I bought this Miss Candyfloss dress, called Valeria-Bo tartan swing dress, directly from the Miss Candyfloss website (you can also find some of their items sold by several vintage-inspired clothing retailers). They call the color wine tar. I am taking a peek at their website right now and this dress is still available from them, only in size large. Their size chart says size large is for 39 inch bust, 32.7 inch waist, and 44.9 inch hips (the hips don’t matter in this dress). Those measurements are just right for me (a lot of the time I have to get a larger size bust than I want to get the right fit in the waist). I am wearing it in a size large and the fit is great. This brand is a small Swedish company. It is a very comfortable dress to wear all day and figure flattering, I think. The fabric is not stretchy, or very minimal anyway. It has a back zipper. You can wear it with a petticoat, but I think it looks fine without too. The skirt did not really get in the way of my wheelchair too much although it’s a full skirt. I did wear it even pushing around New York City all day, I tucked it in along the sides a bit while I was pushing. It did blow up in the wind though! I felt quite stylish in it although I was wearing my warmest winter down filled coat – the skirt of the dress still showed. Here I am just posing in my hallway by the elevator (not the most exciting background) because I don’t have a photographer and there happens to be a windowsill here that is just the right height for propping my cell phone and getting most of me in the photo and without a terribly unflattering angle. (I didn’t try getting my feet as I wasn’t wearing shoes). The hat is an authentic 1940s Jonquil hat that I bought from an Etsy seller, ThreeCourtywardWay. My ring belonged to my great-grandmother. I have no idea how old it is, never met my great-grandmother and she died in 1942. I don’t know if it was an engagement ring or just something she got for herself. It was missing some of the stones but my cousin had it restored for me. She is hoping I will get tired of it and pass it on to her! I might as I have no daughters. I am wearing a black belt from Vivien of Holloway. It stretches and has a clasp closure. I have 4 of them – black, white, red and royal blue, that go with many different outfits. I think a belt helps define the waist especially if you don’t have a tiny one as I do not.
I bought this Ember dress on sale (color Ruby, size UK14) from Lindy Bop in 2016, as well as the red gloves with faux fur trim. The shoes I bought from Lindy Bop last month on sale, Brogan red and black polka dot brogues, 3 inch heels. The red fascinator I got this month from Modcloth, Collectif brand. The red plaid scarf is a cashmere scarf from Lord & Taylor, a Christmas gift from my aunt. I really like this dress. I think the collar and neckline is flattering and the skirt hides any bulging tummy problem. The shoes even stayed on my feet when I got in and out of a car. It was a really cold night- about 5 degrees Fahrenheit! I did my hair with a combination of pin curls and sponge rollers.
For Christmas Day, I wore this skirt and top from Heart of Haute. The top is called the Lily top and it comes in several colors. I am wearing an Extra Large. It’s a stretchy cotton material and very comfortable. The skirt is one of the holiday prints Heart of Haute made this (now last) year. It’s a cotton skirt with a zip, not stretchy. It’s not a warm material but I did not go out on Christmas so I never got cold. I am wearing the Extra Large in that as well. My red shoes are Journee pumps that I bought on E-Bay. I don’t remember where or when I got that little silver bag, the label inside is Valerie Stevens. Unfortunately I think I lost it at the New Year’s Eve party I went to. I happen to have poinsettias in my apartment building lobby so I posed with them. I got the red petticoat from Lindy Bop. It is 30 inches. I like the bottom edge of the petticoat to show. This is the first time I wore a petticoat and I think I will do it more often. It helps to fill out the skirt which when you are using a wheelchair tends to dip between your legs. No, a petticoat is not the most convenient thing to wear in a wheelchair. It’s extra layers to pick up and hold when I go to the bathroom, and would have to tuck it under when doing a lot of pushing on the street or dirty areas. But that’s okay. Also those shoes have spiky heels which got caught in the foot plates of my chair and the material on the heels got a bit damaged when I pulled them out. I should probably stick to less spiky heels.