A Vintage Cocktail Dress

Shot at The Assembly House

 photography by Sophie Elliott


I can honestly say this outfit makes me feel so comfortable, I truly feel at my best when I wear this vintage cocktail dress! With lots of events to attend this party season, I was looking for something that not only would see me through all the nights out but also it had to be something I could dress down for if the occasion required.

For whatever reason, I left searching for something special to wear for my works Christmas party to the last minute, which is something I don’t normally do, I like to have things prepared for the “just in-case”.

So when Absolute Vintage asked me if I wanted to work with them on a party season blog post, it really couldn’t have come at a better time, if you read my recent gift guide, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of AV & so the prospect of another post really excited me!

Normally I would always advise to try on vintage before purchasing unless your 100% sure on the sizing, just because in my opinion, vintage clothes tend to be irregular in their sizes, I very rarely am the same size in every vintage piece I own. Naturally, because of this I was a bit nervous to buy something online having left it last minute, & just as I thought I wasn’t going to find anything on AV’s website I clicked through the last page of dressed & low & behold there she was…

Described as a 1980’s Wiggle Dress, I just knew I had to have it, I’m going to be honest, it had me at “wiggle dress” & the promise of brightly coloured gem embellishment!

I always feel my most feminine in a wiggle dress so I knew the shape wouldn’t be a problem,  however the sizing I was worried about, labelled as a 12-14, I was concerned that it might be too big for me around my shoulders, which is where I feel I’m at my smallest, along with my waist. However knowing what I know  about vintage sizing, I decided to take a look at the actual measurements, so there I was at 8pm on a Sunday night with my laptop perched on the end of my bed, I found myself pulling about with the tape measure from my sewing box, willing with everything I had that this dress would fit me. The measurements were pretty spot on give or take half an inch. I decided to take the gamble.

Boy, am I glad I did, as always delivery was super speedy & once collecting it from my neighbour (he occasionally takes in our post for us) I squealed as I unravelled the tissue paper…


I was not expecting black velvet, in fact I don’t know what I was expecting, I think something along the lines of a thick black cotton, or polyester, but never velvet! I must have missed that on the website in my haste to order.

I was even more delighted with velvet & the contrast it gives the bright jewels (which by the way are a dream embellishment on a dress!) was a real finisher.

I don’t think I’ve ever owned a Little Black Dress & I don’t think I’ll need another now, this one is sure to see me through Christmas, New Year & for when I want to dance around the kitchen feeling fancy.

We shot these photos at The Assembly House in Norwich, which was the first & only place that popped in to my head when I thought about photographing this outfit, the atmosphere oozes vintage glamour & a traditional Christmas, which I thought would be the perfect backdrop.

I teamed the dress with a deep purple faux fur collar, vintage style tights & my bridal shoes, as for accessories, a new bag that I know is going to be a real holiday staple.

What are you wearing this Christmas? I’d love to hear from you!

Peace & Love

A Vintage Wife




*A special thank you to all at The Assembly House for letting us shoot in your grounds.

* All photography by Sophie Elliott Photos

* This post has NOT been sponsored in anyway

*Dress has been purchased from Absolute Vintage for the purpose of this blog, all thoughts are my own.



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Lilly Amber

I’m loving this black dress, I don’t think I’ll need another now.This coming Sunday I’ve a party, and i’m thinking that in party i’ll wear this black suit. I’d love to wear this black suit. 🙂


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