Konnichiwa! I don’t know about you but when summer arrives and the whole world seems to bloom into life around you, all I want to reach for is florals! This dress is a perfect example. I’m not sure if that’s what these beautiful blooms are, but to me they are reminiscent of dreamy pink cherry blossoms.
As you may have noticed, things were a little quiet around here in May… That’s because I had an absolute whirlwind of a month. I celebrated a special birthday – the big 3-0! – with a house party, a trip to London with my parents AND then my hen/bachelorette party with my best girls! (My man and I are already married but we’re having a big wedding party in England this August!) Fear not though, there are quite a few posts coming up to keep you updated on all my adventures!
For now, let me tell you more about this gorgeous shirt dress! I picked up this piece while I was in London (along with some other exciting finds!). I looked up a few vintage stores in advance so I could make the most of my time in the capital. I also decided to hunt for more summery items – especially bold prints – which helped me narrow things down. One of the things that’s so exciting about vintage stores is the huge variety, but it can be a little overwhelming at first so it’s good to have a goal. I love diving into a rail of seemingly garish clashing patterns and colours knowing there’s something hiding in there, just waiting for you to find! It’s a feeling you just don’t get on the high street.
I uncovered this little baby at Beyond Retro – a great vintage chain which also has an online store if you’re feeling inspired! I loved the shopping experience there, especially being served by a punk with bleached hair, plugs and a neck tattoo, who was so friendly and polite (how British!). Not to mention the amazing 90s tracks which were playing in store. I’ll definitely be back next time I’m in town.
Oddly enough, this gem didn’t really stand out on the hanger. The cut looked slightly shapeless and the bold blue colour was somehow flat. I’m not sure what drew me to this piece but it just shows – it’s worth trying things on even if you’re not 100% sure. You’ve got nothing to lose. As soon as I slipped this on, the cut was immediately super flattering and the colours just popped. I had to have it. The shirt dress cut is tailored with ties at the waist, creating a high-low hem at the bottom, and the beautiful cobalt blue brings out my eye colour (if I do say so myself!). Now it’s time to get out there and soak up the sun!
Dress: Vintage from Beyond Retro
Sandals: Old, from Zara