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