I have been a fan of Nomads ever since I discovered a rail of their dresses in a tiny shop in Wales. As soon as I stepped out of the changing room in this beauty, Mum, I and the shopkeeper agreed I had to make a purchase!

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I liked the styling of the dress and felt it had some vintage inspiration even if Nomads don’t necessarily identify as a ‘repro’ company.

Nomads have been trading for over 20 years now and deal in Fairtrade, often organic cotton, ladies clothing. They take inspiration from many styles and cultures and everything of theirs I have experienced has been very vibrant and beautiful quality. They do a great range of smart and casual dresses, trousers, tops and some stunning statement coats for the Winter too.

I was lucky enough to be offered some items to review. The first item I chose from this Spring’s range was this lovely glowing shirt dress.

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I had various ideas on how to style it. Firstly thinking some 60s style t-bar shoes and vintage yellow beret. I also fancied a floppy black hat, with maybe a tan belt. But when the day dawned for me to try and take some half decent shots it was such bright sunny day I slipped on my Roxy sunnies, White Stuff flip flops and a black stretchy belt from eBay to nip me in at the waist, going instead for a more 1950s look.

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A little slick of my favourite cherry lipstick from Besame and I was quite happy with the results! I think it conjures up a 1950s picnic scenario with my basket (a fiver at a recent vintage fair!) and vintage flask (Charity shop – 3 pounds) along for the ride. The sunnies and belt make me look very much the 50s pin-up! Well, I like to think so anyway!

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The dress was a size 14 and a great fit on me. It has a lovely collar and pretty shell buttons running all the way down the front. The pattern is perfect – not too bright, but with a lovely glowing yellow and orange that cuts through the white and grey.

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The buttons at the top mean you can reveal as much or as little cleavage as you desire – I definitely think the length and style of this dress make it a multipurpose item – I could certainly wear it to work on sunnier days without any concerns.

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If you can tell good quality cotton by how it feels, then this fabric passes the fingertip test! It’s beautifully soft and fully lined in a gauzy cotton, making it very comfortable in the warmer times we’re hopefully about to have!

I felt that rare combination of comfortable and sexy in this dress and I think it’s also one that could take you from the day to the evening effortlessly. I will admit that I kept it on after I’d taken these photos and when Dr P got home from work I insisted we buy ice creams and walk around the harbour. In my sunnies and lippy, my boy by my side, I felt glam and relaxed – thanks Nomads for the nice memory!

Whilst I don’t specifically shop for items that are Fairtrade, it does assuage my guilt a little to know no-one has been exploited for me to look good. I’m grateful to companies like Nomads for putting options out there for me, making it easier to choose ethical clothing.

All in all, I felt this dress had a nice vintage feel to it and I know I’m going to get lots of wear out of it. If you head over to the Nomads website you’ll find that they’re offering 20% off some items in the lead up Earth Day, so it’s a great time to make a purchase. (http://www.nomadsclothing.com)

If you liked this post, stop back in a few weeks time as I have another Nomads dress to review and it’s a stunner, seriously!

It is with a glamorous glow I say:

It’s only Vintage but I like it!

*I was lucky enough to be given these items to review, but the views expressed are all my own*

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