Darling Looks On A Budget

Now that Christmas is over, many of us are feeling it most in our wallets. It is the season of giving but who isn’t tempted to treat themselves as well? When money is a little tight, there are plenty of options to find affordable clothing while not sacrificing your style. Dolly and Dotty offer great pinup frocks whether you are looking to start your pinup wardrobe or simply add a few versatile pieces that won’t break your bank account.

Mary Casual Vintage Inspired Day Dress in Black Birds £29.99

Although I instinctively gravitate towards 50’s swing dresses, the Mary Day Dress slim silhouette really peeked my fancy to try something a little different. Based on my measurements (Bust 36, waist 28, hips 41), the size 10UK was a perfect fit. The Mary Day Dress is cut in a straight shift pattern which creates a very casual flowing fit. Do not let this simple day dress fool you, the adorable shirt style collar with peek-a-boo bust cut out make it a fabulous flirty and fun design. The subtle black bird print is classic and versatile.

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Seeing as we’re now in the cold winter months, it was essential to transition the Mary Day Dress into an ensemble suitable for the season. Being budget conscious, I opted to shop my closet for separates to achieve this task. One of my favorite staples are cropped cardigans, they pair fabulously with almost any outfit. In this case, I found the Sweet Sweater in black by Heart of Haute was a great match with the Mary Day Dress since it accentuated the lovely peek-a-boo cut out and neckline perfectly. This classic casual look was finished off with the Gabriella Rocha Ginger Black mary-janes.

img_8630 img_8643 img_8641Darlene Retro Full Circle Swing Dress in Beige/Dark Green £39.99

Now some of you may recall seeing the Darlene Swing Dress in mint and coral on the blog some months back. As I mentioned then, I was lusting over the beige/green colourway but it was sadly out sold out in my size. After waiting patiently for the restock, I opted to size down to an 8UK since I found the 10UK ran big in this particular style. The smaller size fit wonderfully and looked much more figure flattering. The Darlene Swing Dress features a lovely off the shoulder boat neck with button accents, short sleeves with contrasting cuffs, a wide style waistband to nip in the waist and flared swing skirt.

img_8714 img_8698 img_8708What I adore the most about the Darlene Swing Dress is that the design stands alone and requires little effort. What does that mean? Well, just throw on the Darlene Dress with some cute basic Mary Janes and you’re ready to go! There’s no need to hunt down a belt or a cardigan, no muss no fuss. A classic style that can go from day to evening and available in a variety of colour combinations as well.

img_8702 img_8712 img_8711It is no secret that the vintage reproduction clothing is a financial investment but there are definitely many options for those who are looking to build their wardrobe on a tight budget. Dolly and Dotty not only offer affordable designs, they also have incredible sales! I was blown away to find they had a site wide 50% off sale around Black Friday, so I recommend signing up for their newsletter to not miss out!


3 thoughts on “Darling Looks On A Budget

  1. Great clothes, thank you for introducing me to a new design house!
    While the post wasn’t about this, I do have to ask: where did you find those Gabriella Rocha shoes? I can’t seem to find them in stock online and there’s no company website.
    Thank you!

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