My first purchase from Dolly and Dotty was a spontaneous one, after they appeared in my Facebook newsfeed thanks to sponsored ads. Within ten minutes of looking at their site, I had The Penny Polka Dot Halter-neck in Turquoise, in my basket.
For signing up to their newsletter I also got a 10% discount code (score!) so I was more than happy. I bought this dress in their end of summer sale (SS16 collection). I’m not sure if they’ll restock it, but you can probably find it being sold online somewhere, possibly second hand.
Taken from their website;
Dolly and Dolly was created from a love of 1950’s fashion.. and is about creating the most fabulous vintage inspired fashion with a modern flattering fit. We aim to provide our customers with outstanding service, high quality products and beautiful retro prints, all at an affordable price. Whether you’re a rockabilly rebel, you have floral fever or you’re a day dress diva, we have something for you! All of our dresses are designed in Brighton, by our wonderful design team.
I liked that the dresses are designed and produced in the UK, which is always a plus, as we should support our British businesses, but it also meant that it arrived after only a couple of days. I was so excited to try it on and I wasn’t disappointed.
I only paid £14.99 for this dress, which I consider to be a bargain for vintage style dresses, but it doesn’t feel ‘cheap’. The material perhaps isn’t quite as nice as some of the other, more expensive dresses I have, but I did spend three or four times the amount of money on those! This dress is made from 95% cotton and 5% elastane and is very comfortable. I’m not always comfortable in a strapless bra/halter-neck bra, and find I can faff about, readjusting my top half and the back of the dress often, but this dress stayed in place all day meaning that I could forget about worrying. It also washes well, on a cool wash and then line dried. It needs a bit of an iron on a lowish heat afterwards, too, but it’s pretty low maintenance really.
As you can see from the photos, I paired it with some glittery heals from Boohoo. Jewellery was kept minimal as I was in a rush to head out for a birthday meal. A part of the dress I really loved was that it came with two fabric belts, one is white to match the halter-neck straps and the other is turquoise and spotty to match the rest of the dress. I like the contrast of the white so opted for that, but instead of tying it in a bow round the back of the dress as the website shows, I much prefer it tied on the front and to my right side. I think this looks really cute.
I tried this dress with my 23 inch Lady V petticoat but it was too long, so you’d need a shorter one. It’s definitely more of a summer style and tying your hair up with it would show off the halterneck style better.
It was great for dancing in, as the full circle skirt whizzed around and I felt very girly and feminine. I love the peacock colour and the polka dots are very rockabilly style. I think this colour would flatter a range of skin tones, body shapes and ages, so pretty much anyone really. You could easily pair it with tights if you’d prefer, and a cardigan or bolero. The cut is also very flattering, pulling you in to what is commonly the slimmest part of your body, and then skimming out over the common lumps and bumps of the hips and bum.
I bought a size 10, and I’m a comfortable size 10 in most shops. The fit was true to size, and if I was to order from Dolly and Dotty again, which I’m sure I will do, I’ll be ordering a 10 again. It wasn’t a very snug fit but it was just right, to allow me to eat a lot of thai food but still look fitted.
The service I received from Dolly and Dotty was spot on, with a member of their staff replying to my email enquiry about how to use the discount code within minutes, and the item arriving just a couple of days after placing the order. They cover UK sizes 6-24 and currently offer free delivery on orders over £50.
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