It’s not surprise really that this week I’ve got ANOTHER tartan outfit for you! Last week I talked about how I’ve been going ga-ga over this pattern and today’s feature is a wonderful combo from Vivien of Holloway.
Vivien of Holloway is based in London, UK and since I first found them 4 or 5 years ago (when they only had a handful of dress styles), they’ve grown and expanded their collection to include tops, shorts, skirts, mens clothing and more dress styles.
Their 1950s Circle Skirts are a big favourite of mine and over the winter season, Vivien of Holloway introduced more than half a dozen tartan styles which sold out quickly before being restocked. I’ve been loving the colour blue lately and decided that I don’t have enough of it so I was excited to try the Royal Tartan Circle Skirt with the Navy Slash Neck Top.
The Royal Tartan Circle Skirt is very long compared to the usual vintage reproduction skirt length. It’s around 28″-29″ but that’s one of the things I love about this skirt. Because of this extra length though, you need to consider what petticoat you are going to wear underneath. Now obviously a petticoat isn’t mandatory but personally, I think this skirt needs a little structure underneath.
The petti’s that Vivien of Holloway sell are perfect (I’m wearing the Navy one here) as they are about 27″ long but you can re-thread the elastic through the waistband to shorten it to 25″ if you are wearing something with a shorter hem.
Purchasing and finding your size from Vivien of Holloway is pretty easy thanks to fact that the sizes are actually measurements. For the Royal Tartan Circle Skirt, I selected the size ’26’ which directly refers to a waist size of 26 inches. Now, naturally I have a waist size of around 27″ but if I’m wearing the Rago Longline Bra, the band at the bottom cinches me in enough to be able to fit the size 26- the next size up (28) would be too loose.
If you are concerned at all about sizing or are inbetween a size, it is always safest to size up. These skirts have a zipper and then button closure at the waistband so if it’s only a fraction too small, you could try moving the button over and save of paying for alterations.
When thinking about which Slash Neck Top to pair with the Royal Tartan Circle Skirt, I decided that the Navy would be best. The blue of the skirt is a slightly muted Royal Blue and so the Navy compliments it without trying to actually match.
The Slash Neck Top is made out of a thick jersey knit (74% polyester, 22% rayon and 4% elastane) that is reasonably toasty for those of you in cooler climates. I already have two other colours in the Slash Neck Top and those are both a size small as I liked how fitted they were in the body and waist. However, I find them VERY tight in the arms and so moving around isn’t as comfortable as I’d like. So for this Navy one, I sized up to a Medium and the fit feels much better!
The medium looks better around the bust and underarm area although as you can probably see from the photos, it’s very big in the waist. Luckily, by tucking it into a skirt or belt, this is minimized.
If you are looking at purchasing a Slash Neck Top, I would recommend definitely buy according to your bust size. Consult the size chart and make sure that you buy that size that your bust measurement falls into. There is a little bit of stretch in the top but for a comfortable fit, I think this rule is best.
I love this combo and can’t wait until Autumn here in New Zealand and I can wear this outfit out. The Slash Neck Top is perfect for those inbetween seasons and it’s always nice to have a high-neck to keep your chest cosy and warm.
Thank you to my amazing friend and photographer Elizabeth J Photography who always produces the most gorgeous shots. We shot this set at Glenbrook Vintage Railway and I love the old train station setting!
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Disclaimer: Whilst these items were 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