If you’re wondering how many dresses I have in this cut – the answer is three. Just three – but I know that’s probably excessive as it is! The reason I have so many is that they were bought for work wear and then it just so happened that they were perfect for just about every occasion. If I’m having one of those I have nothing to wear moments, there’s a good chance I’ll just end up going for a Mary dress. A Mary dress by Heyday is always a good idea, and if I’m feeling particularly fancy I’ll even go to the effort of dressing it up a bit with a hat.
For these photos I wanted to wear something autumnal. It doesn’t actually feel like autumn at all by the way, I just really wanted it to and I’m really stubborn like that…I’m starting to feel really tired of my summer wardrobe, which doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love what I have, it just means I’m feeling a bit uninspired wearing the same thing day in day out. Variety being the spice of life and all that jazz. In fact, unlike most years where I just ignore the fact that it might get cold, I was really organised and treated myself to a new coat for winter. I’ve been told that it actually will get cold where I live now, I mean a lot of people here actually have fire places – which is pretty serious. For Australia anyway!
But don’t get me started on how hard it is to actually find a forties appropriate coat, because there’s just not that many out there. Although I did manage to find one that should work as 40s, from Collectif who always have their coats reduced to half price just as we Antipodeans head into A/W, which works out nicely! This purse is actually one of theirs aswell, and I’m really pleased with it as it has an authentic vintage look. I love vintage purses but I don’t love it when they break on me so finding a good repro one always makes me happy. Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately is just how little variety in eras there seems to be when it comes to vintage reproduction…
I can think of just a handful of quality brands that do authentic high quality 1940s reproductions and it really is just a handful; The Seamstress of Bloomsbury, The House of Foxy, Emmy Design, Loco Lindo and Heyday. Collectif have a few 40s pieces here and there occasionally but that’s really where this ends. And if it’s the 20s & 30s that you’re after then it’s even less. When you compare that to the amount of brands that are out there creating 50s stuff it’s pretty significant! Lately I’ve been wondering why that is, but I’ve just come to the conclusion that perhaps it’s because the 50s are more recent and therefore considered to be more approachable whereas the further you go back in time the less appeal there is…I’m definitely interested in any opinions anyone might have on why there is such a gap in the market, I for one just can’t figure it out…
Heyday ‘Mary’ dress
true vintage hat
Bait Footwear heels