I’ve been dressing in the vintage style for 7 or 8 years now and within this, my style has changed and evolved. I now favour more classic cuts and silhouettes over novelty prints and highly modernized styles (although they are still fun from time to time!). Emmy Designs has been a longtime favourite of mine, they actually gave me one of my first tastes of a 1940s look with this outfit from back in 2015 – and began my obsession with the infamous Emmy Cardigan!
I always look forward to seeing what new designs Emmy will create for the new season, and Spring/Summer 18 does not disappoint! The return of the cardigan was a exciting one, as they bought out a new, lighter weight style called the Delightful Daytime Cardigan (of which, I may or may not have bought 3 colourways!) plus some gorgeous classic dress styles in summer hues.
But it really was the separates that stood out for me this season- I love having good quality staples in my wardrobe that allow for mix and matching, and Emmy does separates so well. I was invited to pick out a outfit to feature here on the blog, and after much deliberation, I settled on the Be-Bop-A-Lula Blouse in Cinnamon and the Art Deco Dream Skirt in Midnight.
I was really excited by the Art Deco Dream Skirt as it looked like it could be the perfect style for my pear shape. Since my widest point is my upper thighs, any kind of non-stretch pencil (or even in most cases A-line) skirt just doesn’t fit me right. But judging by the pictures of this skirt, it looked like it might just be ok!
And it is! I’m wearing the size 38 which fits my 26″ waist perfectly (and if it was too big, I could just move the button across), and it skims my hips and thighs beautifully to allow ease of movement but still looking tailored and polished. The detail of the side buttons is such a beautiful touch and I love the combination of both a side and centre slit.
The crepe fabric is lovely and light for keeping cool on a summer day.
Paired with the Art Deco Dream Skirt is the Be-Bop-A-Lula Blouse in Cinnamon. I already knew I was going to love this blouse as I’d bought the Buttercup from Revival Retro a few weeks before. While they are the same style, the two colours do fit slightly differently because they are made from different fabrics – so pay close attention to the size chart. The Buttercup has stretch to it so I wear a 36, but the Cinnamon has less stretch so I’m wearing a 38 (for reference I am about 34-35″ in the bust). If you aren’t sure, just ask customer service as they are very knowledgeable about the fit of each garment.
This blouse is a fabulous wardrobe staple as it’s a classic cut with cap sleeves and pointed collar and while cited as being 1950s inspired, I think it can easily be worn in 1930-40s outfits depending on how you accessorize it.
The Be-Bop-A-Lula Blouse is €79 and comes in several other colours and prints, from sizes 34-48. The Art Deco Dream Skirt is €105 and also comes in Buttercup and Orange from sizes 34-50.
Remember though, if you are ordering from outside the European Union, then you will be exempt from the VAT tax and these prices go down!
Thank you so much to David Fisk Photography for these perfect photos in the park. I know London is meant to have pretty terrible summers, but personally, I think they’ve been amazing since I’ve lived here! It was great to get my Reid Bike into another photoshoot and I even managed to ride it in the skirt!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this blouse and skirt was gifted to me by Emmy Designs, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.
Categories: Pinup Fashion