If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know that I have quite a collection of Vivien of Holloway pieces – the majority of these being their halter neck style dresses. When Vivien of Holloway gave me the chance to try a new style, I could have become a little overwhelmed. However, I was particularly drawn to the Lana dress (not just because the name makes me think of a character from Archer).
In Vivien of Holloway’s words:
Here we have a gorgeous new 1940s style Lana Dress, created with one of my favourite movie stars in mind.
The dramatic draping collar and lightly padded shoulders give a great contrast to the fitted bodice. The skirt has flattering gathers at the front while having an A-line at the back to slim the hips. We have added some pockets for extra detail- everything a gal needs to look like a 40s goddess! Perfect for any occasion, just pin on a matching brooch to complete your look.
The dress has a loose fit to drape gorgeously, so we have allowed a little extra room on the waist.
I love hibiscus prints; they remind me of my grandma, who has an ‘abstract’ hibiscus tattoo on her forearm. Sadly, the Golden Hibiscus print wasn’t available in my size but then I fell in love with the Hibiscus Black Pink print. There’s a lovely contrast between the black background and the large but delicate soft pink floral print.
With regard to the sizing of the Lana dress, you should definitely size down. I am normally an 18 in pencil styles and a 16 in swing styles. In the Kitty and Lana styles, I go down to a 14. The shop and website team are really helpful so if you’re stuck, they can definitely help you choose the right size.
Now Vivien of Holloway dresses are quality garments, hence why I own so much! This does mean that they aren’t super cheap; the Lana dress retails for £99. Do not let this put you off though. I treat my wardrobe as an investment, so I try to make the most out of each piece I own. Your beautiful items shouldn’t just be saved for special occasions, enjoy them as often as you can! With this in mind, I put together three different looks with the Lana dress.
Style 1: Casual
A denim jacket and a black maxi skirt quickly turn the dress into a much less formal top. Also, if you’re out and about, the extra layer over the delicate skirt helps to protect the fabric. The jacket is old M&S and the skirt is old Primark but there are tons of similar styles on the high street currently. I used a white elasticated belt from eBay to define my waist. Sandals and sunglasses keep this look summery but you can easily swap these out for a scarf and boots when it gets cooler.
Without the jacket, you still have all the gorgeous detailing of the top just with the casual skirt.
Style 2: Splash of Colour
This look simply adds hints of colour in the form of a pink belt and cardigan to pick up on the subtle pink colour in the fabric. This would be quite wearable for a day or evening occasion, actually it’d be perfect for a wedding. My cardigan is old Primark and the belt was taken from one of my Lindy Bop dresses.
Style 3: Subtle and Simple
Finally, here’s the dress just as it is. You can keep the belt or take it off. I also added a home-made hair flower to keep a hint of colour.
This dress is incredibly beautiful. The collar detail, the draping in the skirt and glorious pockets just make this a wonderful piece to own. I hope I’ve shown you how you can wear this in different way so your dress can live up to its wardrobe potential! I’m so glad that this garment is now part of my Vivien of Holloway collection.
How do you get the most out of your wardrobe? We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions!