{Review} Poise & Grace: Introducing Dolly & Dotty

{Review} Poise & Grace: Introducing Dolly & Dotty - The Dressed Aesthetic

I tend to discover new brands and shops through my favorite bloggers and my can’t-keep-away-from-it favorite social media app, Instagram. One that was continually piquing my interest, appearing in the closets of forever favorites Miss Amy May and Cici and Marie, was Dolly and Dotty, a UK-based brand that specializes in 1950’s silhouettes aimed at women who aren’t afraid to be celebrate themselves.

Imagine how excited I was when Dolly and Dotty contacted me and offered me the chance to give their dresses a whirl for myself! They design all of their dresses in Brighton, and offer a range of vintage-inspired pieces for the rockabellas, the daring divas, and those who love the dreamy florals. Naturally, I zeroed in immediately on the most feminine pieces and the fullest skirts.

I opted to try the Grace swing dress, which comes in a range of colors (including polka dots!). In the end, I loved the delicate floral print and contrasting bust of the pink floral Grace. I rated this dress below in terms of my thoughts on fit, fabric, and features. To really stretch her wings, Willie and I set off for the park…

{Review} Poise & Grace: Introducing Dolly & Dotty - The Dressed Aesthetic

{Review} Poise & Grace: Introducing Dolly & Dotty - The Dressed Aesthetic
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The Fabric & Features

This particular dress has everything I love – a nipped waist, full circle skirt, and lots of color. She is made of 95% cotton, 5% elastane, so the dress has a bit of stretch without losing it’s shape. I’m traveling at the moment and love how easy this dress was to toss into my suitcase. Because she’s cotton and lightweight, she made the perfect traveling companion. After a quick iron, she’s ready to go.

I was also really excited to find this company didn’t scrimp on features that can make all the difference in a dress – the bodice and skirt are both lined – which is a big bonus for me. Plus, the lining is a cotton voile (as opposed to a poly acetate or other ungodly fabric). What this means for us is that it’ll breath in warm temperatures. The Grace also has an invisible back zip and a hook and eye at the top (crucial when you have to zip yourself into fitted dresses!)

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The Fit (& Flare)

This dress comes in sizes UK 8-24. I was really happy with the fit of the Grace dress, which fell pretty TTS. I opted for the UK10 (which is about an Aus size 8-10, US size 6). The size chart puts a UK10 at 34-35 bust and 27-28 waist. As I am a 35-36 bust and 27-28 waist, this dress fit me perfectly. The skirt fell 24.5 inches from waist to hem, and my favorite day-to-day Malco Modes petticoat gave me a bit of flare.

She was a bit short in the torso on me, measuring 15.25″ from shoulder to waist. However, because it was nicely snug around the middle, I didn’t feel it widened me noticeably. Plus, as this is a common problem for me and dresses, I have a bevy of belts to cinch me in.

My favorite feature of this dress has to be the stunning pleated bust line, in a contrasting burgundy shade. I’m on the bustier side, but I felt I fit comfortably into it. Due to the amount of cleavage I was sporting, I didn’t find this would be a work-appropriate dress for me, but is perfect for a weekend picnic or brunch with friends. I definitely recommend a strapless or balconette bra, though, as I felt I needed the extra support.

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The Facts & Figures

I find Dolly and Dotty’s prices to be incredibly reasonable – which is fantastic because so many women I know who want to wear vintage and vintage inspired styles struggle with it being affordable. The Grace generally retails for £29.99 (about $44.99USD), but I noticed that they’re having their annual summer sale at the moment, with some amazing deals on a wide range of styles (including the Grace, which is now reduced to £19.99!).

There are only limited sizes left for the print I’m wearing, but this cut comes in a whole bunch of other lovely florals. Though it can sometimes be a bit intimidating to order online from overseas brands, they also offer free delivery on orders over £50. This plus the sale? Might be time to flex our shopping muscles…

Dolly and Dotty can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram if you want to follow along and get sneak peaks of what’s coming into the store! They also have an option on their homepage to sign up for their newsletter for a 10% off coupon plus future discounts and updates. If you do scoop up the Grace dress (or others), be sure to let me know in the comments section! I’d love to know how it worked out for you.

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Grace swing dress in pink floral c/o Dolly and Dotty
Necklace: Modcloth (similar)
Belt: Alannah Hill (similar here)
Handbag: Xtabay Vintage (similar here & here)
Shoes: Melissa’s (similar here & here)

Lip Color: Retrofuturist

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12 comments on {Review} Poise & Grace: Introducing Dolly & Dotty

  • Jessica Cangiano

    What a detailed, fantastic review of this D&D gorgeous dress! I’m head-over-heels in love with it, but do typically find that shelf busts and similar styles don’t work overly well on (due mostly to small shoulders and a modest sized bust), so I might just have to admire it from afar on you, stylish lady.

    Have a great tail end of June,
    ♥ Jessica

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you so much Jessica! I really wasn’t sure how this bust line would work on me, but I was so happy with it. We can both be members of the Mutual Appreciation Society, cause I LOVED the high waisted jeans you posted recently. I can’t ever seen to find trousers that work for me, but absolutely adored them on you. Lots of vicarious living going on between us! Hope all is well on your side of the world! xxx

  • SaraLily

    Such a good choice for you – love that bust!! Dolly & Dotty is such a fun shop, I have been dying to get something new from there soon. Their prices rock, too, which makes my wallet happy!

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you lovely – the bust is my favorite part for sure! And I agree, it’s very wallet friendly. I was really happy to see that they didn’t compromise on quality despite being so affordable. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what dress you get! xxx

  • Camilla

    Wow what a great review, such a beautiful dress on you! Love these blog photos too Kara!
    I’ve previously blogged about a Dolly & Dotty dress, looking forward to wearing my dress from this great company again one day soon! 🙂

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you so much! I love it too. 🙂 I need to go back into your blog archives now to see what dress you got! xxx

  • Ayshleigh

    After reading this blog I immediately went onto the Dolly and Dotty website and scrolled through their dresses. I also joined their mailing list. Thanks for making me aware of Dolly and Dotty. I’m surely going to shop their site around the holidays for my vintage loving family and friends. Oh, and you look fabulous in this dress. I like this style on you. Just beautiful.

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you Ayshleigh! I hope you found some dresses you love – there’s an incredible sale going on right now so it’s the perfect time to snag a deal! 🙂

  • CiCi Marie

    Shucks to be called a favourite, thank you! I agree that this brand is an exciting addition to the budget vintage style scene – the quality compared to the likes of some others in the same price bracket who will remain nameless is far superior. And this dress looks a lot like one of said company’s own styles, come to think of it, but perhaps with a better fit and lining, which I agree I also love! PS major shoe envy – I’ve joined the Lady Dragon fan club WAY too late in the day 🙁

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      You are SO welcome dear! 😉 And I know exactly what you mean – I was really happy to see the extra details that other lower price point brands (who shall indeed remain nameless. Eh hem) don’t include. Like lining, hook and eye, good fit – these things are oh so important! 🙂 And Ohhhhh the Melissa band wagon is way too addictive. I may never jump off…. (if I ever see these anywhere I’ll be sure to let you know!). xxxx

  • Kristina

    Oh so pretty! I have been admiring Dolly and Dotty for a little while and I adore all of the prints and styles they carry! Of course, you always accessorize so well; those cherry shoes are to DIE for. I am in love with all of this! And the burgundy color looks so gorgeous on you!

    xo
    Kristina
    http://www.eccentricowl.com

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      I was the same! I was really excited to try them out because I’d heard great things – they definitely didn’t disappoint! ❤️ I always have too much fun accessorizing – I can’t wait to style this one again, cause I see lots of options. Mustard accents perhaps?

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