Come on, you must know by now that I’m a little bit crazy for nautical colour combinations. Give me red, white and navy, give me anchors, give me stripes! I just don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. But I suppose, sigh, that it is sensible sometimes to have separates that can make up a nautical outfit but don’t have to, that can be paired with other pieces for a different kind of look. I mean, I guess.
These pieces from Dolly & Dotty both indulge my nautical love and gift me with a somewhat reluctant possibility of versatility.
Top: Red Stripes Gloria top C/O Dolly & Dotty
Skirt: Navy Erin High Waisted skirt C/O Dolly & Dotty
Bag: White purse by Lola Von Rose
Hat: Old Select
Bangles: Woven Bamboo by Splendette + Assorted bamboo bangles
Shoes: Old Primark
Playful joking aside, these pieces really do make for versatile staple pieces. I love off the shoulder tops but more often than not I tend to find they fail to do their one job–actually stay off the shoulder. Consequently, I probably own at least 5 different off the shoulder tops that I hardly ever wear, despite feeling they’re super flattering on me, because it drives me crazy having to repeatedly pull them back into place sufficiently off my shoulders throughout wear. No thanks. This Gloria top, however, poses no such frustrating problem. Once off the shoulder, this top really did stay in place, perhaps because the stretchy fabric is such a fine knit it’s not constantly bunching back up from the weight of its own stretch. This top settles and stays put, even as I move about my day, which is something I can’t praise highly enough, especially for only £14.99! Methinks I’ll be needing it in the other colours as well, and that perhaps Dolly & Dotty should look into offering it in plain shades too. Just a (hopeful) thought 😉
The Erin high waisted flared skirt is exactly that, featuring a wide waistband, hidden pockets and 17 functioning buttons that fasten down the entire front centre panel of the skirt. I must admit that items of clothing that fasten with a series of buttons drive me slightly crazy, as buttons that won’t unpop throughout the day are hard work to fasten in the first place, and buttons that are easy to fasten are a threat to popping open at the most inopportune of times. These are the former, so at least they stay in place and won’t accidentally flash someone your belly button or pants when you aren’t paying attention. Plus, the inclusion of pockets always makes me a happy pinup.
The skirt actually had tons more stretch than I was picturing–I’m not sure if I confused this skirt with another one I had seen sizing information on elsewhere, or whether I just somehow deduced from the product pictures and the deep waistband that it was going to size small, but either way, I was wrong. The 18 I requested was much too big, especially since this skirt has stretch, but I took it in by a few inches in the back and now it’s a comfortable fit. Before I got out my needle and thread, though, I did note that the waistband flat measures 38 inches with stretch up to 41 inches, so definitely either size true on the size chart or size down. My Gloria top, thankfully, I requested in the right size, the size 18 to fit my 45 inch bust, and it fits comfortably through the arms, my main area of concern in sleeved tops, as well as in the bust with some extra room in the waist. It’s a true to size piece that has stretch, so it’s an easy piece to order without size concerns.
The Erin high waisted flared skirt comes in navy blue, black and burgundy in UK sizes 8-24 for £34.99 and the Gloria off the shoulder top comes in 5 different striped colourways in UK sizes 6-24 for £14.99.