Pretty As A Picnic [The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla]

I’ve been aware of The Pretty Dress Company for a while and you recently will have seen me review their gorgeous Femme Fatale Gingham prom dress, but that wasn’t actually my first TPDC piece. Back in August, they offered a Bank Holiday 20% off discount code that I could ill resist. It was a tough call what I wanted to get because there were just so many beautiful pieces, but I followed my heart to the Priscilla dress in lemon gingham.

A classic midi sundress with wide, flat pleats making up the full skirt and spaghetti straps, the shape of this dress is one of those classic, quintessential summer style sundresses that I love so much. It’s lined, closes with a back zipper, and has pockets, my forever favourite. Just as the weather was getting ready to welcome autumn I took this dress with me to my September modelling job for Deadly Is The Female, a long time stockist of The Pretty Dress Company. There, Deadly team members photographer Gayle/Porcelain Photography and hair stylist Lauren/Lolita Noir indulged me in shooting this beauty as we wandered around the gorgeous Somerset town of Frome, Deadly’s home.
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Dress: Priscilla dress in Lemon Gingham by The Pretty Dress Company
Belt: Red Sateen Slide Belt by Pinup Girl Clothing
Cropped Cardigan: New Look
Heels: Old season Everythings5pounds.com

All Photography by Porcelain Photography
Hair by Lolita Noir

Following the size chart, I opted for a size 16 in this dress with my 33 inch waist, which is a great fit. The UK 14 certainly would not have fit, as there’s no stretch in this style. If you’ve been buying TPDC for a while then it’s worth nothing that their sizing has recently changed to run a little smaller, as I had confirmed by previously-mentioned TPDC long-time stockist Claudia at Deadly Is The Female, so make sure to check the size charts for new purchases.

This is a great dress, so much so that I refuse to pack it away as we teeter towards winter. I love the cut of it, the perfect yellow gingham, the pockets, the quality; it would be sad to relegate it to the back of my wardrobe for the next 4 months. Designed and made in the UK, the full skirt takes a petticoat beautifully but the dress also hangs nicely even without a petticoat underneath. The only downside I could even find in this dress is that it doesn’t have adjustable straps, which would have perfected the fit for me by just the slightest smidgen, but we’re talking about a barely noticeable looseness in the straps when I sit down, which isn’t an uncommon issue I find in strappy dresses.

Available in UK sizes 8-18 in yellow and pink ginghams (£125) and blue Hawaiian (£135) prints, you can buy Priscilla from TPDC directly or international stockists (I know Unique Vintage in America stock some TPDC and so does Deadly Is The Female in the UK.) If you’re not a swing fan but love the gingham prints and the cut of this bodice then you’ll be pleased to know that the pink and yellow gingham colourways are also available in a wiggle version, also called Priscilla.

Sporting Cornfields [Chicwish Skirts]

I think I’ve been pretty late to the game in discovering Chicwish. I only stumbled across them on Instagram a few weeks ago, but once I had I recognised several of their midi skirts as skirts I have seen on–and then coveted–several ladies online. The pricing is really budget friendly for a retro-style midi skirt, so I decided to order one to see what they were like.

Choosing just one skirt, first of all, was really hard because there were just so many prints I loved. I’m not a massive novelty print person but I do like bold prints in general, so their wide range of patterns, florals, cityscape skylines and nature prints really appeal to me. After narrowing it down, I had to decide on sizing. The sizing is asian, so checking the size chart is super important in general but even more so on a piece by piece basis as the general size chart can conflict with the charts on the individual product page, depending upon style and fabric used for the piece. I erred on the side of caution by sizing generously rather than sizing down and following the chart for the particular skirt I wanted, the Golden Wheat Field Pleated Midi. I opted for an XXL which was listed for 33 inch waists, my measurement. I hoped it wouldn’t end up too small, as reviews on the site seemed to vary between stating the items were true to size or way too small.

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When it arrived, $42.90 and 9 days later, I was pleasantly surprised. The skirt fit well and the quality was better than I expected for a cheaper piece. I don’t hold the same expectations for it to last solidly like I do with my Pinup Girl Clothing pieces as the quality is just not on that level, but it doesn’t feel like it will fall apart in a couple wears or a wash like pieces from Forever 21 or Primark can. I think it will make for a great middleground piece that I add to the casual side of my wardrobe for days when I can’t afford to be so precious about protecting my clothes or for a more comfortable fit than zipping into a tight boned dress. Plus, it has pockets!

Overall, I’m happy with the piece and I’ll probably buy more. Question is, which next?