As a vintage-loving girl with a waist that’s really rather a lot larger than ladies from the 1940s and 1950s, reproduction vintage clothing is a somewhat vital addition to my wardrobe.
Luckily for me, there are lots of fabulous repro brands around. These – in no particular order – are my favourites:
I own two dresses from The House of Foxy, and I adore them.
They are quite pricey, but definitely worth it. They’re really good quality, and are based on true vintage patterns, so I know they’ll last me for years. I’m currently hunting for a vintage dress, and my mum said “What about your lovely blue and pink one?” as she thought it was true vintage, which was nice.
The company has very recently launched Pretty Retro, a sister brand that has lots of lower priced lovelies up for grabs too!
2. Lindy Bop
More vintage-inspired than true vintage reproduction, Lindy Bop has fun, affordable designs, that are really comfortable (just make sure you go via your measurements, as the sizing can be slightly different in the different styles).
I usually wear my Lindy Bop dresses to work, so unfortunately I don’t have too many photos of me in them, but this one’s from a few years ago – my second ever vintage-inspired dress purchase!
And while we’re talking about my early purchases, my first ever vintage-inspired dress was from Lady V London – I don’t have any photos of me in it, unfortunately, but it was beautiful! It sparked a bit of a love affair with the brand (so much so that I was featured in their birthday blog!)
As you can tell by these many, many photos, I have a bit of a love affair with PUG! The prints are beautiful (yes, those are Disney castles on the bottom right), and the dresses are really good quality.
have a good range of PUG clothing (along with other dresses-of-gorgeousness).
Totally worth the other clothes I sold on eBay.
5. Voodoo Vixen
Voodoo Vixen has lots of fun, novelty prints as well as some beautiful florals. I have a couple of dresses from here, including a fun 1960s-style dot dress, but unfortunately I can’t find any photos of me in them! Oh no, wait – there’s this flattering one from a friend’s baby shower, wearing the Adeline in a pale blue floral print. You can’t really see the dress, but you can see the beautiful fabric!
Oh my word, the fabrics. This one has a Christmas village on it, for crying out loud! I also have a village in summer (is it the same one? Who knows), and a meadow – they are beautiful, and I don’t even care that I can only wear them at specific times of the year without looking weird.
I love, love, love Collectif. The dresses! The accessories! And the coats. Oh my word, the coats. I am obsessed with my Pearl coat, and I get so many compliments when I wear it. Collectif is where I go for my staple wardrobe; the Dolores dress (I’m wearing it in blue polka dot below) comes in loads of different colours and prints, and there’s a good range of sizes. The Jenny cardigan (top right below) is a really easy cardie to throw on over my dresses, as it ties at the waist to create a nice shape.
While you’re online, they’re having a massive 50% off everything sale at the moment – just type in SUMMERSALE50 and grab yourself some bargains!
Ah, Dolly and Dotty – lovely, vintage inspired dresses at really reasonable prices. I have the Poppy and May dresses, both of which are really easy to throw on for a nice, laid-back look.
By far the most fun prints I’ve ever found! I have the cat dress (because why tell people you’re a crazy cat lady, when you can show them?) and the Pac-Man dress with matching bow – I have a sneaking suspicion this is The Boy’s favourite dress of mine.
An American brand, Tatyana has lovely, 50s-inspired dresses and separates, some more vintage in feel than others. I nabbed this Judy dress in the sale, and it’s a lovely winter dress, as the fabric is nice and thick (of course, given I live in the UK, it’s also a lovely spring, summer and autumn dress, but I digress).
Tatyana also has regular sales and coupon codes, so it’s worth signing up to the email newsletter if you’re planning a purchase.
The TARDIS dress, the TARDIS dress, words can’t express how much I love the TARDIS dress! Australian-based company Pigtails and Pirates has a variety of gorgeous, 1950s-style dresses in the most amazing fabrics. Snow White is next on my list (but again, watch out for those pesky customs charges when shipping to the UK).
So, that’s a whistle-stop tour of some of my favourite vintage reproduction brands. Are there any you think I’ve missed?