The Manhattan Dress in Burgandy

When gathering up outfits to shoot at MOTAT a few weeks ago with Elizabeth J Photography, I was specifically looking for more 1940s inspired pieces. The Heart of Haute Manhattan Dress in Burgundy radiated just that- 40s sophisticated and class.

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Miss Victory Violet

MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) has wonderful old vintage trams, a original train station and lots of gorgeous backdrops for such a outfit. I had such a lot of fun putting this look together and coincidentally had matching shoes and a hat in the same colour as the dress and accessorised with vintage items from Tock Tick Vintage and Amber La Vintage.

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Miss Victory Violet

The Manhattan Dress features a pleated collar that drops quite low whilst still being modest, gorgeous puff sleeves with button details and a button up front. Because the neckline is lower that normal, pairing the right bra with it required some extra thought.

In the end though I actually just left the last few hooks on my What Katie Did Longline Cone Bra undone and tucked it underneath. There are a few pictures where it’s popped out so in the future I’ll make sure I safety pin the corners down or try wearing alternative bras.

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The skirt on the Manhattan Dress is flared from the empire waist and is lovely and full. I’m wearing the black petticoat from That Shop rolled up at the waist a little since otherwise it would have poked out the bottom.

The length is pretty standard for Heart of Haute, coming to mid-knee-ish on me (I’m 168cm tall) and whilst I don’t mind this length on shorter 50s style dresses like the Amanda I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, for this more classic 1940s style, I would have definitely preferred a couple more inches on the hem.

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Miss Victory Violet

I’m wearing a size medium (my bust measures 36″ and waist 27.5″) which seems to be my usual size in Heart of Haute items.

The fit is pretty spot on through the bust, I don’t have any issues with the sleeves being too tight (as can sometimes be a problem for me) and since the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, the shoulders could have had potential to cause issues and be restricting but once again, no problems there.

As my waist measurement falls into the size small, that area is a little on the roomy side but thanks to the tie at the back, it can be easily cinched in. I decided to add a belt anyway to tie the whole look together.

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Miss Victory Violet

The Manhattan Dress is made out of a 100% polyester fabric which has a slight textured look to it but still feels smooth.
The fabric is lightweight and dress is unlined so if you are used to brands like Pinup Girl Clothing, it could feel a little flimsy- don’t get me wrong, the quality, construction and fit is wonderful, it’s just that it’s much lighter… a definite bonus for those of you in warmer climates!

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Miss Victory Violet

The Manhattan Dress is available in this gorgeous Burgundy colour, Navy and Black. It comes in sizes S-3XL and is US$120.

Full outfit details:
HatI Gotta Have THAT
Belt– Glassons
ShoesBAIT Footwear
Necklace & Fur– Vintage from Tock Tick Vintage
Cameo Brooch– Vintage from Amber La Vintage

Thank you to Elizabeth J Photography for another magical set of photos and for MOTAT for having us! I’ve still got two more outfits to come from this shoot so stay tuned!


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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers <3

11 replies »

  1. Thank you for this review 🙂 I’ve just found this dress on PUG page earlier today and was considering buying it. I’ve been wondering how it would look on me. Since we’re equally tall, circa same size (bigger belly here) and both brunettes, I’m getting a pretty good picture and decided it’s a must have 😀
    Thank you, lovely Miss Victory Violet, your blog has been a big help for me 🙂 Sending love from Europe.

  2. Classic, glam. You could be a movie star from that era. Love the pic in the train car with the fur. You create lovely little peeks into the past but with a modern flair. Looking forward to the next two outfits!

  3. Ohhhh I do love this dress! It looks so lovely on you – I especially love how low it dips at the front. I think I’d really struggle to find a bra that I could wear with this too – I know that there are a few out there made for plunging necklines though!

  4. Love this look on you! I am quite excited about the upcoming 40s inspired silhouettes that seem to be appearing. The color is beautiful on you, and that hat–gorgeous and matches perfectly!

  5. hi there doll xx you look so amazing as usual! do you think this dress would be ok on a b cup bust>? also are these the bait petunia shoes? i adore them! im a 6 in the betty bow peep toe ones and a 7 in the idas…what size would you recommend in the petunias? 🙂 xxx

    • Hi Chloe! Yes I don’t see why not regarding the bust… These shoes are called the Petra, I would recommend going for the same size as the Betty x

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