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.
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
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.