Flapper Dapper in Napier

Saturday 5 March 2016 Napier, New Zealand

Sharing a little more from my trip to Napier in January and another fabulous dress by 1920's reproduction brand, Gatsbylady.

Gloves - Vintage
Shoes - Op-shop find in Napier

Continuing on with my posts from Napier, NZ - I am finally blogging about my second Gatsbylady dress that I packed for the trip. I had so much fun walking around in these sparkly flapper dresses and love the way that the sun hits the sequins and beads. I actually had the perfect necklace to wear with this dress that I thrifted with the shoes and then it disappeared and I only found it when I got home, typical! If you missed the first Gatsbylady post you can find it here.

As I mentioned previously the weather was hot and it was beautiful, though by the time I filmed a quick little outfit video I was feeling tired and ready for lunch so I made it short and sweet. 

I am wearing size UK8 again for this brand of dress and love the fit, I asked the lovely people at Gatsbylady for advice on sizing and was told this would fit me best so if you are unsure don't be afraid to ask. The UK8 fits similar to most brands that I wear though it has a tiny bit of room for that 20's look whilst still remaining well fitted. The dress also has a built in slip which is a convenient feature across their range of dresses and the fabric is very breathable for hot weather or dancing all night. 

When I wore all of my 20's outfits in Napier I had a lot of people taking photos or in this case filming me having a little dance, which was fine because I felt like I was on stage at Napier Municipal Theatre haha. I took it as a compliment though as these are some pretty spectacular dresses and Art Deco buildings and beautiful 20's clothing is such a huge part of tourism for Napier. They even have an Art Deco weekend each year in February!

My Grandmother passed away suddenly late last month so this trip to New Zealand was really important and I am thankful for the time that I got to spend with her. During one my previous trips to NZ she gave me my 1920's finger wave clips which were originally my Great Grandmother's  and she loved watching me set my hair with them and absolutely loved the dresses. We have always talked about vintage fashion and sewing as she was a seamstress and I ended up packing more clothes than I should have just so I could show her. Spending lots of time together and seeing her have such a great time has made me look on the brighter side during a sad time. 

I still have a couple of blog posts from Napier and more posts from my holiday, so I will try and share them all soon. Also, thank you to my mum/best friend who is amazing and took all of these photos during the trip, I get a bit hypo and inspired sometimes when we take photos and she is just too good (she takes most of my blog photos).

Have a great weekend!

Kayla - Gracefully Vintage xo


  1. Oh you're just perfection in these photos! Such a sweet flapper look on you, and the poses are all so joyful. It's very much the spirit of the age, it wasn't all sultry stuff! That's great that your Mum is your photographer, she does a smashing job. I got my Mum to take photos once and she got really carried away, started being quite bossy actually!

    I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother. It sounds like you have some really special memories and shared a love of clothes and such.


  2. Sweet dear, I'm truly sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. May peace be with your family during this painful time.

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Awesome flapper look!

  3. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother's passing!

    You do look spectacular here! 1920's style is not something I see too much at home so it's so great seeing how fantastically well you've nailed the look down.

  4. That's so sad about your grandmother, but it's lovely that you have such nice memories of her and shared a love of clothes. And your mum does a fantastic job with your photos! My mum has an absolutely amazing ability to take the worst photos of people I've ever seen - it's actually a running joke between me and my dad. So let's just say if I want photos of me gurning I'll ask her for a hand, but until then... x

  5. I'm sorry to hear about your Grandma's passing! xo I wish my Mum would take my photos for me, your so lucky! I really love the 1920's look on you so much! :)

  6. I'm very sorry about your Grandmother!

    I love the dress! I don't think I would be brave enough to wear it in daytime, but it's fabulous!

  7. I am really sorry to hear about your grandmother, but it's great to have such memories. You look lovely in this dress - and your poses are really the part! Kx

  8. You always look so lovely in flapper clothes! Also, sorry to hear about your grandmother! Sudden deaths are always a terrible shock. XO

  9. Thank you Kayla, you are amazing! I am sorry to hear your grandmother passed away.

    We love at Gatsbylady,
    Gatsbylady x

  10. Such a fun setting for these photos in that gorgeous dress! So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I'm glad you were able to take this trip to see her and that you have such great memories with her. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with her. Also that is so great that your mom is so helpful and takes the photos on your blog. That's such a fun thing to get to do together!


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