Dress review : British Retro Grace Kelly swing dress

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Hello everyone !

During my research of summer clothing, I really had a crush on a color combination I never tried to wear yet. Blue, orange and green.

I already bought a swimsuit with this kind of colors, but when it is a dress, it is different. There is a higher risk. But I’m really happy to have taken that risk !

I discovered the British Retro online shop on Instagram, by seeing one of their dresses on a photo.
It is a british brand who produce their clothing in London. They also use UK-made fabrics to make local businesses work.
This is very important to me as I like to support small businesses.
British Retro is an independant brand, so their items are made in small quantities. If you like a dress and that your size is available, don’t hesitate !
They ship worldwide, and their prices are very reasonable.

I was looking for a dress with a V neckline, and when I checked out their site I fell in love with the Grace Kelly taffeta dress.

I had a very good excuse to buy it ! I did not own a taffeta dress yet !
Then, you know that I really really love floral dresses, and even more when the color blue is involved. And last argument but not least, the flowers are not printed, they are embroidered ! All this for only £65 (about 75 € !)

Then I placed my order on British Retro. It has been processed and shipped the next day ! I got the dress 3-4 days after, nicely packed.
They ship without tracking number, and it is the case for many british brands I buy from, but unlike when I ordered from Japan, I don’t worry, everything arrives quite quickly and without problems.  Shipping is also very reasonable, it’s only $5.60 (about 6 €) for a dress.

The dress is even more beautiful in real life ! The fabric is great quality and embroideries look wonderful. The bodice is lined, and the skirt is super wide like I love. You can wear it either without or with a petticoat, it looks good both ways, but I prefer with.

The wide belt is a bit rigid and doesn’t have holes. I was a bit afraid that it would undo itself during the day but it didn’t. It is removable so you can wear another one if you want.

To choose the right size, they have a very helpful size chart on the page of the dress, just below the description.

I chose size 10, like in many british independant brands. I’m happy because the size fits perfectly.
It is very comfortable to wear, and you can totally trust the measurments provided.
There are a lot of items I like on British Retro, so I think I will order new stuff in the future, but I can already strongly recommend this dress. It is not the most discreet dress in the world, but it is one you want to be seen in !

For today’s outfit, I paired the dress with Miss L Fire’s Loretta sandals which are definitely a must have to me. I accessorized the outfit with the latest Bonbon Maléfique Marguerite jewelry set, which is available in 8 colors.

I chose green to recall the green parts of the floral embroideries

When you wear an outstanding dress, I always recommand to wear more discreet accessories, so the outfit is not overloaded.

And the details of the outfit :

+ Dress: British Retro Grace Kelly Swing Dress
+ Shoes: Miss L Fire – Loretta
+ Sunglasses : Offbrand
+ Jewelry: Bonbon Maléfique – Marguerite – Green

+ Photos : Julien Chantôme

 

Estelle, Bonbon Maléfique,

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