I’m a massive fan of vintage reproduction companies. I’ve always admired people who fully commit to the vintage style, whether it be through seeking out a true vintage wardrobe, or through reproduction brands who batch produce modern pieces in vintage styles. I love the mid century look, but I could never restrict myself to wearing only retro clothing. That being said, I usually opt for a vintage inspired outfit on Tuesdays, as it’s when I usually go to lindy hop classes or a swing night.
There is a wide selection of companies who manufacture vintage style clothing, including many I’m sure I’ve not yet discovered. Two of my favourites are Lindy Bop and Collectif, the brands I’m wearing today. Lindy Bop sell online, and have an enormous selection of dresses and separates, in a variety of colours, styles and finishes. Collectif have stores in London and Brighton as well as selling online. At full price, they’re the dearer option of the two, but they have a winter sale each year where everything is 50% off for a limited time, with further lines reduced at a later date.
I picked up this jacket at half price, but it’s even cheaper now. It featured in my blog last month, and I still love the sparkly tweed fabric, the oversized hood and the overall fit. It’s worth noting, however, that two of the buttons have now fallen off after only a couple of wears, which isn’t great. They’ll be quick enough to sew on again, but it’s perhaps something to look out for as a potential minor quality issue.
Button issues aside, I’m still really happy with this cropped jacket. I really like the way it sits when undone, the giant hood forming large lapels which hang with a neat, boxy structure. I’m sure it’s going to feature in many future outfits, particularly as we transition into the warmer spring temperatures.
But enough about the jacket, let’s talk about this fantastic green polka dot dress. It’s the classic “Audrey” style, with a straight cut high neckline, nipped in waist and full skirt. It also comes with pockets, which is a personal favourite feature on modern vintage style clothing. I have a different style dress in red, in the same heavy polka dot fabric, and I’m so happy with the fit and feel of them both. I have to size down in these dresses, but a size 10 fits me snugly on top to balance the volume of the skirt. I’ve not tried wearing a petticoat with these dresses yet, as it might be a bit much for daytime, but I’m sure it would add to the retro look.
Lastly, let me quickly mention these cute velvet pumps. Another bargain sale purchase, they’ve quickly become my go-to flats. They’re ever so slightly on the small side, but they may ease a fraction with a few more wears. The Mary-Jane style strap and structure in the heel make them smart enough to go with a more dressy outfit. The velvet keeps them on trend and as they’re flat, they’re easy enough to wear with anything.
Dress: Lindy Bop
Shoes: New Look (in red here)
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