Retro Tuesdays – The Lindy Bop Dress

Retro Tuesdays Lindy Bop Dress cover

This gorgeous purple swing dress has featured on the blog once before, but in much more wintery conditions. This time, I wanted to show it as a casual summer piece in the late afternoon sunshine. This jersey dress is from the Lindy Bop’s “Made in Britain” collection which is slightly more expensive than their other lines, but still so affordable! This was in the sale too, at a rather ridiculous £16. It’s stretchy with no fastenings, so really easy to throw on in the hotter months. I’m glad I sized down as it comes up large (like most Lindy Bop dresses). 

Easy-wearing sun dresses are probably my favourite thing to wear in summer. So little effort required, so many pretty options to choose from! As this dress is quite thick, it still works later in the season with a few more layers, which is handy when the evenings begin to cool down. I’ve got an ancient crochet shrug here just to cover my shoulders. I love the wide knit and cropped style so much, I’ll be devastated when it finally falls to pieces! The closest I’ve found is this La Redoute Bolero which has a cool shape.

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My shrug isn’t the only part of my outfit that’s incredibly old. I’m fairly sure I bought these slouchy suede boots from Dolcis when I was at uni in Cardiff. Dolcis are actually still going as an online retailer despite vanishing from the high street many years ago. A quick bit of Wiki browsing tells me that Dolcis were bought out by Stylo Group in 2008, owners of the Barratts brand, who themselves went into administration just a year afterwards. The end of the noughties was clearly a bad time for high street shoe shops! Both brands are trading online now though, which perhaps goes to show the power that the digital market has brought back to fashion retail.

This dress actually came with a leopard print belt which I love, but have temporarily misplaced. I decided to mix things up a bit with this gold plaited belt instead, which I’m *fairly* sure is from Primark. I generally buy accessories on a whim, and as such tend to forget where they’re from. I’m a huge fan of waist belts though, and I’d love to expand my collection. I’ll be keeping an eye out in vintage stores especially for something a bit more original.

Dress: Lindy Bop

Shrug: Bay Trading Co

Boots: Dolcis

Belt: Primark (I think!)

Handbag: OdiLynch

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