Every season I fall more and more in love with the amazing releases from Vivien Of Holloway and this Autumn/Winter and Aussie Spring I'm crushing hard for their chunky yet super flattering knits, bold prints and swing sateen skirts. Classily tailored items that fit like a dream on my hourglass shape and can be mixed and matched with absolute ease with my current rotation of blouses, boots and knits.
It's clear that every pinup needs the essential black swing skirts but honestly they are harder to find these days of a hippy lass. Some are too bulky, others have too many pleats and the fabric is too thick or just don't work on anyone. Well the Circle Skirt in Black Sateen from Vivien of Holloway is perfect and fits you in the most flattering and complimentary way. I ordered the 36 inch waist and this fit like a dream. The choice of sateen is brilliant as it has that lovely rich looking sheen and drape so well.
Due to the chilly weather I opted to pair this skirt with the stunning Rio top to add that little extra bit of colour and print. The Rio is a classic peasant blouse style with a ruched bust, cap sleeve and a size zip. Made from a light weight and soft cotton it shows just enough skin and really compliments a large bust. I'm wearing the XL and it fits perfectly without any issues. The diamond print though soft really pops beneath any cardigan and I love it underneath the Jenny Cardigan. Available in every colour way and print you can ask for this is going to be a must have all year round item for my wardrobe. From classic black to florals and gingham you'll find the perfect style to pair with the classic swing skirts and more. These tops also look amazing when paired with high waisted skirts and pants but I found them too short to wear untucked.
Now let me introduce you too one of the cutest cardigans around - Jenny. Jenny is a super cute retro cropped knit with a small collar, big bold buttons and a full length sleeve. This cardigan is PERFECTION both in fit and feel. I'm wearing the XL but the fit is actually really generous and for my next purchase I will be sizing down to get a less loose fit around my arms and waist.
Avaliable in a variety of colours I opted to pair my Rio and Circle skirt with the light green shade of Kiwi and I'm loving how it works with both my pale completion and red hair. Once you buy one Jenny you'll be so smitten you will need to filly your collection if all of the other colour ways and currently I'm lusting after these :
I'm loving the darker more wintery shades or Rosewood and Petrol and I'm already dreaming of pairing these with one of the stunning halter swing dresses available online right now. Maybe a 1950s Halterneck Circle dress in a dark floral or print, leather gloves and berets.
I never knew I'd fall so hard for separates at Vivien's as I've always worn and reviewed dresses from their collections but now that I know how well the XL fits in tops and knitwear I'll definitely be purchasing more and adding to my own collection.
Many thanks to the amazing Liz Fleming who snapped these shots ever so perfectly and captured just how amazing each item is to wear.