It seemed fitting that such a marvellous building should house the newly opened lingerie boutique and hair Salon Dames of Distinction, which is situated on the first floor right near Circa Vintage. Once opening the door to the boutique we were greeted with lovely bright tea pots containing Pims (my favourite) and sweets I haven't eaten since my childhood.
The store itself is adorable, filled with lovely art deco furniture as well as books and images that create a welcoming mid century feel. And most importantly it hosted some of the most beautiful vintage and reproduction lingerie I have seen in quite some time. I spent a lot of the afternoon gasping over the lovely range from What Katie Did and Rago, the two reproduction brands Dames of Distinction stock. And the best part was they have a wide range of sizes available so we plus size girls can always find something beautiful to take home with us. And if they don't have an item in your size, they are happy to order it in especially for you. How decadent!
The boutique also offers vintage hair styling as a service for those of use who haven't mastered our victory rolls yet, and considering how hard it can be to achieve mid century styles, their price list is very reasonable. The hair salon also stocks styling products such as setting spray, pincurl clips and rollers. They even sell all the products your would need in a handy little kit that I almost ended up leaving with me.
Due to self control that even I was amazed by, I managed to leave the boutique with just a pair of pink seamed stockings from What Katie Did, I couldn't resist the subtle and femine pink line travelling up my leg. However since leaving Dames of Distinction I can't stop thinking about this lovely long line bra from Rago as well as the peach girdle from What Katie Did, I think I might be heading back to Mitchell House sooner than expected.
Dames of Distinction is open Tuesday - Saturday and is located at Level 1, Mitchell House 358 Lonsdale st Melbourne. I highly recommend a visit to all lovers of vintage as it truly is a treat for the eyes and the body. For those of you not located in Melbourne you can visit their online boutique, Betty and Ginger, for all you undergarment needs.
Until next time,
Your friendly neighbourhood Red Velvet Rosie.