|Dress: Cath Kidston, Jacket: Bossini, Boots: Clark's, Hat: Thankyou Mart ;)|
Bag: Madewell, Scarf: from Taipei, Belt: Next, Bangle: Vintage.
So in an attempt to blog from more diverse places than our balcony, I got Victor to take some pictures of me in Covent Garden yesterday. We were having a sort of one-day October heatwave, so I decided to bust out my dress that I'd recently picked up on sale at Cath Kidston. I remember when I got the catalogue featuring this dress in the mail, my jaw literally dropped at the faux-vintage awesomeness of it. I mean, any dress that looks like you made it yourself from discarded newspapers is awesome, right?
It seemed almost a little too obvious to "just" pair it with red and black, so I decided I'd throw in lots of leopard print, too. Partly because that's also got a vintage flavour to me (am I the only one, or is this a "thing"?), but also because I fancied wearing my new fedora with it. I kind of like pairing leopard with printed white dresses, I've done it with this dog dress too, and really liked the results.
Here, I attempted a close-up to show you just how kooky this print is. I mean, you don't see this sort of thing every day, right? When I picked up my clock dress, it was a choice between clocks and newspaper, and the clocks won out... until this baby went on sale, and the sweet Japanese sales girl convinced me it "really fit my style". Also, check out my bangle! It's the one real piece of vintage I'm wearing here - it was a gift from my friend who runs a 1950's dress shop and provided Victor with my brithday present dress.
The one thing about this dress that weirds me out a little bit is the length - I'm used to either ankle length or fit-and-flare, and the only other dress I have that was once this long, I shortened. Anyway, I guess it's good news for tall and bootylicious gals like me that designers like Cath Kidston and Helen of Holborn exist, because there is no way on this green (greying?) Earth that I would fit into actual vintage dresses. I couldn't even fit one boob inside some of those real 1950's dresses.