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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Forever Unique

I may be a little late to the game but I've finally found Unique Vintage and I'm now a huge fan of their in house brand. I've noticed this online store for a while now but I have no idea what took me so long to slip into their designs.

Located in Burbank California as a retail store and online to service the entire globe Unique Vintage is a one stop shop for pinup clothing and accessories. From the roaring 20's to sleek 50's styles they have both their own in house label and also stock many other well known brands.

For my first taste of their own label I wanted to try some trusted favourites and be bold with an off the shoulder number. After reading the size chart and getting some expert advice I found that very clearly I'm a XL in the super stretchy fabrics and a 2XL in the non stretch/boned fabrics. Looking at the size chart closely I'd say the 2XL is closer to most of the XL products on the market these days with a max waist of 34 inches and  bust of  42 inches. 

A 3/4 length sleeve dress in forest green with a low bust and full skirt? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! The Grace dress is everything I've ever wanted in a green dress and I'm so smitten with this style it's crazy. Being a super pale redhead I yelped when I saw this dark and moody tone of green and in person it's even more stunning I promise you. 

Made of stretchy cotton, that stretchy I could even size down to a Large for a more firm fit it fits like a dream and hugs my curves. The design is stunning and shows off all of my favourite features : my small waist, ample bust line and lower arms. Wearing this style is effortless as it's so comfortable and stretchy. The sleeves hold you in tightly and button close with a super cute clear button. 

I've paired this with my go to belt (It's 6 years old and still going strong but sadly no longer available) and my black Hell Bunny petticoat. But the styling options are endless with this shade of green. From purple to red, peach to white you can play with both subtle and bold shades and see what you like best. I can't wait to sneak this into my winter wardrobe and pair it with all of my coats stockings and accessories. 

You might have also noticed my adorable Picking Acorns Hairflower from Gigis Retro Closet. I'm such a huge fan of this Etsy shop and the stunning yet affordable pieces she creates. For this shoot I was looking for some stunning Autumn inspired flowers to pair with both the location and the dresses themselves. The Acorn and yellow flower combination won my heart and I adore her talent. 

I have lusted after a 'Prom' style evening dress for many years but given my huge bust and fear of strapless styles I've steered clear of them. Well this has all changed due to the Dandrige dress. With a fitted and boned bust and pleated swing style skirt this dress is a visual dream. Super soft and feminine due to the stunning fabric choice. While I'd usually go for a plain black version of this dress I thought dammit Teer you need to step out of your comfort zone! So I chose the navy blue floral option and I adore it.  

So how does this dress work with a double G bust? It actually fits really well. Given you have the amazing Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra - $94.95 here in Australia. This is the go to bra top pair with all strapless items as it does not budge and gives you heaps of space in the cup. As a reference I wear a 34GG and in Australia that's a 12GG. 

Now unlike the previous dress I needed to go up to a 2XL for this style as there is absolutely not stretch of give in the fabric. Which is great for a strapless dress as you don't want it to loose shape and fall down! As I mentioned at the start of this review I think the size charts are closer to most XL's so don't be worried about tags my dears, just wear what fits right.

I've paired this style with one of my all time favourite boleros from Heart of Haute. The Betty Bolero is so simple to wear and suits nearly everything in my wardrobe. I love how it makes the navy blue fabric pop and I'd also love to try this style with a navy version of this bolero. 

I'm such a convert to this style that I've already ordered it in a black floral! Yes I'm going to collect the whole set I think. Wearing this style and twirling around really makes you feel like a dream. 

Love the first grace dress but need a more summer friendly version? Well, the shorter sleeve red Grace is for you. With the exact same fit as the longer sleeve style and in an amazingly bright eye catching red this style suits so many body shapes and sizes. 

This shorter sleeve version is great for pairing with cardigans and boleros but I have to admit that I actually prefer the 3/4 length sleeve Grace. The reason for this is that I think the shorter sleeve with my ample bust broadens my shoulders. I do absolutely adore this colour though and need to be available in the other longer sleeved style. 

The short sleeve Grace dress is available in Red, Green, Black and Lilac, while a Navy version plus the green shown above can be found online in the longer sleeve Grace. 

I paired this stunning red number with a colour I'm loving at the moment, orange. I found this amazing Sunset Orange Hydrangea Hairflower at Gigis Retro Closet and I love the soft mixture of orange petals mixed with the green leaf base. Both flowers and many more amazing hair flowers, earrings, shoe clips and accessories can be found via the Etsy store so go forth and find the perfect dress and flower combo! 

Many thanks to my brilliant girl Brooke Orchard for these amazing images. It was so much fun shooting at Fitzroy gardens and the Autumn backdrop offered such a stunning back drop. Brooke is always an absolute dream to work with and I can't wait until our next shoot. Winter is here and we have already inspired ourselves for more shoots! 

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