True Vintage

Vintage in Mayfield Lavender

There’s this terrible thing about buying true vintage. It’s that it’s really, REALLY hard to say no if you find something that you love in your size because if you pass it up, you are probably never going to have that chance again.

I get caught out like this every once and a while, sometimes when I’m not even looking to shop! Etsy sellers are now so often advertising their wares first on social media platforms like Instagram meaning you can just be having a innocent scroll and then BAM, you are buying a dress…#sorrynotsorry


This lovely true vintage dress kinda hit me like that. It was the day before I was moving to the UK and most definitely not looking to shop, but somehow a vintage seller from New Zealand popped up and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful combination of pink and blue flowers on a chocolate background.  Once confirmed that it would fit me and the seller was happy to post to my new home in London, I committed to the purchase. I didn’t really feel guilty considering I’d just sold a significant amount of my wardrobe collection in preparation for the move!


A week later, it arrived in the post and a week after that I teamed up for my first shoot in London with Nicole Engelmann Photography. The location is the beautiful Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey and we were very lucky to get there before they fully harvested all the lavender. Three quarters of the crop had already been harvested with the last of it being completed just a week after we were there.


This dress fits really well on me, it’s the right balance of snug and fitted while still being comfortable. One thing I love about true vintage dresses is that the belts always fit right. A big issue I have with some vintage reproduction items is that most of the time the belt will be too big for my waist. Granted, this is usually because the size I need for my bust means that the waist is a little big and therefore the belt is too big but it irks me nonetheless.


The colours in this shoot are so gorgeous and bright and it might not look like it in the photos but we were all dying in the heat-wave and hoping we wouldn’t get stung by bees!


While shot in the height of summer, I’m looking forward to wearing this dress paired with a cardigan for Autumn since the colours lend themselves so well to the season.


Full Outfit Details
Dress | Vintage from Madame Butterflys
Earrings | Vintage
Shoes | Miss L Fire
Petticoat | Malco Modes
Bangles | Vintage
Hair Flowers | Your One Stop Pinup Shop


Sometimes you just gotta throw restraint to the wind and just buy the dress. My Mama might scoff and me for saying this (and I know you’re reading!) but that’s one of the many lessons she’s taught me over the years!

Thank you once more to Nicole Engelmann Photography for the stunning photos considering the rather overwhelming work conditions!


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