A few weeks ago, I wrote about my favourite places to buy plus size vintage. As well as original vintage, I wear a lot of reproduction vintage, especially dresses and skirts. If you’re just starting out with vintage dressing, it’s a fun way to incorporate some vintage touches into your wardrobe, and – for me, anyway – it’s more practical when running around than wearing delicate clothes that are at least 60 years old.
As someone who has bought many, many, many vintage reproduction items (mostly dresses) in her time, I like to think I know a thing or two about the best brands out there. You’ll see from this post, I prefer to buy from small, womxn-led businesses where I can.
In no particular order, here are my favourites:
Lady V London and its plus-size range, Lady Voluptuous, are where I bought most of my vintage-style dresses when I was first getting into the style (fun fact – I was wearing a Lady V London dress when my husband proposed).
You’ll find a nice mix of traditional and fun prints, and the classic shapes can be worn for vintage or modern events, depending on how you accessorise.
2. Voodoo Vixen
Voodoo Vixen has a good size range, with a Curve range that goes up to a 5XL. The styling is classic and sophisticated and I have theeee twirliest skirt from here. There’s a mix of classic colours and prints with more modern novelty prints, so there’s a bit of something for everyone.
You can read my interview with the team here.
I’ve got a Dorothy blouse and a Dorothy dress from Hazy Days, with another on the way. Everything is handmade to order and spots go fast, so you need to be quick when the waitlist opens up.
The quality is fantastic, and you can completely customise to your taste (the owner even embroidered my dress with Dorothy on the sleeve – how lovely is that?). I realised I match the fuchsia plants in our garden and I love it.
I’ve written a lot about Collectif in the past (for example, you can read my review of the Judy dress, and Pearl coat or find out how I used a Collectif coat to create a Mary Poppins cosplay look).
The quality of the clothes is good and goes up to a size 26, and I’ve generally found things to be true to size. Keep an eye out for the twice yearly big sales, where everything is 50% off.
And the Lulu Hun shoe range is incredible.
Based in the US, Tatyana Boutique has classic and pin up inspired clothes – focusing on classic shapes with a modern twist. I adore the circle dresses, which make me feel very sophisticated. Sizes go up to 4XL and I would say the clothes are true to size.
Shipping from the US can be pricey to the UK, so I wait until I’ve got a few things I want to purchase, or buy from one of the regular flash sales.
I first came across Palava when I went to a vintage pop up shop a couple of years ago, and fell in love with the quirky novelty prints. So far, I’ve got a 1920s lido print dress, an Edinburgh Castle print dress (complete with fireworks), puffin-watching and old-fashioned cinema print skirts and a very special children’s birthday party dress that I wore when my husband and I told everyone I was pregnant with Teddy. (I will write about that one day, but I get a bit overwhelmed every time I try!)
Anyhoo, Palava has a focus on sustainable manufacturing and uses a family-run factory just outside London. It focuses on zero waste and has recently become plastic-free. This means the clothes are a bit pricier than some of the other brands on this list, but they’re good quality and will last for years; well worth saving up for.
Based in Sweden, Miss Candyfloss sells 1940s and 1950s-inspired dresses and separates. Every single thing I’ve bought has been timeless, high-quality and with little details that make it something you put in your wardrobe and think: ‘I’ll save that for best.”
This is my most recent purchase and might be my favourite so far. Sizing is accurate and the clothes are beautifully cut.
8. The House of Foxy and Pretty Retro
Ok, this is cheating slightly, and solely because I didn’t want to do a list of 13.
The House of Foxy sells 1920s-1960s inspired clothes, while sister brand Pretty Retro focuses on 1940s and 1950s styles.
The majority of clothes by both brands are made in the UK and Europe, and are glamorous and high quality. The House of Foxy designs are more expensive than Pretty Retro, with the former offering what I would call glamorous investment purchases (I have a couple of dresses that I wore for special occasions), while the latter focuses on classic signature styles in a range of colours.
The House of Foxy size range goes up to a 24, with a fit guide for each item (e.g. stretch fit, fitted). Pretty Retro goes up to a size 18.
Hearts and Found offers made-to-measure 1940s and 1950s-inspired clothes from Vietnam. You choose the pattern and fabric you want and a few weeks later, a thing of wonder appears through your door. This is the Bonnie, and I also have a Dorothy dress (you can read my review here).
10. Gatsby Lady
While most of the brands on this list are 1940s or 1950s inspired, Gatsby Lady is largely 1920s inspired. The size range goes up to a size 30 and the clothes are works of art. Just look at this one!
11. Miss Bamboo
Miss Bamboo is based in the UK and uses UK manufacturers. You’ll find 1930s, 1940s and 1950s-inspired clothes on the website, and I’m a big fan of the Evelyn dress. I’m wearing the blue and pink version in this photo, and am pondering how many colourways I need in my wardrobe (I think the answer may be all of them). Clothes are true to size and fit well.
12. Miss Fortune
A small business that uses UK manufacturers, Miss Fortune makes the coolest jumpers and novelty print skirts. I’m a sucker for a novelty print and the Amsterdam skirt is an old favourite of mine. Clothes are high quality and true to size.