Outfit Of The Week: My Dream Vintage Dress

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First off, it’s official, Chris can go back to being the Hannah Gale fashion photographer again.

He took these in about a 112 second slot yesterday evening on the beach before we headed out for a meal to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and I have to say it, and no-one judge me because the phrase gives me all the bad kind of feels – boy did good.

Voms down self.

He’ll hate that these came out pretty well and that I’ll beg him to take more of me next week, but that’s the sad, sad life of a blogger’s boyfriend for him. Maybe I’ll treat him to a Nando’s or a new episode of Pretty Little Liars or summin (he’s more obsessed with it than I am, honestly).

We drove down to Claygate Flower Show in Surrey on Saturday morning (journey took 3 and a half hours instead of two, because OBVIOUSLY everyone else was fleeing the comfort of their homes in a bid for sunshine-fuelled excitement too) and then snuck in a fleeting overnight visit to Sussex too.

We’ve been going to the flower show since I was born, it’s a family tradition because it’s where my grandparents lived and my dad and his brothers were brought up, so there’s a little bit of family history in case you’re desperately dull on this overcast Sunday.

The dress I’m spinning around in here is a new one from Beyond Retro, which yes, I’ve already worn one day this week, but whatcha gonna do, eh?

I love the fit. Shirt dresses never come up well on me because of my boobs, they’re always gappy and busy flaunting flashes of greying Primark bra to the world – even nicer when they unbutton without me noticing and then I’m literally flashing boob at strangers, FFS.

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If you read my Friday favourites this week (here if you haven’t) then you’ll know that I got this dress as part of the #mydreamvintagedress campaign with Beyond Retro, which basically encourages you to snap yourself wearing a cutsie little vintage number and use the hashtag across social media – there’s a chance to win £250 to spend in-store AND an overnight stay at The Hoxton Hotel here.

I’ll be honest, this is the frock I was gifted as part of the campaign (although I tried on about 75846587 other styles too). I actually went back to buy another one two days later because I couldn’t stop looking at the changing room selfie I took of myself in this little red shift dress with a tie front.

FFS, I’m a loser. Does anyone else just stare longingly at photos with did-not-buy regret?

I’m basically already planning a bit of a Beyond Retro binge when I get paid at the end of this month (hurrah to the only upside of being paid quarterly being that you feel like an actual BAZILLIONAIRE when you do get paid).

I want a denim jacket and lots of pretty floaty dresses to see my through some upcoming trips that haven’t been confirmed yet AND my birthday, which is, OK like 2 months away, but y’know how it is with outfit planning.

I love the fit of vintage dresses and love that most of them don’t have size labels in so you don’t end up melting in the changing room in a sticky puddle of sweat, tears and self-pity because you can’t squeeze into a 10.

At the point of these beachy snaps being taken I’d had a cider Pimms, burger and ice cream and had spent a combined 4 hours in the car. There’s also what I suspect to be Jack George Gale dribble all down the front, so that’s a nice treat for you all to try and locate.

This dress, just as an FYI, is totally not something I’d ever pick just by looking at in on the hanger but as soon as I put it on I basically did a little jig over how light and floaty and comfortable it was, and how feminine and confident I felt in it.

So errr, yup. I don’t care if you don’t like it, it makes me feel like a My Little Pony and that’s all that matters.

For these photos I paired it with a few other favourites that you can’t actually buy either – so this is a really helpful outfit post. Good one, HG.

The shoes are old Office that I’m still wearing to death even 3 years on, the belt is vintage and the bag is made of camel leather and it’s from Marrakech, and it really, really smells quite horrendous.

The heart shape sunnies are New Look and available online here.

NOW WHO WANTS TO BE MY VINTAGE SHOPPING PAL PLZ?

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