Well Suited

There is something about watching a classic movie, with the leading ladies often wearing sharply tailored classic suits. Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Betty Grable – they all gave great suitage. (No, technically ‘suitage’ is not a word that appears in the English dictionary, but hey – you get my meaning).

Nowadays, it’s actually quite tricky to get a vintage-styled suit. Various reproduction companies offer some beautiful examples – I’m looking at you Puttin On The Ritz; and of course I can (and have in the past) made my own suits from original vintage patterns.

But last year, I heard whispers amongst the vintage community of a company called TopRunway, who offer vintage reproduction made-to-measure suits & dresses. So, I thought I would give them a try, and made my first purchase of this suit. I have since then made two additional purchases – the green dress which I customised, view here; and a grey suit which has only just arrived a few days ago, so I have yet to wear. So far, the only slight issue I have had with TopRunway, is that their interpretation of pockets sometimes leaves a little to desire. So, in future I would probably go for a design that does not have any pockets or pocket details. Otherwise, all 3 purchases have been above & beyond my expectations, and from me hitting the ‘order’ button to unwrapping my purchase has on average been 20 days each time.

These photos were actually taken almost 2 months ago now – where does the time go! I paired my suit with the gorgeous Saskia Squirrel brooch by Erstwilder, a vintage hat, gloves & luggage case. Please excuse the flat shoes, I know the outfit would have looked improved if I were wearing heels, but I was walking around Rye all day so obviously had worn flats for comfort.

Has anyone else purchased from TopRunway? What were your experiences?

Until next time dears!

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11 thoughts on “Well Suited

  1. wardrobe experience says:

    Wow, this suit looks stellar on you. Somhow i didn’t heard the wispers of the vintage community … so I have to run and check out the label you got this wonderful suit from!!!

  2. Janey says:

    This suit is marvelous! And your brooch adorable! Also kudos to you for posting photos from two months ago! I have a hard time posting from two weeks ago!

    I had not heard of this brand until now! I’m also pleased to uncover fresh repro/inspired lines!

    xoxo
    -Janey

  3. Jenny Frances says:

    Thank you my lovely! Yes, do check out TopRunway on Ebay (the link in the post should take you straight there). I believe they also sell on Etsy with the name ‘Heart My Closet’. xxx

  4. Jenny Frances says:

    Haa, I actually still have some pictures that I am waiting to post from about 6 months ago! I seem to have a tendency to ‘hoard’ pictures! My experience of TopRunway has been great, and I forgot to mention in the post that you can choose from a number of different fabrics/colour combinations; so you are even less likely to spot someone wearing the same as you! xxx

  5. Wendy Bayford says:

    What a gorgeous suit and it fits you to a T! I have never heard of Toprunway before I shall have to give them a look, as much as I love making my own clothes its nice to treat yourself every now and then and knowing that they are made to measure is fabulous! x

  6. Jenny Frances says:

    Thank you Wendy! I must say, I recently read your Film Fashions of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – love it so much! It is one of my favourite films, and of course it features a lingerie fashion show-1930s lingerie swooooooon! XxxX

  7. Jenny Frances says:

    Oh my gosh, stop it! Seriously, you look so amazing – ALWAYS. You are such a style inspiration to me, I can’t wait for you to move to London! We must meet up & exchange vintage fashion tips! 🙂 xxx

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