5 Ways To Wear // Red Cropped Jacket & Red Button Pencil Skirt c/o Dolly & Dotty // OOTD

Untitled design-8Hello Peaches! Well, today, I have THE most amazing jacket & skirt combo to show you. In fact I have five combos (not showing off or anything) but I wanted to show you just how many ways you can wear this two piece from Dolly & Dotty. Now, I must confess, this isn’t actually a two piece in the sense that it is two separate pieces that have different names. The cropped jacket is called “Alice” and the wiggle skirt is called “Ivy” so one could be forgiven for thinking that they do not go together – but they actually are the same! The buttons are both in red dogtooth and the colour is also a perfect match.

The fit of the cropped jacket is delightful. The three quarter sleeves are so flattering and this can be worn buttoned up or left open. This jacket is fully lined and reminds me of a typical Jackie Kennedy style. The wiggle skirt is fitted with the same red dogtooth buttons running all the way down the front. I actually went for two different sizes for this outfit. The jacket is a 10 and the skirt is a 12. My hips are clinging on to their curves at the moment and I didn’t want to the 10 to be tight when worn. I am glad I did size up, the 12 fits quite snug. The jacket is perfect in a 10 and even fits lovely when worn buttoned up as well. This is really handy if you differ in measurements like I do, I would always measure your curves and follow the charts on a website to compare, it makes all the difference.
UntitledUntitledNow I know you may be thinking – “A suit, really?” but you can totally wear this two piece for every day use as well as dressing up. My first outfit is something perhaps a little too dressy for the school run. I would typically wear this to perform in, perhaps at a piano bar or jazz venue. Life is never complete without a bit of leopard print (faux of course) and I feel this really adds a “glam factor” to the contrasting red colour. This bardot neckline top is from Lindy Bop, paired with a matching bow and red Mary Janes. I love to wear pop socks when I perform, they stop my feet hurting too much and I feel naked without them! My glasses are from Vintage Optical Shop (full review coming soon!) and I really like that they compliment the colouring of the leopard print – they are also a bit “out there” which I thoroughly enjoy.
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My second outfit is a more relaxed every day “mum” look. I work from home running my online vintage business as well as look after my little girl so this would be ideal to stay comfortable in while I photograph, measure up and clean vintage stock. It is worth mentioning that the colour of this two piece is more a raspberry red rather than pillbox or ruby red. I think this jacket works well with more peachy/cream tones because of the pink hue in the colouring. I have paired this with a plain peach vest from Primark, thrifted blue jeggings and literally the scruffiest pair of blue pumps I own. Obviously you will probably have something a lot cleaner in your wardrobe but a plimsole shoe would work really well for casual wear. I originally purchased these to walk about in all day when I went to Isle of Wight Music Festival and they definitely served their purpose. The colour is so pretty but they are well loved and have probably seen better days. My hair is accessorised with a faux flower festival crown – mainly because I was reminiscing when I popped on the pumps and fancied being a festival fairy. My chunky bow necklace is actually something I bought from New Look when the high street went through a “fifties / pin up” stage and I really love it. Cheesy grins – optional.
Untitled UntitledThird in line is an ideal “work wear” look using both pieces. I just wore a simple black vest underneath and paired with some black velvet loafers. My bag is vintage and available on my store at Monica Valentine Vintage. This suit also comes in classic black if you thought that the red was a bit too loud for the office, but toned down – I think this could really work well in a corporate environment. Even if, half way through the day it gets a little stuffy, it is still smart and professional without the jacket. My HELLO brooch was gifted from the fabulous Rock Cakes and I think it adds a nice playful touch to this outfit. Sometimes in the work place – rockabilly styles can be frowned upon. One of my close friends has a very serious job (okay this sounds a tad comical – she works quite high up in the insurance industry!) and she is such a fan of animal prints and all things quirky but has to tone down for work. This suit would also work well with a blouse underneath. Alternatively you could wear with a crisp white shirt for meetings – it really is the perfect retro power suit and one of best I have come across on the vintage reproduction scene.UntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledUntitledI would describe my fourth look as “pin-up on the go” – I wore this for running errands, meeting friends and thrifting vintage. For those of you who follow my blog regularly, out comes the nautical theme again. This outfit was thrown on and put together in about 5 minutes. My beat up converse come out when I need comfort, I always keep meaning to “bling up” my older pairs with sparkly crystals but never actually get round to it, however my current pair is not too well worn so they might actually see some twinkles shortly. I found this anchor belt about 10 years ago in a charity shop, it doesn’t have too much stretch left in it but goes nicely with my cropped cobalt blue fluffy jumper. My “hello” brooch is from RockCakes – and it actually picks out the colour of the skirt which I adore. The headscarf is vintage. Hair up and out of the way with a headscarf is ideal for me when I am on the go because I know it will just stay put and I don’t have to faff about.Untitled
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My fifth and final look is another way to wear as a casual every day outfit. I really wanted to try and show just how versatile this suit really is. Of course when you say “two piece suit” you always think of a more formal look, for the office or for a smart function. But you really can wear both pieces every day as well. I have paired the jacket with the Route 66 Halterneck from Lindy Bop, cropped denim cut off jeans from Primark and red brogues (just peeping through at the bottom!) Lazy day hair for me is left naturally (yep this is my curly mop left to its own devices) and just pinned back at both sides. What I like about this jacket is when you are dressing down, it just finishes off your outfit with a lovely tailored twist.UntitledUntitledAlice 50’s Inspired Cropped Jacket | Ivy Vintage Style Button Down Skirt | Hello Brooch

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