The weather here in Sydney, Australia has begun to cool down and it’s time to start layering. For me, this is a new way of styling.
For many years I’ve opted for oversized and shapeless garments that held no flattering qualities whatsoever. This year I am learning, taking little steps to showcase my body in ways that are vintage, retro and yet still practical.
I can simplify this down to adding soft, fine knits to my outfit and adding layers under tops to keep the chill at bay! I am living in this simply, yet ever so versatile bolero from plus-size retailer City Chic. It’s long sleeves and cropped style mean it works well over my full dresses, but it can easily be worn with a top or peplum over jeans or skirts.
A few weeks ago, I took a weekend off and Jacob and I had a long weekend up in Newcastle.
It was my first time to the area, so I really enjoyed playing tourist for awhile, shopping up a storm (more on that in another blog post!) and hanging out at pinup events.
The weekend was the perfect excuse to wear some beautiful dresses and take a few shots to share with you. This dress is one I have been in love with since the beginning of my journey into retro. Her name is Heidi and she’s a Pinup Couture design. The Heidi is one of the most popular dresses I have ever seen & for good reason: the cut is gorgeous, the fabric selections are amazing and who can deny such a flattering cut on any body shape? My first Heidi was naturally going to be leopard print. I have a small obsession with this print. Well, anything leopard actually. It was love at first sight and I bought it straight away.
If you are a new reader of Closet Confessions, you will be familiar with my love of classic, 1950s style. It is a new look I am taking on and something that makes me feel “complete”, in a sense that I feel at home so much more than I ever have with a fashion trend as such. I feel like with each addition my wardrobe is evolving into the one I have always dreamt of, and I it is every so wonderful.
This ensemble for me is a symbol of my new style: the waist, the full skirt and the smile on my face simply says it all. I’ve found my style.
Christmas Day for me was beautiful.
The rain dropped from the sky and we sat inside, huddled up with family giving gifts and sharing stories.
It was the perfect time to overdress and wear one of my latest dress purchases, the Hellbunny Nell dress.
When I first saw this dress online, I passed it off. But as the weeks went by, I looked back at it and finally caved in to buy it.
I am so glad I did, because not only is the colour beautiful, the cut is ever so flattering and I felt beautiful when wearing it.
A well overdue Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you all!
I am ever so sorry for the delay in posting for the holiday season, but my days have been taken up with family, friends, gift giving and finally, a few days up the coast of New South Wales with Jacob and his family.
It was a rest that was well received and after returning home today I am only now just uploading SD card and flicking through all of the wonderful outfits the holiday season allowed me to wear! This dress was worn over Christmas Eve for lunch with Jacob, his mother and brother (along with a little light shopping for last minute odds-and-ends).