I have a thing for spots.
It must go with the stripes obsession because if my kids aren’t dressed in any combination of the two on any given day, I am wallpapering bedroom rooms with them. True story, see Lila’s room here.
And my Pinterest boards are filled with amazing street style images of great outfits incorporating spots – including this one, worn by my serious street style crush Candela Novembre (check her out on Instagram here).
Candela’s is by Antonio Marras, while Dolce & Gabbana also went BIG on monochrome spots for SS15. I don’t have D&G kinda cash, so when Beyond Retro invited me to their Dalston store to try and find my #DreamVintageDress, I knew exactly what kind of print I was looking for.
Obvs, with any kind of second-hand shopping, the key is NOT to go with something in mind. I did completely the opposite – but as spots are such a classic pattern, I knew I was onto a pretty sure thing.
So I found this one, with its big, old leg of mutton sleeves. Even though it is a bit of a retro Eighties fabulous style, it felt modern enough to wear now – and could be dressed up to look expensive, despite being the princely sum of £25.
I’ve kept it simple with black classic courts and an envelope clutch, but I removed the fabric belt and added this old leopard one I recently re-discovered in my drawer. No idea where I got it from, but you can find similar on Etsy. A slick of red lipstick (this one is Velvet Rope, Brat Pack by Lipstick Queen at John Lewis).
I highly recommend a good rummage around a vintage store, particularly if you’re after a dress that’s a bit out of the ordinary. Beyond Retro – where I found this one for example, have stores all over the UK and Europe.
But if you’re not a second-hand fan then check out my spotty edit below.