Sunday, 10 May 2015

Whispering Ivy Tropical Josephine Dress

I took this 'Josephine'dress by Whispering Ivy to Pembrokeshire on holiday, being a bit optimistic about the lovely warm spell we've had continuing.  No-one could have predicted the positively icy temperatures that we then plunged into thanks to winds from the Arctic, so we headed to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to find an indoors setting tropical enough for the dress.  With its bold floral and butterfly print on a white background and pretty strap detail at the back, it's a tropical feeling dress perfect for holidays (but probably holidays somewhere warmer than Wales...).

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress


Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress

Whispering Ivy Josephine Dress
Dress: Whispering Ivy
Shoes: Hobbs
Bag: Vera Pelle, via car boot sale
Cardigan: Primark
Vintage celluloid brooch: charity shop
Lipstick: Giorgio Armani, Rouge D'Armani 401

I love discovering new-to-me brands of vintage style or reproduction clothing, and it was at London Edge that I came across the Whispering Ivy brand.  More well-known for their main line of 'Dead Threads' punk/gothic clothing, the vintage inspired sister line caught my eye with its lovely prints and authentic looking details.  On talking with the manager, he confirmed that original vintage patterns have been used and adapted in making the dresses, and I could spot a few dresses where I've definitely come across very similar original vintage versions in the past.

This dress is a size medium, which on the size chart was potentially a tad snug for my size 12 measurements, but thanks to spandex in the fabric it actually turned out to be quite a good fit.  It's unlined, and has a centre back zip closure.  I think that because I'm tall (5'9") the dress comes up slightly shorter on the leg than it's meant to, but for a summer dress I don't mind and it still covers my knees which is rare!  I am also broader across the back and shoulders than the average girl, so the criss-cross strap detail at the back is a little tight too.  If you're shorter than me then the dress will probably sit a bit lower on your frame and this won't be a problem.

The price point is pretty good, I did a quick search on Ebay and found that you can pick up a Whispering Ivy dress for around £30.  I think in terms of quality and design, you're getting more for your money than with a lot of cheaper dresses from similar brands.  I'd say it's certainly comparable to Voodoo Vixen and Hell Bunny dresses quality-wise, and trumps most of the Lindybop dresses I own.

The brand doesn't sell much through its own website (which I think is US based) but there are lots of stockists across the UK, so have a quick internet search and you'll find some.  The size range is rather limited, running from from S to XL.  This translates as roughly from a UK size 8 to 16, but the sizing does vary between styles - if you can get hold of size charts then these do help, and don't forget to factor in the stretch so you can probably size down if you're in between sizes.  Amendment: Good news, some styles are now available in a size 22!

This isn't the most 'vintage' dress out of their selection, but I really love the vibrant print and easy-care fabric and I can see it getting lots of holiday wear.

Have you tried the brand?

I was kindly gifted the dress for review, but all words and opinions are my own!

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24 comments:

  1. This dress is beautiful! I love the bright colors paired with the white. Sorry to hear you ran into frozen temperatures, I can relate as it is currently snowing here!

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    1. Snow?! Oh blimey, hope it warms up soon!! X

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  2. You know what, I can't remember seeing this one or you choosing it, but it's so lovely I don't know how I missed it! The neckline and back are really lovely, as are the colours. It might not sit exactly where it should on you, but it still looks fab and your photos are gorgeous. I've been keeping our nearby botanical garden greenhouses as back-up options for summer dresses in mind - now I want to get out there and snap away in them! You look stunning, can't wait to see the other one now! xx

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    1. It wasn't one I originally choice, it was a swap, because of a sizing issue! I think greenhouses are the future of blogging for those of us in a wet climate! Looking forward to seeing some snaps in yours x

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  3. That's a lovely dress. I really like your shoes, too.

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    1. I could go into raptures talking about those shoes. Wish I had them in every other colour!!

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  4. I've never heard of this brand but I sure do love this dress on you. I love the whole look and the shoes look like they are comfy.

    Pinning and sharing! : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. Hi Porcelina, this dress is really pretty- how lucky to be gifted it!x

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  6. That's a pretty dress, and it looks like a good fit, even if it feels a little snug across the back. Now you just need some warm weather to match the tropical vibe! xxx

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  7. That is one pretty dress! I think this piece would make a great wedding party wear. Imagine garden wedding in spring... perfect!

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  8. My dear,
    You ARE the flower show, yourself (this statment is placed here in the best possible manner - meaning: I ythink you're colorful and bright as a show!) :)

    Marija

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  9. That is a pretty dress and it looks wonderful on you, too. Let's hope it warms up even more tomorrow (its been lovely here today) so you can wear it more. xxx

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  10. Lovely dress and just the right setting to show it off in.

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  11. That dress is beautiful! And you are beautiful! And the location is beautiful! I'm absolutely in love with everything that's going on here. That print is one of the most gorgeous that I've ever seen, and I love the kitten heels and cardigan with it. I hope the weather warms up for you soon, because I would never want to take that dress off if it was warm enough to wear it out!

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    1. The colours in it are fab aren't they? So glad you like this whole look, I was pleased with it!! xx

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  12. Beautiful beautiful dress. You look quite lovely and what a great location to photograph it it :)

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  13. Such a pretty dress and I love the red shoes! #reasonstodress

    Carolyn
    http://stylishmemories.com

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  14. Such a beautiful dress! I love the back and the print placement <3 That is so great how the diagonal floral print on the skirt continues up to the bust <3 Love all your pictures too! So pretty!

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  15. That dress is so gorgeous, I actually stopped in my tracks when I saw it in my feeds. What a joyful riot of colour and bevy of beautiful blooms at work here. You look absolutely magnificent!

    ♥ Jessica

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  16. This is so beautiufl, love where you took the pictures too. The blue cardi also adds lovely shape and color to the outfit. So pretty!!

    You are welcome to join in anytime at my Turning Heads Tuesday link up I have weekly!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish,com

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  17. That dress is stunning, coming or going. You look like a million bucks, Porcelina!

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  18. You look stunning in this dress. What a bummer about the cold weather but at least you didn't have to freeze to take these beautiful photos.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  19. love this dress, are amazing
    http://www.2015chanelshops.com

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