Sartorial Saturday–Everyday Shirtwaist Dress

This isn’t just a look at my newest (and favorite!) Miss Candyfloss dress (which you may already have seen)…it’s also a story of excellent customer service.

When I saw the Maud-Kat dress in their spring lookbook, I was pretty interested in it. When I saw additional pictures of it the day before it was released, pictures that highlighted the gorgeous color of the dress, I fell in love. I had to have this dress.

But here’s the thing about shopping with small companies…their stock is pretty limited, especially in plus sizes, and this was a limited piece on top of that. And then there’s the other issue…trying to figure out the time difference between here and Sweden, where Miss Candyfloss is based. I thought I had done my time zone math right, and I was ready to hit “buy” the day the dress came out…and then I realized I was late to the party, and the dress had already sold out in my size.

I actually cried, which I know is ridiculous, but the dress was so pretty. I even mentioned something on their Facebook page about how gutted I was to have missed out on this item. And that’s when they blew me away with their amazing customer service. They messaged me asking for my size, and told me that if they had a return or cancelled order, they would contact me so I could have a second chance. And they did actually have a cancellation, and they contacted me as promised. But because of the time difference, I received the message in the middle of the night, and by the time I read it, the dress had sold out again. I thanked them for trying to help me out, and asked them if they had a list of retailers who would be offering the dress. Instead of just giving me the list, though, they gave me the name of a specific store in Holland that still had the dress in my size. Luckily for me, I happened to wake up super early that day and saw the message before the dress sold out (it was the last one in my size!), and placed my order.

Seriously, how gorgeous is this dress?!?

I love everything about the Maud-Kat. I love the cool collar and the contrasting trim on the pockets. I love the amazing colors. And I especially love that it’s unlike anything I already had in my wardrobe.

I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of my new Splendette duotone duchess bangles and necklace…I’m really loving this color palette this spring!

It’s just such a great look!

I already loved the few Miss Candyfloss dresses I have…the quality and fit of each piece is outstanding. But their excellent service in helping me track down this dress has made me a forever fan of the company, and I am definitely looking forward to shopping with them again!

Shopping Globally

A byproduct of my foray into the world of retro dressing is that I am now shopping globally in a way I never could have imagined. When I first started buying 50s-style clothing, all of my purchases were from US-based companies (mostly Pinup Girl Clothing and Unique Vintage), even if some of the brands were international. But as I’ve built up my wardrobe, I’ve started shopping directly with some of those international companies (like Erstwilder), and have discovered some others (Splendette and Miss Candyfloss are favorites), along the way. Take this outfit for example…the dress is from a Swedish designer (but purchased from a store in Holland), the bangles, necklace, and brooch were all ordered from the UK, and the handbag, like many of my other brooches, was shipped from Australia! The idea of ordering from a company outside of the US used to be intimidating to me, but now it’s second nature (and a lot of times, the various businesses offer free shipping, so it’s not even any more expensive!).

I really like that I’m shopping around the world…it makes my already unique wardrobe feel a little more one-of-a-kind. I will say that it’s a little disconcerting that my wardrobe is more well-traveled than I am, though!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Royalty

Time for a look at my newest Miss Candyfloss dress, the Fianna-Kat, one I was inspired to purchase because the cut of the dress (and especially the diamond narrow shaped neckline) is almost identical to one Queen Elizabeth II wore on a tour of Australia in 1954…the amazing color is a nice bonus, though, don’t you think?

I love how many options I have for accessorizing this gorgeous dress…I’m especially loving purple with it!

I feel regal when I wear it! And for further proof of how magical it really is, Miss Candyfloss picked me as one of their “Girls of April” when I shared a picture of me in it on Instagram!

This is my third Miss Candyfloss dress, and I’m super impressed with the construction and fit of all three…I can’t wait to add more pieces to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–Tweed Tamrika, Take Two

I wouldn’t normally focus on the same dress twice within about a month, especially not when I’ve styled it so similarly, but I decided to size down in the Miss Candyfloss Tamrika Sand dress, plus Bunny cut my hair and I got a new hat, so I decided it deserves a second look.

This hat is the perfect accessory for the dress, and I found it for super cheap, which makes it even better!

I already loved the dress before; now that it fits better, it’s outstanding!

I love the way this whole look came together!

Fit is everything when it comes to clothes!

Sartorial Saturday–Tweed Tamrika

I guess once I finally tried a Miss Candyfloss dress, it was inevitable that I would want another. I tried to resist the Tamrika Sand dress, which backfired on me when it sold out on both Unique Vintage’s and Miss Candyfloss’s websites and I was filled with regrets. I was finally able to find it through a French online store, Boho-Chic Clothing, and ironically, even with international shipping, I was able to order for a little less than I would paid at Unique Vintage.

The thing that immediately caught my eye about this dress was the tweed skirt and lapels. That little bit of texture adds so much to the dress!

I toned down my usual accessories, because I couldn’t figure out how to make a bangle stack work with these sleeves. I did add my Slothertons brooch pair from Erstwilder, a beaded necklace, and a pair of gloves, though.

There’s something about this look that reminds me of the Army uniforms in White Christmas!

I haven’t quite figured out my perfect Miss Candyfloss size. The first Tamrika dress I ordered fits really well; this one is a little on the large side, especially in the arms, which is very unusual for me. I’m hoping to have it tailored in the future, but even if I don’t, it’s still a beautiful dress, and I’m glad I didn’t let this one get away!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Top Five Fashions of 2020

We’ve finally made it to the final week of 2020! To commemorate the end of this past year that has been a decade long, I’m beginning a series of “Top Five” posts, because even in the middle of a pandemic, I like making lists. I’m starting with my favorite fashions from this year, most of which weren’t worn away from home, but are still worth noting.

To start, here’s a look at my favorite HOMES bracelet stack, from their birthstone collection. These bracelets have been very important to me, because they have helped me feel connected to Chicago and Lake Michigan during a time when I could visit neither, plus they’re really pretty!

My second fashion is from the second “Dapper Day at Home” of the year. I love everything about this look I put together, from the hat to the handbag, and especially my first Miss Candyfloss dress!

I figured one of my top five fashions should focus on this year’s hottest accessory, the mask. I really love this Christmas mask from Old Navy, and the accessories I paired with it!

Speaking of Christmas, one of my very favorite looks from this year is the outfit I wore last week to the outdoor Christmas Eve service we attended. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear my cape and muff together, so I was pretty excited to have a reason to wear both!

And finally, a look so new, I haven’t even featured it on my website yet (stay tuned)! I was super excited to order this beautiful purple-striped Stephanie swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing on Pink Friday, and I love the way this look turned. out, especially with Spiffy the Sausage Dog making an appearance on my cardigan!

So there’s a look at my favorite fashions from this year. Maybe at some point in 2021, I’ll have a reason to wear some of them somewhere other than at home!

Sartorial Saturday…On A Sunday–My Second Dapper Day (At Home)

Back in April, I got to participate in my first Dapper Day…at home. They’re back this weekend with the fall event, and I figured, why not dress up again? This time, I went with my Miss Candyfloss dress, a Splendette duchess bangles stack, an Erstwilder brooch (the one hint of Christmas in my outfit!), gloves from Unique Vintage, and a necklace and handbag from Talbots. Oh, and my very favorite hat!

I’m really happy I got to participate in these events this year, because even pre-pandemic, Dapper Day wasn’t something I thought I’d get to do. After this whole mess is over, though, I kind of hope I might get to attend an in-park event someday!

Sartorial Saturday–Miss Candyfloss

Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted a Miss Candyfloss dress?!? I have long admired their vintage cuts, but I have been reluctant to order, because the company is based in Sweden, and I was worried about how their clothes fit, and how much of a hassle a return would be if it didn’t.

Enter Unique Vintage, who recently had the Tamrika swing dress available in my size on their website. Ordering from a California-based store is way less intimidating than ordering from overseas, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. In the end, I needn’t have worried, because it fit perfectly!

I decided to go with simple black, pink, and grey accessories, including a hat that I haven’t worn for a long time due to lack of coordinating outfits. Also, isn’t the collar of the dress cool?!?

I love the material the skirt is made out of…it’s a very soft flannel…perfect for winter!

I’m glad I was finally able to purchase a Miss Candyfloss dress, and now that I’m familiar with the fit, maybe someday, I’ll even order a style directly from the company!