As an Easter treat, Chris took me for a visit at Vivien of Holloway’s north London boutique. I spanked my credit card and have no regrets. It has been a while since I visited and having the opportunity to try things on was too good to pass up.
There are a few classic Vivien of Holloway shapes and styles that I have worn in the past so I was keen to try out the new styles and the separates (you may have seen my Paris wishlist a couple of weeks ago).
I left the store with the stripey slash neck top that I wanted, a tartan circle skirt, a pair of houndstooth 1950s cut trousers, and a stunning Lana dress. This burgundy coloured, swirling print fabric is no longer available online BUT there are many other stunning colours and prints for you to choose from. All of these will be every bit as wonderful as mine, which I wore last weekend for the wedding of two of my friends. Of course, I supplied the wedding cake!
I will share the story behind this 5-tiered cake later, wasn’t it pretty? With the hard work all complete, it was time for a little bit of extra-curricular posing. I couldn’t resist!
The Lana dress is one of those that looks not much on the hanger but hangs spectacularly on the body. No boning, no heavy fabrics, all making this the perfect dress for anyone who fancies trying a vintage-style cut with none of the discomfort that can often accompany this.
The light fabric was perfect for the first warm day of the year! It folds gently around the neckline and the hips, creating a 1940s silhouette naturally. The length is chic and ladylike, with soft short sleeves which are perfect for those days when you just don’t want to get your shoulders or the top of your arms out.
I paired my Lana dress with a pair of vintage gloves (it was a church wedding after all), a pair of oxblood heels, and a navy hair flower from Shazam Pin Up Hair Flowers. I had every intention of wearing a hat but my burgundy hat was not so perfect for the perfect weather. The sun was streaming in and it really was a nice day for a white wedding.
I find myself casually browsing the new season’s Lana dresses (click here to join me and try to pick just one) and am loving the brighter prints, though there is also a plain red version which has my name all over it.
In the meantime, I am heading up to York Racecourse for The Festival of Vintage this weekend. If you see me, come and say hello, and let’s go shopping.