Frills in all their fancy where in abundance on the spring/summer catwalks. They came flouncing on sleeves ,bouncing on hemlines across bodice ruffles ,all with triumphant effect.
How to wear frills/ruffles
To avoid looking too sickly sweet or over the top ,DON’T go all out frills head to toe . This look could be reminiscent of your child hood in your best party frock.Get a more subtle look with a yoke blouse or ruffle trim shirt (try our Betty Blouse ) ,team with a pair of boyfriend jeans. Or tuck a frilled shirt into a high waisted pencil skirt (Annia ruffle blouse works well for this look ) http://candvboutique.co.uk/annia-ruffle-blouse-46-p.asp#
There are pieces out there that really make a statement. Flamenco frills featured on the runway shows of Alexander McQueen ,Balmain ,and Balenciaga. High necked bodice silhouette with full length skirts and ra-ra layered ruffles.
For me I love the delicate structure of the ruffle.It adds a touch of femininity and glamour to my wardrobe. How do you like to wear this seasons key-trends . Have you got a favourite ruffle dress ?
Julia Jones is the owner at Mary Jones Vintage & Glamour.
A hidden gem based in Ainsdale Village,Southport.
As you step into the show room you are taken back in time to an era of grandeur
You can view the collection by appointment .Either for a private visit or organise a few friends and have a vintage tea party.(The showroom is open at weekends occasionally please contact Julia for days and times).
Julie has a eye for exquisite high end vintage,Beautifully beaded 1920’s smocks to 1950’s original tea dresses.All in excellent condition. She also has a huge collection of Vintage hats including “Dior” (Julia prides herself on her magnificent collection ).
Their is even something for the men with her” Rotters Gentlemen Collection”.
Dresses ,tops & Accessories for that special occasion visit:
A Guide to cotton,wool,silk ,polyester and viscose.
Not knowing the properties of different types of fabric can make it hard to take those details into account when shopping on-line.
Getting to know a few of the more popular types of fabric can help you make educated choices and care better for your clothes.
There are many different kinds of fabrics especially when you start mixing and blending
I’m going to focus on the key/main fabrics. Cotton,wool,silk (made with natural fibres) and polyester and viscose which are man-made fabrics (have synthetic fibres).
Cotton is soft and comfortable to wear. It’s best property is its ability to breathe
absorbing and releasing perspiration quickly. Its a high quality fabric,can with stand heat and last well. Unfortunately cotton wrinkles and must be ironed regularly.
I use Liberty tana lawn cotton for the Betty Dress . Tana lawn cotton is the most superior cotton and feels silky soft to touch.
How to wash cotton
Cotton is relatively low maintenance and can be washed in a washing machine and can be ironed with a hot iron.
Wool comes from a variety of animal coats. Wool fabrics are generally used for winter clothing.
Not all wools are scratchy to wear ,cashmere is extremely soft to touch .
Wool blends tend to be easier to care for.
Wool is a luxury fabric . It is resilient it will return to its original condition after being stretched or creased and is pretty resistant to dirt,wear and tear.
How to wash
Don’t wash wool to often! Washing wool too frequently can wear out the fabric .When you need to wash wool put it on a delicate setting and do not rub . Wool should never be put in the dryer. Suiting and coats made from wool usually require dry cleaning
Is a natural fabric made from the fibres of the cocoon of the Chinese
silk-worm. It is spun into a smooth shiny and sleek fabric.Silk absorbs moisture,which makes it cool in the summer.It has a high level of absorbency that means it can be dyed many different colours .Silk retains its shape,drapes well and is a luxury fabric.
How to wash
Silk is a delicate fabric and can be difficult to clean . Dry clean is preferred or hand wash in cool water with a mild detergent.Air dry flat.
Polyester fabrics have a reasonably nice feel. It is strong and resistant to creasing,thus polyester garments keep their shape well.
You will often find poly/cotton blends ,to help the cotton keep its shape
and prevent from wrinkling.
How to wash
Polyester is machine washable. It usually does not require ironing ,but you can use an iron on a low heat if need be .Do not use a hot setting as polyester can scorch.
Viscose fibre is made from purified cellulose.It is produced from
processed wood pulp. Viscose is versatile and blends well with other
fibres . It is easily dyed and retains vivid colours particularly well .It is
renowned for its silk like lustre ,appealing drape and softness.
Down side of viscose is, it wrinkles.
How to wash
Machine wash on a gentle cycle or hand wash in cool water.
I use a variety of fabrics for CoCo & VeVe designs. I like to work with Vintage fabrics ,cotton prints and luxury fabrics with good drape.
All C&V garments will arrive with care advice and fabric composition.
Please comment below about your favourite garments what they are made of and why you love to wear them !
Do you struggle to accentuate your waist ? Need to add height to your small stature ? Are your shoulders wider than your hips ?
We are all your unique in shape,just as we are in personality. Getting your clothes to work for you is all about knowing your body shape’s proportions.Fashion is all about finding the right shapes that fit those proportions well.
Key body shapes
Here is a quick guide to the Key Body shapes and finding fashion that flatters your shape.
How to find your body shape.
Measure yourself around.
a) your shoulders ,b) your bust, c) your waist ,d) your hips
Now you have your measurements you can determine your own body shape.
The Principal Body shapes are .
inverted triangle (top heavy)
rectangle (straight up and down)
Your hips are wider than your shoulders
Best asset :Statistically pears have flatter Tums than most. What to wear:
A fit and flare dress,will show off how little you are on top and be roomier from the waist down for your curvier bottom half.
Celeb Pears include
Beyonce ,Shakira,Kim Kardashian.
Your shoulders and hips are around the same size, with a very defined waist. Best asset : Their waist What to wear : Choose anything which draws the eye to the waist. A pair of High waisted jeans. A wiggle dress will really accentuate an hourglass figure.
Celeb Hourglasses include
Marilyn Monroe and Scarlett Johansen
Your shoulders or bust are larger than your hips. Best asset : The chest area What to wear : Fitted jackets with nipped in waist and flared bottom look great. They define the waist and flare over hips to create the illusion of lower body curves and will help balance out your broad shoulders.
Celeb Inverted triangles include
Angelina Jolie and Naomi Campbell
Your shoulders bust and hips are around the same size.With no defined waistline.
Best asset : Height rectangles tend to be statistically taller. What to wear : Try to broaden the shoulders and hips and taper in the waist with an A line skirt or a 50’s fit and flare circle skirt.
Celeb Rectangles include
Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss.
Do you dress for your body type ? Let me know in the comments below !
Christmas is over and I have begun 2016 working on some new designs.
My design process begins with a few ideas being sketched with notes added of inspiration along side. I then begin patterns and try out my designs . I will alter my design sometimes as I’m working if I feel for example hemline should be shorter than my original sketch.
This week I have been working on The Lilody wrap dress,Named after my nieces Lila and Elody . As always vintage inspired the dress has large wrap around sash tie ,feature sleeves and gathered skirt. It still needs a few alterations before I’m completely happy with it but its not far from complete.
It will then be available to order from my website and my ETSY store . In a range of Vintage fabrics and new fabrics designed by myself and exclusive to C&V collections.
Expect Lots more to come from C&V Boutique this year.New Designs ,focusing on our own label CoCo & VeVe.
Christmas Eve morning at home . I’m enjoying breakfast TV and doing all the last minute preparations for Christmas Day. Last few presents to wrap , Clean the kitchen , find the Christmas Stockings .
We have had an exciting and busy December at C&V . Lots of markets and shopping events. Thank you to all our customers who came to visit us even in the pouring rain. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas .
Our Christmas eve tradition is cheese & wine ,hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream and Polar Express film on the TV . What’s your Christmas Eve traditions ?
Early in December I met Elene Marsden at The Little Vintage Fair Based in Waterloo.
Elene runs a YouTube channel called Pre-loved Chica. The channel focuses on vintage clothing ,charity shop finds and anyone out there who has a passion for creativity and design.
I agreed to do a web chat with Elene for her channel . Being in front of the camera is not something I usually do. However I decided to go for it.
We had a brief chat before going Live on air . I was nervous , but Elene’s questions really gave me direction and as the interview went along I began to relax and focus. Elene asked about my favourite outfits,where I sourced my fabrics and where I see myself in 12 months time. The latter question really gave me food for thought as I had not really sat down took a breath and thought about how the next 12 months would progress. After we had finished the interview I took some time to focus on where was I going ? How do I want to move forward with the next year. I have to say I’m really excited to see How C&V progresses in 2016 .Elene’s questions really helped me focus on where I’m going.
If you would like to see more of PreLoved Chica take a look at
Angie is the designer behind the brand Edith Cherry.
Based in Liverpool,Angie makes all her bags herself with leather in neutral tones to vibrant and bold colours. Edith Cherry bags has a bag that is just the colour for you.
Her signature bag is her leather bow clutch and is a C&V Boutique favourite.What better way to accessories your outfit with a statement clutch bag in a contrasting colour to your outfit in soft luxury leather. Look no further than Edith Cherry.
Angie also has a range of cuff bracelets & headbands.
We are pleased to be stockists of Edith Cherry Leather Bags.
To Find out more about Edith Cherry Facebook : Edith Cherry
Last weekend December 5th & 6th was Open Cultures Winter Arts Market . Held at St. Georges Hall in Liverpool City Centre.
St Georges hall is a grand venue and the 200+ artists and makers filled the venue from the main hall to the concert room ,which is where C&V Boutique had our stand.
The Concert room was filled with lots of Vintage delights from established vintage brands including Mary Jones Vintage & Glamour and PillBox Vintage . There where vintage inspired stalls and my particular favourite ,vintage china up-cycled into pin cushions ,bird feeders and traditional 3 tier cake stands.
The weekend was really busy and I’m looking forward to next years market already.
Thanks Christina,Charlotte ,Rachel and all the team at Open Culture