Garden Party Perfection

Be a May queen with these Garden Party inspired looks to thrill and delight! Whether its a barbecue, afternoon tea or a jolly picnic, get inspired, Your Majesty! Comment on your favourite below.


It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…


Get your Rockabilly on! Sometimes you just need a pattern overload so go dotty for this polka-dot power play. Good with a dramatic winged eye, pillarbox red lips and a Rosie The Riveter bandana do’.

Halter top (Actually a dress): Armstrongs Emporium, Edinburgh.

Skirt: Lindy Bop.

Petticoat: Purchased at Wartime Weekend @ Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield.

Cropped swing jacket: Armstrongs Emporium, Edinburgh.


Cotton Queen Dream


Day time/ Night time transition – keep it sweet with a boater or straw sunhat, or dress it up with a fur stole for a more elegant vibe. Matching gloves complete every garden party look – dead cert.

Dress: Mooch Vintage, Sheffield.

Faux fur stole: Armstrongs Emporium, Edinburgh.

Gloves: Car boot sale.

Handbag: Pi-Ku Collective, Edinburgh.


Crowning Jewel


Take pastels up a notch by adding jewel colours in complementing or matching tones – see this pashmina in royal purple and turquoise/ teal birdcage hat. Work with typical vintage styles like this tea-dress with a sailor-style collar.

Dress: A New Shop, Sheffield.

Cardigan: Primark.

Hat: Charity shop.

Gloves: Armstrongs, Edinburgh.

Pashmina: A loan from my mother.


Bring me sunshine


Hello, buttercup!  Bright is mighty. Smile back at the sun with some bright yellow. This dress has a gorgeous fitted bodice with scalloped edges and a skirt that can be left as it is or given a lift with a crinoline! Add pashmina or cardigan to keep it casually elegant. Effortless!

Dress: Armstrongs, Edinburgh.

Pashmina: On loan from my momma.


Tennis, anyone?

Be the cat’s pyjamas, the cream of the crop in this mono ensemble. Pleats add a 20s tennis feel, whilst sweet sheer gloves and a double breasted shirt over a lacy number adds glamour… You won’t be able to get enough of a good thing here, so add pearls and a brooch in ivory as well. You’re good to go.

Skirt: Mooch, Sheffield.

Gloves: Armstrongs, Edinburgh.

Blouse: Warehouse.

Lace camisole: Charity shop.


Push it real good


If you’re a trousers kind of gal, you can’t go far wrong for a vintage look with pedal-pushers or crops like these. If it’s not a skinny cuffed capri, then a more tailored look like these are excellent and work well with other tailored pieces in neutral colours. Let the accessories bring the colour.

Trousers: Charity shop.

Blouse: Lulu’s vintage fair.

Belt: H&M.

Bag: Zara.


Hula honey


Theme party? Hello, Hawaii! Get your huge hair flowers in, fashion a shawl against windchill or sunburn and get your hula on! This look is amazing with a playsuit in florals or amazing hula print like these shorts! If you’re feeling adventurous, just wear with a bikini top…

Shorts: Mooch, Sheffield.

Top (actually a leotard): Armstrongs, Edinburgh.

Shawl: Fabric from Leeds market.

Hair flowers: Available everywhere!


Go and be butterflies!


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