Retro florals and tailoring

Retro florals tailroing cover

This dress is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. In fact, I’m wearing it on the cover photo for my website! I bought it a couple of years ago, specifically for my friends’ summer wedding. It was my first purchase from vintage style online retailer Pretty Kitty Fashion, and I was so pleased with my choice. It’s actually made by the brand Hearts and Roses London, who sadly only sell wholesale. There are tempting links to the current collections on their landing page, which alas, you can only view with an account. There are plenty of online stockists of their products, but it’s a bit more of a challenge to find them! I didn’t know that this dress was by H&R until it arrived, for example.

Despite the difficulty in locating this brand of dresses, I at least know that their size 12 fits me perfectly. I’ve since bought 2 other dresses from them, via eBay and Pretty Kitty again, and they all fit true to size. The waist sits where it should and the bust is snug without being too tight. It’s a flattering length, hitting just below the knee, and is easy to wear with or without a petticoat for added volume. The fabric is a thick cotton / elastane mix, which gives it a tiny bit of give for the perfect fit.

For the rest of my outfit, I’ve gone with this new(ish) green shrug from Collectif. It’s a beautiful forest green colour, and I think it really brings out the green tones in the dress. I’m wearing these bargainous shoes from Primark too that I bought a couple of years ago. They’re so practical, and I love the cut out detail over the toe.

Finally, I’ve worn this 3/4 sleeve Primark jacket over the top. I wouldn’t normally combine modern tailoring with a vintage style outfit, but I quite like the look it creates. It was a really sunny, warm day, so I didn’t want anything too heavy. It’s also still only April though, so I knew I needed some kind of coat to cover up in the chillier evenings. This grey suiting jacket has been in my wardrobe for yeaaarss, and it cost less than £20. I love the grey marl colour, and the way it’s cut seems to actually fit me really nicely. I know they always say you should invest in good tailoring, but for a relaxed piece like this, I say you can’t go wrong with the high street! Also, it has decent sized pockets. And we all know that pockets are a total game changer!

Dress: Hearts & Roses London @ Pretty Kitty Fashion

Cardigan: Collectif

Shoes: Primark

Jacket: Primark

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