really enjoyed sharing some of their gorgeous pieces with you. As I’m too broke (thank you, wedding) to get my hands on all the Banned things I want, I will just have to gaze at them longingly in this wishlist instead.
What I find quite interesting about Banned and their Dancing Days range is that the usual stockists seem to have been quite slow to catch on to how amazing their stuff is. It’s now popping up in a few more places, but as, like Hell Bunny until earlier this year when their website launched, Banned only sell direct to wholesale customers, it can be hard to know where to find their pieces at all. So hopefully this post can open your eyes to the wonderful fashion work this company is doing, because I want lots of people to buy it so it gets stocked EVERYWHERE 😀
Er, usual disclaimer, I’m not being compensated to write this at all, much to the woe of my wedding fund…
Banned Apparel Dancing Days winter 2016 highlights
This isn’t even an exhaustive list of all of the dresses I would happily wear in this season’s range, which is really saying something because I am a hugely fussy dress wearer! Mostly they don’t suit me or I find them either too plain in style or colour/pattern (and prefer separates I can mix and match) or on the flip side too fussy/overwhelming when in bright colours and patterns. Banned have nailed that sweet spot as far as I’m concerned – wearable, unique dresses I’d happily add to my daily rotation.
First of all, this peacock print dress. That neckline keyhole detail is just beautiful and that’s before you get to the cute cap sleeves and of course the amazing pattern on this dress. But if that all wasn’t enough, there’s a matching bag. I don’t really know how authentically ‘vintage’ this dress is, but I do know I love it. And if that wasn’t enough for a dress with an awesome neckline, look at the collar on the swept off her feet dress and the contrast banding on the sleeves. I die. I also really love that a) this is houndstooth (seriously, where’s all the houndstooth?) and b) it’s brown houndstooth and not monochrome. I really don’t need more monochrome patterned clothes in my life. If you, like me, question buying a dress you might not wear daily, fear not. I cannot tell you how long I’ve been looking for a vintage inspired long-sleeved knitted dress that comes in different colour options – until the daydream style ended my search. Unless I can’t afford it before it goes out of stock in which case I’ll cry. But you betcha I’m getting my hands on that one – in this country, knitted dresses are such a cosy must-have for our endless winter months and it comes in beige, navy and black too! But if I want something with a bit more sparkle for the festive period, that’s what the starry night dress is for. I love the grey shade of this one – it would be so fun to put with different colours and I always, always prefer any plain colour to boring black when it’s a dress.
Banned Apparel Dancing Days winter 2016 highlights
I’m a girl who loves separates, so I get particularly excited when brands bring out awesome ones, both everyday staples to mix and match with and the more statement pieces. It doesn’t really get more statement than the romance lives skirt – but there ain’t nothing wrong with that! Why wouldn’t you want to wear a whole ice-rink scene on your skirt?! I’m joking, I know this level of novelty isn’t for everyone, but I can’t help thinking this skirt is a lot of fun and a great thing to wear while doing a spot of seasonal ice-skating, of course. If it’s too out there for you though, I hope you’ll also appreciate the sweet check pattern of the apple of my eye skirt. What I love about this is it isn’t the usual large check in blackwatch or similar tartan that seems really popular (and don’t get me wrong, I have a skirt like this, I just don’t need two of them). I really like that the pattern is smaller plaid and the burgundy colourway of this one. The pocket details are also a nice touch you don’t see a lot.
If you’re looking to top up your trousers, Banned also have you covered. You could go the more 40s direction of the lady luck pants, or the more pin-up 50s style tempting fate. I can’t really wear the 40s style wide-legged pants because I don’t have the legs to pull them off, but I know a lot of you out there really love them! The tempting fate pants come in a tonne of colours, and they’d be a really handy pair to have for those days you want to show off your curves but not in a restrictive pencil skirt.
Banned Apparel Dancing Days winter 2016 highlights
tear drop (price appears to have changed, apologies)
I’ll tell you what I especially love about Banned – when they offer a staple item, like this addicted jumper, they give you a whole range of colours to choose from. This jumper seems to come in olive, grey, beige, navy, red and black – I could quite happily have one of each and my wardrobe would be a lot better for it. Of course, the minute I created this image the olive colourway went out of stock on the website I found it on, but I’m sure there’ll be other stockists who have it! Same goes for the cute tear drop jumper, which I just love the details on – several colours to choose from. I’m not short about shorter sleeves on jumpers actually, but the pattern wins me over…
If you’re in the mood for something more festive, given what’s round the corner an’ all, how about a cardigan in that same fabric as the sparkly grey dress above? I could see this being such a great addition to my evening wardrobe (ha, she says, like she leaves the house in the winter evenings) – or to wear over party dresses. If that ain’t Christmassy enough for you, I hope you’ll appreciate the candy-cane colourway of the sweet memories cardigan. This is quite obviously ‘Christmas’ but it’s not, as far as I’m concerned, at the tacky end of the scale. It would be so cute with a casual jeans look. So sweet (pun intended).
I’m really looking to see what this brand have up their sleeves for spring/summer 2017!


  1. December 1, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    So much here that I adore, here's hoping some of these pieces will be available for when it's winter on my side of the world! I have actually not had the chance to check out Banned before but I keep seeing more of their stuff around and I am liking what I see!

    • December 1, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      They are up there now! They've gone from being a brand I don't pay much attention to to being one of my top 3 I'll be looking out for next season, for sure. I love that it's fairly inexpensive too.

  2. December 1, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I love Dancing Days too, in fact I have just got their Vanity Swing Skirt, it is amazing! I know the pattern is not to everyone's taste, but I certainly will be getting lots of wear out of it during the Festive period 🙂

    • December 1, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Yes that one is also cute! And good colours for pairing with things too.

  3. December 1, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Yes!! I really like Banned as well. They have quite the mix of tastes but yes, their dancing days line is great! They released these adorable tops over the summer that UV stocked in a few colors – button down, beautiful collar, cuffed short sleeves, the cuteness works. I got blue and pink and then later grabbed red. They were perfect!

    • December 1, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      I know the one you mean I think. That's what I love about them – when they do their plain styles they do them in tonnes of colours. And when they do a statement print they release it in all sorts of versions too. It's the best when brands do that!

    • December 1, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      They are definitely one to watch. Haven't bought anything yet myself but have felt/seen some of their stock at vintage fairs and been impressed. Those tempting fate trousers… tempting! Not that long til your wedding anyway and then you can start considering other shopping! You have the rest of your life to buy cute repro xx

  4. December 1, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Great selection! I have only tried a Dancing Days top and the fabric is so soft (the top is so cute too). I would love to try one of their dresses, the Daydream knit dress looks gorgeous, one of my fav colours to wear too. I'm really liking the look of their skirts and trousers as well. I'll have to keep an eye on this brand more! 🙂 x

  5. December 2, 2016 / 11:04 am

    I love Banned Apparel clothing, I really wish they sell their clothing direct to customers through their websit, instead of just for wholesale customers!

  6. December 2, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I like Banned petticoats, they're really high quality with the soft chiffon fabric and the underskirt that stops it from clinging to stockings/tights and climbing up. I also have a couple of their cardigans which are nice quality, but run large and considering that their smallest size is S, they're not really catering for petite girls. My cardigans are size S but are closer to size M in my opinion, but even though they are not as fitted as I would like, they're very comfortable and pretty anyway.

    I hope to try Dancing Days shoes, trousers and skirts at some point, but I'm not a huge fan of semi-swing skirts especially if they are cotton, because they'll cling to my legs without petticoats but aren't really large enough to wear with one properly. Let's hope I'm wrong, because that Romance lives skirt is gorgeous and I'd love to buy it at some point. I actually had it in my shopping cart during Black Friday but I ended up deleting it, because I was worried the skirt isn't full enough to suit my preferences. Their trousers are very nice though, I hope I can find suitable ones at some point. They also have a super cute mustard cardigan with a phone print that I love, but haven't yet bought.

  7. December 2, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    I'm also a fan of banned and wish they would sell their stuff out of their own website. Love that winter ice skater skirt! 😀

  8. December 6, 2016 / 1:23 am

    Very cute! I like the Addicted jumper, it definitely looks like a staple piece, like you said. It's great to find a brand like that that really suits you, fits you, and is in your budget.

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