Outfit: Pink & Polka Dots


Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Cardigan: Dorothy Perkins
Belt: New Look
Wedges: New Look

I’m sure many of you will have already heard of the fabulous Vivien of Holloway but if you haven’t, make sure to have a browse through the website for lots of wonderful vintage inspired dresses. I bought my first Vivien of Holloway dress back in 2007 to wear to my 5th Year school prom. Most of the other girls were wearing floor length dresses with layers and layers of tulle and silk, which is really not my style. I was much happier prancing about in a 1950s style halterneck swing dress! Sadly that one (a pink and black spotty number) doesn’t fit me anyomore, but a year or two ago I bought this dress to replace it.

I haven’t actually had the chance to wear this dress all that much, as I feel it’s quite dressy for day-time and a little bit too fancy to wear on an average VK-fuelled night out. But as midi-length skirts are very much “in” at the moment, I’m going to bite the bullet and just start wearing it all the time this summer for picnics in the park and strolls around town. (This would also be the perfect opportunity for any eligible young gentlemen reading this to invite me to a fancy soirée so I can wear this dress whilst drinking champagne cocktails…)

I love how this dress sits and it’s perfect for spinning round in circles! I tried to take a motion-shot but got dizzy from twirling around too much and walked into the table – fun fact. I think the dress looks great on its own for a day-time look, but once I’ve got some more pennies I would love to invest in a petticoat to make it all floofy and big for potential night-time wear.

If I had endless funds I would probably buy all of the Vivien of Holloway dresses (I’ve got my eyes on these ones especially – Rose Garden Blue, Sweet Hearts Pink, & Black Satin Stars). Vivien of Holloway also do some lovely pencil dress and sarong-style dresses which I’d love to try one day too!

Gillian x


Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.


  • KLEE says:

    oh my you look perfect. it's so so flattering on you. defo embrace it for daytime wear! it'd be a shame not to xx

  • Emma says:

    this looks great on you, i love the cut and it looks cute with the cardigan xx

  • aimeee says:

    that dress is lovely! it suits you so well. and i love how you added a splash of colour with the pink cardigan 🙂

  • Really love this dress! You look lovely and the dress is super flattering! Im checking out the website now xx

  • Great look, i love vivien dresses!!


  • Rachael says:

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Carlinn says:

    love this! 🙂

  • rebecca says:

    love this! i've always thought that black and pink go perfectly together (:


  • This dress looks perfect on you, it's so flattering! xx

  • Victoria says:

    Beautiful dress, love the polka dots and the shape is perfect! xxx

  • Natali says:

    You look super cute! I usually hate that length on dresses, but you rock it!

  • beewaits says:

    vivienne of holloway…YES. this dress looks perfect on you xo

  • so adorable. x hivenn

  • Hayley says:

    So gorgeous, I love Vivien of Holloway's dresses so much!

  • Helen says:

    I love vivien of holloway! The wedding dresses are in the running for my dress… Love them and reasonably priced for wedding dresses.

  • Kim says:

    Gorgeous dress, you look amazing! xxx

  • Jade says:

    WOw, you look amazing! That dress is gorgeous! I love your shoes, wish I could wear shoes like that everyday.

    I'm a new follower & love your blog!
    Jade By The Sea


  • Harriet says:

    That dress is stunning, you look absolutely amazing in it! It fits you to T! I love the pink cardigan with it too, it makes me think of Grease and Rollerdiscos and Diners and Bowling and all sorts of fun 50s things!

  • It's so gorgeous! I'd love a Vivien of Holloway dress but I don't think I've got the right body shape for one. You look amazing in yours. You should definitely wear it in the daytime, it's perfect for summer.

  • That dress is gorgeous! The perfect length and suits your figure perfectly x

  • Carrie says:

    That dress looks amazing on you! I love Vivien of Holloway and used to have the same dress in red but I sold it when I lost weight and it didn't fit any more. After seeing how great you look though I'm tempted to reinvest in one for my boyfriend's graduation ball!

  • That dress is so lovely, looks really great on you!

  • Alyse says:

    Hey Gillian, soooo sorry I've been skimping on commenting here lately. School business, you know?

    I love the polka dot dress and the cardigan you threw over it! It feels very retro. Not sure it's a look I could pull of myself, but you do it so beautifully. =]

  • Yona says:

    That dress is amazing <3. I love the combination of the black&white polka dots with pink :).

  • Maria says:

    You look gorgeous, I love everything about this outfit 🙂

    Maria xxx

  • hollypop says:

    winning combo. the pink is gorgeous and looks great on you.

  • Sharon says:

    Vivien of Holloway are my favourite dress designer, they really suit my body shape and I feel amazing when I wear them. I think I have about 5 of their dresses now and I love it when we get invited to a wedding and I get to wear one of them.

    I love the way you've accessorised this with the pink cardigan, makes it look a bit less dressy. I definitely think you could get away with this look in the daytime.

  • Raz says:

    I haven't seen a fashion blogger picture this gorgeous for a long time. Just perfect.

  • Nice outfit.

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