I’ve always been a big fan of gingham. It’s so pretty and classic. I’ve featured some of my red gingham dresses on here before – My sainsburys one, my original vintage horrockses one and my Collectif one. But I’ve never owned a green gingham dress before. When Dolly and Dotty invited me to try another of their dresses, the Janie seemed like a great choice. This pretty shirt dress, has a lovely classic shape that would work well for both 40s and 50s looks.

The Perfect Green Gingham Dress?

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewI wore mine for a windy walk around the Hampton Court gardens with Rob. It was a refreshingly warm but windy early autumn day. The dress is perfect for both summer and autumn. It looks great on it’s own, but it could also be layered up with a chunky knit on a colder day.

Material and Fit:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThe dress is made from 95% and 5% elastane. this gives it that authentic soft cotton feel, with a little extra stretch to help with fit. The material on the dress is really lovely. It’s heavy enough to hang well, but is also very soft and comfortable to wear. I love the V neckline. The little gathers where the sleeve meets the shoulder give the dress a lovely 40s feel. The dress also has fabric covered buttons, which is a detail I always appreciate. The large gingham works well and stops the dress looking like school uniform.

I went for my usual size 14 and the fit is pretty good. Shirt dresses can be a bit tricky as I’m quite busty. This one didn’t gape at all and sat really well across my chest, while still fitting at the waist. I’d say this one is pretty true to size. The length is also just right. It sits at the knees on me and I’m 5’6″.

How I Wore Mine:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThis dress would be really easy to dress up and accessorise, as I’ve mentioned above it would look great with a knitted cardigan. I wore mine with a luxuriate brooch from Etsy, a vintage belt from Beyond Retro and my beloved Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail shoes. I’ve worn this belt with just about everything recently. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I’ve put this with a lot of dresses! You just can’t go wrong with a gold belt, it finishes a simple outfit perfectly. Dolly and Dotty dresses do come with matching belts, but I usually add a true vintage one, for my own look.

The dress is currently available in the sale on the Dolly and Dotty website at just £19.99. There aren’t many sizes left in the print. The Janie dress also comes in other prints so it’s well worth a look.

What do you think? Is this the perfect green gingham dress? I absolutely love it and would like to pick up another colour.

*This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own. 

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the lovely striped shirt dress from Joanie Clothing. Today I have another lovely outfit from them. I’ve really got a thing for orange at the moment, so I chose this fun sweater with a pretty polka dot skirt.

The Quinn polka dot skirt is a really above the knee skirt in 97% cotton 3% elastane, given the heaviness of cotton with a little stretch. It comes with a lovely plaited belt. I went for my usual size 14 in this and it fits really comfortably and is pretty true to size. The quality of the fabric is lovely and having washed it a few times now, its hasn’t faded or shrunk at all.

The Maddie Bonjour jumper, is a super soft and light and perfect for dressing up with skirts or for a casual look with jeans. I think this would work really well year round for summer evenings or autumn days with a blouse underneath. The print is made from braid rather than being printed on, these little details always make all the difference.

As I usually only wear dresses, so it’s really nice to go for something a bit different and this outfit is such a fun comfortable combination. I also love how versatile and mix and match both pieces are. I’m looking forward to trying them on with lots of my other clothes.

I’ve worn the outfit here with a floral hair band and a pair of simple brogues from Hotter.

Here are a few of my other favourites from the Joanie site, that go with the orange and blue theme.

Nautical TeeStripe Skirt – Sun HatCrab BagBardot Dress

Find the full range on the Joanie Clothing website.

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Last year I discovered Joanie Clothing for the first time. Since then I have picked up a few of their lovely dresses. When they offered to send me another one to try I obviously jumped at the chance. I’d had my eye on this lovely striped shirt dress for ages, so had to give it a try. I am always drawn to bright colours and I love all the clashing, contrasting shades in this one.

One of my favourite things about this dress is the arm length. If like me, you sometimes like to keep your arms hidden, then this is a great choice. I was also impressed that the arms weren’t too tight either, so the dress is really comfortable to move around in.

In general the fit and style of the dress is great, I had to add a safety pin at the bust, which I do with most shirt dresses. I’m quite busty so to get a great fit everywhere else the bust can gape a little. Having said that the dress didn’t feel at all tight across my chest, so this wasn’t a big problem for me at all.

Another thing I liked about the dress, was that the body isn’t too short and the dress’s waist sits very well on me. I love the belt that comes with it too. Its quite a strong one and should last well.

The dress is made from a light soft polyester and the skirt is lined. It’s a very comfortable dress to wear in warmer weather and I found the dress quite cool and breathable.

I went for my usual size 14, which was absolutely fine on me. They do run ever so slightly on the small side, so if you’re unsure make sure you take a look at the size guide first.

I’ve worn my dress with my favourite yellow shoes from Miss L Fire, an H&M hair flower and some vintage Avon Colour Go Round bangles from the 70s.

I’ve fallen in love with so many dresses from the Joanie website, these three are next on my wishlist. They would all be perfect for summer holidays and sunny weekends.

Mermaid Sun DressStripe Sleeveless DressFrill Sundress

Find the full range of dresses on the Joanie Clothing website.

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Being a bit of a dress addict, I don’t often wear trousers or separates other than my jeans on casual days. I’ve been wanting a pair of 40s style trousers for ages. I’m quite fussy and having a long body, I prefer trousers that are very high waisted. I recently tried the 40s Style Swing Trousers from Pretty Retro in the Denim Blue colour way. These are a great start to building a staple wardrobe of vintage style separates and they are definitely a very useful addition to my wardrobe.

I love the simplicity of these trousers, which also come in navy and red. They simply fasten at the side with a row of three buttons and this really helps to create a great fit. They are light enough to hang well and are cool enough to wear in the summer. They are made from a poly, viscose and elastane blend, giving them just enough stretch to fit comfortably.

I opted for my usual size 14, having checked the size guide on the Pretty Retro website. I was really impressed that they were spot on fit wise and the stretch really helped to get that perfect fit. The trousers are quite long at 31″, which is why I opted for heels, I have also worn them with my flat brogues and they worked pretty well too.

The trousers are just one part of the fabulous selection of separates from Pretty Retro, who are the sister company of well known repro brand House of Foxy. In addition to the pair I tried they also have a great selection of simple trousers, capris and skirts alongside some lovely tops and blouses to go with them. Most things come in black, navy, cream and red, so you can mix and match the looks. The range is perfect for both wearing to vintage events and for everyday things like work and casual days. They are also perfect to mix in with a wardrobe of original vintage items.

I’ve had quite a few things from Pretty Retro now and I’ve always been so happy with the quality. My favourite thing about their clothing is the attention to detail that goes into the designs. Although their styles are quite simple, things like gathers and tucks and good quality materials really make them stand out from other mid-priced reproduction brands. Although I still, need to get used to wearing trousers, as they’re a little out of my comfort zone, I’m really looking forward to trying different tops and shoes with these and mixing and matching my looks. I’d also really like to get them in a darker shade as well. The trousers I tried are priced at £42 and can be bought online from the Pretty Retro website.

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I get very excited at this time of year. Saying goodbye to my boring winter wardrobe and hello to sandals and summer dresses, is just the best thing. Its also a time where I endanger the safety of my bank balance, by coveting just about everything on my favourite websites. I made the fatal error of having a good look through all the new dresses on the Collectif website today and I have to confess that I fell in love several times! Seriously though the new collection is definitely their best so far. Choosing my favourite pieces was hard, but here goes…

  1. Scenic Mountain Swing Dress – One of my favourite things about true vintage, is all the gorgeous novelty prints. The real things are so mind boggling expensive right now, that I’m more than happy to see the rise of repro novelty prints recently. The latest addition from Collectif is so pretty!
  2. Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress – This adorable dress, has the prettiest colours. I can’t resist gingham and the pretty combination of pink green and lilac is perfect for hot sunny days.
  3. Jade Plain Swing Dress – I absolutely love the shape of this pretty dress and the colour would look lovely in the summer. This is a great one for dressing up or down and I like the idea of wearing it with a contrasting vintage belt to create a slightly different look.
  4. Simona Flamingo Swing Dress – I know there are a LOT of flamingo prints out there at the moment. Everything gone a bit flamingo crazy, however I really do love this pretty swing dress and the print is quite subtle compared to some of the other ones out there, and therefor I love it!
  5. Jade Watermelon Swing Dress – I absolutely adore this fun and fruity dress. This is definitely one of those dresses which will invite a lot of compliments. Its so fun and absolutely adorable!
  6. Fairy Bird of Paradise Doll Dress – Every vintage girls wardrobes needs a bit of tiki in it. This pretty tropical print dress, is an absolutely lovely colour. I have a few dresses in this shape from previous collections, you can see my wearing one of them here.7. Marina Tropical Bamboo Sarong Dress  and  8. Fairy Tropical Bamboo Doll Dress

I absolutely adore fruit prints and so this gorgeous new fabric really caught my eye. It reminds me a little of my original vintage fruit print Swirl dress which you can see in this post. The design has a very authentic mid century feel to it and it’s nice to see slightly less girly colours on a repro dress.

This is by far my favourite collection from Collectif so far and there are lots of other things on the website that I want to share, but I’ll save them for another day. What’s your favourite dress from the ones I’ve included above?

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