Running your own business is probably one of the best things ever, but the fact that you don’t get a Christmas party along with the rest of society is very sad indeed! So my fellow self-employed babes and I are planning on throwing our own cocktail, Cava and Mexican food shindig this weekend. It’s going to be epic and of course there’s only one thing on my mind… finding a brand new outfit!
I’m honesty a bit boring with my everyday clothes (or you could just say I know what I like) but either way I tend to stick to quite similar things. My daily uniform is a midi or maxi skirt, black boots, and a well-cut tee. I often wear head-to-toe black, but I go to town on too many accessories. Rainbows headbands, a cacophony of hot pink bangles, multiple necklaces layered on top of one another…yes please!
Now, I don’t know about you, but as a size 12, ample bosomed woman over 30, I have a love/hate relationship with the great British high street. I’m too old for Topshop, not quite old enough for M&S, so finding something comfortable and well-fitted that isn’t too short and doesn’t look like a potato sack is a constant battle.
Enter The Revival Retro Boutique:
I appreciate a more retro look but I’m not really one to shop vintage. I just don’t have the patience and the sizing is usually too small. However when retro inspired clothing fits really well it looks better than anything. The cuts are way more flattering and I love that the emphasis is on accentuating the waist and boobs without being too short or too slutty. I have a friend, Charlotte, that always looks like she’s stepped right out of the 1940s and oh my goodness, she looks so fabulous! I was ready to try on something different so on a freezey Tuesday morning I hopped on the Tube to Tottenham Court road to visit the boutique.
The shop (and accompanying e-commerce store) specialises in clothing inspired by beautiful bygone eras, particularly the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. They take their cues from old Hollywood glamour and style icons such as Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Ava Gardener. Set up by Rowena Howie, who at the age of 27 was just as sick as I am of the high street offerings, she wanted to have a place where women of all shapes and sizes could buy pieces that would flatter their figures and fit in with their modern lifestyles.