{ Review } Brightening Up Grey Days with Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing kindly offered me a chance to try out something from their Hell Bunny collection, of which they stock items in UK sizes 16-24.
I find the transitional pre-spring time really difficult for dressing. I’m ready to wear pretty sundresses, but the weather has a completely different idea!

melody mae yours clothing hell bunny

Hell Bunny is a brand I’ve never tried before as their style in the past wasn’t to my personal taste. Seeing the selection on the Yours Clothing site was wonderful, however, as they have a nice mix of the rockabilly-goth style as well as my preferred vintage style!

I was instantly drawn to the Red & Black Polkadot 50’s Style Dress for a few reasons;

  1. Red.
  2. POCKETS.
  3. Adorable pin dot print!

melody mae yours clothing hell bunny

I’m actually a big fan of polka dots still, and the smaller pin dot print is a little more subtle.

The dress is made from a lightweight stretch cotton, which will easily see me straight into the summer months. With a typical square neckline and wide adjustable straps, I can see this being a greatly-worn sundress for me once the British sun decides to rise!

melody mae yours clothing hell bunny

I went for a size 20 for this dress as it was closest to my actual measurements on the size guide. However! This dress is clearly cut for a bigger bust than my own, so I could have gone down a size. If you’re small busted like myself I would definitely size down, but good news for you big busted ladies!

melody mae yours clothing hell bunny

To complete the grey-day outfit, I picked out the Cropped Cardigan with Cherry Embroidery as a cute cover up – and can I take a moment to gush about just how perfect this cardigan is for a moment? I love good knitwear, and honestly this has a real quality to it. It’s soft but thick, and has a reinforced button band to keep the front in shape.

I took a size 18 as I like my knitwear tight, and the size was perfect for me.

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melody maeDress & Cardigan: C/O Yours Clothing
Bangles: Splendette and Vintage
Hair Flowers: Handmade
Earrings: Bow and Crossbones
Bag: Zatchels
Shoes: Melissa

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{ Style } Pastel Colours, Pastel Dreams

I’m not going to lie to you – the whole pastel thing is not my thing.

Until I had pink hair, wore a mint green Collectif Caterina dress and stood in front of some pastel houses.

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I walk past these houses on Camden Road every day on my way to work, and every day I would say to myself  “Damn, what a cute location for a pastel shoot!” So armed with my photographer (read: boyfriend) and a bundle of pastel sweetness, I gave my pink hair a final goodbye to forever be immortalised in a perfect setting.

The dress is the Caterina Swing Dress from Collectif, a mint green/light blue shirtwaist which is as soft as it is adorable. I’m a big fan of shirtwaists in general, but the shape of these suits me so well I have the navy version, too.

melody mae collectif caterina

And my favourite part? POCKETS.

For this dress in particular I’m wearing a 22, since I found the smaller sizes to be a little too tight in the bust and sleeves. I find that shirtwaists look sweet slightly blousier around the bust, thanks to the cinched-in waist, so that’s no issue.

melody mae collectif caterina

melody mae collectif caterina

The only thing that really irks me about this dress is that since it likes to creeeeease. But it’s 97% cotton, which makes it a perfect summer dress, creasing aside.

I don’t have a wardrobe made for pinks. It made putting together outfits quite difficult with this hair colour and my penchant for matching. Luckily white works with this look so I could kinda get away with these Miss L Fire Sundae shoes!

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melody maeSunglasses: Collectif
Brooch: Luxulite
Dress: Collectif
Handbag: Vintage Atlas (Bought in Spitalfields Market)
Bangle: Vintage Celluloid (Charity shop score)
Shoes: Miss L Fire

 

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{ Style } Toucan Play At That Game

Notice anything different? Yes, my hair is PINK! I’m going pink for a little bit for a super secret reason – and although it’s not my first colour of choice, I kinda love it! And if there was one outfit that need pink hair, this Collectif Toucan Set is it!

melody mae collectif toucan

This is the Toucan print that Collectif ran for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection (now out of stock). It was one of those prints that I adored as soon as it came out! But as someone who doesn’t wear fitted clothes or shorts, the sarong styles were so far out of my comfort zone.

By the end of the season, peer pressure and a hefty discount persuaded me into buying. I bought the Kiki Crop top and Sarong Skirt… And promptly left it in my wardrobe untouched. It stayed there for a year until I decided ‘Fuck it, why not?’ and here we are!

melody mae collectif toucan

I’ve spent so long in flared dresses that I’ve actually forgotten that I have a body under all those petticoats! Now. I won’t lie, a sarong skirt is still so far out of my comfort zone that looking at myself in it makes me slightly uncomfortable.

I gave up on pencil/fitted skirts a while back because I just didn’t like how they look on me. It’s probably been about three years since I last wore something this fitted!

It makes me wonder – is there a certain style of clothing that you never wear? And if you do, how do you feel when you do wear it?

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melody maeHair Flowers: Lady Luck’s Boutique
Necklace: Primark
Brooch: Luxulite
Crop Top, Skirt, Cardigan: Collectif
Bangles: Lady Luck’s Boutique ; Splendette
Shoes: Miss L Fire Aloha (SS13)

 

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{ Lifestyle } My Vintage Wardrobe on Huffington Post

If you haven’t been keeping an eye on my Instagram last couple of weeks, you may not have heard about this little thing I did back in January. Me and my bet damn friend Siobhan did a ‘My Vintage Wardrobe’ article with The Huffington Post! How exciting is that?

melody mae my vintage wardrobe

We wanted to put an emphasis on reproduction clothing as we find the vintage scene views it as a ‘bad word’. We both work for Collectif which is a repro company, so unlike previous MVD articles, the aim of the shoot was to mix repro and vintage. What we wanted to show was that no matter your size, shape, budget or taste you can always look amazing.

melody mae my vintage wardrobe

Jennifer Barton came to photograph us at the Collectif Spitalfields shop, and the photos were just perfect! Both myself and Siobhan were self-styled, we did our own hair and makeup and mostly clothing and accessories we own. We did, however, borrow some What Katie Did and Miss L Fire goodies! Because why wouldn’t you when you’ve got three brands under one roof?

melody mae my vintage wardrobe

As I say in the article, my size really stops me from accessing vintage. Women just weren’t this damn bootylicious back in the 50s! This is why I love reproduction brands, especially when their sizing goes beyond the straight sizing of 8-18. It makes vintage styles accessible and affordable for the plus size woman.

Have a read of the article – and let me know your thoughts!

melody mae my vintage wardrobe

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