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Jazzy Susie | Summer plaids & knits by Emmy Design

A few months ago, I reviewed some warm and cosy pieces of Emmy Design’s Autumn/Winter collection on the blog. Now that Summer has finally decided to show up,  I find it about time to show you some items of their newest Spring/Summer collection.

The Spring/Summer 2017 is all about lightness and colour. The Jazzy A-line skirt is made of  a Summer-perfect, breezy materials. Both the materials and the cut contribute to an elegant draping effect  and make the skirt floaty, perfect for a spin.

Emmy SS17_1

The silhouette of the skirt is very true to the simple A-line skirt style in the 1940s. War rationing put restrictions on the amount of fabric and of course this was not the time to overdo with ruffles and frills. Just like the authentic 1940s skirt patterns, the Jazzy A-line skirt hangs smooth over the hips, slightly flaring out towards the hem. This cut makes the skirt wide enough to flow beautifully when jazzing around, without ever being too full or too tight.

1940s A-line skirt

The Jazzy A-line skirt comes in several solid colour options, but I went for this plaid version. I love tartan prints especially during the Winter months, since they bring me into that jolly holiday spirit. However, with this colour and textures combo, Emmy perfectly introduces plaid into a summer wardrobe. This summery plaid pattern features a colour pallette of green, purple and tan against a cream background, making the skirt so versatile to combine. Just as the vintage inspired silhouette, the plaid pattern was already in fashion during the 1940s.

Emmy SS17_2

One of the things I like about Emmy’s designs is how she tries to make them ever so practical for daily wear. As to this, the skirt includes two side pockets, big enough to fit your smartphone into, but at the same time well-hidden to ensure the classic 1940s aesthetics. The attached belt loops come in handy in case you would like to emphasize your waist by adding a belt. The skirt’s fabrics vary depending on the colourway or pattern, but will always be of high quality and easy in maintenance. This plaid version is made of a 100% cotton chambray and has some give due to the fabric’s weaving pattern. However, one thing I need to mention is that this particular textile wrinkles quite easily and you’ll need to iron pretty well to get them out – something I didn’t notice as much with the forest green weave version of the Jazzy A-line skirt.

Emmy SS17_7a

With the purple accents in the skirt, I decided to pair it with the Susie Q cardigan in the violet colourway.  Underneath, I went for the cream white Be My Baby Blouse from last Autumn/Winter collection (see my review here) to not distract from the gorgeous colour and details from the cardigan. With every collection a new range of knitted cardigans comes out: the Ice Skater Cardigans in Winter and the Susie Q Cardigan for Spring/Summer. The Susie Q Cardigan is made of a mix of cotton and modal for a lighter wear and features leaf cut-out knitted details for a romantic summery touch. The knit gives a classic vintage shape, including slightly puffed sleeves. The cardigan is of a cropped style, ending at the waist, which makes it look fabulous worn both open or all buttoned up.

Emmy SS17_3

Although the Susie Q is lighter than the woollen Ice Skater version, it still gives a rather good amount of warmth, perfect for those colder, rainy summer days and long summer nights or just in-between seasons. I know these cardigans are not cheap at all, but the quality and  amount of wear I get out of it is definitely worth the investment!

Emmy SS17_6

For size references, I measure 36”/91cm at the bust and 27”/70cm at the waist. I am wearing the Jazzy A-line Skirt in size 36 and there is just a tiny bit of room left to perhaps tuck in the cardigan. The skirt has some extra stretch due to the fabric’s weaving method, interesting to keep in mind if you’re in between two sizes. Since I like my cardigans fitted, I am wearing the Susie Q cardigan in size 34/36, the smallest size available.

Emmy SS17_4

Full outfit details
Cardigan & skirt | Emmy Designs
Blouse | Emmy Design AW'16 collection
Belt | Banned Apparel
Shoes | B.A.I.T. Footwear
Hair flower | Shazam Vintage Pin Up Hair Flowers
Earrings | my nan’s
Bangles | Splendette

Emmy SS17_5

The Jazzy A-line skirt comes in sizes 34-52 and the Susie Q cardigan in sizes 34/36-46/48, both in a range of various colour/patterns. Emmy ships worldwide, listing all items on the website in several currencies for the most accurate price calculation. A selection of the collection is also available at the official Emmy retailers, if you’re as lucky as me to have one around.



x Miss Lipstick & Pipettes x


Disclaimer: Although this skirt was gifted to me, all opinions expressed here are completely honest and my own. The honesty and integrity of my blog are of utmost importance to me, as are my readers. I would never accept items/brands that I don’t fully support.

2 thoughts on “Jazzy Susie | Summer plaids & knits by Emmy Design

  1. Thank you for your review, it is very nice to also hear some “history” paired with a complete description of the clothing. Thank you also for providing some measurement reference, I always struggle with Emmy’s cardigan, and tend to buy them too large. Seeing the amazing fit you get out of the smallest size, I think I really need to go down one size with mine, without being afraid of them beeing too tight. That was extremely helpful!

    1. Hi Simona,
      Thank you for your lovely comment! I purposely give size references as I realize not everyone is as lucky as me to have a Emmy retailer around the corner and ordering online can be tricky. Glad to hear it was helpful for you!

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