Dress: c/o Dolly and Dotty - Shoes: Mel (found here) - Cardigan: Primark
Have you heard of Dolly And Dotty? I have to admit that I hadn't until recently because all things relating to the new house and the engagement had held my focus and I tend to stick to the same old brands. Dolly and Dotty stock some really cute and affordable retro style dresses in sizes 6-24. There is so much to chose from on their website with bold tartan prints, polka dots, cherries and florals. With all the options I was a bit bamboozled but I eventually settled on the Hyacinth swing dress. It's got a timeless 50s shape with a really full skirt and a belt which nips you in at the waist to complete the 50s look.
This dress hung so nicely, it is made of a heavy cotton and is fully lined which makes it feel far more expensive than its £24.99 price tag. I've worn this dress out for a special occasion with a very full net underskirt and I was so huge I could barley get my skirt through the door, perfect for swooshing about and feeling fresh out of Rydell High. Typically I have to size up when ordering from vintage/retro type online retailers as I find them a bit skimpy and clingy but Dolly and Dotty were true to size and the material felt natural and breathable. I've now got my eye on the rather gorgeous Lillian dress because I love this one so much and will be adding it to my collection once I've paid for boring things like electricians and shed for the new house.