Dolly & Dotty are a fairly new vintage style clothing company, based out of Brighton in the UK and offering a selection of budget-friendly retro style pieces in UK sizes 6-24. I first found them a few months back when I came across the two dresses below and fell in love.
At the time both dresses were out of stock, so I inwardly whimpered a bit, tried to find them in stock anywhere else, failed, inwardly whimpered some more, then gave up. It wasn’t until Dolly & Dotty and I were in contact recently that I remembered the dresses that had escaped me, and I was thrilled to find that the Poppy dress, at least, was back in stock in my size.
Dress: Poppy Shirt Swing Dress in Blue & Red Stripes C/O Dolly & Dotty
Brooch: Blue Anouk’s Lost Letter brooch by Erstwilder
Cardigan: Royal Blue Cropped Cardigan from Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Hand bedazzled (tutorial)
I was so pleased to get my hands on this dress after wanting it for ages. I am a huge fan of red, white and blue, especially when paired together, so this striped number makes for a fun nautical piece heading into summer, but doesn’t feel so summer-specific that you have to forego wearing it year round.
It closes with a size zipper but the buttons are real and workable. It’s got a swing skirt, which isn’t a full circle but it can still fit a slim petticoat. As I’m 5 ft 7, the 25inch skirt hits me just below the knee. It’s unlined so it’s a perfect lightweight piece for summer, easy to wear alone or to throw a little cardigan over if you need a touch more coverage. I requested this dress in a size 16, which is for 34-36inch waists according to their size chart. I flat measured the waist to 35 inches, which makes their size chart accurate as there’s some stretch in the piece as well. It comes with a fabric notch belt and is available in 8 prints in total, including checks, florals and another striped colourblocked colourway, all of which only cost £29.99.
The fact that these dresses are so affordable means they make for great starter pieces for new pinups looking to grow their wardrobe, as well as wonderful day pieces for anyone working within a strict budget. Personally, as a pinup who has a lot of more expensive pieces in her wardrobe, I like having a selection of more budget-friendly dresses to wear when I spend time travelling for long distances, for days spent around kids, or for days when I need to be totally comfortable but don’t want to completely surrender my style. It also helps that Dolly & Dotty offer free delivery on orders over £50 and ship internationally.
So after all that, I’m pleased to announce that Dolly & Dotty have been kind enough to offer a giveaway to my followers! Two lucky ladies will win a dress of their choice from Dolly & Dotty, and it couldn’t be easier to enter. There are two ways to enter, one here and one on Instagram, so you have twice the chance of winning.
The giveaway is open internationally and runs from today Monday 15th February to Midnight Sunday 21st February, with the winners picked at random and announced on Monday the 22nd.
All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog post telling us which Dolly & Dotty dress has most caught your eye and why. You can also enter over on Instagram by reposting the below giveaway graphic tagging @dollyanddotty and using the hashtag #dollydottyandamy. You only need to post the image with the appropriate tags once between now and the giveaway’s end to be entered.
What are you waiting for? Get entering!