Easy Breezy Brand of the moment… Son de Flor

As many of you probably know by now I have something of a vintage soul, and while scrolling Instagram a few weeks ago I came across this beautifully nostalgic brand, Son de Flor.

I was instantly captivated by its ethereal images and the wonderful simplicity of its folksy garments.

The brand is all about that easy breezy slow life, a world away from the usual fast fashion that we see every day.


I’ve always thought there is something delicious about owning that one classic, well-made, well-loved staple garment that can be worn for every adventure and occasion. One which can be your signature item that you can practically live in. One which, one day, will be adopted by someone else and will become an old book full of stories. I think these frocks are just that.

Son de Flor’s dresses have something of an eclectic, modest charm. They sort of remind me of something a new age Elizabeth Bennett would wear or one of the girls from Little House on the Prarie, and although their garments are simplistic they stand out from the crowd for that reason. They possess that ageless, vintage look that you don’t often get today.


What is even more wonderful about the brand’s dresses are that they have a classic timelessness to them which means they can be worn for a range of different occasions and be, as the brand puts it, ‘just right’. They are easy to pop on through the day for trips to the countryside, at tea parties with friends, or dressed up with heels and a classic red lip for an evening occasion. They really do make for effortless dressing and style.


As a massive added bonus the brand is conscious and creates its clothing with linen, sourced and made by responsible producers and suppliers. What’s more, the fact that they are made of linen means that the dresses are easy to move and adventure in and are light and airy for warm summer days and layerable for winter or for an added touch of detail.

I adore these smock dresses layered up for a retrospective look. They come in a range of bold beautiful colours too!

Which is one of the factors that draws me to the brand so much, the fact that you can buy one staple dress and then add separate layers to add an alternative neckline or hem or another layer of warmth. They will never go out of style or season.

These little petticoats are perfect on their own in hot summer heat or layered under dresses.

The linens come in a range of different colours, for if you like striking, standout hues like yolky mustards, crimson reds or more natural and subtle colours like oatmeals, crisp whites, and olives.


If I were to style these dresses myself I’d definitely add a white layer underneath for a more vintage look and would match it with little leather sandals or brogues and straw boater hat for summer. Alternatively, I’d pair it with brown ankle boots, chunky knitwear, and backpacks for winter.

This is one of my Kate favourites of the collection. I just love the crisp white cotton for Summer.

If you happen to have a mini me, you can also go matchy-matchy with the brand’s adorable little girls range (I mean seriously, how cute?)

If you’re not a dress kind of girl, the brand have also created beautiful blouses and skirts in the same airy fabrics and tones for the new season.

If you’d like to check out some more of Son de Flor’s wares you can find them online here-Son de Flor. You can also give them a follow on Instagram @sondeflor for more beautiful, whimsical imagery.

Kate xx
All images copyright Son de Flor

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Grunge Girls Gingham

Do it like Dorothy this Summer and get your gingham on.

Gingham is one of those staples that seems to come back every summer in some shape or form. Remember the days when you couldn’t wait to pull your checky dresses and frilly socks out for school? Well, this year the look is back with a bang.

Gingham never really disappears. It is often about annually, at least as a micro trend, and as always, there are the usual pastel hues around for the warmer weather. However this year, the usually pretty girly patterns are much more oversized and the in-tones seem to be darker hues of navy’s and black with the occasional pop of red, giving the trend more of an updated, grungy, retrospective feel.

This monochrome dress, I actually bought last year from Warehouse and is a dead ringer for the Isa Arfen resort dress Emma Watson wore back in 2016.

It is a button-down style and has a more fitted silhouette reminiscent of that of the fifties. Like Emma, for this shoot (shot by my wonderful friend Hayley Crone, check her out on Insta and Facebook for updates) I kept with the vintage theme by accessorising with bright crimson colour-pop heels, a matching post box red lip and a classic box bag.



To make this trend a bit more relaxed, I would pair it with a skinny scarf and chunky clogs for a more 70s boho vibe, which is my favourite era to replicate. To give it a grunge update for the new season pair it with fishnet ankle socks and a pair of trusty old Vans.

If you’d like to get your hands on a dress just like this, you can check out warehouse’s updated A-line button version which reflects a more relaxed nineties button-down style.

Or, you can also check out some more of my favourite picks for sale online, below. For whether you’re a laid back Lucy, a preppy Polly or a vintage Verity, this one is a trend for everyone.

Kate xx

 

Copyright: HE Official

Elsie Top, £32.99, He Official

Copyright: Nobody’s Child

Navy Peplum Cami, £18, Nobody’s Child

Copyright: Joanie Clothing

Ellen Sun Dress, £40, Joanie Clothing 

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Copyright: ASOS

Off Shoulder Jumpsuit, £35, ASOS

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Copyright: Mango @ASOS

Frill Hem Trousers, £35.99, Mango @ASOS

 

Seersucker Frill Mini Skirt, £20, Nobody’s Child

 

 

I Have This Thing For Vintage…

Last weekend, as I very regularly do, I visited one of my favourite places in the North East- Tynemouth market.

I adore visiting this place as it is just a complete treasure trove for all things vintage, handmade and up-cycled.

I always go there with my usual mental list of specific things to look out for like vinyl and vintage homeware from my favourite sellers (OH and cake ofc), but no matter how hard  I try will often find surprise pieces which I never knew I needed and can’t resist spending on.

I’ve always been a massive lover of vintage clothes, I think I was supposed to have been born in another era, so I was all eagle-eyed when I spotted this sunny vintage dress hanging from a vintage stalls rail, like the holy grail amongst an overwhelming sea of tweed.


I had been just five minutes later it would have been gone as a blonde lady spotted it simultaneously. I’d say it’s from the early sixties/ very late fifties as it has the most beautiful, bold flower pattern which is an iconic look of the era, however the hemline isn’t short enough to be mini and although it’s yellow, it’s subtle, which may suggest it not being from the height of the swinging 60’s.


What I love about it apart from its beautiful daffodil yellow hue is that it can be worn a range of different ways.  It is a bit big for me, so initially, I thought of using it as a sort of summer trench coat over skirts, dresses, and shorts as it is quite tailored.

When worn buttoned as an actual dress, it’s quite boxy but comes with a belt so becomes slightly A-line. It also has a high oriental-style neckline which adds a pretty little twist to the look. The collar also looks great folded down to create a more relaxed V-shaped neckline for when the weather gets a bit warmer.


The thing I adore about vintage clothing, apart from the fact that it is more of a one-off, is the detail and quality of the clothing from the 20th century and before. Garments like this dress were just made to last. The material is a crisp cotton which makes it more durable and there is so much attention to detail in the matching crafted buttons and stitching.


As a huge lover of vintage, I have to say in my opinion the North East isn’t the best when it comes to vintage shops, and a lot of the ones we do have can be rather pricey, unlike the amazing Northern Quater of Manchester. So I was delighted to find out that the dress was a complete bargain at fifteen pounds!!! Which was the best offer I’ve had on vintage clothing since I visited COW Manchester.

So yes, the North East may not have many vintage stores but sometimes if you are willing to hunt, you might just find the best retro easter eggs in the most unlikely of places (like quirky little train stations).

Kate xx

Is this the most versatile accessory ever? 

I’ve always had a thing for headwear and hair accessories. It’s always been my ‘thing’ as I have never been someone who wears jewellery but I love to play around with shoes, bags and headwear. I like to add a bit of quirkiness or nostalgia to my outfits because, hey! It’s fun to be different and I think the way to do that best is with accessories. 

As I am a recent graduate and have things to save for, I tend to try and be a bit more savvy with my buys where I can. I spotted this gorgeous satin scarf the other day and it was an instant impulse buy. I fell in love with the bold, satsuma orange colour with its oriental bloom pattern, which gives the glamorous 1940’s land girl vibe that I love. 

I have found that unlike some hair-ties, it is a perfect length to be a really versatile accessory, which is great because you get more looks for your mula! 

Aside from using it for multiple hairstyles, you can tie them around your neck for another more sophisticated, polished vintage vibe. It also makes for a nice alternative to the choker trend if you want to be a bit different. Pair with a trench, red listick and sunnies or a crisp white blouse and tailored trousers for a glam, retro daytime look. 

If you like to be a bit edgier with your fashion, scarves also look super cool wrapped around ankles and wrists to add a more effortlessly casual, boho accent to any maxi dress, shorts or jeans combo. 

Finally I really love to use vintage scarves to upcycle thrifted or basic bags. It helps to give them a retro twist, adds detail and gives them a new lease of life. Tip: they look great wrapped around smaller handles multiple times and knotted to finish. Also the great thing about having a scarf attached to your bag all the time is that you’ll never be caught out having a surprise bad hair day! 

If you want to experiment with scarves you can buy them new at H&M, (where the featured scarf is from), they have a couple of different patterns so you can choose one which suits, or you can pick them up from almost all vintage sales and shops if you’re looking for something a bit more individual. 

Remember you can follow me on Instagram for regular styling posts @katewears, I’d love to see your take on the trend too! 

Happy accessorising! 

Kate xx