Category Archives: Vintage

The Ragged Priest

I usually try and give a whole lot of info on the brands I post about, but that’s proving a little difficult with The Ragged Priest, so I’ll tell you what I know.

a) I’ve been stalking their reworked vintage pieces on eBay for agesss

b) I just found out they had a website too, and they’re stocked at Topshop

c) There is no way to describe their knitwear other than absolutely BEAUTIFUL

d) I’m pretty sure they’re from Essex

e) Their blog is pretty good too

Hmmm, five facts, that wasn’t too bad. Here are some of the lookbook pics I’ve been lusting over…


Vintage Finds

Since leaving my student life behind and becoming a 9-5’er (using the term loosely there), I’ve been discovering what weekends are about again. One thing I seriously missed was spending Saturday trawling around Brick Lane, trying to find other peoples old clothes at less than extortionate prices, got to love vintage eh?

After a month or so of spending my newly free Saturdays lying in bed/nursing a hangover/attempting to sort out my life and because a friend asked me to go, I finally made it up there and picked up some bargains, which I thought I’d share. I would have taken pics of myself wearing them but, when have you seen pictures of me on here? Do you even know what I look like? Well, actually pretty normal, except I’m not sure if I like my new ginger hair, and if I put this post off any longer it’ll never get finished.

Cobalt Blue Peg Leg Jumpsuit, £22, Beyond Retro

Polka Dot Shift Dress, £15, Absolute Vintage

Polka Dot Shirt (Does actually look good on), £10, Vintage Basement

Bag, £22, Absolute Vintage

Specs, £10, a market. (Obvs having my lens put in at Specsavers, I don’t where clear frame glasses, I’m not a dick.)

Pina Colada in a pineapple, £4.

N.B. I also got a lovely purple playsuit from The Vintage Store, but I’m in the process of altering it so I haven’t taken a picture. However, have to give the guys there a thank you for looking for my favourite Ray Bans (left them in some shoes apparently, and I really needed my face hiding) whilst I carried on shopping else where, heroes.

I went a bit eBay crazy again…

I planned to clear my wardrobe as soon as my exams were over, however the celebrations went on a little longer than I expected, but I finally got around to it this weekend! I’ve put 40 items up, some have never been worn, many have only been worn once or a few times. Most of them are high street brands (can’t bring myself to part with designer at the moment) including Topshop, H&M, River Island, American Apperal and ASOS, and there are a few pieces of vintage. Also, everything except one item starts at 99p, so they are definitely worth a look! You can view all of the items here.

Here are a few of them…

SS11 Trend: Hawaiian Prints

Prints, prints, prints, oh how they brighten up my day, week, year. As far as prints go it can be difficult in terms of what’s in, what isn’t and how to wear them right. This makes Hawaiian prints are a must have in my eyes this season with two simple rules. 1, if it’s hawaiian, it works. 2. Just pair it with something simple. Dresses with plain shoes, shirts with denim shorts and jackets with pop colour dresses. There are some great pieces on the high street, but have a rummage through your nearest vintage store for the better, unique pieces.

A few favourites include:

Topshop Hawaiian Print Dress, £25, in-store only.

Motel Emilia Dress, £52.

Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry, Hawaiian Print Short Sleeve Shirt, £82.

Sugarhill Boutique, Hawaiian Tropic Shorts, £18 (Was £35)

Beyond Retro, 1990’s Short Dress, £24.

Beyond Retro, Must Have Casual Coat, £20.

T-Bags Tropical Print Jersey Dress, The Outnet, £77.50 (Was £155)

Oh and here is one I put on eBay earlier…

Vintage Hawaiian Print Cotton Jumper

William Vintage

When it comes to vintage William Vintage is the place to go and last month owner William Banks – Blaney opened up his new store for everybody to enjoy. To view rails upon rails of Ossie Clark, Dior Couture and Jean Desses, all you need to do is book a one on one appointment with the man himself, who will help you choose pieces that are perfect for you.

 Although his clients are more recognised on the red carpet, the new Marylebone store features an edited, wearable collection which is perfect for those who love donning vintage on a daily basis. The pieces may not come cheap, but they are the clothes that you will cherish and love for a lifetime, turning heads with every wear.

For Sale…

This post isn’t my usual sort, but I just want to get the word out. I had a wardrobe clearout a few weeks ago and have finally got around to putting things on eBay, there is about 35 items on there at the moment and roughly 20 left to add, which I’m hoping to get done tonight. All starting prices are 99p, it’s mainly high street and some vintage, but I may put a few designer pieces on there tonight if I can bring myself to part from them. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get bidding…

Love Miss Daisy’s (And Others) Barboot

You may remember a while ago I wrote about a vintage site called Love Miss Daisy, well now they will be selling their gorgeous clothes at an amazing event for people who are fond of vintage, cocktails, good music, Pimms, haberdashery, wine, cupcakes and all things of that sort. Barboot Sale, which is essentially a downright super stylish Car Boot Sale, will be held on 3rd September at The Haberdashery in Crouch End, London from 19:30 – 22:30. Also, if you have anything of this sort that you want to give to a better home, you can set up a stall at the Barboot Sale too, just email with a short description of what you would like to sell!

Boutique by Jaeger

Over the last few years, it has suddenly dawned on the fashion houses that not all young woman are dedicated to the high street, and even those (like my student self) who are not rolling in money are happy to splash out on a gorgeous piece of clothing. Jaeger, the luxury fashion brand who have been around for 126 years, are the latest to jump on board with their new younger, not so pricey, line Boutique by Jaeger. I can not give my opinion just yet as I have only seen a few press shots, but I can tell you that what I have seen to far has got me wanting to see more!


To celebrate, Jaeger are opening a pop up shop for the line at 10 Foubert’s Place, just off Carnaby Street, on Saturday 7th August. In addition to the entire Boutique by Jaeger line there will be a listening post from Rough Trade, highlights from the Jaeger London collection, a selection vintage brooches and a handpicked selection of contemporary brands including Les Nereides, Essi and Stenoflex. If you can not wait until then to see what is on offer, the online store goes live on Thursday 5th August!

AW10 Trend: Capes

I don’t mean to wish the summer away, but like most people interested in fashion I’ve been looking forward to winter since the AW10 shows in February, and one of items that is at the top of my “to buy” list is a cape. There is something incredibly regal and chic about wearing a cape, plus they hide a multitude of sins that may appear over the winter months, especially at Christmas (yes I just cursed myself for mentioning Christmas).

Although it is only July I have already noticed many capes coming into the high street in a range of styles, cropped, hooded, patterned, trench and I can guarantee that by the time the temperature drops there will be a lot more. Also, if you don’t want to risk bumping into somebody in the same one, you can always go vintage; capes are a garment that wavered in and out of fashion over the decades so with a little bit of searching you’ll probably find something gorgeous!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites (so far):

Shake and Bake at Urban Outfitters

As you may have come to notice, I am bit of a fan of events in the Seven Dials, Covent Garden, due to them usually being a pretty good evening! The next store to host a fabulous shopping evening is Urban Outfitters, who really don’t need an introduction. Their Shake and Bake event is taking place on Thursday 22nd June, from 5pm – 8pm, and will host a whole range of delights.

Upon arriving you will receive a free mini-facial courtesy of the lovely staff at Kiehls, followed by a free cocktail mixed for you by a flair bartender and colourful cupcakes from Vintage Patisserie. If this wasn’t enough as you continue your shopping there will be music from The Young and Lost Club, just to get you in the party mood.