1950s · vintage reproduction

Review: Miss Candyfloss Leontine dress

I’ve had my eye on the Miss Candyfloss Leontine dress for a while now, and was really annoyed with myself when I missed a 20% off promotion a few months ago. So when I saw Miss Candyfloss had an Easter promotion, I snapped it up.

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Initial impressions were good; the dress arrived speedily (despite me being in the UK), and I left it for a couple of days before opening just in case (with the current coronavirus crisis and my asthma, I’m trying to be careful about anything that comes into the house).

According to the website, the dress is inspired by the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and it’s a gorgeous light grey colour. I’ve got Strangers on a Train on in the background while I write this, and it also reminds me of a dress one of the characters wears, especially with the string of pearls.

I can see myself accessorising it with black, purple, white and pink, depending on the season and occasion. Just before taking these photos, I rediscovered a hat I’d forgotten about, and decided to plan the rest of my accessories around it.

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The hat is a vintage black number with blowsy pink flowers, so I wore black shoes (modern Dorothy Perkins wide fit) and a vintage black bag that belonged to my husband’s great-aunt.

I’m wearing a 2XL, which is equivalent to a UK 16/18 and is my usual Miss Candyfloss size. It fits nicely on the bust, without being super tight, and skims nicely on my waist (if you’re on the smaller end of the measurements, the belt would help to nip in the waist). Initially, I thought the arm cuffs were a bit big, but once I got used to them not being snug on my arms, I really liked them and think they add a bit of drama, along with the big collar. I do not have enough big collared dresses in my wardrobe.

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I didn’t wear a petticoat for these photos as I find skirt twirling without them is much easier, but if I was going on a night out (or a particularly dressy day out), I would probably pop one on – it’s a big, swingy skirt and might benefit from the extra floof!

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And, in a rather exciting development, I discovered that the dress has pockets. They’re a decent size too!

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I really like the dress. The material feels high-quality and it has a classic shape that will last me a few seasons (as has been the case with my other Miss Candyfloss dresses). It’s also the sort of colour I can easily accessorise all year.

If you buy at full price, they’re a little bit more expensive than some other vintage reproduction brands (especially when you factor in shipping costs), but it really is worth saving up if you can, as they are dresses built to last.

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I kept my lipstick neutral for this look, sticking with a nude/rose pink colour to complement the pink flowers on the hat. If I do go with the petticoat and dramatic hat, I’d go with a bold red lipstick.

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