Vintage Florals – Weekly Wishlist

Sometime, when the sun shines, we get all misty-eyed for the Enid Blyton summer lifestyle. Country lanes, bike rides, lashings of ginger beer, swimming in the cold sea, and pretty as a picture, vintage florals.

If ever there was a fashion that epitomises British summertime, it’s ditsy vintage florals. And don’t think you have to go to that fancy London department store that begins with an L for vintage florals, oh, no, no, no!

There are vintage florals everywhere. Well, okay, not everywhere, but if you look about, you will find them. We did, and here are twelve of the best vintage florals pieces on our Weekly Wishlist.

Vintage florals look great on vintage-style dresses. JOY’s green and red rose print dress is a sale bargain at £25, from £69. French Connection’s black vintage florals dress (£133) is beautifully retro. Playsuits in vintage florals tickle your fancy? New Look’s cutesy playsuit (£17.99) or how about a culotte length jumpsuit in a pretty red and daisy print (£19.99)? Team with block heels and a hat for a classic 1940s look.

Reger by Janet Reger’s gorgeous rose print swimsuit (£33.60, was £48, Debenhams) is vintage florals at their best. Add a big hat, some super sunnies, lie back on a picnic blanket , and dream of the 1950s from the storybooks!

vintage florals weekly wishlistH&M have a gorgeous rose print crop top (£14.99) and matching shorts (£19.99) trimmed with lace, just in.  We also love their pastel blue ditsy floral print floaty skirt (£7.99). Mantaray’s peep-toe twist vintage florals shoes are a great summer flat (£15, Debenhams), and the Sass + Belle tote bag (£8, BHS) is perfect for carrying your summer essentials. Wide legged trousers in a navy pansy print (£18, BHS) are perfect for summer evenings at the country pub.

Vintage florals in autumnal shades were huge in the 1970s, and will be a massive trend come the colder months. Get ahead of the trend with New Look’s cold shoulder smock dress (£22.99) in a lovely blue and brown colour palette. Trust us, we’ll all be wearing smocks in this print come November…


Weekend Musthave – Volume Dressing

What are you buying this weekend? We’ve just spotted the most brilliant dress in French Connection, and it’s gone straight to the top of our wish list. Volume dressing is great. The wider, the bigger, the more over-sized the better.

Remember Victoria Beckham’s collection the other year? Those wide, voluminous dresses? We love them.

weekend musthave wide dress

So, here’s our weekend musthave this weekend – French Connection’s amazing black crepe voluminous dress. This has less volume than VB’s, making it easier to wear for everyone. Volume dressing is great, but you do have to be careful not to go too out there with the volume.

This lovely dress is volume dressing perfection. Short sleeved, round-necked, with an open box pleat detail at the centre back, this is the only LBD you’ll need this year, trust us!

Downtown Crepe Frill Hem Dress, £140, French Connection