There’s something so wonderfully retro about it, and it fits amazingly well considering I’ve never met a sheath dress that liked my combination of boobsandthighs.
Ostensibly I bought this for a wedding that Himself and I are attending on Valentine’s Day. I’d been eyeing up a strapless lace bodice dress from City Chic (Go. Look at it instore. It looks really good on) but instead I bought this 50’s confection because, well, because I couldn’t say no. And because I’m likely to get much more wear out of it as a day-to-day dress as well as a going-out dress (and a visiting the in-laws dress, and an attending a christening dress, and a… well you get the drift).
If you look closely you’ll notice that the print is, er, poppies but Queen Clothing also do it in a kind of dusky red, and I managed to restrain myself and get the blue, which I actually love more. So that’s OK.
Queen Clothing is one of those Melbourne staples that all fashionistas should make a point of visiting a couple of times a year. They stock their own house label (Queen, up to a size 18) which is the brainchild of owner/designer Christine Boyle, but also have a good range from up and coming designers like Manque Design and Magdalena as well as accessories from stores including Shonah and Emotional Baggage.
If Fitzroy is a bit of a trek out it’s worth checking Cat’s Meow a tiny well-stocked independent clothing store hidden away in the Flinder’s Station subway. They stock Queen Clothing among other great local designers. And since you’ll be in the area anyway, make sure you visit Little Cupcakes for the best cupcakes in Melbourne (Crabapple Cupcake Bakery be damned).