by Valerie Davenport / Hair Styled by Jaqueline Hoss, Color by Jennifer Engberg at Turning Heads
Ladies, take heart; you don’t have to rely on fast fashion to fill all your wardrobe needs! It’s not as tough – or costly! – as you might think, to add perfectly-fitting pieces from fashion designers. Here’s the key: THINK LOCAL!
Here’s my story: Recently I was trying on peplum tops, and having a heck of a time finding anything that fits my larger bust size, but smaller waist. One of my favorite clothing lines Black Halo does a fantastic job matching my bust-to-waist proportions, and I adore them for it, but I’ve struggled to find anyone else who comes close. Here’s me trying on a peplum top in a popular trendy shop that shall remain nameless… Seriously, it doesn’t even come close to covering my bra. Annoying!
Fed up, I reached out to local clothing designer Dottie Hamann, founder of Retro Hunny. We are blessed to have many incredibly talented people in this community, and Dottie is one of our brightest stars. She custom-creates rockabilly and retro-styled clothing for women of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve been delighted to see her work sashay down multiple runways over the last few years. Her looks are creative and classic, and this town LOVES her – for good reason!
“I’d like a top in red & white gingham for the 4th of July, with halter straps, and can you add a peplum waist?” I asked her… No problem, she told me! One week later, I had my custom-made, perfectly-fitting halter top, with the thoughtful addition of a sweetheart neckline. How cute is this, seriously? I was thrilled to have something that fit my every curve like it was made for me (because it WAS, lol!), and on top of that, Dottie informed me that she had decided to name the top after me!!! I’m sooooo honored!!!
So here it is, and the Tanya Top, available in all sizes and just about any color or pattern you want! If you’d like a Tanya Top that fits YOU like a glove, email Chantelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. They cost around $50, plus shipping, unless you’d like to stop by Retro Hunny in person to get yours fitted and made. 🙂
Happy 4th of July, hunnies! 😉
P.S., I discovered another amazing aspect of this city, while looking for a place to shoot these photos with Valerie; just 3 blocks from Boise’s major mall is a sheep farm… Seriously! I loved meeting Rocky, a new little lamb with so much spunk, he totally thought he was the family dog. I had a blast with him – thank you Farmer Jim for letting us hang out with you and your fabulous sheep!