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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For the love of Taxidermy

As a long time lover of Hell Bunny I've been dying to try their amazing Gothic inspired brand Spin Doctor Clothing. While I may look like a pinup from my exterior, my heart has forever been linked to all things macabre or goth and I'm always more comfortable in black rather than bright colours. For years I was into the scene but when the pinup styling entered my world I broke free and started modeling with a little more focus on the 50's.  But as the years pass I'm finding myself adding more gothic styled dresses, tops and shoes to my wardrobe and this season I'm absolutely in love with the Taxidermy print from Spin Doctor.

From the moment I laid eyes on the Taxidermy print I knew I needed to own every item ever to be created using it. Featuring skulls, toads, deer and human eyes,  this print has everything I could possibly want. Faux leather trim around the waist, neckline and a strong cross over design at the back this is the dress of my darkest dreams. 

I'm wearing this style in and size 2XL as I wanted to focus as always on fitting my bust perfectly and every aspect of this frock is perfection fit wise. The bust fit's perfectly and the waist has a little room while still adding that hourglass shape with the faux leather waist band. Length wise it hits me just above the knee and combined with the flowing fabric this is the perfect gothic style for the super hot weather Australia has each and every summer. The flowing sleeves are flattering and make you feel like a woodland nymph or very Stevie Nicks. The gathered slightly puffy sleeve also equals out my shoulders as I tend to feel very boxy at times when I wear less low cut styles. 

Now this style is that new that Spin Doctor themselves have not listed it on the website but I've found the standard sizes up to XL at Kate's Clothing UK. With my specific measurements the 2XL works perfectly but if you are a little less chesty (I'm a 34GG or even H) then you might be able to rock the XL. I paired this look with my favourite dark woodland accessory my deer horns from Restyle and I love how they work together.

You know when I mentioned that I'd honestly like to own everything in this print? Well I meant it! So the next item available in the Taxidermy print is this stunning cross over blouse. I have this tucked into a high waisted swing skirt but this top actually has a very interesting elasticated cinched waist creating a super flattering shape that highlights your best assets. This is a brand new and very clever shape from the designers at Spin Doctor Clothing and I really love how light and airy this blouse is. 

I'm wearing this in a size 2XL yet again and it's way too roomy at the waist and bust due to the faux wrap design. I'll definitely need to get a size down if not a Large for a more firm waist fit and less gaping at the bust. The almost peplum style of this top is perfect for tucking as shown but I can't wait to get the right size and pair this with high waisted jeans and disco pants. 

Honestly I can't get enough of this fabric and I would love to see a 50's style full skirt or a pussy bow blouse in the future covered in all of these creepy creatures. 

Now what shoes do I pair with these stunning items? Well that was was super simple as I had been drooling over the new Demonia styles from Shoe Me Gorgeous. I was absolutely crazy for Demonia boots many moons ago and I've started getting back into their super high platform styles.

Then I found the Torment-600 leather pumps and fell fast and hard. Featuring everything I've ever wanted in a shoe - a super high heel and platform to match, lots of straps, studs and even some adorable little black bows. The perfect mixture of Gothic and Lolita and high enough to give you legs for days. 

While these babies might be high they are unbelievably comfortable. The platform to heel ratio, light weight platform and straps secure you in place and give you a really comfortable base to walk in. You might think - how can a shoe this tall be comfy? It just is! I was a lover of the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots for many years and these have the same level of comfort at a brilliant price point. 

Just look at those studs! I can't wait for the cooler weather to hit next year so I can pair these with back seamed stockings. These work with every gothic look in my wardrobe and they even look amazing when simply styled with a pair of skinny jeans. If you are looking for a boot version of this you can find a lace up matching high heel/platform boot the Torment-712 and these are next on my wishlist. 

I'm so happy I've finally had the chance to review Spin Doctor Clothing and share my favourite styles from their current season. I think it's safe to say I'm officially obsessed and will be ordering many more of their amazing garments over the next few years. 

Many thanks to Liz at L12 Photography for shooting these brilliant images and capturing these styles perfectly! 

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