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Happy in Florals with Dolly and Dotty

10 Feb

It may be absolutely freezing outside, but in my head its time to start planning outfits for Spring. I have acquired a few new dresses in anticipation of a warmer spell and one of those is the gorgeous May dress from Dolly and Dotty.

Dolly and Dotty Blue Floral Dress Review The dress is made from a lovely light cotton and has a pretty gathered bust and waist and a full skirt. I really like the wrap style at the front. The floral print is both classic and pretty and I think this would be perfect for a Spring vintage look.

May Swing Dress in Blue from Dolly and DottyI got the dress in my usual size 14 and I found it came up a little bit small at the waist. It fastened fine, but felt a little tight. So it might be worth sizing up in this one if you plan to eat a big lunch (which I always do).

Dolly and Dotty May Swing Dress ReviewThe dress is fully lined, which I always really like, especially when I’m wearing a dress with tights. I was very happy with the quality and as a bonus, the dress comes with two matching belts, which I decided not to wear with the dress as I quite like keeping it simple.

Dolly and Dotty OOTDAt £34.99 the dress is a great price and is perfect for creating a classic 50s style look. The dress also comes in a huge range of prints and colours and I would love to pick up a darker coloured one too.

I wore the dress with an original 50s necklace, black tights and Hotter shoes.

Check out the full range of dresses on the Dolly and Dotty website.

*Thank you to Dolly and Dotty for sending me this dress for the purposes of review. All opinions as always are my own. 

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Little Red Riding… Cape

1 May

I love fairy tales, in our modern world they are a little piece of nostalgia that links us to childhoods gone by. Whether it be a princess falling in love or just defeating the big bad wolf they are something that we seem to never forget. For me a fairy tale can also be finding that perfect dress, something you feel amazing in. Sometimes an outfit is like a match made in heaven or a dream come true. Todays outfit just reminded me of little red riding hood, especially since as soon as I put it on my kids kept pointing out the resemblance.

Dolly and Dotty Annie Floral Retro Swing Dress ReviewThe dress and cape both came from Dolly and Dotty, who make cute feminine vintage style clothes. They contacted me recently about some of their new prints and styles and offered me something to review. I absolutely love capes and I knew I absolutely had to own this pretty red one. Choosing a dress to match was easy. The Annie floral swing dress, is a lovely classic Hepburn-esque style and the black background with striking red, pink and blue blooms looks lovely set against the deep red cape.

In true Red Riding Hood style I found myself in the woods, but rather than meeting the Big Bad Wolf I just decided to take some outfit snaps to share this lovely ensemble with you. I wore my hair in a poodle style which I have finally mastered, accessorised with a few small hair flowers from H&M.

Dolly and Dotty Sabrina Cape ReviewThe dress is a full circle and I wore it with a net petticoat to show off the lovely volume. I really like the cut of the skirt which features box pleats and the simple cut of the bodice is really flattering. The dress came with a matching belt, although I would also wear it with a plain black or red belt on other occasions to switch it up a bit.

I went for a size 14 as usual and found the dress to come up true to size. I’ve tried a few dresses from Dolly and Dotty and have found they all fit similarly. The dress is available in sizes 6 to 24 and the simple style makes it a perfect option for all sizes. Although the cape isn’t fitted, it also comes in a range of sizes from a 6 to a 24.

Dolly and Dotty Cape and Dress ReviewThe dress is 95% cotton and 5% spandex, giving a slight stretch. It is a nice heavy fabric, which gives it a really good drape. I always try to avoid flimsier reproduction items as I don’t find they hang very well, so I was really pleased with the finish of this one. The cape is the same blend, but with a completely different finish. It has a much thicker weave and feels very soft, almost like a fine wool. The cape is also fully lined which makes it a nice warmer layer for Spring and Summer evenings.

Dolly and Dotty Red Cape

The over-all quality is very good in both garments and at £24.99 for the cape and £29.99 for the dress, they are great if you are shopping on a budget.

I think the whole outfit would work really well for an event or party, or just for a very glamorous day time look. I know I will be getting lots of wear out of both garments and I’m looking forward to trying the cape with some of the true vintage dresses from my wardrobe too.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Annie Floral Retro Swing Dress in Black – £29.99 – Dolly and Dotty

Cape – Sabrina 1950s Style Cape in Red – £24.99 – Dolly and Dotty

Hair Flowers – Old – H&M

Shoes – Sandy in Mauve Shadow / Pink – £85 (currently £55) – Hotter

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Dolly and Dotty Polka Dot Sally Dress Review

6 Oct

A couple of months ago I reviewed a gorgeous dress from Dolly and Dotty. The Poppy dress was absolutely perfect for the summer and todays dress is a nice addition to a winter wardrobe. The Sally polka dot dress is a really cute vintage style dress which I chose in a lovely teal shade to carry me through the colder months.

Dolly and Dotty Sally Polka Dot Teal Dress Vintage Frills

The dress is made from a stretchy 95% cotton and 5% spandex fabric which gives it a lovely fit. It has a full panelled skirt with a nipped in wait and gathered under bust making it perfect is you have curves. I love the cute nautical style collar. The dress has a tie at the back incase you need to bring in the waist and fastens with a side zip.

Dolly and Dotty Dress Review

The dress is really nice quality, but requires hand washing. Personally I’d probably risk putting it in the machine, but as I hand wash all of my original vintage clothes I don’t mind too much.

Dolly and Dotty Polka Dot Sally Dress Review Vintage Frills

I got mine in a size 14 as usual and the fit is perfect on me, so I’d say it definitely come sup true to size and I appreciated a little extra room in the bust.

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I wore mine with my new shoes from Hotter which I absolutely love (I’m going to do a proper review of these soon).  Blue and teal are such perfect colours for autumn, as a nice break from maroon, mustard and brown.

Dolly and Dooty Sally Polka Dot Vintage Style Dress Vintage Frills

The dress costs £34.99 and comes in a huge range of colours, in both polka dot and plain styles. I’m definitely tempted to pick this up in another colour as I’m so happy with the fit.

Buy the dress from the Dolly and Dotty website.

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My Top 20 Reproduction Vintage Shops.

16 Aug

Over 2 years ago I shared a post featuring my Top 10 Reproduction Vintage Shops. It has been such a hugely popular post with people reading it and discovering all the great shops I mentioned, every single day. Since writing it, I’ve discovered more shops and brands that I love. I thought it was high time I compiled an up to date list and share some more great brands with you. So without further ado this is my new improved top 20 list…

My Top 20 Reproduction Vintage Shops

What Katie Did – When choosing clothing, lingerie is the best place to start. Whether you’re wearing true vintage pieces or a reproduction piece, having the right foundation can make such a big difference to the finished outfit. What Katie Did have all grounds covered from beautiful bras to corsets and stockings. They also have a great range of sizes.

Heyday – Heyday make beautiful 40s and 50s style dresses and separates that are absolutely perfect for vintage events and reenactments. Their Fleur dresses are based on a vintage Swirl dress design and the one I have in my wardrobe is one of my favourite dresses. Look out for their amazing limited edition Christmas prints in December. They also have a menswear range so the man in your life doesn’t need to feel left out!

House of Foxy – For beautiful dresses with the most gorgeous details House of Foxy is there when you need something a bit special. Their designs look very authentic and are perfect for ladies wanting to recreate looks from the past. I love their gorgeous floral print dresses, but their separates are perfect for every day looks to wear to work.

La Vie En Swing – For lovely clothes based on the 30s, 40s and 50s La Vie En Swing have something for everybody. I love their 4os style blouses and swing trousers which come in a selection of colours. They also have plenty of dresses which would be perfect for wearing to vintage events and dance classes alike. Their 40s style dresses remind me of wartime utility wear. I’ll be doing a review of their swing trousers later in the year so watch this space!

Vintage Reproduction Dresses Vintage Frills

Lindy Bop – I adore Lindy Bop, firstly because they have so much choice and also because they are so affordable. They have literally hundreds of gorgeous dresses in a great selection of styles, colours and prints.

Collectif – For fun girlie dresses in both swing and fitted styles you can’t go wrong with Collectif. Every collection seems to get better and I love them for all their feminine ginghams and bright mid-century inspired prints. They also stock Miss L Fire shoes which I can’t afford at the moment but want really really badly!

Tara Starlet – Tara Starlet offer fashion forward vintage inspired clothes that would suit both vintage fans and ladies who love modern clothes alike. Expect gorgeous flattering styles and bright prints, their oversized ginghams are amazing.

Vivien of Holloway – For fun 40s and 50s dresses and separates Vivien of Holloway can’t help but make you smile. I particularly love their gypsy tops which look amazing with 40s gathered skirts. Their dresses all come in a huge selection of prints and colours. Be sure to check their size guides as their sizing is slightly different to most shops.

Pin-up Girl Clothing – Pin-up Girl Clothing just keep getting better and better! For amazing novelty prints and 50s style Americana this is the place to go. I desperately want a wardrobe filled with their amazing Jenny skirts and dresses. The full range is only available in the US although they do shop to the UK. There are a full stockists over here so it’s worth doing your research.

Dolly Dagger – For lovely dresses and inspired by the 1950s, Dolly Dagger have some lovely choices. That also have plenty of cute accessories.

Reproduction Vintage Dresses Vintage Frills

Love ur Look – I have been a fan of Love ur Look for such a long time. The owner Ronke designs beautiful dresses which pick out all the beautiful features you’d find on original vintage garments. The novelty print fabrics are all absolutely gorgeous and I love the extra details like big pockets and oversized buttons. I have 4 dresses from Love ur Look so I feel really confident recommending the brand.

Freddie’s of Pinewood – When people talk about retro jeans they always seem to mention Freddie’s. They are well-known for stocking fantastic denim for both men and women as well as authentic looking knitwear to finish the look.

Bettylicious – If you’re looking for lovely vintage style swimwear that you can actually get into a pool wearing, then Bettylicious is the place for you. I love their high-waisted bikini bottoms and one pieces which come in plenty of prints and colours to suit all tastes. Next time I go on holiday I’ll definitely be stocking up on flattering swimwear from here.

Miss Bamboo – Miss Bamboo specialise in Hawaiian, American and Mexican style vintage. Many vintage lovers dream of owning an original vintage sarong dress, but if you don’t own the real thing then Miss Bamboo is the place to go. I adore all the tropical prints and there are plenty of gorgeous accessories to complete the look.

Atypical Girl – This lovely brand launched last year, not only do they sell gorgeous authentic vintage pieces, but also beautifully designed vintage style pieces as well. Simone the owner has a great eye and I adore her in-house range.

Dolly and Dotty – I recently discovered Dolly and Dotty and was lucky enough to get to try a couple of their cute vintage inspired dresses. If you love bright colours and easy to wear repro clothes, then this is a great place to start. Their prices are also fantastic so a little indulgence here won’t break the bank!

Top Vintage – Top vintage sell a huge array of brands, including some of those featured above. I love the gorgeous pictures on their website and the fact that you can shop by decade. they cover a huge range of eras from the 1930s – 60s and they have everything from dresses to jewellery and handbags. Everything you need to recreate a vintage look.

The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – Everything in this great shop is made from original 1940s designs and the choice of fabric makes every item look like the real thing. Their website is absolutely gorgeous and I just love everything they have on offer. They even have a siren suit, prefect for anyone who loves fashion history!

Lady K Loves – If you’ve been looking for jeans, but can’t find a pair that flatter your curves, then look no further. Lady K Loves Hug Me Baby Jeans go in and out in all the right places. They are so popular that they regularly sell out. Their gorgeous vintage inspired separates are also amazing, 

Darcy Clothing – I’ve included this lovely site, mostly for my male readers. If you’re a dapper gentlemen looking to deck yourself out in vintage style attire, then head on over to Darcy clothing. They have everything a well dressed vintage gent could need.

Like my last post, if I discover any more amazing companies I’ll add them to the bottom of this post as and when. If you have any favourite shops that I’ve not included, please leave them in the comments so I can go and check them out.

Dolly and Dotty Poppy Shirt Dress Review

11 Aug

I’d like to take a moment to welcome my wonderful new blog sponsors Dolly and Dotty to the land of pretty dresses! I only recently discovered this lovely company and it’s opened up a whole new Pandora’s box of gorgeous dresses for me to covet! I was delighted when the lovely people at Dolly and Dotty said I could have one of their dresses to review. It always takes me a while to choose when I want absolutely everything, but in the end I chose this lovely floral shirt dress named Poppy.

Dolly and Dotty Vintage Style Dress Review

What I really love about the style of dress and the print, is that it would work really well for both a 40s and 50s look. Today I’ve gone for a 50s housewife look with a petticoat and pearls. The shoes I’m wearing are an original vintage pair, which fall apart a little more every time I wear them, but I love them with this dress.

As usual I went for a size 14 and the fit was very true to size. The dress came with a matching belt, however I’ve paired it with my own belt for these pictures. The dress is made 95% cotton and 5% spandex, giving it all the softness of cotton with a little stretch for fit. The dress is hand wash only, but if you’re used to wearing real vintage hand washing will be a familiar chore anyway!

Dolly and Dotty Floral Poppy Dress Review

The dress fastens with a side zip which I always prefer as it gives a better fit and is more authentic for a vintage style dress. The dress is fully lined in a lovely contrasting green fabric. The pretty rose print is absolutely gorgeous and I like that it’s quite a small delicate print with a slightly faded feel, which made the dress look a little more like a real vintage one to me.

I’m really happy with my first dress from Dolly and Dotty and would definitely recommend them from my experience do far. I’m looking forward to trying more of their lovely dresses in the future. This particular dress and several others are available up to a size 24 so are perfect for plus size vintage fans too.

The dress is available in a selection of colours and prints, see the full selection of dresses here.

Outfit Details:

Poppy Dress – £34.99 – Dolly and Dotty

Pearl Bracelets – Primark

Real Pearl Necklace – Antique from my Grandma’s collection

Shoes – Vintage – Charity shop find

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