Posted: Jun 19 2014
Clarence and Alabama's Blog
Posted: Jun 17 2014
So I thought I would attempt a dressing for your body shape post! I’ve learnt quite a lot during the past 3 months and it seemed like as good as time as any to share the love! One of the best things about starting up this business has meeting customers at fairs or in my flat, I then get to see the dresses on all different body types and get feedback on the fit and style of the dresses.
This is me! I think all us pears know that that A-line dresses and skirts are the way to go! They are almost always super flattering, skimming over the bot bot and hiding any lumps and bumps. I have a lot of swing type a-line dresses for you to peruse. I also think that longer maxi skirts and dresses from the 1970s look great on pears and have an elongating effect. Long skirt and fitted tops are great for pear shaped gals. I have a new blouse from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury called Bonnie which I think would look insane paired with a long jersey maxi skirt.
I am so jealous! Hourglass ladies are made for the 1950s style dresses! Cinched waists, fitted cardigans, pencil skirts and wiggle dresses make an hourglass figure look its best. I have some new wiggles in, take a look, order one in and get your big pants out!
Apples generally have a sizeable bust (well jel) and shapely legs. It is best to pick one or the other to show off! Or both, who am I to dictate! Admittedly most of the dresses on my site do have fitted waists so Apples you could look to the 1920s/30s and 1960s for inspiration. The best shapes for Apples are dresses that don’t emphasize the waist. I do have this 1940s Peggy wrap dress which I think would be a good fit for a luscious apple gal and also the Hawaiian Wiggle is an extremely well cut dress which appears to magically suit all shapes and sizes! The lovely Navy Blue Bird Dress has an empire waist line so is also perfect !
Column (or Rectangle) ladies generally have shoulders and hips pretty much the same width and not much of a waist. 1960s mod styles were made for this body shape, think Twiggy! Or how about 1920s/30s flapper style dresses. I am always keeping my eyes peeled for more empire lines dresses to add to the collection so keep your eyes peeled too on my Facebook page!
If all else fails our Hawaiian Cream Peacock dress really does seem to work on a lot of figures. Being a pear shape myself I can fully vouch for the fit of this dress. It really fits very well in all the right places. Out of stock as I write this (June 2014) but coming back in July. If you want to make sure you get one please email me email@example.com and I will try and see whether I can add your dress onto the latest order (I will also give you a 20% discount for taking the trouble to pre-order)
Posted: May 20 2014
Made in Manchester in a converted Cotton Mill, Vanity Project dresses are very special indeed. Gorgeous patterns and very high quality fabrics. Definitely an investment but will last forever. Please read on for my reviews and pictures, also there is a little gift to you at the end of this blog post! I hope you enjoy :)
What I love about these dresses are the patterns, they are really intricate with so much detail. Here I am in the Judy Retro Frock with a beautiful Songbird print - It is a true 1950's length and should hit sort of mid calf length but as I am tall (5'11'') it falls below the knee on me! It has the crossover neckline which is very flattering for a bigger bust and nice wide bodice panel to hold you in across the ribcage. Then it flares out with a full pleated skirt and also has a really lovely fabric covered buckle belt. The quality of the cotton really is second to none and I find that these dresses fit like a glove.
Next up is the stunning Hawaiian Wiggle Dress - Now I am a classic pear shape with much bigger derrière than my top half! Pencil skirts and dresses just do not suit me....or so I thought! Normally when I put a pencil skirt on all the fabric sort of clings to my bottom making a massive shelf! Do you find this? Or is it just me going bonkers! I did find one pencil skirt where it had two slits at the back which was much more flattering but I have not found one like it since! Anyway, I digress, back to the wiggle! Once I had this on I just couldn't get over how nicely it fitted all over - including the derrière! It almost needs a BIGGER bottom to fill it out! Finally a gorgeous fitted dress that is actually fitted, in all the right places. I must mention the pattern too, it is stunning peacock floral print on a cream background and is shot through with gorgeous golden threads.
Last but by no means least is the elegant and classic Betty Dress. The print is a very sumptuous floral and peacock feather affair with the stunning gold thread woven through outlining the beautiful florals and peacock feathers. I brought this dress to the shop as I wanted a dress with sleeves as not everyone feels comfortable showing their arms off. This cut is extremely flattering with the crossover neckline, wide bodice panel and then the pleated full circle skirt. It also has a lovely wide fabric belt to nip you in at the waist. Again as with all the Vanity Project dresses the cut is flippin' great and fits like an absolute glove.
All our Vanity Project Dresses retail at £99 but for a limited time only (ends 31st May) you can get a whopping 20% off using code 'vanitymay' at the checkout. That makes the dresses £79.20 - quick fetch your purse! You have 14 days to return the dress if you change your mind or if you are local to Ealing you are always welcome to come and try them on in my office!
Until next time
Posted: May 10 2014
howdy doody your rock n roll dolls!
I have had a great week here at Clarence and Alabama HQ and it ended with new dresses!
First up we have these super cute and pretty tea dresses. They are made in London and the white butterfly one is made of a really lovely cotton/elastane mix so is nice and stretchy. The print is a really vibrant butterfly one with a mix of black & yellow butterflies. It also has some pops of blue flowers which really stand out on the bright white background. I am a little bit in love with this one but I must set them free to their new owners - could you be the one?!
The second one is the cool mint tea dress with predominately pink floral pattern. This one is just to die for as well! The chiffon is light and floaty but it is fully lined with an excellent quality material. I think this one is perfect for weddings - i've added a picture of myself in it just to show how it fits on a person!
I also got this amazing purple 1950s style Hetty dress with fabulous full circle skirt. Got a special occasion coming up? Get involved with Hetty! She's a very flattering shape and the plain purple fabric with black polka dot keeps things nice and simple. It means you can accessorize to your hearts content! Here I am in Hetty, I was a tad optimistic with the sizing so forgive the tightness! Also works well with our petticoats!
Until next time