Pleats can be intimidating, especially as a curvier girl. They are something Iâ€™ve generally always steered clear of as I was always worried about how theyâ€™d look on my body.Â But, when I saw the Take a Hike skirt arrive at Gwynnies, I felt myself caving. There was just something about it that looked so pretty. But then the question of what do I wear it with? So naturally, the Dream Master off white blouse became mine too.
|Flowers ~ Jean double fromÂ Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Earrings ~ Blue Marble Eclipse Studs fromÂ Revere Folie
Sunglasses ~ Jayjays (4 years old)
Beads ~ Baby blue necklace fromÂ Debstar Designs
Brooch ~Â Miss Be Mine Brooch by Miss Lady A Broad
Handbag ~ Vintage inherited from my grandmother
belt ~ Kmart
Top ~Â Dream Master off white blouse by Banned Apparel bought from Gwynnies
Skirt ~Â Take a Hike skirt in red by Banned Apparel bought from Gwynnies
Shoes ~ Betty Sandals in brown by Miss L Fire fromÂ Royal Vintage Shoes
This blouse has quickly become one of my favourites. Its versatile, comfortable. The cut and style has a vintage feel and I like that it is an off white as oppose to a crisp white, as I find it less harsh with my skin tone. Plus, itâ€™s also easier to keep clean! One thing to keep in mind when buying this blouse however that is it runs incredibly small. Though I was a medium according to the measurements, the buttons pulled terribly and I ended up selling my medium to buy it in a large to make it more comfortable and easier to wear. Now that I have sized up its one I love and I hope to invest in more colourways of this blouse in the future!
The Take a Hike Skirt in comparison, was more generous with its sizing. I bought the medium and it fits perfectly with a little room, so much so I can wear it without shapewear if I want to. The skirt is incredibly light weight which makes it great for warmer months but in winter I wear it with a slip to help make it a little warmer. The pleating means I can wear it without a crinoline or petticoat too, which is something I love as I donâ€™t really wear them much anymore. It sits wonderfully, it wears beautifully and I adore that it can beÂ accessorizedÂ with a lot ofÂ different colours.
I love the 1940s feel to these two items, whether they are styled together or separately. As they do have this feel I do like to play that up and style them with accessories that also hard to the 1940â€™s as well. For this look I went with hues of brown and red with a touch of blue for a softer pop of colour.
|Brown Betty Sandals|
|Miss Be Mine Brooch from Miss Lady A Broad|
|Blue Marble Eclipse Studs from Revere Folie and Jean Double from Daisy Jean|
Â I wore my flatter Jean double for that dark red pop along with my gorgeous Eclipse studs in blue marble fromÂ Revere FolieÂ for a softer pop of blue. These earrings compliment the blue of myÂ Debstar DesignsÂ necklace so well and the final 1940â€™s finishing touch is myÂ Miss Lady abroadÂ brooch. Brown was for shoes and my belt. I stopped wearing brown when I became a pinup and have recently rediscovered it as a great colour for 1940â€™s styling. Itâ€™s so fun to add to outfits or to use as a base colour for a look. Expect to see more of it in my wardrobe!
The handbag I wore for this review is also something special. My grandmother passed away earlier this year and one of the few things I got from her was 3 of her vintage handbags. I love having these bags. Not only are they great for expanding my accessory wardrobe but they really make me feel connected to her as I still process losing her, which has been a really nice thing to have.
One thing that I love about Banned Apparel is its affordability. The Dream Master Blouse set me back $35AUD and the Take a Hike Skirt was a steal at just $50AUD. Also if you place an order withÂ GwynniesÂ and your order is over $100AUD you get free domestic shipping! Winning!
I hope youâ€™ve all enjoyed this blog review and I cannot wait to bring you more next month! As always, I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments or on my social media accounts!
Til next time darlings!