The Birdie Party Dress- Turning Men Into Gentlemen!

I wrote this review for the Pin Up Persuasion blog competition a few months back. I got the second place prize and a $100 JBR gift voucher (yipee!).

The competition was to review one peice of vintage or vintage repoduction clothing that you could not live without. After much agonizing, I picked the Birdie because I have worn it on so many different occasions. It can be a casual summer barbecue dress with wedges or a more formal dress with killer pumps.

The quality is of course 10/10, as with all Pinup Girl Clothing items. My measurements are 36-28-42 so my bust fell into the small and waist into medium. I decided to go for the medium and it fits perfectly! I love my dresses to be very fitted on top and this dress is just right!

What i found most interesting about this dress is the effect it has on men. Every time I wear it, without fail, I notice how much more chivalrous men are towards me- They open doors, step out of the way for me on the sidewalk, nod politely when passing, and compliment me in a more gentlemanly manner than usual. Its like I have transported them right back to the 50s! This sort of courtesy still exists of course but I definitely felt like the Birdie commanded it a lot more! 

I love to wear my Birdie with a bright red lipstick- I use MAC Ruby Woo with MAC Cherry lip liner . The Vinyl belt that comes with the dress is absolutely perfect and I like to tie in the theme with a red hair flower accessory like the one in these photos. This piece is a side comb and perfect of sliding in behind a victory roll.  You can get them on eBay from seller "bonitagirl14". I like having my hair up with this dress to show off the lapel and elongate the neck. Classic victory rolls like in this photo are my day to day staple and rolling the back up makes it a little bit more elegant. If I'm dressing down the dress, I will wear a red headscarf.


Finally, the red chiffon petticoat adds extra poof and makes it a lot more fun! I got this one from Vivien of Holloway for £59 and its by far my favorite out of the few different types of petticoats I've tried and definitely worth the slightly higher price.

I also have the Birdie dress in the 3/4 sleeves in Royal Blue and it is just as gorgeous but the floral is so fantastic with its versatility and class. If you have not got yours yet then you better get one soon! It's a definite staple in any retro girls wardrobe.

 

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Comment by Zynthia M Rosero on August 18, 2012 at 6:01pm

You look simply STUNNING in these pictures. If this is not the best possible endorsement for the Birdie I don't know what is. I know I'll be adding one to my next order. 

Comment by Jillian Page on August 19, 2012 at 8:35am

You are so gorgeous!! 

Comment by Ella Macedo on August 19, 2012 at 4:37pm

Thanks ladies :-) Harlow I do indeed have the Dee Dee and love the colours! x

Comment by Kim Whitacre on August 21, 2012 at 4:24pm

I ordered this dress this morning! :) I can't wait! It's been on my list. 

Comment by Whitney Davidson on August 21, 2012 at 4:47pm

I wasn't a 100% on getting this dress, till I was going through the fan photos and saw you wearing it. So beautiful and elegant you are in these photos. You sold me! I ordered it 2 weeks ago and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it! I want to get more Birdie Dresses now. Thank you so much for sharing! Love it!!

Comment by Danelle Davis on August 21, 2012 at 4:55pm

I am definitely ordering this one and the peacock. Where did you get the petticoat? It's a dream and it makes the dress!

Comment by Valerie Watkins on August 21, 2012 at 5:32pm
Just beautiful!
Comment by Oh Cheri! on August 21, 2012 at 6:00pm

I had to add this to Pinterest, it is waaaay too gorgeous not to share! (We do have petticoats on our website but I'm not going to post a link here.)

Comment by Danelle Davis on August 22, 2012 at 7:20am

Cheri....I love the petticoat but it doesn't seem as long as the the in the pics. Is it long enough for this dress?

Comment by Oh Cheri! on August 22, 2012 at 7:31am

You're right, the petticoat I mentioned is only 12" long. At $25.95 it's a reasonable price for someone handy enough to do alterations...you could add some fabric to the top since only the bottom part is seen.

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