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Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

Tui | A Bespoke 1950’s Cocktail Dress

This outfit didn’t make the cut.
The cut for my Miss Pinup entry video that is. I wear the heck out of it every where else!

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The Outfit

We shot the Tui dress as part of my glove styling video, but technical issues meant it didn’t make the cut! I absolutely love this formal pinup look though and I think you will too.

Like Tui feathers gleaming in the sun, this iridescent fabric makes for a next level little black dress. It was left over from my bridesmaids dresses seven years ago, so in true make-do style I designed a dress to fit the yardage I had left!  Based on a 1950’s wedding dress, the boned bodice features horizontal pleats reminiscent of lorica sementata ( who else loves the concept of an armoured evening dress?). Floral lace froths over the sweetheart shelf bust, hand stitched on for perfect placement. For the most economical use of fabric the skirt is a gathered rectangle – I’d prefer a gathered circle skirt but there just wasn’t enough fabric!

To complement the fabric’s pink highlights I accessorised with vintage white and magenta costume jewellery. The glamorous necklace and earrings set are especially sentimental to me, an anniversary gift from my ever patient husband. Matching magenta orchids and my favourite vintage satin gloves finish the outfit with a pretty elegance.

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Photos | James Beck
Tui vintage style dress | Velvet DeCollete
Hair flowers | Made With Love NZ
Vintage Gloves | I’ve had them so long I can’t remember!
Vintage Costume Jewellery | Tock Tick Vintage
Leather shoes | Alonso Andretti – thrifted

PS: I wore this dress at a Pinup Honey’s event before adding the lace, check it out!

With style & sass,

                   Velvet DeCollete

 

 

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1960’s Lavender Sleepwear | A Lingerie Addict’s Diary

1960’s Lavender Sleepwear | A Lingerie Addict’s Diary

Aside from black (my one true love), green and purple hold my affection above all other colours.
Lilac, lavendar, aubergine, olive, emerald and chartruese, any shade will do! These colours suit my pale olive complexion tone and green eyes, and I love them more for their rarity in modern fashion.

I love them so much that when this lavender sleep set appeared during my obsessive trademe trawling I pounced on it at once. I knew it was too big, I just didn’t care. I wear it anyway.

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Made in New Zealand by ‘Lesley Lingerie’ I’d say this sleep smock and robe date from the mid 1960’s.
Why? let me tell you…

 The style

Simple and voluminous this is quintessential 60’s lingerie. The peter pan collar and lace placement are typical of designer sleepwear and home sewing patterns of the era.

The label

A printed fabric label without fabric content or care instructions places this garment prior to 1972 (when permanently attached care labels became mandatory). It was produced after embroidered labels became less popular but before all tags were made of stiff or plasticy materials.

The Fabric

Some careful testing tells me the lining is a polyester cotton blend, while the outer layer and robe are nylon ‘chiffon’. Lingerie designers went crazy for these fabrics in the 60’s!

The Construction

Serging or overlocking is used on these garments. While serging was used in the 1950’s and earlier, it wasn’t overly common until the 1960’s.

Regardless of age, this baby doll nightie is unashamedly feminine and takes me one step closer to owning a rainbow of vintage lingerie. Now to get my hands on something green…

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A humongous snuggly thank you to La Vonne at Tock Tick Vintage for letting me prance around her absolutely adorable pastel kitchen! It’s actually the cutest place ever.

Photos | Clementine
Model, HMUA | Velvet DeCollete

With style and sass,

                 Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.31

cover regrowth or frizz with a cute beret

Cringing over your regrowth or fussing over flyaways? Cover a multitude of sins with an elegant beret a la Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep. Or forget your hair and go watch The Big Sleep, it’s a classic and Bacall has a killer wardrobe.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Lemon Souffle Sleepwear

Lemon Souffle Sleepwear

Soft, sweet and a little bit tart.  This 1960s sleepwear set is lemon souffle incarnate. Frothy layers of pale yellow nylon garnished with white lace are a pastel lovers dream, and enough to put any man ( or woman ) into a sugar coma!

I actually have three pieces of identically lemony goodness, a thigh grazing nightie, a floaty babydoll and a completely sheer robe. Made in Bri Nylon by Canterbury NZ they sport all the usual 1960’s toppings – glossy embroidered rosebuds, lace and ruffles.

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet DecolleteThe robe
 Sheer, short and everything a 60’s robe should be. Lace and ruffles match the jacket to both negligees without overpowering the simplicity of design that gives this robe its fresh youthful appeal.

The babydoll
Your classic 1960’s boudoir piece, this lined babydoll falls in tiny soft gathers from a simple neckline. There’s thin white lace along the hem and neckline and a rosebud in the center front. Honestly I don’t wear it much because it makes me feel a bit boxy.

The nightie
 This is what I usually wear with the robe. A wide underbust yoke and tie shoulders make for a very flattering bust line that fits almost any cup size, especially with the elasticated smocked back panel.
While the babydoll falls in gathers from the neckline I prefer this yoked style as it defines the narrow area under my bust, making me feel more like a babein hourglass than a pastel coloured jellyfish.

( I’m totally down with being a jellyfish, just not in the bedroom ).

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I wore the nightie and robe for this homage to John Willie’s Sweet Gwendoline. You can just see the pale yellow Rose & Thorne nana knickers I matched to the set for modesty!

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet Decollete

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet Decollete

 

 Sweet Gwendoline Photos |Froger ft. Ruby Von Rifle
Model, Hair, MUA and garment photos | Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.26

contrast textures

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.24

Monday Style Tip petticoat

Wearing a fitted top with a full petticoat and circle skirt can make your waist seem smaller than it is. Top the look off with a wide belt for extra impact!

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.23

 

Monday Style Tip wear your favourites

Remember that gorgeous dinner set your Nana kept in the cupboard ‘for special occasions’? Seems like a waste doesn’t it?
If you love something, wear it. Enjoy it. Fill it with memories. Don’t let it waste away in your closet waiting for it’s chance to make you shine.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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The Purple Kimono | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

The Purple Kimono | A (Vintage) Lingerie Addict’s Diary

Purple Vintage Kimono | Velvet DeCollete

I’m a huge fan of dramatic garments with trailing hems and sleeves. It could be that they make me feel like one of Tolkien’s elves, or it could just be that I’m short so anything long tends to be a bit… trailey. Either way swishing around in a voluminous robe makes me feel elegant.

Naturally this Kimono and I get along just fine. When La Vonne from Tock Tick Vintage pulled it out as a modesty robe at a photoshoot she wasn’t expecting me to adore it. In fact it wasn’t even for sale.  Luckily for me La Vonne is a total sweetheart and surprised me with it at our next photoshoot!

With no tag or makers name, I have little knowledge about this garment. I can tell you it’s a printed synthetic fabric. The seams are encased and the center back seam has a white contrast casing running the length of the kimono. The deep bright purple looks amazing with black lingerie.

In these images I’m wearing a leather belt with a small flared peplum over the hips. Mixing and matching new and vintage pieces with contrasting textures creates an eclectic style that brings vintage pieces into the modern era.

purple vintage kimono | Velvet DeCollete

Purple vintage kimono | Velvet Decollete

Photos | Duke Debonair
Model, Hair, MUA | Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.22

Monday Style Tip coloured coat

Winter fashion has a tendency towards, well, wintery tones. Stand out from the crowd and make your own summer in something colourful! I wear an emerald green winter coat and a houndstooth cape sleeved coat in navy & white. They elicit more compliments than any other garment I own.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.21

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In Chanel we trust.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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