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An Update from Miss Violet Loves Vintage 2018: The Dresses So Far....

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Posted on June 25 2018

An Update from Miss Violet Loves Vintage 2018: The Dresses So Far....

Hello all! Here we are in June already - how time has flown! As winner of the Violet Loves Vintage contest I am so unbelievably chuffed to receive a free dress every month of my choice - that means that I have three glorious frocks to update you all on! I thought I'd show you how I've been styling them, too. Let me know how you'd style these - I'm always delighted to hear new styling ideas!

March - "Vanity" Dress by Banned Apparel

This was the dress that I picked out when I won - there was only one left, and I was so delighted that it was in my size! I was so drawn to its gorgeous pinup print of ladies doing their makeup, and I love the jewel tones of the colour palette. There are so many colours here you can pick out from this design for your accessories, making this a very versatile piece. I was so utterly delighted with it that I wore it the very next day, my last day in Manchester before the long journey home:

Miss Violet Loves Vintage in her Vanity Dress by a Vintage Car

Lois in the mirror in vintage style vanity dress

This dress will always be special to me as I wore it for my very first modelling photoshoot, with the incredibly talented photographer Andrew Clement. For the shoot I decided to pick out the red and green tones of the dress, teaming it with red roses for my hair and red shoes, plus a green diamante necklace and bracelet. I love that this dress can accommodate even the fluffiest of petticoats, but looks equally great without one for a casual look. I styled mine here with a black one, but I think a red petticoat would "pop" even more.  I added a lucite-style handbag as I loved the shiny texture with this eye-catching dress - I think that the Kooki De Lou reproduction lucite handbag available at Violet Loves Vintage, particularly lined with a scarf in a co-ordinating colour or print (also handy for hiding all the tat us girls cart around with us!) would look stunning with this dress too. The dress has very flattering cap sleeves, but looks equally charming with a little bolero or jacket for wear in cooler weather - this black one is by Glamour Bunny.

Lois in vanity 1950s vintage style dress posing by a gate

Photo by Andrew Clement

April - Westie Dog Tea Dress by Hell Bunny

My second dress is a comfy and versatile everyday dress from Hell Bunny, in a super soft printed tea dress shape. I spotted this one purely by luck on the Violet Loves Vintage sale rail in the shop, and I knew I had to have it the moment I saw those gorgeous little Westie dogs! My family had a little Westie called Julie when I was growing up, so I've had a soft spot for them ever since. This dress has a palette of pink, black, white and even blue and gold/mustard to choose from, so you can be pretty adventurous with your accessorisation here! This is such a comfortable dress so I've mainly been wearing it casually to meet friends and enjoy the sunshine, using black, pink and gold accessories, but I'm looking forward to experimenting more with styling this gorgeous dress and hopefully using it for a photoshoot. This lovely soft pink knitted bolero is also by Hell Bunny and is available from Violet Loves Vintage too.

Lois in vintage scottie dog dress with 1950s style hair

(Yes, I used an app to photoshop in the Eiffel Tower behind me before uploading this to Instagram. In real life, this selfie was taken in front of a large pile of rubbish. The things we do for good lighting, eh? #keepingitreal #ohtheglamour)

 

May - Hearts and Roses Lemon Swing Dress

This. Dress. Is. Everything. It has the most gorgeous halter neck and sweetheart neckline, with elastication on the reverse of the bodice to account for variation in body measurements. The real highlight of course is this stunning lemon print with some of my all-time favourite colours - black, green, white and that show-stopping lemon yellow. I wore this dress for another shoot with Andrew Clement, on location in glorious Windsor. For a summery look, I decided to pick out the bright yellow lemon shade for my shoes and hair flower, with pink as a contrasting colour. I kept my hair in soft and loose curls for a carefree look. The pink was mainly inspired by this gorgeous coconut handbag by Tikilou Hawaii (look you can see it has a zip - it also has a hot pink satin lining!!!!)

Lois in vintage style lemon dress violet loves vintage

Photo by Andrew Clement

Lois lemon dress hearts and roses

Photo by Andrew Clement

I also experimented with toughening up this dress for a bit of a Rockabilly vibe - swing dresses don't  have to be flouncy and girly, and this one is surprisingly adaptable! All I needed was a faux leather bolero, a pair of black shoes and a bit of sass...

Lois hearts and roses lemon dress posing in leather jacket

Photo by Andrew Clement

Lois hearts and roses lemon dress posing by a car

Photo by Andrew Clement

I have been so delighted with all of my dresses - this has been such a dream for me! Thank you so much to Violet Loves Vintage for this amazing opportunity and so many gorgeous frocks. How would you style these, and do you have any recommendations for what dress I should try next? Send me a message on Instagram (@loisjelise) - I'd love to hear your suggestions!

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