You didn’t think I would let the opportunity of such a stunning natural backdrop pass without documenting my outfit too, did you? Those bluebells definitely deserved a post of their own, but I couldn’t resist sharing my suitably coordinating attire for our woodland adventure too. I seem to have taken matchy matchy to the next level: as you know I’m a big fan of coordination – and while usually I draw the line at complementing my attire with the natural setting, when we planned our bluebell hunting mission I couldn’t resist donning shades of seasonal purpley blue. I drew the line at a flower crown… for now.
I don’t need to re-state my love for Laura Ashley – you can see some other frocks from my now extensive vintage stash here – as I can never resist the beautiful floral prints and feminine cuts that are so instantly recognisable. These pieces are unfailingly among the best quality in my vintage wardrobe, as the fabric and craftsmanship really do stand the test of time; I reach for them again and again as I know even the older and best-loved items in my collection can sustain the wear and tear of an everyday outfit.
This particular number was a recent find from Edinburgh stalwart, vintage emporium Armstrong’s. I can’t pass that place without popping in – just in case, you see – and on this occasion I was very glad that I did as this retro Laura Ashley number was practically shouting my name from the rails. Its quirky floral print first caught my eye: a stylised, almost Art Deco-style repeat floral. I also adored the muted dusky purple of the background and coordinating blue and pink shades of the pattern, as well as the square neckline, classic Laura Ashley midi length cut, cinched waist and cute puffed sleeves.
I almost had a word with myself, along the lines of “do you really need another Laura Ashley dress, Rosie?!” but there’s always room for one more – especially when it was such a bargain at around a tenner. In particular, the neckline and unusual print were very different from the pieces in my existing collection, which is how I justified it to myself anyway. I knew if I didn’t make it mine then I would soon sorely regret it.
I am so, so glad I brought it home with me. As with my other Laura Ashley frocks it fits seamlessly into my wardrobe. Like my other pieces, it really does the hard work for you yet is surprisingly flexible too: worn with ankle boots and a leather jacket in the spring, it will be just as lovely with straw hat and sandals come Summer. Each time I wear it I find another detail to love about it as well, like the button details on the sleeve, infinitely handy concealed pockets and subtle swish of the skirt. I can’t think of a better place to debut my new favourite vintage number than our adventure in the bluebell woods.
What are you wearing at the moment? Do you have a vintage find you’re glad you didn’t leave behind?
I’m wearing: vintage Laura Ashley dress via Armstrong’s; vintage bag, belt and accessories.