Recently, I’ve rekindled my love of tartan. Checks, plaids and tartans featured prominently on the catwalks for autumn/winter 2012, most memorably in the guise of Black Watch tartan adorning dresses, coats and trousers at McQ.
This inspired me to don my Black Watch vintage Laura Ashley shift dress last weekend. I think this has to be my favourite ever vintage dress. The iconic Black Watch tartan, in a muted blue, black and green check, is probably one of the most widely used and instantly recognisable tartans. There’s something classic about the Black Watch check and the iconic tartan has a historical resonance too, as it was originally a government issue tartan for the Highland Watch.
I spotted the Laura Ashley frock at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Edinburgh at around this time last year. As well as the unusual print (different from the ubiquitous vintage florals – not that I’m complaining!) the striking cut of the dress caught my eye too: the high neck shift top, nipped in waist, full skirt and ballerina length. The dress also buttons down the left hand side all the way to the knee, leaving room for an elegant side split.
I wore the dress as a pinafore, layered over my chiffon lace insert blouse to ramp up the girly, sixties vibe. My leather jacket keeps things modern and adds an element of toughness, and I wore my chunky heeled ankle boots to give a bit of a boost in the height department. There was a chill in the air so I also brought my faux fur muffler with me – a Christmas present from Al last year that makes me feel like some sort of retro starlet/ minor character in Anna Karenina.
Al says this one is my “blogger pose”:
I wore my vintage Laura Ashley dress for a spot of bargain hunting at Judy’s over in Spitalfields. Maybe it’s because we just moved into our new flat, but at this Fair I was particularly besotted with unusual retro furniture and beautiful vintage crockery. Here are a few pictures we took on the day…
I loved this stall with odds and ends including a mangle!
Cake stands and teacups – LOVE.
The coolest retro knitwear around by Vintage Freaks – more on them very soon!
I want it all!
I came away with this gorgeous antique teapot, just made for cosy Sunday afternoons in with endless cups of tea, freshly baked cake and a good book.
And lastly, some witty art in East London (couldn’t resist):