Hercules Balmoral & Vintage Dress –

The rain finally stopped, so we could take a little bike ride around our neighborhood, nothing to long as I’m still not that great on a bike (my balance and clumsy – ness are the main issues, I am improving though) but this time we combined our bike ride and outfit photos.

I think this dress even though it has a crazy pattern all over it some how matches my bike, the dark green colour features as one of the many colours in the print. I think this colour pallet will be my new fall winter colours. I love how there dark but bright, if you get what I mean?

I picked this up on my vintage thrift store hunt with Claire the other day. She was quite restrained and only brought one dress where as I brought two dresses and a skirt, I couldn’t help it they were on sale! The other dress will have to wait till I’m in a beach or filed like location to show it off. It’s so pretty and worth the wait!! The skirt I will show as soon as I’ve shortened it.

So this is my vintage Hercules Balmoral bike I got in Camden Markets a while back (its from around 1948, pretty old). I plan to get a basket but have been buying dresses instead oops! I will correct this as I think I may use my bike in my up coming styling shoot – which I have SO MANY ideas for!! Zara are canalling my 70’s styling ideas but they had a mixed trend with 70’s esque pieces combined with old english heritage chic. But so many piece I wanted for my self and the shoot!

What I’m Wearing –

Dress – Vintage

Tights – Marks & Spencer

Rucksack – Topshop

Shoes – River Island

I love my new dress and it’s crazy print, I’m really pleased with how well these photos came out. I mean I often like my outfit posts but I get most excited about the location ones, either in the ware house or at a park or this flower graffiti wall, which I’ll defiantly be revisiting. I think the locations are as important as the outfit! Do you ever get the feeling of feeling very vintage in some outfits? Well today I felt very vintage, with my vintage dress and bike. I love days like this, I always like to add a vintage element into every outfit be it with a scarf, bag or a broach. I think it’s nice to have that little touch and if I can’t I try to buy vintage inspired clothing and accessories, this is very important to me. Not sure why but I’m drawn to that look more than say brand new shiny items. I love it when you can find a pretty dress for so cheap and it fit so well, also knowing the odds of someone else having the same are very slim to non!

Photos – Dave Cox


  1. sonia
    August 5, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    Think this is my favourite post x

  2. August 5, 2010 / 8:16 pm

    Wow I love your dress! And your bike is very cool, I love the green!

    • August 5, 2010 / 8:36 pm

      Thanks, yes I love my bike even if I’m not the best on it but I’m improving. I even went on the road, I sound like a child but it was scary and fun at the same time!

  3. Claire
    August 6, 2010 / 10:27 pm

    dress looks fab! great find. It’s going to great for Autumn/ Winter, love the colours! x

  4. Roy Stevens
    February 14, 2013 / 4:32 pm

    Hi I saw your photographs when I was looking at vintage bicycles. A hercule’s balmoral was the first adult bike I ever had and I was amazed when I first saw the picture as you looked exactly like a classmate of mine at school even the dress looked similar to fashions of the time 1971 to 73. You are right about it looking good and congratulations to Dave on the photo’s. Good luck with your basket, halfords do a good one with a quick release, but be careful it does not interfere with your brakes.

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