I cannot resist the allure of a killer red wiggle dress.
The latest addition to my ever expanding collection of scarlet frocks is made by House of Foxy and named after the grand high priestess of the hourglass silhouette, Jayne Mansfield. In my humble but dress-obsessed opinion, it’s an instant wardrobe classic. In fact, it’s my perfect winter wiggle dress. Here’s why.
Dress from House of Foxy
Handbag from Top Vintage
The biggest thing I notice when I wear this dress is how much comfier it is than my other wiggle styles. Now I’m not one to let trifling matters like being able to exhale interfere with my vintage look, but my god it’s nice to wear a slightly more relaxed cut once in a while. Especially when you don’t have to sacrifice the style. Those clever minxes at House of Foxy have successfully made a dress with all the pizzazz of a 1950s pinup but the comfort and ease of modern clothes. Because it’s so comfy, it’s super wearable. I’m happy to don this dress in the daytime with a ladylike handbag or vamp it up with sparkles for an (unusually comfy!) evening outfit.
A pencil dress with elbow length sleeves is one of my all-time favourite shapes. It’s just so flattering and sin-covering AND it keeps you warm. Drapery across the bodice and skirt make this dress incredibly forgiving on your tummy and hips, while that wrap-style neckline is gorgeously seductive. Thanks to the thoughtful inclusion of bra anchors, you can wear the dress right on the edge of your shoulders, for a look reminiscent of my absolute favourite, Elizabeth Taylor.
Sizing & Colourways
This elegant dress comes in sizes 8-24. I’m normally a UK 12-14 and optimistically chose a size 12 in this one after reading the reviews on the House of Foxy website. I’m glad I did. The fabric has plenty of stretch and still flatters my curves. I’d definitely recommend sizing down if you’re in between sizes for a proper pinup silhouette. The Mansfield dress comes in two other classic bombshell prints – solid black and leopard.
My Verdict on the House of Foxy Mansfield Dress
House of Foxy are one of the pricier vintage reproduction companies, but then their designs are of such a consistently high quality and have such a beautifully authentic vintage look. The Mansfield dress is an investment piece at £115. If you can, I think it’s worth splashing out on a dress as classic, flattering and wearable as this one. It’s the kind of dress you find yourself reaching for over and over, because you always feel so damn great wearing it. It embraces your curves, makes the most of what you’ve got and doesn’t make you feel all trussed up and uncomfortable in the process. I’m a huge fan of this dress, in case you haven’t picked that up already! It makes me feel confident, sexy and comfortable in my own skin. Bravo House of Foxy! I’ll definitely be buying more of your fabulous designs in the future.