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Holly’s Favorite Things: Full Bust Friendly Vintage Reproduction Dresses for Spring

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I worry a lot about variety on this blog. I tend to cover several brands heavily, for a pretty practical reason: they’re the brands I’m spending large chunks of my own money on. This does mean that the blog runs into the vintage reproduction world more than it probably should – one of my goals for the spring is to try and work some modern pieces back into my wardrobe. I see lots of great dresses I’d like to highlight but don’t want to do it individually and overwhelm people. The “Holly’s Favorite Things” posts are my new solution! I’ll cover a category of stuff that I love and is currently on my mind and lump it all together into one post. If you’re feeling the same way, go to town and make a shopping list. If not, tune it out and come back the next day. I suspect these will show up covering clothes, outerwear and lingerie.

Image via Trashy Diva

Image via Trashy Diva

The vintage reproduction companies tend to be slightly hush hush about their new stuff, but some previews are filtering out now and some things are even up for pre-order. Since the lingerie brand previews are mostly done, this seemed like a good time to cover some spring dress highlights. The lead image in the post is the Downtown Dames dress by Pinup Girl Clothing, which I adore. I would need the right occasion for it and I think you need some serious attitude to pull it off. With the wrong accessories, it could get theatrical very quickly. However it does combine some of my favorite things: gold, music notes and great cleavage.

Image via Trashy Diva

Image via Trashy Diva

Trashy Diva was all about solids with gorgeous beadwork last season, but this season returns to my truest fashion love: novelty prints galore. Two dresses have been put up for preview, which also serve as a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous prints we can look forward to. The bad news? They don’t come out until at least April 15th, so you have to wait. The good news? As soon as they go on sale I will be walking my butt over to the nearest Trashy Diva store and writing up a full report on the new stuff. These Crepe Myrtle and Blue Hawaii prints are the best kinds of novelty prints. They’re fun, bright but still wearable as day to day pieces. Trashy Diva should be releasing each of these in multiple dress styles, which means there should be something for everyone. So far neither of these styles is my favorite, so I’m desperately hoping one of my closet staple cuts will show up as part of the range. More Sadies, Lillian and Maria dresses please!

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I’ve reviewed the Jenny dress cut here, but I haven’t really fallen in love with any of the prints since the Neverland fabric. This orange version has won my heart, although I have serious doubts about my ability to keep all that white space up top clean! Pinup Girl Clothing always goes big in terms of bright colors for Spring/Summer, so this print is actually on the restrained side for them. This dress is wearable with some drama and feels fun and fresh.

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing

I have one of the Birdie dresses in the red roses print with short sleeves, so I’m intrigued by the new spring Birdie dresses with long sleeves. I’m not sure these will work with the New Orleans weather, but I love the prints and colors. While I’m a fan of all three colorways, this blue and yellow one is my absolutely favorite. These dresses look great on full busted ladies and are perfect for lunch dates, cocktails or brunches. They also pair well with vintage hats – the giant fluffy skirt just makes you want to wear one!

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via the Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

Image via the Pinup Girl Clothing Instagram

I can’t seem to resist a good Disney print, so I squealed when I saw these previews up on the Pinup Girl Clothing instagram account. Fans of the classic Disney Sleeping Beauty movie will recognize the sartorial dilemma – pink or blue! Luckily this dress and skirt will be produced in both colors, so you don’t have to enlist your local fairy trio to make the decision for you. This dress and skirt should be available around May.

Do you love any of these dresses? Which is your favorite?

 

10 Comments

  1. I love the Trashy Diva Blue Hawaii dress. I saw that they also had the Trixie mini dress ready on their site with this print for pre-order. I am excited about the upcoming Sweetie dresses. TD says they should be getting more solids in this dress for Summer. I know you’re more into the patterns but I’m excited to see what they come up with for solids. I’m really hoping they will bring back the green with the black floral buttons http://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312005733507/
    I love the oranges print from PUG though I agree with you about the white top… I wish they did the top in orange. Also, the yellow and blue floral print from PUG is lovely. And I LOVE the Sleeping Beauty print. I love the blue dress in this print! 😀

    • I own a bunch of their solids as well, so I really just like them in general. I also missed out on the green Sweetie and have been kicking myself. Same with the plaid prints. Basically, I’m excited about anything new at this point! I’ll have to go have a massive trying on session once they hit the stores.

      I have not made a pink or blue decision yet, so at least I can put it off until May!

      • Hopefully they will bring back the green Sweetie dress though I have a feeling that even if they do it probably won’t have the black floral buttons 🙁 I’m sure it would be hard to reproduce this dress completely. I’m all in for the blue Sleeping Beauty! The blue makes it feel so dreamy and almost ominous 😉 Also, sad too that I didn’t get more TD plaids. I had my eye on the light purple and blue Annette dress but missed it anyway then when they had the white, black and red plaid Annette dress on sale they didn’t have my size. Let’s keep our fingers crossed they will bring back more plaids! Also, you are so lucky to be so close to Trashy Diva. I would like to just be able to walk right in and try stuff one! 😀 😀 😀

  2. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PRINTS. Oh my goodness. Oh I love those.

  3. Well. . . I already pre-ordered the TD crepe myrtle dress and I’m hoping that the fit will be flattering. I want a Birdie dress.

    I also have a Jenny dress question – I have one and the boning just doesn’t sit well on me. What do you think would happen if I took it out? Right know it kind of tents the dress out under my bust.

    • Yeah, I have the same problem with my Jenny Dress, as do lots of ladies. I know some people have taken the boning out themselves or had a seamstress do it and liked the results. I love the shape and the prints they offer, so I really wish they’d change the fit a bit. It’d be a staple in my wardrobe then.

  4. I love the sleeping beauty prints! While I drool over stuff like that all the time, I have a hard time imagining myself going about my daily life wearing something like that. I don’t “go out” either.

    • I think big loud prints can be hard to wear! I wear them a ton now, but it took some practice. Strangely, having moved, I see lots of girls in vintage style dresses in big prints. I wonder if it’s cultural and some areas have more of that than others?

      • Yeah, I never see anyone in vintage style wear in my town. I keep saying I’m going to dare to be different. Items just scary lol

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