Brrrgundy

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Hell Bunny via Lady Eleanor

Shoes: TUK

Belt: DIY

I’m not sure I can properly express how happy I am that deep berry red and burgundy is finally back in style and in the shops again. It’s such a delicious colour, and perfect for the cooler weather that’s finally starting to hit.

As I’ve been window shopping I’ve mostly been managing to avoid Buying All The Things, but I couldn’t resist this dress.

I spotted it at the A+ Market a month ago at a stall named Lady Eleanor. I was on a self-imposed buying ban – after all, I was there to clean out my closet, not add to it – but Lady Eleanor was right next door, and one of the girls manning the stand was wearing the dress, and it’s such a gorgeous colour, and then suddenly they only had one left, and it was in my size, and… well, as you see.

It’s a Hellbunny dress, which is one of those rockabilly brands that go up to a size 4XL. The 40’s styling works fine in a contemporary setting, though I could have done without the shoulder pads. The dress is made from a fairly thin crepe fabric that has a bit of stretch, but not enough structure to camouflage lumps and bumps, so I wear it with a slip underneath to smooth the lines. The button up front is purely decorative, which helps the bodice encompass The Rack of Doom, and the pleats at the shoulders help ensure the fabric doesn’t pull too dramatically.

The dress is called the Moira, and I think it might be an older style as it doesn’t seem to be on many websites anymore. It’s available in a striking cobalt blue here… but I think the ‘raspberry’ is better for my colouring.

The belt isn’t included, it’s one I actually made myself with a really pretty deco-esque belt buckle (you can find heaps on Etsy, I’m particularly obsessed with this one) and some  velvet elastic ribbon. It’s hands-down the easiest DIY/remix project in the word, and a spectacularly effective way of adding some glam to a simple outfit without sacrifing comfort.

Leaves and Barkcloth

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks And Frou Frou Frocks And Frou Frou Frocks And Frou FrouDress: Sohomode

Shoes: Edward Meller

I love autumn – it’s definitely my favourite season of the year. I love the bite of cold air after a hot and sticky summer, I love watching the leaves turn, and I love autumn clothes.

This is my brand-new dress from Sohomode, and the colours are so totally perfect for this time of the year. Burnt oranges, chocolatey browns, my favourite mustard and russety red.

It goes with pretty much every cardigan in my wardrobe, but today we had a last gasp of summer, allowing me to wear it sleeveless, and show off the beautiful piping around the shoulders and neckline.

Frocks And Frou FrouIt’s made from a vintage barkcloth – a fabric with a little bit of texture and weight, and the fabric’s a  really unusual cross between a floral and a paisley.

Knowing my penchant for skinny belts Louise made the belt slightly thinner than usual with the same ribbon piping.

Frocks and Frou FrouAnd of course there’s the wonderful, wonderful pockets, and the deep-v feature back.

Frocks And Frou FrouThis is my, umn, umpteenth Sohomode dress, and they’re always a favourite in my wardrobe. They’re beautifully made, and endlessly flattering.

Louise’s shop has been offline for a while, so it’s wonderful to see her making dresses again, and here’s the super exciting thing: She’s offering 20% off until the 31st of March, with the code CELEBRATESPRING. It’s not an offer that’s likely to be repeated, so if you’re tempted at all you should snap one up right now to avoid missing out!