The sun is shining, it’s hot and summer is in full swing earlier than ever…HOORAY for pretty dress season!!! My official summer kick off was vacationing in Minneapolis while visiting my bestie Amber; I brought all the new additions to my collection that I had been patiently waiting to wear post surgery. There was no doubt in my mind that the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress by The Pretty Dress Company needed to make its striking debut as we took ‘ole Vera the 1948 Buick Super 8 for a Sunday spin to the Minnetonka Drive in.
Available in sizes 8-18UK ~ MSRP £155.00
As I steadily add more pieces from The Pretty Dress Company to my collection, I can attest that their sizing is always on par with the size charts. Based on my measurements: bust 36″, waist 27″, their size 10UK(Small) is a perfect match. When the Priscilla Midi Dress arrived, I was instantly taken back by the substantial weight of the gorgeous cotton sateen fabric. This was no flimsy cotton summer dress….the Priscilla was what candy wonderland dreams are made of! Like a child in a candy store, I was so incredibly excited to try it on. The fit was consistent with all my TPDC dresses, perfect in the bust and a little loose in the waist but easily belted in. The straps were a bit too long for my short torso and not adjustable so I had my seamstress shorten them, which was very inexpensive to do. The Priscilla Midi Dress features a classic scoop neckline with spaghetti straps, a lined fitted bodice, a full midi skirt with large pleat detail, hidden pockets and back invisible zipper closure. The element that takes this classic design to the next level is the vibrant candy stripe fabric that evokes one’s inner childhood memories of carnivals, fairs and summertime fun. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.
Sometimes it is very difficult to put the emotions that a dress makes you feel into words…the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress did exactly that to me. If it weren’t for the heavyweight fabric, I would want to twirl endlessly to showcase the gorgeous rainbow colours as they are so utterly spectacular. I know some of you are sitting there wondering, “is this dress really worth the high pricetag?” and I can say without a shadow of a doubt…YES!!! The quality and craftsmanship is far superior than most vintage reproduction brands; the attention to detail is seen and felt in the Priscilla. Such a classic yet simple design, the vibrant coloured candy stripes really make this a bold statement dress sure to garner compliments where ever you go. With the fabric being so thick and lush, be sure to follow the care instructions closely when pressing (iron inside out) and washing (dry clean). Being the klutz that I am, I got a little smudge of ketchup on the skirt while at the drive in but luckily able to quickly get it out with a Hand Wipe and avoid a costly dry cleaning bill. Lastly, be ready to get asked where your dress is from and/or if it is true vintage…it really captures the reverence of many.
Oh my word…I had way too many options to accessorize the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress!!! The rainbow of bold summery colours were such a delight to showcase from head to toe. Impossible to only accessorize in one colour, I chose to vary all my accessories to capture the whimsy of the marvelous print. From a purple thin belt, to a wrist full of multi-coloured plastic bangles, down to the Demi Mint Wedges by BAIT, finished off with a vintage white wicker handbag. With the pleated skirt being so full, I added a white petticoat for a little extra volume.
After being cooped up for several weeks while recovering, I could not have asked for a better kick off to summer wearing such a magnificent dress that gave me such warm fuzzy feels inside and dazzled on the outside. The Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress is sure to bring delight to any and all occasions. Don’t forget to sign up for The Pretty Dress Company Newsletter to be the first to nab exclusive 20% off promotional coupons for subscribers.
An extra special thank you to Julie Abnet Photography & The Mark’s.