Polly, Polly, Polly [Dolly & Dotty]

I think if I had to choose a favourite gingham colour I would have to–after much lip chewing and frowning–choose yellow. A yellow gingham just feels so undeniably happy to me, all sunshine and bright smiles in a way that immediately summons good vibes and great memories. And would you look at that, today we’re going full on yellow gingham.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Poppy Yellow Gingham Shirtdress gifted by Dolly & Dotty for a fit and size review

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Hot Little Halter [Dolly & Dotty]

We’ve had another heatwave here in the U.K. and while I enjoy the brighter days, the heat and humidity definitely kick my butt. Nothing I can wear practically for work comes close to keeping me cool and comfortable, so it’s a relief when I can get home, take a chilly shower and change into one of my summer dresses. Anything made of a light cotton instantly eases my discomfort, so this check halter number is a true relief.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Sophia Halterneck pink and blue Check dress gifted by Dolly & Dotty for a fit and size review

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Little Gingham Annie [Dolly & Dotty]

The Annie dress is one of Dolly & Dotty’s staple dress cuts, released each season in a variety of new prints and patterns. Whether you love florals, embroidered designs, quirky patterns, winter checks, or even lace, there’s an Annie (or several!) for you. I own a handful already, and they’re always easy to throw on to quickly create a great outfit around. My newest Annie is this little gingham number, so you know I’m in my very best summertime picnic feels! Let’s go walk barefoot through the meadow together, shall we?

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Annie Green gingham dress gifted by Dolly & Dotty for a fit and size review

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Going Dotty [Dolly & Dotty]

Polka dots is one of the patterns that’s prevalent in the vintage inspired clothing realm. It wasn’t something I ever thought much about until I saw someone comment somewhere on social media that they hated polka dots and how common they were in repro clothing. Personally I quite like a small or medium sized dot, especially when done in black and white, but I share an aversion to very large polka dots which feel more costumey to me, so I can understand their complaint. There are plenty of ways to wear spots without looking too twee nor too rote, though, and today I want to focus on one of my favourite ways–playing with texture and layers.

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Polka Dot May crossover bust swing dress gifted by Dolly & Dotty for a fit and size review

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Korinna in the Meadow [Miss Candyfloss]

With July right around the corner, there’s a fair bit of summer left still to play out, but sadly it’s the end of Miss Candyfloss’s SS21 season, with all of their newest pretties fully released to the world. It might have been their most patterned spring-summer line yet, but as always with Miss Candyfloss they released plenty of beautiful solid coloured pieces which make for wonderful staples in your wardrobe. This Korrina-Minty is one such piece, a lovely pale sage swing dress that offers simplicity and style in one lightweight summer serving.

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Empowered [Love UR Look]

In the vintage inspired and reproduction scene all companies have their own niche and look, but there’s still a lot of overlap in style, understandably, because everyone is drawing from the same pot of inspiration. Love UR Look, however, is one of those  brands when I can tell the second I see one of their pieces that it is made by them. They take vintage inspired dress shapes and design features, and they make them totally their own with quirky and fun prints, some novelty, others not, but all distinctly Love UR Look. This dress we’re looking at today is a perfect representation of a design only Love UR Look could come up with; I present to you, Empower You.

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Hourglass by the Lilacs [The Pretty Dress Company]

It’s been pretty dreary here in the UK for what feels like an age. It’s been rain, showers, and more rain, but in a shocking twist of fate this Bank Holiday weekend has heralded the return of sunshine. So it was wonderful timing that this glorious The Pretty Dress Company piece turned up this week just in time to enjoy said sunshine in true summer fashion–in gingham!

Plus size pinup Miss Amy May models the Hourglass White and Blue Gingham cotton Swing dress by The Pretty Dress Company for a fit and size review Continue reading

Claudia Gown Styled 3 Ways [Deadly is the Female x Alexandra King]

Look, I know I’ve featured many of the different iterations of the Claudia here on the blog. First of all, I don’t think I can really be blamed, because if Deadly is the Female and Alexandra King keep making different versions of the most perfect dress that I can’t help but buy, what, exactly, am I supposed to do, if not take (hopefully) beautiful photos of them and share them with you all? Secondly, it’s a dress made by 2 small, women-owned businesses, and if this past year has taught us anything it’s that we should all be buying from and vocally supporting small businesses as much as possible. But thirdly, this is actually a Claudia I wanted for a long time but told myself I didn’t have any need for, so it was off my buy list until this past winter when, suddenly, I realised exactly how many ways I could style it–and what’s the point of having such deeply meaningful revelations if I don’t share them?? So today, my darlings, we are going to look at 3 different ways of styling the Claudia Maxi Gown, because I am in love with it.

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