My love of pin up style clothing is closely entwined with my body positive journey. When I started wearing clothes which accentuated and celebrated my shape, which drew attention to my curves, was when I started to love them. And so, while my body positive journey has led me to try lots of different things, vintage styling and 50s silhouettes are still my favourite.
Joyfully, pin up repro brands have responded to the plus size community’s love of this style, and bigger girls now have an array of brands to choose from when purchasing the fifties style frock of their dreams. The latest to come to my attention is Dolly and Dotty, a very reasonably priced UK based brand who offer up vintage inspired designs in a myriad of prints. Dolly and Dotty currently stock sizes 6 – 24, and while this is certainly a good start, it would be great to see them add sizes up to a 32 to give bigger plus size women the choice of wearing their designs too!
Dolly and Dotty were kind enough to allow me to review a dress of my choice on behalf of She Might Be. Choosing was seriously hard work! I tend to prefer a swing style dress, which flares out over my tummy and hips, so I navigated to this section of their website (I love a site where it’s easy to find exactly what you are looking for) and there was a brilliant selection of swing style dresses for me to choose from. I eventually settled on the Wendy dress.
I decided to opt for a wonderfully sunny yellow – I am a sucker for a cheerful yellow dress. The Wendy did not disappoint! The dress is every bit as sunny as it appears in the pictures on the website – just what’s needed to chase away those January blues, and I’m sure when summer rolls around it is going to be a firm favourite! It arrived promptly and I was pleased to see it came with two belts – a plain white one and a yellow polkadot one in the same fabric as the dress.
The dress is a good quality cotton (particularly when you consider the price) which is important for a swing dress as you need a certain degree of stiffness for the skirt to hold its shape when you’re wearing it without a petticoat underneath. The dress features a v neck, quite a high waist (which can be cinched further using one of the belts) and a full skirt. The dress is sleeveless with wide straps (no worry of bra straps showing) that are ruched at the top of the shoulder.
I ordered it in my usual size 22, which is a very comfortable fit, and the skirt sits well over my knees (I’m 5’8). Personally I would have preferred the v neck cut lower, as I think that a bit more skin at the neck line would have opened the dress up more, and would have also given me more scope to wear a chunky necklace with this style.
For these pictures, I styled the Wendy with a lemon yellow cardigan which I got from another pinup brand a few seasons ago. I also added a soft pink petticoat which I thought would look sweet with the cheery yellow. While I often wear my swing dresses without petticoats, they do look really show stopping when you add one. This one is from my own collection, but Dolly and Dotty do a range of petticoats you can shop here
All in all, I rather love my new yellow dress. It’s bright and fun, and is brilliant quality for the price. Dolly and Dotty
are the perfect brand for someone wanting to add to their pin up collection without breaking the bank, or for someone trying the style for the first time.
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