Welcome back to another fabulous vintage-inspired dress review! In this blog post, I will be reviewing the beautiful dress “Jolene” by Heart of Haute – formerly known as “Heartbreaker Fashion” before changing its name. This dress boasts a classic 1950’s diner inspired look and feel.
I fell in love immediately with this dress after discovering it online. I believe Jolene came out back in 2014 or 2015. I didn’t have the budget to buy it right away as I was working on film projects at the time. I waited for it to go on sale but unfortunately, it was sold out. About a year later I found it via eBay but it was a size large. As I got it altered the seamstress suggested to keep it short as I’m “young”. Haha! I went along with it, but later regret it as it doesn’t have that 1950’s conservative feel.
What sold me the most of the dress is the lapel-style collar which is one of my favorite style of collars. I also like the red and black contrast. The floral pattern isn’t too loud either. I like how I can dress it up with black accessories to maintain a mature look. The skirt is A-line and isn't too flared so a petticoat isn't necessary. The dress comes with a belt with loops that blend in with the black waistline. The best thing is the belt is adjustable to any size and doesn't have any holes to adjust to. Other than that, you'll have leftover strap to tuck in.
Overall, the dress is very comfortable, has lots of appeal and feminine charm. This dress is truly a unique vintage reproduction that remains true to the time period. It also comes in a variety of styles including white, pink, light blue and even polka dot print.
I wore this dress for the 2017 Miss World of Wheels Pin Up Contest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is complimentary-worthy and blend in very nicely with 1950’s classic cars.
I believe this dress is no longer sold on the Heart of Haute official website. However you can find it on eBay, Poshmark, Amazon or Retro Vixens. Just search "Heart of Haute Jolene 1950's Dress".
Wear this dress for work, school, a meeting or even shopping. Dress it up with vintage gloves, heels or flats and a sequined 1950’s style handbag.
I can't wait to do more photo shoots with this dress. Perhaps a 1950's diner shoot again would work. For now I use it along with my reenactment series via Instagram and Facebook.
Dress: "Jolene" by Heart of Haute (Heartbreaker)
Heels: Kenneth Cole
Gloves: 1950's authentic vintage handmade
Hat: Late 1940's authentic vintage handmade
Handbag: Hand-me-down item
Head over to my Instagram and view more photos of this wonderful dress!