Florals have a reputation as a ubiquitous springtime print – thanks to that famous line from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ – but there’s so much more versatility to the pattern than Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly would allow. Perhaps it comes with the territory of my name, but I believe the print is unfairly pigeonholed as there’s a floral to match each and every season and mood: from ditsy pastels in Spring to bold, bright blooms in Summer, russet and ochre botanicals in Autumn and jewel hues in Winter.
Enter this vintage autumnal 1940s floral dress: with its black background and red and white blooms, it’s a timeless Autumn/Winter floral number. The 1940s is synonymous with tea dresses, feminine fits and lengths in keeping with post-war austerity; this one has a few added frills on sleeves and hem, with a high V-neck and flattering curve-skimming cut in stylish crepe. It was a wonderful and very lucky find at my favourite vintage fair, not to mention a bargain to boot – in spite of its age and excellent condition; I think the seller was keen to shift stock and it certainly went to a very good home!
Florals seemed all-too appropriate for our recent trip to a local walled garden near Edinburgh as Summer slipped into Autumn. Claret coloured dahlias bobbed in the sunshine and golden fennel fronds swayed in the breeze. These flowers will be past their best now, but every time I wear this autumnal 1940s floral dress I’ll remember our lovely day out and wonder as to its other adventures far in the past. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter; 1940s, 2017. Some things never go out of style and I for one am very glad indeed.
What I’m wearing: vintage dress and accessories, boots c/o Boden, bag c/o Laura Ashley.