Wednesday, 19 July 2017



I've mentioned before in this post about my wishlist of 'perfect' vintage pieces, and this post features my latest discovery. I've been searching for a 60s/70s lace dress since seeing an editorial in Betty Magazine last summer. For months, I've been scouring Depop, eBay and vintage fairs and, in a desperate bid, looked on Etsy. I mentioned this in my last post but Etsy can be quite expensive for vintage, especially as a lot of the best vintage is in American shops- boo! I came across this dreamy lace number a couple of months ago, and it was only £12, but the shop was located in Australia so I saved it in my wishlist to deliberate over. 

After I got paid from some work I did, I decided to finally purchase it. The shipping wasn't too badly priced either, meaning I paid about £25 for the dress inc postage, it arrived within 3 days of being dispatched as well which was incredible. I am so glad I made the purchase, it's such a lovely babydoll, slightly smocked fit,  and it has beautiful ruffle and ribbon details on the bust. I don't know if it will be a dress that I wear religiously, but it will certainly stay in my wardrobe forever and come out every so often.

DressVintage via Vintage Sole on Etsy
BagCSC x Vivienne Westwood
Hairpins | Vintage via Depop

In terms of styling the dress, I wanted to create more of a modern-vintage look, to stop the outfit being too 'fancy dress'-like. I wore my Vivienne Westwood x Cambridge Satchel Company mini bag, which I got in Brighton last year. I love the contrast of the feminine lace and dark navy of the bag as well as Westwood's famous 'squiggle print', it adds a more grungy, edgy vibe to the outfit.

As the weather has been pretty warm lately (we are due a lot of rain now, apparently, which isn't great) my hair has been going slightly crazy. I fell out of love with straightening it a couple of months back, so plait it wet before I go to bed, to get wavy hair, but the humidity (and the fact that I am probably due a haircut soon) has been making it go slightly bushy. To combat this, I pinned the sides of my hair back with some vintage 60s hairpins that I got on Depop. They are little sunflowers and the yellow of them works oh-so-well with the yellow tones in my bag, they have definite retro-vibes, which isn't fully in keeping with the modern elements I wanted to add to this outfit in terms of accessories, but they are so small that I think it still works as a modern-vintage outfit.

Holly Olivia x

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