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I'm talking flared dresses mainly. Where do you buy them from? I bought a dress in that sort of shape recently, and I love it, but there weren't any others where I got it from. I've seen a few websites, but are there any you can recommend particularly? Or any shops that might stock this kind of thing? I'm in London, so if anybody knows anywhere there, brilliant. I've got a big family do coming up soon, and I want to feel good in what I'm wearing.
Brands to try: Hearts & Roses (these come up small more often than not) Collectif ** Vivien of Holloway ** Lady V London Lindy Bop Voodoo Vixen Hell Bunny Emily and Fin if you want something a bit less pin-up and a bit more "grown up" for want of a better phrase Sixton London (ditto) ** House of Foxy if you want a real treat (or their cheaper spinoff Pretty Retro is also nice for vintage-style basics)
I would also love to know (looking at MrsSG here I guess) if any of the brands do things cut for tall people? I have several LadyV (Hepburn) and Collectif (Dolores) dresses, and I love them, but the waist on all of them is halfway up my ribcage, and the hem is barely on the knee (I'm 5'11", which would have made me a giantess - or a Mitford Girl- in the 50s).
Conversely, I have two pairs of the ultra-wide Collectif trousers and they're actually too long without heels! So maybe I'm just quite long-waisted? Though as my inside leg is 35" I doubt that...
@MontyPythonsFlyingFuck (love your name!) no they don't do different dress lengths, tall/petite etc and they do tend to be very high-waisted unfortunately. I'm only 5' 4" and the waistbands are mostly too high on me (long body, short legs). Maybe you'd be better off with vintage-style circle skirts instead of dresses? Length-wise, a repro day dress is never going to finish below the knee on someone your height . I'd advise finding a decent vintage pattern and a dressmaker and getting things cut to fit your own body shape.
As for Collectif trousers, don't get me started. Their sizing is bonkers and varies massively between different styles. That said, it should only cost about £10 to have them shortened (we also do alterations) - although we aren't in London and I suspect prices would be higher there.
House of Foxy do great trousers with 32" inside legs AND a further 2" of hem; they also do some of their trousers styles in custom lengths so it's worth checking them out.