Thursday, 21 February 2013

Frock Around The Shop



 Isn't it freaky when you find a handmade dress in a charity shop that must have been made for your body double a lifetime ago?


I'm not normally a fan of Fifties fashion but once I tried this frock on I was in love and, being on the greeny side of bronze, I decided to wear it for yesterday's photo shoot. So there I was all frocked up and ready to rock when I got the message it had been postponed.

Did I change? Did I heck!

My friend Jayne offered a donation to the charity of my choice if I got snapped in Asda wearing this dress

The wine rack needed replenishing so off to the supermarket I went.



Did anyone notice? I couldn't tell you. Once I'm in the booze aisle I'm oblivious to pretty much everything. 


Three bottles for a tenner? Call that a bargain? That's more than my outfit cost! 

1950s cocktail dress (£4.95, British Heart Foundation), leopard coat (£5,Age UK) worn with 7 year old lace tights, fake Litas, 1960s fishnet gloves (20p, car boot sale), chain mail choker (India, 2010) and chandelier earrings (from the lovely Louise)

Mundane tasks are a lot more fun when you're frocked up to the nines.



Like I always say, "A day without dressing up is a day wasted", so stick on your best dress, go forth and have fun, you're a long time dead.

See you soon!

101 comments:

Carina Rosenholm said...

Omg!! So so gorgeous - a lot like a Hollywood Star!

Louise Mc said...

You know how I love a 50s dress, I am drooling over this one! It's so gorgeous, and what a hoot wearing a party frock to Asda! Glad you like the earrings too, they suit you. Xx

Kate Battrick said...

Perfect way to shop in ASDA!! Xx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Lovely pictures. They could be used in a magazine as a fashionstory!

Sacramento Amate said...

Best dress ever, Vix. The shape, the fabric, the luxurious colour, the length is sooooooooooooooo perfect.
Good of you to go shopping for wine looking like the QUEEN you are.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Jayne Howarth said...

And your charity of choice is...? You look amazing - well done for brightening up (the) ASDA in that gorgeous dress!

lovesjetlag said...

that frock looks like it was tailor made for you! I loved this post, you dressed to the nines shopping in Asda, I love it when bloggers show the places where they live in a funny, ironic way

Meanqueen said...

That made me smile.
"A day without dressing up is a day wasted", so stick on your best dress, go forth and have fun, you're a long time dead".
I would if it wasn't so darn cold, bbrrrrrrr.

delia hornbook said...

Wow Vix you look stunning :-) Im so with you on the fact that your a long time dead. I went into asda last saturday after the fair in my seamed back stockings and black fake fur and bright red lips and i was saying to John and laughing saying god i wonder what people are thinking and he said i dont care you look amazing ;-) I love the dress. hugs dee xxx

Liz said...

Oh WOW - that dress was made for you! You look so gorgeous and glam!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Jayne Howarth said...

Just spotted the link to the charity of your choice - £5 coming up :)

Enie Dub said...

My sister enjoys washing the dishes in her wedding dress.

edie pop said...

I faint!!!! I love this challenge and it's great that you faced the supermarket crowd looking like a princess! It looks like an avant garde fashion editorial, I love it!!
How true is that life is too short for wasting our time caring too much about what the other people could think, it's our right to dress up!
This 50's evening dress wonderfully suits you and I adore the bronze fabric and the green tulle underskirt, fabulous with the leopard coat and the ultra modern litas!
God save our Queen!!!
Lots of love!!
xxxxxxxxxx

Sue said...

So glad you stayed all glam for the supermarket. People used to get dressed up to go shopping, now they go shopping in their pjamas. Class, not arse, thats what you are, class!!

That's Not My Age said...

That is a gorgeous dress, lovely colour - and you've inspired me to make more of an effort!

pastcaring said...

I am so used to you saying you don't do 50s frocks that I have just accepted it as another of Vix's Laws... And then you wear that beautiful dress and look amazing and I wonder why on earth you don't wear 50s frocks more often! To Asda, to the pub, to car boots and jumble sales, wherever you like!
It's a wonderful dress, and you have Vixified it perfectly with the shoes and leopard print. Asda's most glamorous customer EVER!
As you will have seen from my post, I agree that if life insists on giving you mundane chores to do, you might as well enjoy dressing up while you do them! xxxxxxx

freckleface said...

Beautiful lady. If Tretchikoff were around, he'd be painting you. In that dress it is only appropriate that you should head straight for the party aisle.

I am learning so much from you and the gang. It's become quite clear to me that mundane chores = dressing up. I shall go forth and glamify.

Did anyone ask for your autograph? :D

xxxxxx

Melanie said...

You look beautiful Vix, this dress is gorgeous xxx

Ronnie (RR) said...

I love it, the dress looks like it was made for you. I only have one or two 50s dresses as I am not keen to the fitted waists, but you have such a great figure they really suit you. Love the colour. And a perfect way to shop for booze!

grunge-queen said...

Great philosophy to live by! You look gorgeous, Vix - the dress is killer and made for you, and it also looks perfect with your faux fur. I bet ou rocked someone's world at the supermarket! Xoxo

Alex said...

Oh Vix, I love it! Well it's green and 50s, so I was bound to, wasn't I? But more than that, I love the attitude you bring to it. Bet that's more glam than Asda has ever seen!

Shubhi said...

I love your hair, it looks so artistic in a bun up there..

You look like a princess!

Love,
Shubhi's Revels!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh my you look incredible! That is one special frock, but on you it is sublime. I love those shoes & your makeup looks incredible. Nothing like frocking up to go to the supermarket! Xx

Perdita said...

If you don't wear your clothes, there's no point in having them! I love to add a bit of evening style to my day outfits. And always a little bit of leopard print!

Helen Le Caplain said...

I can't believe you got that dress for just £4.95 :O

You look fab - and livened up the booze aisle no end I'm sure! xxx

www.mancunianvintage.com

Wean said...

Oh Vix, you look absolutely stunning - I do like your hair worn like that too !
You are such a character - I bet the Asda shoppers thought there was a celebrity amongst them and they wouldn't be far wrong would they ?

Vintage Jane said...

50's dresses are my favourite and you look absolutely stunning, especially in that colour.
People in my local Asda are more likely to shop in their slippers!
M x

bettybuttons said...

That is a stunning dress. You remind me a lot of Audrey Hepburn but in a supermarket!
I love the 1950's style but have never found an original dress, just repro stuff. I blame Mad Men!
Xx

Willow said...

That dress really does look like it was made for you. Such lovely shade of green too. I love the photos of you wearing it while shopping, so true that dressing up makes mundane tasks all the more fun! "A day without dressing up is a day wasted" - what a great quote.

Frocktasia said...

Wow, you look amazing! The 50s may not be your preferred vintage fashion era but may I just say this 'The 50s LOVES you'! You look like a super stylish Hollywood starlet.
That frock was a tremendous find as was the coat and for under a tenner, beyond bargainous, can you imagine what quality pieces like that cost the first time around?! You've Vixified the outfit beautifully by incorporating the lace tights and funky shoes, vintage with a dash of modern...brilliant!
What a shame the photo shoot was postponed, never mind at least you gave the ASDA crowd a whole lot of midweek glam :)
Lot's of love,
Jennie
xXx

Valerie Beattie said...

Oh Vix you look so beautiful, I would probably have asked to be your mate if I saw you dressed like that in my Asda. As it is the most glamour we have these days is a guy with a nice trimmed little beard, very sharp business suit and ladies stockings and high heels (not a joke, he has been shopping there for 15 years). V xxx

makinggooduse said...

That dress looks totally divine on you - love the colour, and that you wore it round Asda. Vix, you're a legend.

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Brilliant!! Loving that Asda moment innit!!!

Wow I've got a lot of your posts to catch up on.... Exciting!!

Great dress, and cape.

tanaya said...

Why can't the world be populated with clones of you Vix, why? WHY??? or atleast more people who think like you? The booze aisle is my favourite place in the world...And you in the booze aisle in that frock is my favourite picture in the world xxx

Young at Heart said...

stunning!!x

silkpathdiary said...

OMG the dress looks ever more stunning on you than I thought it would - talk about a perfect fit! Couture! That shade of greeny bronze is one of my favourites.

señora Allnut said...

wouuuu, so much fabulousness!!, you look so gorgeous, that dress fits you like a dream and love so much all that bronzed and leopardized and high heeled glory!, you rock that dress and make me squeeee!!!!!
besos & frocks forever

char said...

50s fashion will always be my favourtie, as you know, so I totally approve. I must admit this is the kind of outfit I would see as totally appropriate for supermarket trips, I have a v similar leopard coat which I've been wearing recently.

Jet Kuhn said...

I love when that happens, I have a few homemade dresses that fit perfect too! The colour is divine! Love the pic in the booze aisle, wish in NY we had that (other parts of the country do) its perfect! Boo on the cancellation, but you made excellent use of that outfit in spite of it! Gorgeous! XXX

CameronPoe2409 said...

'Mad Men meets Walmart' I love it! You look fabulous. xx

Fiona said...

Wow Vix, you look absolutely stunning in this spectacular frock. I LOVE the shade of green, how come we've not seen it before ? I bet the staff in Asda's couldn't believe their eyes when they saw glamourous you, instead of the *ubiquitous chav. (*Asda's darn sarf, anyway)

Patti said...

Too fabulous! That dress was indeed crafted for you, gorgeous Vix. Love the long shot at the supermarket!! xoxoxox

Amie K said...

You look amazing vix that dress is divine, you should wear fifties shapes more often xxxxxx

Loulou said...

How fantastic (and hilarious) are you?! You look beautiful in this outfit. The dress is so pretty and will be perfect for the poster. Good on you for going to the store all gussied up, and on anyone who had the good fortune for seeing you.

Rebecca said...

♥ your philosophy (stick on your best dress....) ♥ your zest ♥ that dress!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Vix, you should wear 50s dresses more often. You look even more stunning than usual! Xx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

I think about who owned the clothes before I get them, too. The dress is such a lovely green/bronze and you look amazing. The 50s are not usually my favorite either, but sometimes I wear them because when you are chunkier it is an easier/more flattering silhouette to pull off. You're so slim so you probably never have to think of this lolzzz I adore the lace tights, Litas, gloves, necklace-- makes it so much more edgy-- which is usually what I do when I wear something ultra fem.
Total stunner. Makes me want to bust out a fancy ass dress.
Becky

Kezzie said...

Wow, you look bloomin' gorgeous!!!! Adore this frock and you in it!x

Style Sud-Est said...

Next time Mr D goes for wine i will dress up just like you!
What cool girl you are love your spirit!
3 bootles for a teener, that's cheap!
We pay between $10 and $15 for decent wine here
This dress was made for you that is for sure!

The color couldn't be more perfect for you!

Xxxxxx

The Style Crone said...

Glamour at the wine store! The greeny side of bronze suits you and pairs fabulously with the leopard coat. Who wouldn't want to run into you while shopping; you totally brightened my morning coffee.

MyStyle said...

Wow, you look totally stunning and that dress is one of my favourites on you-you should rock the 50s a lot more,, this era suits you brilliantly! xxx

thorne garnet said...

Bringing back memories. Back in the 70's I had a whole bunch of 50/60's prom/cocktail dresses that I worn all over the place. To bad I don't have any photos. It is strange to see you in a 50's dress, you look good. And, damn it, another leopard print coat! Now I really want one

Claire Justine said...

Oh wow you look stunning, love this post and your dress, need to go and get dressed up now :) Would love you to be one of my guest bloggers on my share you style Saturday blog hop? i'm super excited about my first guest blogger this week, hope you stop by? :)

Claire Justine said...

Whoo just noticed my first guest blogger has commented so it's someone you know, hehe trying to make it a fun Saturday hop :)

Krista Gassib said...

Vix this outfit has caused my jaw to drop and hit the floor! Exquisite, stunning, classy, gorgeous, I am in love with this entire look. Had I spotted you in Asada I would have insisted I buy the wine and we get to hanging out stat! You are just beautiful and I bet once they see what you planned on wearing they will be begging for another shot.

Loveyoumorethanfancyfrocks!
Xxxxxxxxxx

Sara said...

How sweet!! That dress looks amazing with your leopard coat, LOOVE!

carrievintage said...

You were definitely the most beautiful lady in the supermarket :*

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Fabulous! I wish I had your confidence! I bet you made people smile! xx

Hayley Rose said...

Oh it looks so good one you! My mum said it looks like its been made for you :) next time I go to asda Im gonna dress up to the nines also ;) xx

Panty Buns said...

Excellent! Well done you! It makes me smile that you were looking so fabulous and when your photo shoot was postponed simply would not accept being "all dressed up with no place to go". Your greeny side of bronze Fifties frock looks fantastic and fits you beautifully!

Bella Q said...

This is a dogpile of glorious on glorious. The dress was made for you- you're a goddess in greeny bronze!

Sarah said...

Oh I love this! x

Trudie said...

STUNNING FABULOUSNESS that you are Vix.
I think it's a complete riot that the booze cost more than our outfit. You look a million bucks. X

Alexandra said...

This is gorgeous! you look fantastic! xx

Nikki @ Penelope Cat Vintage said...

That dress is absolutely stunning! You look fab in it. Can't believe it was less than a fiver - jealous!

Nikki x

Lucy Nation said...

As if you weren't going to rise to that challenge! And you did it resplendantly. Unfortunately I have never found a handmade dress that was made for my body double in a charity shop :( I'm still looking though xx

Susan Partlan said...

Wow. That dress is fabulous. I wish I lived near you and could run into you while out shopping!

menopauselsupermodel said...

I love how you took a 50's frock and than Vixified it with the leopard, baubles and the shoes!!!

I'll bet you were a SENSATION in Asda!!

Heather said...

great dress looks like it was made for you!! You rocked that grocery store!! Love Heather

rosyragpatch said...

You look stunning in the '50s dress. I love the photos in Asda - I'm suprised you didn't bring the shop to a standstill. x

Helga! said...

FARK YES!!!! YOU ARE A GODDESS!
Frokcing up for the groceries is my FAVE thing to do. It just makes it so much more enjoyable! I envy that you can aslso buy your spirits in your supermatrkets; we can only buy wine and beer in ours, and have to go to a bottle store (same as off licence) for our liquor. Can't even buy wine in the supermarkets in Australia! It's all seperate.
Anyway, I ADORE that frock, and I know that the 50's frocks don't usually interest you, but I'm SO glad this one does! You are ROCKING that biatch like NO OTHER! Perfect. Yep, PERFECT!
I'd have fallen into your trolley and demanded to be taken home with you, had I been in the vicinity!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Madamevillemo said...

Nice :)

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Well, that ought to make someone's day at Asda. I think it fabulous, smashing and incredibly liberating to just wear what you damn well please. Considering that most people who do that are actually "hiding" in frumpy clothes because they've lost the will to dress nicely. Or maybe they never did care.

Anyway, salutes to you, girl!

Cheers,
Rosemary from
www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

The Vintage Knitter said...

I think that's the closest Asda has ever been to glamour! Keep on rockin' those aisles, baby! xxx

Val Sparkle said...

What a gorgeous dress, and the coat, too! I bet they thought a movie star was shopping at Asda, slumming it. Well, you're a star anyway!

Peta said...

holey moley. AMAZING. That is all

Silhouette de Femme said...

You should wear more of the 50's style as you are totally glamorous! This is a shade I have seen in a long time & is that a pink make-up table or am I now colour blind too! It looks so pretty!
Denise

Connie said...

Prom Queen!!!!!

Ofelia said...

You are so right about dressing up to do every day chores; you feel and look better and usually the stores attendance are nicer to you!
You make up, hair, accessories, dress, leggings and boots are amazing!
I think you are meeting Sandra Dee and Pat Boone for afternoon tea!

Lynn Dylan said...

I love that dress! And your hair! And the dressing table! You look absolutely stunning!

xoxo
Lynn

meghan silva said...

Gorgeous dress

xo Meg

Meghan Silva's Blog

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Wow! That dress fits perfectly! You just have to keep it. Don't normally see you in that sort of colour, or indeed in one block colour, but I love it, it's stunning on you. Who cares if anyone noticed, they might've been too busy buying booze too. Cans of special brew. I love yer leopard print, looks amazing. I like your hair like that too! Keep being an inspiration to us all! Xxxx

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Fabulous dress - and I love the pics in Asda - so funny! xx

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Fabulous dress - and I love the pics in Asda - so funny! xx

♥ Sadie ♥ said...

Ooh I know that Asda well ;). You look gorgeous!!

Sadie xx

Forest City Fashionista said...

You are officially my style heroine!! Gah, Vix, you so need to wear 50's style more often - you are freaking stunning in this dress and leopard coat. If I saw you, dressed like this in my local supermarket I think I would have to bow to your total fabulousness.

Misfits Vintage said...

ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT! You! The Dress! The Jacket! Just absolutely every single thing about this post makes me squeal with JOY!!!

Love you more than FABULOUSNESS!!

Sarah xxx

wardrobeexperience said...

this is so awesome! this might be my fav post here ... i love the photos from the super market ... so fun!
as a well known lover for 50s dresses and leopard spotted pieces ... i have to say: LOOOOOOVE IT!

Trees said...

This post is why I think you're so amazing Vix - growing up on a farm I was totally ALWAYS being told off for "dressing up nice" unnecessarily. But if I don't look good, I don't feel good!

Little Blue Mouse said...

For someone who isn't keen on 50s style you certainly look good in it!

Veshoevius said...

WOW! That dress is fabulous! I love that you wore it to the supermarket!

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Man you look awesome and the green eyeshadow is fierce!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

STUN. NING!

Embrace a love of the 50s too, you know you want to!

I would have loved to have bumped into you over the Sauvingnon blanc.

xx

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

That dress fits you beautifully!

CityScape Skybaby said...

Don't know how I missed this post Vix, it's very different from your usual style but still very you somehow, and absolutely stunning on you. Your tan just sets the bronzey green colour off perfectly too. Love the pics of you toddling round Asda looking so glam. xx

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

A saying I subscribe too, love it! We are a long time dead, and I do so much love seeing people of all ages dress well whatever the occasion. Fabulous green! Minerva ~

Lynne DeVenny said...

Amaze-balls dress. I love 50s fashion, so I doubly enjoyed this post. You are so beautiful; you make any style look incredible.

Someway, somehow, I'm getting that last quote hung up on a wall.

mumzy said...

Divine Ms Vix..........what a splendid dress & as you say absolutely made for you... what luck to find a vintage handmade dress with your dimensions... must have been in the starzzz!

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Devil made in Heaven said...

I love that dress! I do love fifties dresses. Only hard to find overhere. Love that you went to the store with that dress. :D You look great in it.
xxxx

Lydia Armstrong said...

You look so stunning, I can't even handle it!! A blog friend directed me to this post after I blogged about my favorite evening looks from the recent runway shows and how I want to just go grocery shopping in them!