Monday, 25 July 2011

a little bit rockabilly

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I've always had a bit of a thing for the rockabilly revival look. I'm not actually sure that's the right description: I mean the look where girls do their hair a bit fifties style, have swallow tattoos on their backs, and where fifties shape dresses with tattoo or cherry or Mexican skull prints. Probably this love of mine is not terribly obvious: I don't have any tattoos, and I'm not usually seen in any of the above styles; but nonetheless, I'm the type to gaze a little longingly at the dresses in the Camden market stalls.

So I indulged in my fancies a little by snagging this Laura Lees for Topshop dress on ebay. I remember this collection back from 2007--in fact, I bought one of the dresses back then. I love the bright, poppy, slightly rockabilly embroidery that gives it extra character!

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After Eight, and my absolute favourite, yoghurt flavoured ice cream.

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Photos by Albert

dress: Laura Lees for Topshop (via ebay), bag: Flash paradise, socks: Primark, shoes: Urban Outfitters (gift), hair ribbon: presumably from a gift?

37 comments:

So Yeah So said...

I like the look, too, but it's something I've never really experimented with.
I got married in Vegas, and when we were at the courthouse there were two other couples getting their marriage licenses. One of them was rockabilly and they looked so freaking cool.

Kim said...

Love the look, very cute dress!!

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

That is such a fantastic dress! All of the little embroidered details are so cute. Also, are those sandals more comfortable with tights/socks? I love the look of my pair (same sandals) but they're just so mean to my feet!

jess said...

Such an adorable dress. I love the embroidered details.

Stef / Diversions said...

Such a lovely dress, the colourful embroidery is awesome :) Brilliant seeing it paired with such a pretty pretty hairband and frilly socks!

Catita said...

I do so what you mean by loving the rockabilly revival look, although the tattoos are missing I see it and I think it is also those bangs and the fact that you are wearing socks with the sandals that makes me see it too!
xoxo
Catita

Heather Davis said...

That is such a cute dress! I love the variety of embroidered icons. I'm drawn to the rockabilly look as well, even though, um, yeah, I don't really dress like that. I have some sugar skull hair pins on my Etsy favorites list right now, though...haha.

Natalie Suarez said...

it looks so amazing there! LOVE IT! :)

xx

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Michelle said...

Oh look a flamingo bag! I have spotted flamingoes everywhere since that post I did. Loved your comments. Much more intellectual then my lost querying.

B.Inspired said...

What a cute look! We're getting a Topshop in Chicago this fall and I am really excited to go and do some shopping as I see fantastic clothes on tons of fabulous bloggers like you there! Hope you'll visit me at www.bravoerunway.com

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Michelle: Haha, guilty! I'd forgotten that this bag had a flamingo! And I'd almost forgotten waxing intellectual about flamingos in your comments!

Amber Blue Bird said...

i love that style too although I suck at actually putting any outfits together that resemble it. Your dress is a winner, i really like the embroidery and the high collar. Oh topshop must you always be so awesome?

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh love that dress! its so fun!
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The Headless Mannequin said...

What a cute dress. You should check out the Irish singer Imelda May's style...she rocks the rockabilly look :)

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deppa said...

¿alguien te ha dicho alguna vez lo dulce y tierna que te ves en general cuando usas esos vestidos?
Es que yo siempre creo que son fabulosos y de verdad los detalles llenos de color siempre me recuerdan a una pequeña niña juguetona ;)

Nos vemos!
Que tengas una excelente semana!

Ashley said...

and yogurt overseas is the best! :)

Shybiker said...

So darn cute! I love that look and you nailed it. The socks are my favorite part.

Monique said...

Emily you look lovely...you do so well on Ebay I'm very impressed. The dress fits you so well and is incredibly flattering. Those socks are incredibly cute and I'm loving the red continuity you have going on here.

Terri said...

the embroidery on the dress makes it a winner! And I like the socks with the shoes.

Virginie's Cinema said...

Very cool dress! I love how you styled it.

A little rockabilly but a little Mexican cowboy too :)

Virginie ♥

gee said...

i love the rockabilly look as well.
never have tired it myself but always think it looks beautiful on others. (i look horrible in bangs..so i don not think i would be able to pull it off.. :P)
love that you found this dress on ebay.
it looks perfect on you. i would def. get something on it due to it being white and me being clumsy all the time.
you look beautiful. <33

Mackenzie said...

Wow, that dress is so cool! I would have thought it's one of a kind because it's so unique. I also admire those with rockability style, it's so bold and daring.

Mackenzie
Reasons to Celebrate

CessOviedo said...

That dress is so cool! The details are so unexpected, awesome! Blowing you a kiss back!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Penny said...

you know I m collecting weird ice cream flavors? by collecting I mean I always try to taste sth different and it's the first time I see an after eight!mmm! :)

Jul said...

What a cute look, the dress is so pretty and I also like its slightly rockabilly vibe :) also, loving your shoes!
And after eight is one of my favoutite gelato flavours ever!

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The Daily Fashionista said...

What an absolute fabulous dress!! I love the pretty detailing at the neck.

Rebeccak said...

Love the embroidery - those socks are a sweet touch too :)

Tomz said...

I'm in love with those apparels..:)

Lidiya said...

This dress is just so cute - I adore all of the embroidery, it looks so unique! And it matches your headband perfectly <3
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Jennyboo said...

This is lovely Emily! You always snag up the best dresses. I am loving the detailing on the collar as well as those adorable little red sandals. And I saw your comment on Isla's blog- come and visit SF. You have plenty of places to stay! Thrifting, wine tasting, and cocktails galore. xx

LOIS said...

great pictures :)
Love Lois xxx

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melindaaa said...

cute sockkss! very few ppl can pull that off..but you can!

Ashley/ MILK TEETHS said...

I love the little pill on the dress and that ice cream (mint and chip?? one of my favorites y'know) looks so good right now. ALSO I'm almost done with the post I promised you, I just need to write up some text--I should be sending it through tonight :)

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Raquel said...

This is a great dress! So unique and it totally suits you!
I really like the rockabilly style too, minus the skull/pin up tattoos (although I'm thinking of having two small ones, one in each shoulder!).

Oh and I LOVE after eight icecream!! nom nom nom

sojourned in style said...

the rockabilly details are so clever and subtle. its so interesting on a white dress it adds so much character. the red shoes and socks were made for eachother.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Your rockabilly inspired outfit is perfection from head to toe! And it looks really fun to wear :)