Whoops! Ok, so anyone who knows me… actually, anyone who follows my social media, knows my addiction to that beautiful, warming pattern that is tartan! Any kind… although don’t get me wrong, I have my favourites!

So when I got my hands on these two items from Blue Banana, I was smitten!

I hadn’t come across the Blue Banana  online store before, so was excited to find another supplier of the vintage reproduction clothes I love and live in! They have a great selection of repro brands; including Hell Bunny, Banned,  Dolly & Dotty, Voodoo Vixen, Manic Panic and H&R Clothing  (to name, but a few)! And of course, currently have a big sale section… (!)

Anyway! I saw this dress from Hell Bunny and couldn’t resist – I knew this would be a great addition to my tartan collection; dresses like this are pretty versatile as you can dress them up or down, but they always make you feel sexy! The Hamilton Wiggle dress from Hell Bunny has some really cute features… I love the double Peter Pan collar and the 3/4 length sleeves (uncommon for a wiggle…).

What I also really like about this dress is how it feels well made – I have found recently that more repro companies are dropping their standards and quality (don’t get me started on how we love the vintage lifestyle and that includes that things were made to last!), but Hell Bunny seem to be keeping their quality high! This is a tight fitting dress – great for that pin up figure – a little worrying if you can’t trust the seams, but I didn’t have to worry in this dress! It feels sturdy and safe – pretty good for the price I reckon.

FYI – Quick note about the fit – it is a nice, figure hugging fit, but I wore a belt (also Hell Bunny) with it on this occasion as I am wearing a corset and so the fit is exaggerated 🙂

Just look at those details 😍

My only picky point with this dress is the length… its a bit short for vintage and almost too short if you’re tall and wear stockings (!)… just don’t bend down!! Haha

Blue Banana also have a handy size guide on their site for each item, which is great if you’re not used to a brand’s sizing… Hell Bunny tend to be pretty consistent, but seeing the sizes always gives reassurance!

I also couldn’t resist this adorable tartan satchel from Voodoo Vixen… ❤ can you blame me?! Again, its useful in many ways; its formal – I could wear it to work, but its also cute enough to be an everyday bag! It has the usual useful pockets inside, two pouches  for your phone/wallet etc, a zip pocket and a little pocket at the front. It’s big enough for all the essentials and some. You can fit your tablet in there, along with some proper furry gloves and at least 6 lipsticks (one for every occasion right!?). I have been after a bag like this for SO long!!

Ok guys, I’ll leave it there… until I find more tartan!! 😉 Hettie xx

Find these items at www.bluebanana.com