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New favourite brand: Little White Lies

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Little White Lies is fast becoming my favourite brand. Not surprisingly given that designer Donna quotes Biba and Ossie Clark and peter pan collars as top style inspirations.

The uber cool fringed Talita dress is top of my current wish list. Bring on a sale soon. Please.

 

 

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On the hunt for a retro swimsuit

50s swimsuits

As much as I love Sixties fashion, when it comes to swimwear I can’t even pretend I’d ever be wearing a Sixties-style, skimpy bikini. I would love to, trust me, but with all my body hang-ups it’s hard enough to convince myself to wear a swimsuit at all.

After years of avoiding all situations that could require me to wear one and staying well away from pools and beaches, I’ve thankfully finally found a type of swimsuit I actually like: the retro Fifties swimsuit with high legs, a halterneck and flattering ruching details.

A few years ago I found such a number on some online shop or another but much to my dismay, it quite literally fell apart after just a few leisurely swims in the local pool.

Now with summer well and truly here, I’m on the hunt for a suitable, equally retro replacement. Yesterday, on my lunchtime-salad-run to M&S, I actually found one I really like, a simple black underwired halterneck. I like that it has proper boobage support rather than just flimsy strings, yet it doesn’t look like a sports swimsuit either. Plus it’s suitably plain to be dressed up in all sorts of styles, I can see it looking good with a big, late Sixties kaftan thrown on over it.

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M&S didn’t have this particular one in my size in shop, so I’ve been browsing the Marks & Spencer swimwear section to see if I can order it from there.

While having a look, I actually found another swimsuit I like – and maybe even prefer –  this blue and white spotted number which makes me think of a young Bardot , you know –  a straw hat, big beach hair and red lipstick. This swimsuit has much thinner straps than the other one but comes with handy ‘tummy control’, ehrm. I normally stay well-away from anything polka dot, to me it has become such a vintage cliche on the same level as say, bunting or cup cakes.

 

So what to do? Which one would you go for?

 

spotted 50s style swimsuit

bardot straw hat

 

 

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Topshop Boutique: hello there Sixties

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silver loafers

I do cringe practically whenever I get a newsletter announcing a highstreet brand has done a ‘vintage’ collection, simply cause they never ever seem to come up with anything remotely vintage-looking or reminiscent of a particular era – too much pastiche, too little style.

So I wasn’t exactly expecting much when the latest Topshop newsletter announced its Boutique brand had gone vintage for the summer. Yet much to my surprise the collection includes some extremely wearable, Sixties-inspired pieces and Seventies-influenced jump suits.

I particularly like the floral-print dresses and amazing silver heeled loafers. I can just see the teamed with white chunky tights and a little black dress.

 

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Off to Marrakech – what to wear?

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Although I got married in April, I haven’t yet been on honeymoon. The Doc and I went to Brighton right after the ceremony for a ‘minimoon’ by the sea but we’ve saved the big one for this autumn, a few weeks in Marrakech. I’m hugely excited as I’ve never been to Africa before and can’t wait to explore the desert and souks.

I am also just a tad lost as to what to actually wear, you see, I don’t really have a summer, let alone a holiday wardrobe. Living in London I essentially get away with not having one, I have a couple of maxi dresses I wear during summer  – read: the two warm days per year we get. But essentially I just wear the same dresses all year round while being permanently stuck in 120 denier tights, a look that might lead to imminent and quite literal melt down in 30 degrees.

Instead I imagine wearing something, unsurprisingly, Sixties just like France Gall (pictured) when she went to Marrakech in the late Sixties – maxi dresses,  kaftans and tunics.

After some googling, and much to my amazement, I realised there are companies that specialise entirely on holiday wardrobes, like www.holidaywardrobe.com who have a surprisingly good selection of stuff I would wear. I think these sort of basics like the maxi dress paired with my vintage kimonos are the way forward.

Do you have any style tips for me? What on earth does the 60s-loving, super sun-sensitive girl wear in the desert?

 

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Hervia sale – my top 5 picks

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Viktor & Rolf

 

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I never really look at designer clothes because they are mostly way too expensive for me, so I was positively surprised when I came across luxury apparel site Hervia. Their sale makes buying high-end brands that I really like – think Victor & Rolf or Jean Paul Gaultier – suddenly a lot more do-able.

100ish pounds for a dress is by no means cheap but given the quality, it would probably last a few years longer than the £50ish hightstreet dresses I bought a few years ago, and which have all ended up falling apart really quickly.

So if I had the dosh, here are my top five Hervia sales picks:
1. Jean Paul Gaultier dress $173, 2. Y-3 hat (love the 60s feel) $42.30, 3. Triwa horn sunglasses $88.45, 4. Viktor & Rolf pencil skirt $198.12, 5, AB leather bag $161.51

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Crustacean love: The Goring Shrimp necklace

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Orla Kiely a/w 2012 sale

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New label discovery: Nishe

Hong Kong based fashion label Nishe was founded in 2008 by Polly Siu. I love the OTT amount of ruffles and early 70s influence on cuts and button panneling.

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Vivetta hand collar

 

One for my Christmas wish list – the amazing Vivetta Primrose hand collar. I love how it’s a bit Hitchcock, like a glamorous noir heroine trying to strangle you.

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New label love: Little White Lies

 

 

While recently browsing the wonders of the internet I came across this description of a new label: “Little White Lies is the debut collection designed by Donna K, who freely admits to her obsession with Peter pan collars and love of lace. ” Well hello there, I thought. Lace. Peter pan collars. I was sure I’d love it. Unsurprisingly I did.

With its romantic minimalism Little White Lies is all a bit Sixties Victoriana meets Courtney Love via Alexa Chung, which makes a great combination if you ask me. The Molly Lace dress (pictured top) has already found its way into my wardrobe, while the pinafore dress is next on my wishlist. Big thumbs up!

 

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Lust list: the tba Lena dress

My love for label tba has been well documented, I lust over their every collection and six of their dresses have found a permanent home in my wardrobe. This season they have outdone themselves though, I mean they have only gone and named a dress after me (just pretend with me).

The Lena dress is black, it’s lacy and it’s very 60s. Ah, come to me my pretty.

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Label love: Sister Jane

It’s been pretty quiet here lately, which is mainly down to me having a new job – yep, I work as a social media specialist. As much as I really enjoy my job, I really am struggling with what to wear to work. In other words I am shit at smart casual, mainly cause I just don’t really do proper casual. Ever.

I would love to find the right mix between my usual Sixties style and a more tailored look without looking like an extra from Mad Men. So for now I’ve mainly been wearing shift dresses. A lot of shift dresses. On my quest for more shifts I came across label Sister Jane whose mix of Seventies/Sixties cool with a harder, almost gothic edge really appeals to me. With their Peter Pan collars, lace and contrast cuff dresses they tick a lot of boxes for me.

I’ve bought their lace shift with leather cuffs in both white and black and am more than pleased with both – unlike a lot of modern clothing they are properly made with silk lining. Their tweed dress (pic no 1) is top of my current wish list.

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