|Archive bird print / Postcard print / Vintage blue maxi / Vintage peach sundress / Red rose print|
|Blue silk floral / Dusky rose print / Boats print / Marine print / Vintage roses|
|Leaf print / Vintage yellow + blue rose maxi / Vintage blue boats / Vintage gingham / Vintage strapless floral|
|Vintage princess dress / Vintage red floral / Picnic check / Vintage blue floral maxi|
|Vintage pink maxi / Vintage strapless pastel floral / Seaside print / Vintage floral maxi / Vintage brown maxi|
One of the things I get most teased about (other than my obsession with The Archers) is probably my love of Laura Ashley. I blame my mother for this one; as far back as I can remember she'd wear pretty long floral dresses, a beautiful red cord coat dress, and I think my favourite of her LA dresses was a pale pink beauty with an embroidered collar. She's definitely passed on her love of the brand to me.
I mentioned their 60th anniversary the other day, and the competition which is running on facebook to collect Laura Ashley memories. Although I can't make it to London today for the press day, I wanted to post about some of my favourite dresses and their associated memories, so I've dug some of them out for photos.
I guess I'm building up quite a collection of their dresses, both new and older vintage styles. I really love the archive print collection which was introduced a couple of years ago and couldn't resist buying the lime / bird print dress as soon as it hit the stores - I remember dragging my best friends into the stores in Chester after we'd thrown one of them a surprise baby shower.
The postcard print and the striped village print ones were total impulse buys as well; one of those occasions where you can't decide so go for both (I seem to do that quite often). The postcard one has a tiny repair on the seam under the arm one one side. I was walking along in Birmingham and got my heel caught in a crack in the pavement and tripped over, somehow managing to split it. I was so gutted, but fixed it as well as I could.
The red rose print and the navy check were ones I hadn't noticed in my local store until finding them both on the sale rail and again, went for both. They're the same, beautifully-cut shape as the postcard print one and I love them all (even though I've lost a few dress sizes since their purchase. I will alter them because I wouldn't want to part with them).
The princess dress might be one of my favourites, although that's such a hard decision. I wore it to a garden party and played croquet in the rain in my bare feet. I don't think I've worn it since. My long brown maxi dress was worn for a lovely dinner and theatre trip with my mother. My marine print dress had it's first outing for Alex's birthday surprise visit to Bath.
I think there are some pretty lovely memories associated to all of them. I didn't even remember to include my beloved floral shorts, or my vintage jumpsuit - argh!
p.s this post is not sponsored at all, I just thought it was fitting given the memories campaign at the moment and the fact that I genuinely love the brand.