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 :D
Er, usual disclaimer, I'm not being compensated to write this at all, much to the woe of my wedding fund...
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.
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.
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!
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