Oh how my tartan collection has grown! I’ve become a tad obsessed with it in the last few months and lucky for me it’s been readily available. Miss Candyfloss uses a lot of tartans in their designs and I loved this brighter and bolder version on the Christine-May Dress.
Elizabeth J Photography and I shot these photos just 2 days after I went from black hair to copper and so I was still a little unsure about how bright colours would look with it. Suffice to say, I think it looks marvellous! This dress has a main base colour of burgandy with shots of teal/turquoise and white.
I really wanted to somehow bring out the teal colour through accessorising and took a trip out to see Lavonny at Tock Tick Vintage but even she didn’t have anything quite right. Luckily I had this gorgeous burgundy hat which was in my Miss Pinup New Zealand 2014 prizepack and Petra Shoes from BAIT Footwear which matched the burgundy in the dress perfectly.
I love the cut-out and bow detail of the Christine-May Dress. With a busy print such as this tartan, you wouldn’t want too much detail in the dress design itself so the small touches like the cut-out, bow and turned up cuffs are just enough to give it some character without becoming overwhelming. There’s even a little bow on each cuff- so cute!
I’ve done quite a few reviews of Miss Candyfloss items now (which you can read here) and generally a size medium seems to fit best. The size small in some styles ends up being too tight in the arms and across the shoulders, so a medium is safest and more comfortable.
I measure 36″ across the bust and 27″ at the waist (so inbetween their size S and M) and in the Christine-May, the medium fits nicely albeit on the looser side. The bust doesn’t feel overly loose but the waist certainly is. The sleeves are designed to fit loose so potentially I could have sized down since that seems to be my problem area. However, I have a suspicion that the bust could end up a bit tight in the size down and the fabric has no stretch.
I don’t mind having to add a belt to a dress if the waist is on the bigger side, in fact I usually prefer it. I did struggle with which belt of my collection to add since I don’t have any that matched the blue and ended up just going for white since that’s in the print anyway. I’m not convinced of my choice, I think I’ll have to try again with a different colour or even just a tan/brown leather belt.
If this combination of Burgandy/Teal isn’t quite your cup of tea, there’s also a Blue/Mustard tartan and a plain Wine, Black and Red in the same style. The Christine-May comes in sizes XS-3XL, is €102.50 and is a poly/viscose/spandex blend.
I know come winter I’ll be dreaming of sunshine but for now I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can wear my gorgeous long sleeved dresses such as this one.
Thank you as always to Elizabeth J Photography for the gorgeous pictures- we couldn’t have had a more perfect setting at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway Station!
Note: Any pictures taken on the railway tracks were taken with permission.
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