Make do and mend

There are many garments I wish I’d kept over the years, but I never thought one of them would be the polyester dress that I once had as part of my ‘business dress’ (aka uniform) while working for a John Lewis department store in the late 1990s. It was a great dress to wear as the fabric dried almost instantly after washing, never required ironing, and always held its shape perfectly. The only reason I gave it back – I paid for the thing so assume I could have kept it – was that is wasn’t even remotely fashionable. Until now. Vivien of Holloway have started to produce a tea dress that bears a remarkable resemblance to the aforementioned uniform. If only I’d packed it away somewhere when I moved on to my first office job – there wouldn’t be a crease in it!

I also wish I’d kept my lovely WHSmith skirt from the mid-1990s. Beige wool, fitted over the hips with two box pleats from the knee at the front and two at the back, it would look great with a black blouse and a wide belt. I wonder what other shop uniforms would fit perfectly with the 1940s/50s vintage look?

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