It’s a wee while since I shared a style post. Previously, I’d have classed myself as a fashion blog and shared my personal style in all its forms – vintage, high street and thrifted – but recently this title didn’t seem to fit so well any more, its associations with fast fashion and disposable style contrary to my slow living ethos. These reflections came at the time of a self-confidence crisis too, and – to be honest – I didn’t much feel like stepping in front of the camera. Add lockdown to the mix and opportunities for outfit pictures have been few and far between! That said, slow fashion and the circular economy of vintage clothing is so important to me that I want to share this passion of mine; so this is me stepping tentatively back in front of the camera.
I’ve not bought a new dress for months and months now. These vintage pieces are a mixture of new (to me) and dresses I’ve brought out year after year. I’ve been wearing these three vintage summer dresses on repeat for the last few weeks and months so thought I would share their stories with you. The first is a red and white gingham number from my favourite online vintage emporium, the Pansy Garden. You have to be quick off the mark with these dresses that are released in mini drops, but I’d earmarked this picnic-perfect piece and was lucky enough to snap it up. It fits perfectly – as if it was made for me – and has the cutest miniature hearts inside each check, pretty metal buttons and frill details. Then there’s the vintage Liberty print dress above that I got two Springs ago and didn’t wear until this one; I loved the long, puffy sleeves and midi length but it felt a bit OTT. I decided to get over the looks on the street and just wear it! I’m so glad I did as it’s perfect for late Summer strolls. Lastly is the white and lilac Laura Ashley piece below complete with lace Peter Pan collar I’ve had for years and rediscovered at the bottom of my trunk. What a win! So here’s to giving old pieces new life, to not saving them for best, and to embracing slow fashion. I’m hoping to share more outfits again from here on in.