Sunday, 6 July 2014

Red 1940's Tea Dress

This red tea dress from Vivien of Holloway has been in my wardrobe for years and years now.  The colour has faded, and I've made the odd repair over time, but I still love it!  I wore this to my Dad's birthday last month.  Elvis came along too.

Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress


Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress

Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress

Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress

Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress

Reproduction 1940's tea dress: Vivien of Holloway
Belt: Warehouse
Brogues: ShuCrazy on Ebay
Bag: Gift
Vintage reproduction sunglasses: Polaroid

Vivien of Holloway is one of the big vintage repro brands - do you own anything from there?  What do you think of their quality?

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32 comments:

  1. Sadly my shape and their sizing are not a happy mix. To find something that fits my waist means I have so much spare fabric at the bust and hips it's pointless. I am just not a vintage shape!

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  2. How splendidly lovely!!! One needs tea dresses like this red charmer aplenty come summertime, when longer skirts and sleeves are just too stifling. I really like this VOH frock and how you've styled it, complete with one seriously cool Elvis bedecked bag.

    ♥ Jessica

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  3. Totally adorable ... and how nice of Elvis to escort you!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  4. I just bought 2 dresses and a halterneck top from VOH last week, they arrived this Thursday :D I got myself a navy blue circle dress and another light blue cupcake dress. :) They seem made very good, but sadly the cupcake dress is larger than the navy blue (I guess it's the fabric, the other is sateen and the cupcake is cotton) and has lots of spare space in my bust, although according to their sizing my measurements should fit the dress perfectly with waist and top. The navy dress has some space too, but it is actually what their sizing promises, the cotton dress and the top are larger than they are meant to be. Because of the lining and structured bones I don't know how I can take some fabric in, but since I don't have sewing skills i'll let my tailor decide :D They are wearable with belts, but the bust is too large still. So weird since I bought everything in same size, but I guess from now on I'll stick with sateen and just assume that one actually sticks to the size charts.

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  5. I've tried to buy a dress from VoH before but my body was too short for it... As were my legs! I feel like they're geared at taller women than me :( this dress is just perfect on you though :) x

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  6. Every girl needs a great red dress, and that one is lovely! And what a beautiful backdrop too.
    No, haven't ever tried a Vivien of Holloway dress, though I see they go for quite a bit of money on Ebay. xxx

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  7. I love this dress!!
    I couldn't even tell that the color faded!
    Loving the Elvis purse!!
    Hope your Dad had an awesome birthday!!

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  8. Perfect shade of soft red on you and of course you carry off the vintage style amazingly well. Love the buttons on the dress and your Elvis handbag!

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  9. A great outfit and a backdrop to die for! I miss the rolling Welsh countryside (and the wind turbines). So beautiful.

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  10. Adorable outfit! Love your style. Visiting from Shea's link up party.
    Sammi@http://beautifuldreamerami.blogspot.com/

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Very pretty dress and I liked how you matched it with Elvis. Have a fabulous week my dear!
    May x
    www.walkinginmay.com

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  12. Absolutely lovely photos. I love your dress and those shoes are awesome. Great outfit x

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  13. Lovely photos, gorgeous dress and fabulous location.
    The only repros I wear are things I've made myself from vintage patterns. xxx

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  14. Loving those brogues with Elvis : ) I can see why you like the dress. It is a true classic.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  15. What a darling dress! And your purse! I love it!

    As for Vivian of Holloway and purchases, I've been tempted by them, but only recently acquired one of their pieces, though second hand. And so far I've had no quality issues. Sometimes it takes time though for flaws to become apparent.

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  16. Awesome dress! I love Vivien of Holloway's designs. Maybe one day I will take the plunge and get one of my very own! Love your hair too! <3

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  17. What a cute dress, I love vintage and retro designs. I wear vintage as much as I can.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

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  18. Ok, that Elvis purse is so perfect with this look. The only way it could have been better is if your brogues were made of blue suede.

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  19. i love this vintage look! red is definitely your color :)
    xo jac
    http://thesunshinedistrict.blogspot.com/

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  20. You are such a pretty girl, honestly. I love your hair in these photos because it suits the dress perfectly. The whole look makes me think sexy stewardess, but without being overly costum-y or fake. The faded red of this dress is probably what makes it so pretty, almost a pink coral that goes really well with your shoes.

    BTW love the back drop!!!

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  21. I am in love with your shirt-dress and retro Elvis bag. Also great Oxford Shoes. Your dress has sort of a 40s diner vibe to it too, and the color is perfect Porcelina. =)

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  22. I adore a good vintage dress - this looks amazing and those buttons are GREAT! Beautiful pictures.

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  23. I'm in love with this dress, it fits you like a glove! That bag is soooo cute, love it all! Stopping by from Style Sessions.
    xo,
    Monica
    http://GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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  24. You look great, and I want to live on that backdrop. WOW!!!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  25. First of all your view is amazing! Second, I love this look on you, the dress is so cute, flattering and red is a great color on you, I am sure Elvis would be proud. Also love those oxfords!
    from the link up, jess
    please stop by
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  26. that's an adorable dress -- love the purse and shoes!

    would love to invite you to link up as well! --
    Rhea, Et Cetera - Style to Inspire

    happy tuesday!
    rhea | Rhea, Et Cetera

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  27. You just made me remember an Elvis tote bag I have at home, that I have not worn in a while :)
    and .. you're looking lovely in red.

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  28. Love your vintage dress and Elvis bag!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  29. You and Elvis look lovely together! That's a seriously cute dress that is quite convincing as genuine vintage. Love the buttons and bits of trim, really adds some personality to the frock. Also, I'm quite stunned by the beautiful vista behind you--- gorgeous!

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  30. Your dress is so sweet but I am OBSESSED with your Elvis bag!! My gosh I love it!
    Amia

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  31. Love this vintage dress! Gorgeous shooting location too! xo Andrea
    Boho Bunnie

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