Review: Clarence & Alabama Ophelia Vintage Dress

Vintage online fashion store Clarence & Alabama kindly gave me a dress from their newest collection to review.

I chose the Ophelia Vintage 1950s Picnic Dress by Lindy Bop in black and floral, because as you can see from the photographs, it’s stunning!

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Beautiful Ophelia 1950s Dress

I’m really starting to get into vintage fashion, particularly 1950s as that era seems to suit us curvier women so well, and the dresses are so much more interesting than the more modern ones!

To help the dress reach it’s full potential you need to iron it and add a petticoat, so please bear in mind I did neither when I took my selfies!

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I teamed the dress up with some gladiator sandals, just to give it a slightly modern look; I’m unsure whether the two go together, but I was comfortable!

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Last weekend I wore the dress with black leggings, a short black shrug and some kitten heels for a dating event, and I felt the most glam girl there!

The sweetheart neckline with ruched bust panel is one of my favourite parts of the dress, because it shows off a girl’s cleavage, but in a way that still maintains your elegance!

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The dress is very comfortable to wear, but it’s slightly heavier than your average dress, but that’s because the fabric is of good quality.

I love how the black really helps the colours of the flowers pop out, and the dress also comes in other colours including a gorgeous baby blue that I’m thinking of adding to my collection.

I have now got my eye on the wiggle dresses, but think I’m going to wait until I have shed some pounds, because they won’t be as flattering on my current tummy as this picnic dress is!

What’s even more exciting is that as I write this, Clarence & Alabama are having a SALE so check it out!

Clarence & Alabama kindly gave me this dress in order to review it. All opinions are honest and my own, and I did not receive any payment for this post.

 

 

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Claire Richards Spring/Summer 2014 Range: My Review & Competition

You should have seen my face the other day when I opened the door to see a huge parcel with my name on it from Fashion World- I felt like it was my birthday!

Fashion World kindly gave me the opportunity to review pieces from Claire Richards’ new Spring/Summer range, and impressive is an understatement. Claire seems to have gone for a modern day take on classic vintage styles, which is definitely a style I have wanted to try to learn more about recently, as I think it’s superbly flattering on us curvier girls.

Claire herself has said she’s excited about her second collection, because the range is “full of bright colours and feminine shapes, designed to flatter and fit.” Claire has added longer sleeves (a must have for my bingo wings), cinched-in waists and illusion designs to flatter our figures even more.

The first pcoatiece I tried was the Claire Richards Summer Coat, priced at £75 (but today it’s on sale for just £50!) and I love the length and the slight a-line cut of it.

The arms of this jacquard coat have a unique, ruched sleeve, and I especially love the texture of the coat.

I feel quite glamorous when wearing it, which is a feeling I rarely have! The only thing I would want is a little bit more room in the upper arms, but that’s because my arms are a lot wider than the rest of my size 16 self (well apart from my thighs!).

This coat would suit all of the dresses in the new range, including this Lace Trim Print Dress (£60).b&wdress

It’s a great length, falling just below the knee, meaning my thighs get the coverage I prefer, and it would look great with some leggings too, for a more casual look.

It has a cute belt which helps to flatter the waist, and I love the floral print. The light material is perfect for the upcoming hot summer, so I think this will get worn at a lot of BBQs I’ve already been invited to!

For work, thtrouserse High Waisted Trousers are a must for me, as the cute row of three buttons on each hip make them stand out from the usual, bland office trousers.

The high waist also makes them feel quite comfortable (and no danger of a builder’s bum when you drop your paperwork on the floor!). D

Due to me being so tall, I could have done with them being just a couple of inches longer. However, with some heels on, I’m hoping I can get away with them, what do you think?!

And last, but certainly not least, both my sister and I got the chance to try the Lace Bodycon Dress (£85), which has to be my favourite of all the pieces I tried!

I had to go a size up for this one, because my arms wouldn’t fit into the smaller size (need to start using hand weights again) but I soon got over this when I put the dress on. I felt like I was back in the 1940s, and my kitten strap heels just added to the feeling; I just needed a retro, pinned hairstyle and gorgeous Clark Gable lookalike to take me out for a romantic stroll along the beach!

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My little sister Nat also loved the dress, and with the killer high heels she put with it, she managed to give it a modern twist. Nat felt she would have wanted the cleavage cut a little lower as she felt it was too high, and she felt the slit at the back of the dress went slightly too high for her liking. Personally, I like the cleavage being cut high, as it makes a change for a dress tSAM_0837o only show a hint of what is underneath, and the cut at the back didn’t bother me (just don’t bend down in it!). 

The lace detail on the dress is stunning, and the silky, aqua-lining complimented my skintone beautifully. This will be worn on any future date I may be asked out on that’s for sure!

Because we loved the dress so much, Fashion World have been amazingly kind enough to let me offer you lovely readers the chance to win one! Just click on the link below and you will be able to enter as many times as you like, providing you follow the instructions- good luck!

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So overall, I love the new collection, and after browsing through the website, there are three more pieces for the collection I would LOVE to get my hands on: Print Prom Dress, Lace Sweat Jersey Top and Print Maxi Dress. Where’s my Clark Gable lookalike to buy me a belated Valentine’s gift…? Oh the joys of being single!

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For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.

Claire Tries Vintage!

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Me attempting to model for my camera whilst it balanced on my window!

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I put my Scarlett & Jo dress with some grey wedge heels from New Look

Now that I’m getting back onto the dating scene, I’ve been rummaging through my rather unflattering wardrobe and decided I need to start dressing with some style to feel more confident and attractive!

Thankfully, Scarlett & Jo have come to my rescue, by sending me this beautiful dress from their new Spring Romance collection for Evans.

The new collection celebrates Scarlett & Jo’s one year anniversary, and the range has a vintage 1940s and 50s theme, ranging from tea dresses to retro prom dresses, all of which seem to flatter my mummy curves!

This beautiful dress is their black retro wrapfront midi dress, which features a retro, swirled pattern, and I can tell it has been well made from its gorgeous, thick fabric, to it’s lovely empire seam detail. It has back ties for underneath the bust, and even small shoulder pSAM_0622ads to help create the classic hour-glass figure I crave so much!

I love this midi-length dress, as it covers the tops of my arms, and reaches my knees (two areas I prefer to hide), and it has a very flattering cut.  The only thing that would make it look better would involve me growing a decent-sized cleavage to suit the v-shaped, plunging neckline (plastic surgeons please feel free to get in touch).

Scarlett & Jo say their mission is to “inspire and express both personality and confidence” and I think they’ve achieved this with the spring romance range. I feel that confident in this dress that I intend to wear this to my first dating experience this week, and I’m already eyeing up others in this fab collection for my future dates!

To see reviews of other dresses in the range on Scarlett & Jo’s website.

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