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V.I Buys – sexy & whimsical

Welcome to the next instalment of my top vintage inspired (and reproduction vintage) buys!

First up is a relatively newcomer to the repro vintage scene – Tarantula Clothing. They do a wonderful array of 50s basics, great for the rockabellas out there! The website features a plethora of reversible tops, circle and pencil skirts and gorgeous dresses galore. I have a pair of their Sex Kitten Capris and very sexy they are too!

The sizing is a bit funny compared to some other repro brands though so beware. They seem more suited to the ‘modern figure’, ie less than 10″ difference between waist and hips. But they do come with a belt! Personally, if I have been disregarding the ‘moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips’ warnings, they are a bit on the ultra-tight side. And they aren’t very forgiving, these capris! But I still wear them, and love them. Tarantula have also recently introduced cigarette pants, which I am coveting. But their most fabulous new item (in my opinion) is the Smoothie dress.

It looks straight out of a mid 30s Sears catalogue and is fully lined. I have one on order via my marvellous friend Helen from Pinup Parade, but she only has a tiny selection of them in. And sadly the smallest size they do is around a US8/UK12 so if you are smaller than that you may be out of luck. Tarantula are very plus-size friendly (unlike many other repro brands), so this may be why. But the dress is very cute, non?

Next up, some more top vintage inspired fashion from the UK high street. This dress was found by another friend of mine, Miss Matilda and is reminiscent some mid to late 40s dresses I have seen. It’s from Monsoon:

I would probably either wear the belt with the bow at the back or replace it with a thin white or black belt, but that is just me! Or how about accessorising it with red?

Shoes (which don’t quite match, but you’ll have to use your imaginations!) are Irregular Choice Whitney Platforms from Schuh, very 40s inspired and look really great in person. The vintage 40s crocodile box purse is one I had my eye on at Wear It Again Sam, an amazing vintage shop I visited in San Diego a few summers ago. It’s very small, which is why I haven’t bought it! The belt is from M&S and the lipstick is (of course!) MAC Russian Red.

Finally, a gorgeous blouse that would work with any number of skirts or trousers, this time from Whistles.

Not very recession friendly at £75 but it is silk, and just look at the print:


That’s all for now… except! Here’s a sneak preview of the shoot pictures I will post tomorrow. So do remember to check back! (Click for a bigger version!)

All the best,

Fleur xx


Ms de Vil

Thank for the great tips Fleur, I’m lovin the Taratula Clothing site I’m coveting the ‘it girl dress’ and may have to get me a pair of those capri pants too! Look forward to tomorrow’s post.


I hate reproductions for that very reason.I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have at least a 10 inch difference in hips and waist,I myself have an ll.Those red shoes and blouse are to die for though!


Lovely blouse!

I saw a grate whistles dress in a charity shop the other day (£6) – but was convinved out of buying it’s brilliant floatiness by my boyfriend… big regret!

Betty Lou

oh i want to go too London so bad right now. I love Schuh and Office, i always buy 2-4 pairs of shoes when i’m in London. In Sweden it’s hard to find shoes, lot’s of boring ones

Miss Tayva

How are those Tarantula capris treating you?

Oooh, I hated mine. They fit in the hips, but were so incredibly HUGE in the waist… cinching the belt only made matters worse!

They did a great job of making my bum look like a pancake, which it is not!

Hmmm, can’t wait to see those photos you are going to post. Your little preview looks awesome!


lovely photo Fleur, love it, what are those divine shoes?

I just made your chocolate yummy thing and it’s setting as we speak in the kitchen, I really loved having a taster of warm white chocolate and peanutr butter, oh dear!!…………..

Fleur de Guerre

Thanks lovely people!
dolly: me neither! Clothes porn is all it is!

Ms de Vil: Welcome, and you know you want them! 😉

art*deco*dame: I have a 12″ difference! Even worse! OR better, depending on your view 😉

mysterycreature: you can always go back!

Betty Lou: they usually have some good’uns don’t they?

ami: of course you can!

Tayva: mine aren’t so bad as that, but then I probably bought a size smaller than I should have for my hips, hence the super tightness! I do only feel I can wear them when I’m having a thin day.

MissM: (thanks for the Monsoon tipoff by the way!) I hope it turns out well. I lick all the bowls and spatulas when I’m making it! 😉

Sapphire Island

What a great post – more of these please! your vintage knowledge is never ending.
i have those Irregular Choice shoes in black! they look amazing but are a total bitch to walk in…

Helen Highwater

Oooh, love that pic, missus!

I have to say that the Bettie Page Clothing capris are AMAZING! They’re synthetic but do actually feel like cotton, and they’re made for a “vintage” figure. Only thing is, they don’t have a belt, which is a shame. I was also amazed by the quality of the Jacqueline suit – it’s so completely Joan from Mad Men too!

I’m excited about the Smoothie dresses – they were shipped yesterday so will be here in about a fortnight. Woooot! Also including more yacht tops. Unfortunately Tarantula seem to be trying to reduce the amount of stock they have, so it’s hard to get hold of lots of sizes at once. I’m getting so many enquiries about the Smoothie, but I just don’t think I can satisfy demand! That said, I think they have a lot of it in black, so maybe that’ll have to do. It’s a shame though as the ginghams and floral are perfect Spring/Summer dresses!


I’ve been coveting a pair of cigarette pants for awhile, but alas, the Tarantula ones (though I love how they look) are just too big in the waist! *sigh*

Great picks–I love those shoes you also posted! Definitely dying to get a pair of those…

Bella Di Nonna

Hello Fleur! I love this V.I. series – it’s great, particularly as it gives good details for stuff available in the UK. I have a new blog now, hope you get a chance to visit it, loving your site as ever!

5ft Inf

Gorgeous dress!
One of my own favorites is a lovely black and red Hollywood Flame number…something I tend to get out for the Pigalle Club.
Fantastic blog.
x 5ft inf


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