I am sure you all know by now that Papow and I are massive fans of Vivien of Holloway. Both of our wardrobes have contained Vivien’s pieces right from the very start of our journey into the land of vintage/pinup. There have been some exciting new styles and fabrics appearing recently, and I am sure I am not the only one keeping a close eye on the website…lusting over the new Emma and Nazare dresses. Exciting as this is, let us not forget the long-standing and much-loved Vivien of Holloway styles. The 1950s Jezebel has always been a firm favourite of mine from the word go and there will always be room in my wardrobe more! And so this week I wanted to share my love for this dress with you all!
Vivien of Holloway say:
“This dress has a wrap top which flatters any size bust and a slinky pencil skirt to put a wiggle in your walk. Vivien has added authentic touches such as the half peplum on the side and the elegant V-shaped back, to give that extra touch of old Hollywood glamour!”
I have just a “few” Jezebels in my wardrobe but here I am wearing the white blue rose version. I have teamed my white blue rose Jezebel with a variety of accessories. You can see it works well with either my nude or navy patent court shoes from New Look, light blue hair scarf from eBay, white cat-eye sun glasses from a vintage market, my pearls and Papow’s white parasol from San Francisco.
Despite my measurements being B34, W27, and H36, the cotton sateen fabric definitely has a slight give and I always go for the Vivien of Holloway size 10 in this style (B32, W24, H36). This is absolutely the perfect fit for me. I usually flit between a Vivien of Holloway size 10 or 12, however all of my jezebels are a firm size 10.
Don’t be concerned that the lack of bones in this style of dress. I always find Vivien of Holloway pieces to be extremely well constructed and this dress still nips you in at the waist for that hourglass shape we all love.
I’ve always been a fan of peplum styles because they add much needed curves to my slender frame and this dress is no exception, the peplum feature on the side of this dress does exactly that. Add this to the 27.5 inch pencil skirt and voila killer (yet elegant) curves!
The wrap top of the Jezebel has a higher neckline than other Vivien of Holloway dress styles and is the perfect alternative to the more busty halterneck designs.
I think this beautiful summery floral fabric here would be perfect for a day at the races, a summer wedding or Christening. The Jezebel is not currently available in this fabric, but rest assured there are a whole range of Jezebels to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice!
What are your favoutite Vivien of Holloway styles/designs/fabrics? Papow and I would love to hear your views…please do drop us a line!