Happy November! It’s a little crazy to think that the silly season is almost upon us already and for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, that means the impending scorching summer is almost here too! But its hard to feel nervous about the coming warmer weather when the city of Sydney is sprinkled with beautiful blooming jacaranda tree’s (I know they’re a South African tree but they seem to love our climate!) that are currently like beautiful pops of spring amongst the buildings in this absolutely sprawling city. Springtime for me normally means hellish hayfever but this spring it hasn’t seemed to have hit me and I’m taking this positive in my stride. So when I received this gorgeous dress by Vivien of Holloway, I knew I needed to find the perfect spring filled spot to shoot this blue floral dream!
Flowers ~ Daisy Jean Designs
Sunglasses ~ ebay
Earrings & Bangles ~ Splendette
Brooch ~ Lady A Broad
Shoes ~ Bait Footwear
For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Vivien of Holloway is a UK based brand that makes absolutely gorgeous reproduction vintage (not just ladies but men’s too!) with their styles ranging from the 40s through to the 50s. Whether you’re after an evening dress or a day look, Vivien of Holloway has something for everyone. This is actually my third Lana dress and they are honestly like the gift that keeps on giving. As a pear shaped plus size gal, I struggle to find true vintage pieces from the 1940s that fit my shape that don’t hurt my bank account. In the lana dress I have found a deep love for a simple cut of dress that gives an incredibly strong nod to my favorite era while also fitting me well. I bought my original Lana dress during a sale mid last year and its still wearing so well, as is my second hand lana I picked up off a buy swap sell page.
The main focus point of the Lana is definitely the neckline. Fancy necklines are normally a bit of a struggle for me (being so petite in the shoulders) but the shoulder pads help balance this amazingly dramatic neckline beautifully on my frame. Its so effortlessly classic without being overwhelming and I adore how it works with this blue floral print. I also like that the sleeves give me some arm coverage, especially on a sunny day as I tend to burn easily on my shoulders and upper arms. The waist nips in nicely to give me a nice shape and I can wear this dress with or without a corset or shapewear very comfortably. It also features gathering along the skirt which helps smooth a tummy like mine as well as having POCKETs!!!
This particular patterned lana dress is made of 100% polyester, which makes it a wonderful low maintenance garment (wash and hand to dry!) and while I prefer cotton on our super hot days, for the days that aren’t so sticky over summer I do know this is a dress I’ll reach for. Blue is such a favorite colour of mine and its been beautifully paired with pastel florals which are another favorite in my wardrobe that I simply won’t be able to resist wearing it! For reference, I’m wearing a size 18 which is my usual UK size.
This particular print of Lana dress will set you back around $212AU + postage but they truly are a timeless 1940s dress you can wear again and again! I’m s excited to rock my new lanas over summer now I have some in the right colour palette for the season!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review lovelies and that you enjoy what I having coming later this week too!
Til next time!
Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in collaboration with Vivien of Holloway, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.