Purple Vintage Maxi Dress + Style With a Smile link Up

June 8, 2021
Purple Vintage Maxi Dress, Zara structured woven bag

Flaming June is certainly living up to its name so far! I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s definitely making up for the wet and chilly May we had. I’ve been enjoying being outdoors more and recreating a holiday vibe at home…I even got a little bit sunburnt on my legs! I always seem to miss a bit when I’m applying SPF. It feels lovely to be able to wear floaty, swishy dresses instead of jumpers and trousers. This purple vintage maxi dress would be perfect for a wedding or summer party as the chiffon fabric is airy and floaty.

The main part of the dress is lined but the lining fabric is lightweight, so it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing two layers. I love the deep cuffs, although the sleeves are a tiny bit short on me – a problem I often have with vintage clothes. I have long arms and proportions tend to be on the smaller side with older garments. Comparing vintage sizing with modern day measurements makes you realise how far the fashion industry has taken vanity sizing; a 1960s/70s size 16 is roughly a size 12 now! That’s why it’s really important to check all the measurements of a vintage piece before you buy online.

I added neutral accessories to let the dress shine; this cute woven bag from Zara is a few years old now but is still one of my favourite summer bags. My sandals are quite old now too, but Clarks shoes tend to last forever don’t they? Purple sunglasses and gold and purple jewellery finished off the look.

Are you enjoying the sunshine too? Do you tend to favour dresses when the weather warms up?

Purple Vintage Maxi Dress
Purple Vintage Maxi Dress, Zara structured woven bag
Purple Vintage Maxi Dress, Zara structured woven bag


Purple Vintage Maxi Dress, Zara structured woven bag

Vintage dress from eBay | bag from Zara (old) | Clarks sandals (old) | Ted Baker sunglasses | Ottoman Hands ring and earrings

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21 responses to “Purple Vintage Maxi Dress + Style With a Smile link Up”

  1. What a stunning dress Emma! I adore the print and purple color on you. That ring is calling my name. Thanks so much for the link up!


  2. Katie says:

    I definitely love to wear dresses when the weather gets hot here! This purple maxi dress is stunning! I love the color!


  3. Di says:

    You find the most wonderful vintage pieces, Emma! This looks beautiful on you, I love the colors and the print. Thanks for sharing and the link up!

  4. I love the beautiful rich purple shade of that dress! It is stunning on you!

  5. Rena says:


    This is a great look on you, from the color to the silhouette. You look chic and modern in your vintage classic.


  6. Amber says:

    I love wearing dresses on warm summer days! This one is such a great vintage find, the vibrant colors are gorgeous!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


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  7. Nancy says:

    Don’t you just love the sun! I’m enjoying it every day. Eating, reading outside. No telly at all. What s wonderful dress, must feel fabulous. Love the earrings too. Enjoy your day.

  8. Michelle says:

    This dress is absolutely gorgeous! You look fabulous!


  9. Laurie says:

    The dress is lovely Emma, but what struck out to me is how perfect the fit of it is. Like it was made for you! Thank you for the feature too! xx

  10. Suzy says:

    THAT DRESS!!!!! I think it’s one of my favourites so far, Emma! You continue to amaze me how you always manage to find such beautiful vintage pieces! And the jewellery is gorgeous too. You look stunning.
    Suzy xx

  11. Jennifer says:

    I really love the colour of your dress!!

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  12. This is a fabulously fun dress, Emma! You are really rocking the vintage dresses this season. I am loving all of them! I have a hard time finding vintage dresses in my size. Especially since my dress size is usually a US 14/16. I think that converts to about a size 20/22 in vintage and I don’t think those sizes even existed pre-1980’s. But I do enjoy seeing all of your gorgeous vintage pieces!


  13. What a great find on eBay, it’s stunning, love the colours and print.
    Alison x

  14. Gail says:

    What a beautiful dress! Stunning on you. Sobering thought that a 12 now was a 16 in the 60s/70s. I notice in old films and documentaries that hardly anyone was overweight. Food for thought x

  15. Alexandra says:

    The fit is incredible. It’s a beautiful dress, and I think the purple really compliments your red hair.

  16. Lovely says:

    That’s a fabulous dress on you! I adore your earrings and that bag is cute!

  17. Jacqui Berry says:

    Hasn’t it been hot! We’ve been very spoilt although looking a bit overcast here today! Great dress Emma, you wear it well. Thanks for hosting too xx Jacqui x

  18. This dress is so beautiful, I love the coloring of it, the fit and that it is vintage! That ring really goes so nicely with it!


  19. You look marvelous! I too prefer dresses with the warmer weather. And…I think we are colour, And, maxi-twinning today my dear friend! Have a great weekend xx

  20. Mica says:

    What a stunning vintage find! with the statement sleeves it looks really modern, and purple is a wonderful colour on you! 🙂

    Thank you for joining the #WeekdayWear Link Up! Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

  21. What an amazing dress that is, Emma! And it’s just stunning on you! I’ve noticed that the vintage sizes are two “up” from modern sizes, so a vintage 14 is actually a modern size 10 (US). The Great Size Shift happened around 1986-7 when vanity sizing happened.

    I love your jewelry – that is exactly the type of chunky jewelry that I love. Thank you so much for the link-up!

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