Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pretty Retro Tie Top in Dorchester

Quality basics are something that I often overlook in my wardrobe.  It can be hard finding those wardrobe essentials that fit a vintage aesthetic, are high quality, ethically made, and within a reasonable budget.  It's here that I feel Pretty Retro have found a niche.  I purchased their 'Pretty tie top' in black, and have already found it to be a great staple that can be dressed up or down.  I took it on our recent trip down to Dorset, wearing it on our journey down in the car.  These photos are after a few hours' drive when we stretched our legs on our exploration of the Brewery Quarter near to where we were staying.

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld
Top: Pretty Retro
Skirt: Twiggy at Marks and Spencer, via Ebay
Shoes: Rocket Dog, a very long time ago...
Brooch: Vintage, thrifted
Bag: "Chanel", thrifted

I was pleasantly surprised by the Brewery Quarter - obviously it's a work in progress, with far more shops, restaurants and flats still to be developed, but it was a pleasant place to stroll around of an evening.  Dorchester was a lovely place, I might post some more photos of our trip if I get a chance in between all of the weddings and work commitments I have coming up over the next few weeks!

The tie top has been through a few washes now, and I'm pleased to report that it doesn't need ironing - just stick it on a hanger - and it holds its shape well.  For £29 - which is hardly more than you'd pay for mass-produced, questionable ethic garments - you're getting a lovely retro style that is ethically manufactured in Europe.  An absolute bargain.  I'm wearing it casually in these photos.  If you want to wear it "dressed-up" then you might want to put some shapewear underneath, as it's a fairly lightweight jersey and as you can see from the photos, doesn't hide any lumps or bumps.  I'm wearing completely the wrong bra with it in these photos, with bulky underwiring.  Finally, you might want to note that this is a rather "bust-accentuating" top - I'm very flat chested but this top enhances what little I have marvelously.  Maybe not so marvelous if you already have ample.

The 'pretty tie top' is only currently available in black and navy.  I'd love to see it in red, white, and some sparkle fabrics also.  I purchased the size medium, which fits my size 12 frame very well.  It's very stretchy though - you could easily size down for a more fitted look.

Have you tried Pretty Retro?  Or been to Dorchester?

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16 comments:

  1. I love that top. I also have a hard time picking up basics like this.

    The shoes are darn cute too.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. Very cute! I love the shape of the neckline, and the fit generally looks really good on you. I often find t-shirts are too narrow through the shoulders, so I really like the little flutter sleeve, which seems like it would be more accommodating. Great look overall - the denim pencil skirt and embroidered flats are comfortable without looking too casual.

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  3. I've never been to Dorchester but that Brewery Quarter looks good. I love that tank you're sitting next to, I'm a sucker for some industrial salvage!
    That skirt fits you beautifully, a super find. The black top looks great with it and those pretty shoes. you're right, great basics are like gold dust and worth paying for. xxx

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    1. The quarter is still a work in progress but what's been done has been done well so far, a real sense of the heritage has been preserved. I'd like to return to it in a couple of years maybe (perhaps on my way to a week's stay at Portland House..!) x

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  4. Love the Pretty Retro top, and indeed at £ 29 it's a bargain! That it's non-ironing would definitely be a plus for me ;-) It teams very nicely with the denim skirt, which looks amazing on you. And those shoes ... xxx

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  5. Such a lovely black top from Pretty Retro, I'm actually featuring one of their dresses on my blog this week! :) Beautiful photos as well! xo

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    1. Looking forward to seeing the dress on you, I think you've bought one of the tea dresses that I've also purchased!

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  6. This is not a brand I am familiar with at all personally - although I've started seeing their pieces here and there lately and I like what I see! Looking at the classic cut I imagine this is one you could style as anything from 30s - 50s too!

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    1. They're a spin-off from House of Foxy, I think you'd really like them!!

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  7. What a great top, and ethically sourced is a big plus. You look lovely and those shoes are so so fab. xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  8. I've been eyeing those up, but it sounds like I need a heavier-duty fabric - having seen how I look in cheap T-shirts, I'm not keep to inflict my rolls and ripples on the world any more.

    I love Dorset, though the one time we went to Dorchester it chucked down with rain. The museum is really nice.

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    1. We didn't make it to the museum - maybe next time, thanks for the tip! x

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  9. I hadn't checked them out but given how much I love separates I will now! I have a top similar to this one and I wear it a lot for work, it's really handy. Also, nice pencil skirt! Glad you found yours, I'm not sure if the hunt for mine is over yet though! xx

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    1. It's just a handy, simple style that works with lots, isn't it? I do need to invest more in good separates like this! x

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  10. I always have a hard time finding basics too, as they always seem so boring to buy, don't they? But they are so essential! This is a really lovely top- it suits you well, and all the better that it is ethically made in the UK!

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    1. Separates can seem a bit unexciting can't they? I think the pretty sleeves and tie detail elevate this one sufficiently x

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