It’s nice to every once and a while add a fresh colour into your wardrobe that you don’t have much of already… for me, the colour that features the least is tones of orange.
The only other dress I have in a coral, or anything close to orange is The Harley Dress from Pinup Girl Clothing. I loved how The Ascot Swing Dress by The Pretty Dress Company is a vibrant hue of coral with beautiful flowers consisting of lemon yellow, magenta, green and white.
I’ve tried a few styles from The Pretty Dress Company now, but the Ascot was a new one to me. It looked like a sleeveless version of one of my favourite styles, The Seville Swing with the similar cross over bust detail. The Ascot Dress has a fitted panel at the waist, full swing skirt and bows at the shoulder which thankfully lie flat and don’t create too much bulk so that a cardigan can easily go over the top.
When introducing a new colour to your wardrobe you can be stuck with the dilemma of what to wear with it! If you are just starting out collecting pinup/vintage pieces, you might not have perfectly matching shoes. I recommend always trying to have at least a cute pair of black or white shoes which can go with just about anything. And next time you are in a thrift/vintage shop or cruising on Etsy.com and see cheap vintage nylon scarves, don’t hesitate to buy them in random colours that you may expect to not get much use out of.
You never know, one day you might buy a dress that the scarf will match perfectly with. The same goes for jewellery and accessories- these can be very affordable and if you have a rainbow collection, you’ll always be able to match!
The sizing with the Ascot fits a bit smaller than the Seville- I’m wearing a size 10 and it’s very tight in the chest and the under-seam of the bust doesn’t quite sit underneath my natural under-bust. It still fits and provides great ability to perk up the ladies but I certainly couldn’t be any bigger. For reference, I’m about 36″ in the bust, potentially a touch more depending on my bra and the listed measurement for a size 10 is 35.5″. So I would say that if you are inbetween sizes, size up for a comfortable fit.
What appealed most to me about this dress is the gorgeous watercolour-style floral print. It’s a little different, has a slight oriental feel to it and features an array of beautiful pastel tones against the boldness of the coral and the shots of magenta.
I paired the Ascot with the B.A.I.T Footwear Betty Heels in Coral which matches perfectly and keeps my OCD happy. I also used some coloured bangles to help bring out the different the colours in the floral print.
As you can probably tell from the photos, the Ascot has a quite a low neckline and the amount of cleavage shown is increased by how firm fitting it is. To make this more work appropriate if need be, add a camisole underneath in one of the colours from the print- I think a light lemon yellow would work best.
The quality of the material is, as I now come to expect from The Pretty Dress Company, superb. It’s made from a stretch cotton sateen with lining to the waist. The cotton sateen has a lovely weight to it, making it feel rather luxurious.
The Ascot Swing Dress is £145.00, comes in sizes 8-18 and has a range of other colours and prints.
Full Outfit Details
Hairscarf- Rita Sue Clothing
Belt- Pinup Girl Clothing
Petticoat- Vivien of Holloway
Shoes- B.A.I.T Footwear
Thank you to my cousin Lex of AM Photography for taking these photos… there’s always something so magical about crumbling buildings where nature has taken over!
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers