I’ve never really been one for true vintage clothing. Vintage-inspired, definitely, as I love a 70s print and a 60s shape in a dress, but after purchasing a proper pair of 70s flares in an effort to push myself out of my comfort zone, I feel like I’ve opened the door to all things vintage this Autumn.
I picked up this vintage dress from Retro Rehab in Manchester, which is officially one of my favourite shops in the city. It’s full to bursting of gorgeous pieces in a range of sizes and I basically wanted everything. I’m not sure when this dress was made (should have asked them but I’m a numpty and forgot) as it’s got a 70s sort of pattern but an almost 50s shape. I paired it with my new favourite things, my knee-high boots. Add a belt and a fortuitously placed old school car and I felt like my best vintage self.
I think I’ll be wearing this dress a lot during Autumn, as the colour palette is SO me. I reckon it would look great with a polo neck underneath it, and the shape of it suggests that jumpers would also work over the top and it would look like a skirt. The boots are the perfect accompaniment, but I could definitely dress it up with heels for something fancier, or with tights and ankle boots as it gets colder.
I’ve always been a little afraid of vintage shopping, because I’m not exactly a vintage kind of shape. That sounds utterly bizarre, but it’s well known that most vintage clothes run smaller, and plus size vintage clothing, although it must have existed, is damned hard to find. Retro Rehab is one of the few places where I’ve managed to find things that fit me, so you can bet I’ll be popping in regularly to see what’s new.