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1 May 2016

Vintage dress collection, part one

Happy May day! I am very excited about the bluebells out already. In the garden, we have a lot out in the land behind the house but I am waiting for the vast rolling blue carpets and
rhododendrons to arrive before I take my blog pictures. After that will be the wild garlic in the forest! Today I wanted to take you on a little dress tour as it's pretty rainy outside!

Here are a few of my favourite dresses I've collected over the years. I've thought about trying a capsule wardrobe but don't know how I would whittle down my collection, plus I tend not to wear jeans and non-dress-items as often, so it would be pretty biased haha! My favourite places to shop are storenvy, ebay and from blog sales/small businesses, as I can find a lot of variety on there. I also enjoy the likes of New Look and occasionally Topshop/Debenhams/Primark.
This is how I got in to dresses: I completely have a thing for Victorian and Edwardian dressing and the beautiful flowy, poofy dresses technical terms with huge buttons up the front. I discovered this second hand brown silk number on ebay for about £25 and love the dainty lace collar and details. It has buttons on the sleeves and poofy shoulders too and is floor length. There is no indication as to how old it is but I would say 80's at a guess, as it has a modern label.
I can't call this dress vintage, but it definitely has a vintage style. I love the ornate buttons and embroidered collar and it goes really nice under a cardigan, so is pretty versatile, whatever the spring weather! I purchased this earlier in the year from storenvy, alongside my Cherry Blossom dress (but hey, that's already had its little feature!) The only con is it creases easily, so I have to store it as neat as I can in my wardrobe. This one comes just above knee height.
Again, I can't call it a vintage dress but it's so cute, I love the fox print! It comes down to knee height and has little pleats in the skirt. I found this in the ThunderEgg dress shop in Manchester and it's by Run and Fly. It's so quirky and originally came with a little tie round the waist, which I impatiently discarded because it was easier to wear without, plus it gives it more of a smock dress feel, which I love!
This is a floral, second hand Liz Lisa replica number. The fact that it is a replica doesn't bother me in the slightest, as I love the style of it and am not really drawn in by big brands except Too Faced *cough cough*. I found this on ebay for about £15 and it's really cosy and feels soft and fleecy. It's definitely my dream winter dress! The collar and sleeves have lace detail on them and I've paired it with my Accessorize rocket bag as the two look super cute together. 
These are my favourite and most worn dresses, mostly of a mini length at the moment but I hope to adopt a few more of longer lengths. I'm pretty obsessed with searching for Gunne Sax 'prairie style' dresses so much for the capsule wardrobe haha. I hope you enjoyed this, I also love to use my dresses as a pretty backdrop for my photos, especially if they have a cute pattern. These are definitely what I imagine wearing when spending an afternoon inside a second hand bookshop. Now is the month of Maying! What are you up to this month? 

43 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, these dresses are so beautiful! I actually really adore this style of clothing. :) I think that the fox print dress is just too cute and I'd love to get my hands on it myself. You have such a fab fashion taste, hun! Thank you for sharing your collection with us. :) <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. Awww thank you so much Kay! I'm so glad you liked it and that's so kind!! Have a wonderful weekend ahead :D ♡

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  2. Beautiful photos - beautiful dresses. I especially love the last one. It's fantastic.
    Hope you will have a nice week.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thank you so much Mona! That means such a lot as you have the most beautiful, quirky dresses :D I hope you have a wonderful weekend! ♡

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  3. Cute post, have a good day

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    https://www.instagram.com/elegant_e_blog/

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  4. Your dress collection is so dreamy, I can't wait to see part 2! Like you, I have a thing for Victorian and Edwardian fashion. Buttons down the front and tight waists are the best thing ever! :D

    Julia x
    Follow me in my day trip to Oxford here: http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/05/week-in-england-1-day-out-in-oxford.html

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    1. Awww how kind, thank you so much Julia! I'm so glad you liked it and that's so cool, we should definitely be dress sisters haha! :D ♡

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  5. These are so gorgeous! I love all of them (and your little bag too)! x

    Xtina G Says..

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    1. Awww thanks so much Christina, that's so kind! :D ♡

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  6. So CUTE!

    www.nomoretulips.blogspot.com

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous! My personal favorite is the one with the foxes on it. Super cute. Looking forward to future posts. xo

    http://guiliannamarie.blogpspot.com

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    1. ** http://guiliannamarie.blogspot.com

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    2. Awww thank you so much Guilianna! I'm so glad you liked it! :D ♡

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  8. love this post!
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  9. These dresses are super cute, not something I could pull off but definitely nice to look at :)

    Cultivation of Jasmin

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    1. Thanks so much Jas, that's so kind! Have a lovely weekend! :D ♡

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  10. You have a very unique style! I'm also excited about the bluebells. We're going to hopefully find some this afternoon :) Angharad x

    www.welshandwonderful.com

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    1. Thanks so much Angharad, that sounds wonderful! I hope you had a lovely time! :D ♡

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    2. We did, thank you. Check out my blog for some bluebells :) Angharad x

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  11. You have such a great collection! I especially love the one with the fox print :)

    nathalieyoung.blogspot.com

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  12. These dresses are beautiful, you have such a fantastic unique style and as a side note, I love the colour scheme of your blog too :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  13. Oh my word I've just discovered your blog and I love it! How precious is your layout, & your pictures are incredible. I couldn't uphold a theme like you do! I grew up with Beatrix Potter because of my mum adoring it, so I can relate to you there! :)
    Katie | Words By Katie

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  14. Wow your dresses are so pretty! Perfect for spring. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  15. You have such a beautiful collection! The vintage dresses are wonderful. I would personally love that fox dress, it's so cute! <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

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  16. They are so beautiful and so is your blog. I love to collect vintage dresses myself.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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  17. Those dresses are all so beautiful!! And I really love that rocket bag, I've never seen one like that <3

    Lipstick and Mocha

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  18. These dresses are all so cute! I'm jealous, haha ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  19. Really amazing dresses!

    Please visit my Blog!

    http://www.alessabernal.com/

    Alessa Bernal :)

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  20. I love vintage clothes and opshopping! You have the best style. Peter Pan collars are my little style icon, and I love the one on the top one with the little lace edging around it. The color of the secoind one remidns me of marshmallows and I love the fox print, of course!! The last one is my fav because of the peter pan collar and gorgeous floral pattern. Great post! Check out my recent? xxx
    www.rosieauthorwriting.blogspot.com

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  21. the fog print and liz lisa replicate dress are just amazing! i probably would wear the fox one 24/7 just because. i love your collection! i hope they'll grow more!

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

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  22. I could never have a capsule wardrobe for the exact same reason. I live in dresses! The only pants I wear are gym pants or pjs! I love that last one, and the rocket bag is just too cute!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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  23. Such pretty dresses!

    http://tealattewithstyle.com/

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  24. So in love with your blog! You've got such a fresh style and it really is a pleasure to read it!
    Would you like to follow each other on GFC? If yes just let me know once done and I'll be right back!
    xoxo
    Patricia http://patriciacori.blogspot.ch

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  25. I just cannot get over how amazing your photography is. That little rocket bag is gorgeous, too!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  26. Ugh Elizabeth, your blog is so dreamy. I love all these pretty dresses - you basically have my dream style that I'm too afraid to actually wear haha. The second dress is so cute and dainty and of course that rocket bag is super cute too.

    Angi www.twodifferentworlds.com

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  27. Oooh my, I'm so in love with every single one of these dresses, you have such a pretty collection! :) The floral one is my absolute favourite, it looks so cozy and romantic! :)

    xx
    Matea
    www.smilesnapsparkle.com

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  28. Such lovely dresses! I'm also loving that rocket bag, amazing.

    Amy - fourcatsplusus

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