2/02/2016

Sweetheart or Heartbreaker? A Valentines Wishlist from Vivien of Holloway

For anyone casting even a cursory glance at my blog, it's pretty clear that my wardrobe mostly revolves around vintage and vintage repro. I've always adored the shapes and prints, and dresses adapted from those 40s and 50s patterns have always been a hit with my hip heavy shape. For repro aficionados, Vivien of Holloway is a name which springs up time and time again.  Whether looking for a party dress or even a wedding gown, their range of styles and accessories will have you kitted out from top to toe.

With Valentines Day on the horizon, I felt it appropriate to put together a wish list of style ideas for the modern girl with vintage tastes. I'll never forget the first time I stumbled across them - the bus I was on whizzed past their Holloway shop front, and I practically gave myself whiplash by turning my heart eyed head so quickly!

Left photo (c) Tony Nylons / Vivien of Holloway. Right photo from previous blog post here.
Their dresses are probably what Vivien of Holloway are known best for, with their legendary halternecks designed to support even those with a larger bust. I've always been a big fan of their day dresses with the Runaround Sue designs being my favourite shape for day to day fun.

(c) Vivien of Holloway.
The petticoats are another incredible discovery, with multiple friends admitting to me that they tend to purchase circle dresses and skirts based around the colours hanging in their wardrobe! Priced at £59 they are certainly an investment piece, but as anyone who frequently wears petticoats already knows, you cannot beat one which is well made. The multiple layers and non-scratch fabric are reason enough, but they will transform both your dress and your mood in just one spin. Made from chiffon with an elasticated waistband and available in twelve colours, it doesn't matter how carefully you pick your shade so as to buy just one. I guarantee you always go back for more!

(c) Vivien of Holloway.
I couldn't write this post without giving their accessories a mention, with this Sweetheart Red Wicker Handbag making my heart all a flutter. Their website and shop sell all manner of items from vintage brooches to "Fakelite" jewellery and they also have a huge selection of hair flowers to finish off your outfit to perfection.

If you are based in London, it's worth popping into their store as the sales staff are always happy to measure you up and find your dream dress!

Until next time,

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5 comments

  1. I love VOH designs, I just so wish they were more inbclusive in their sizing!

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  2. I have always loved VOH but am definitely not confident enough to wear anything from the range. The petticoats are just beautiful though!

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    1. I think they're one of those styles where you just have to take the plunge, and then you'll feel amazing in it. If ever you're in London, I couldn't recommend popping into their shop enough - their staff are so lovely at finding the perfect outfit. :)

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  3. Oh I absolutely love VOH, it's such a dream of mine to own something from them one day... I girl can dream :) That wicker heart shaped handbag is so cute, and their day dresses are always so lovely. xx

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    1. Isn't it the cutest? I was thinking about dropping some Valentine hints to my boyfriend, but don't think I can hold out two weeks! ;) x

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