Little black dress from Rock My Vintage

February was birthday month for me…another year older, none the wiser.

And a late February birthday always poses the dilemma: do I dress winter or spring?

As we’re firmly in the transition period (one day freezing, next day tepid) I can’t be the only one wondering how to make my vintage wardrobe work – and one solution is to mix things up; pairing a classic, vintage party dress with bright, spring accessories is just one way to do it.

I used my latest milestone as an excuse to try out the look: I’ve been wearing a gorgeous, original 1960s “little black dress” from Rock My Vintage with clashing, colour pop tights and shoes.

At Rock My Vintage you can choose from high-quality, one-off vintage pieces and new, retro-themed fashion: perfect if you crave a well-curated vintage fix.

Obvs, I went for original 60s and fell for this black velvet A-line number. It’s one of a kind but – as I only borrowed it – it’ll be back in stock for you to buy soon.

Rock My Vintage black 60s dress

One of the fabulous things about this dress is the bell-sleeve cut-out detail, which gives off such a goth edge.

To suit that edgy theme, I chose a long pendant with two statement charms. The vintage, oversized sunglasses (eBay) add a bit of fun.

Using pink and red accessories to lift the look was inspired by John Lennon’s outfit in the video for Strawberry Fields Forever.

I’d been swooning over old films and just love John’s pink jacket and red jersey/shoes combo. If only guys dressed like that these days *sigh*

My hot pink tights and red, 60s-inspired shoes turn this particular party dress into every day wear, and can turn a few heads, too.

And, talking of Beatles, I took the colour pop/spring accessories theme a wee step further by adding my bestest birthday present: a gift from Mr. Fashion Detective.

London print house Lily and Lionel were given exclusive access to The Beatles’ image archive to create this psychedelic scarf – and it features artwork from the 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

After spying it at the V&A’s You Say You Want A Revolution exhibition, it soooooo had my name on it…what a happy coincidence my birthday was coming up.

Now if that hasn’t inspired you to colour-up your finest second-hand LBD for spring, I don’t know what will!

Peace and love, people. Peace and love.

Little black dress from Rock My Vintage


Photography: Matthew Swan

With thanks to Rock My Vintage

Written by Johanna Payton