I have a new appreciation for Trashy Diva after getting to visit their stores in New Orleans earlier in the year. Since then, I’ve been more aware of the all the new prints and collections debuting and my goodness, there’s been so many of them!
The latest collection to hit the Trashy Diva site is the 1960s inspired geometric Hourglass print. Featuring little hourglass symbols in white, pink, butterscotch and lime green against a black background. Paired with the Virginia Shirtwaist style dress, this feels like something Joan would wear on the set of Mad Men.
Trashy Diva does tend to have slightly shorter lengths than what I am used to but the Virginia is one of the longer styles, measuring 40″ from shoulder to hem (for the size 6) compared to 36″ of the Liz Dress for instance. I’m 5’6″ and as you can see, the hem finishes just below my knee so it’s perfect.
Fullness of the skirt is also very important to me as I do feel like something is missing if I can’t fit a petticoat underneath. There’s no issues with the Virginia there, the knife pleats create a tailored, sleek look and provide a lovely, full skirt.
The sizing for Trashy Diva has always been a concern of mine when it comes to ordering online, each collection tends to fit a little differently but thankfully there’s a absolutely fabulous Facebook group full of super helpful ladies who never hesitate to shed advice.
The Trashy Diva customer service team is also brilliant- for the Virginia, there was a bit of too-ing and fro-ing between if the size 4 or 6 would be best for me. Considering that I’d tried on mainly 6’s and 8’s when I was in the shop, a size 4 sounded too small for me… but of course I was going to take the advice of the Trashy Diva ladies!
The issue was that according to the size chart, I was in between the 4 and 6 but because the fabric has some stretch, the initial advice was to size down. My only concern with that was that the arms would be too small and I felt like a shirtwaist style like this can afford to not be skin-tight.
So we went with the 6 which I do think was best! It’s fitted in the right places without feeling like a stuffed sausage. I’ve added a belt to cinch in that tiny bit of room in the waist but I tend to add belts regardless of weather the waist fits perfectly or not.
I was really happy to see that as well as buttons at the bust, there’s snap closures in between to eliminate any gaping. Little things like this can make or break a style! Considering the fabric does have stretch, I think the gaping could definitely have been a issue without the snaps so I’m really impressed with the attention to detail.
As a lover of bright colours, I decided to add some pops of pink and green to my accessorising which makes the whole look a little more fun and flirty. If you are wanting to dress it up for a night out, then I’d stick with some glamorous black accessories.
The Hourglass Print also comes in a number of other styles including the totally gorgeous Lucy Skirt with contrasting turned over pockets! Bear in mind that Trashy Diva Collections are always limited edition and can sell out very quickly. I’d definitely recommend that you pounce on anything you’ve got your eye on to avoid disappointment.
The Virginia Shirtwaist Dress in Hourglass Print is US$176 and goes from size 0 to 22.
Thank you so much to David Fisk Photography for these beautiful shots at Garrick’s Temple. It really reminded me of one of my favourite scenes in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie and proved to be a gorgeous backdrop.
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers
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