The Right Trousers

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My relationship with trousers has always been painful and troublesome; they never quite sat right, too big on the waist but too tight on my hips – just a pain! Apart from my gym gear and pyjama bottoms, I’ve actively avoided trousers to spare me from this misery.

Then along came Collectif with their Franky swing trousers. I swear they are heaven-sent! As stated by Collectif,

The Franky Swing Trousers are a vintage inspired style. These are one of the bestselling styles in our collection. They are made from a heavy cotton drill to keep the wide leg shape. The Franky Swing Trousers feature a lovely high waist with a wide yoke, the wide legs feature stitched in place turn ups at the cuff.

The thickness of the material helps the trousers to hang beautifully as well as smoothing out lumps and bumps. I love how high on the body they come up as well – they really show off my waist and give me an hourglass figure without squishing my hips. I’m so grateful that vintage reproduction companies exist – my wardrobe would suffer without them!

I paired these trousers with my trusty black Converse and Vivien of Holloway Raglan blouse. Both the trousers and the shirt can be teamed up with lots of other pieces too.

My hair is just a wet-set with a rolled fringe and I am wearing my favourite Kat Von D liquid lipstick in ‘Outlaw’.

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I’m so glad I found these trousers – now I just need to find a navy pair in my size! What’s been your trickiest item of clothing to sort out? Let us know.

Hey There Kitty Girl!

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My Easter holidays started in the best way possible – with a HUGE vintage reproduction sale! Vivien of Holloway was having a three day 50% off extravaganza and it was so worth the train fare and early wake-up.

I came across the shop in the final year of my undergraduate degree. I fell in love with the vintage styles and the quality of the garments. I own a lot of VOH pieces and I have never encountered a busted zip or a dodgy seam. That’s the reason I keep going back for more…even if I don’t really need to.

I picked up quite a few pieces in the sale, one of these being a ‘Kitty’ dress. As described by VOH,

The Kitty has a cutaway collar, cap sleeves, lightly padded shoulders and lovely large pockets on her gathered skirt. She has buttons down the front and a side zip. What more could you want from a 50s style day dress!

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The navy gingham pattern was all that was left when I got to the rail but I managed to grab a size 16. In VOH clothing, I take an 18 for anything pencil-shaped (due to my ample hips). In other styles, I am between a 14 and a 16. I have another ‘Kitty’ in a 14, which is a little more close-fitting. The fit on this dress was still very flattering but a belt helps to cinch my waist a bit more.

I love how practical this style of dress is! There are deep pockets – large enough to keep your phone and some cash. The skirt is roomy but not overly poofy. I can see myself teaching in this outfit – it’s vintage reproduction without looking costume-like.

In this look, I teamed the dress with a sage-green elasticated waist belt, a red-cropped cardigan from Sainsbury’s and some brown flats.

For hair, I did my usual wet-set with bumper bangs. I did a traditional pin-up look with my make-up, using Kat Von D ‘Outlaw’ liquid lipstick.

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I’m so glad I picked upĀ  this dress – it’s a definite wardrobe staple! You can pick it up at the VOH boutique in London or on their website.

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