Retro Floral Print Co-ord + Style With a Smile Link Up

January 11, 2022

When I first saw this retro floral print co-ord I was a little hesitant in buying it – for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I thought maybe I already had enough 70s-style floral prints (is that even possible?). Secondly, it was a brand I hadn’t bought from before, and while that doesn’t usually deter me, I couldn’t tell from the photos what the fabric was like. Anyway, as is often the case, a flash sale or discount code proved to be too tempting and I caved in and ordered the trousers. The fabric is thinner than I’d hoped for but it is really soft. I’d say they run a little on the small side. But nevertheless, I love the print and the style.

I plan to try different ways to style this retro floral print co-ord, wearing the dress and trousers separately

Not long after they arrived, I saw someone on Instagram wearing the trousers with the dress and immediately wished I’d ordered both. Unfortunately it was sold out on the Damson Madder website so I started looking for it elsewhere. I set up a restock alert on Asos and a size 10 became available.

Given the type of fabric, I would have preferred to size up to a 12, but that wasn’t an option. As you can probably see, it does gape slightly between the buttons on the chest, but it fits just fine on the waist. Rather than return it, I’m going to sew a press stud between the buttons to see if that fixes the problem. Other than that, I’m really pleased with it. I’ve never worn a dress with trousers before, but it’s good to try new things! That said, I will try different ways to style this retro floral print co-ord, wearing the dress and trousers separately. I’ll also try layering, although I wouldn’t be able to fit a jumper underneath the dress. A thin vest would be an option though (maybe a wise one to avoid bra exposure!).

About Damson Madder

Damson Madder uses organic cotton which is dyed with natural dyes that use 35-50% less water than conventional artificial dyeing systems. They also use recycled polyester yarn made from plastic bottles taken from landfill. The recycled cotton is produced from textile waste. Their factory in Turkey is Sedex approved (that’s the world’s leading ethical trade organisation), and the people who make the clothes are paid fairly.

I added orange jewellery but chose brown boots, hat and bag to avoid orange overload! This little woven bag is cute but not exactly practical. It’s just about big enough to carry my phone, bank card and a lipstick, but then I guess that’s all I need for a night out…I just about remember those!

Would you wear – or have you ever worn – a dress and trousers together?


Damson Madder Dolly dress and trousers | Asos boots | Mango earrings and bracelet (old) | Monki bag (old) | Marks & Spencer hat

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21 responses to “Retro Floral Print Co-ord + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Lizzie says:

    This outfit is so fun! i love the 60s vibe!


  2. Love this print and the colors look so amazing with your hair Emma. Thanks for the link up!

  3. Rena says:

    Fun look, Emma. And it seems that we both have had orange on our minds lately.


  4. Di says:

    Love the colors and mod floral print of this outfit-you wear it so well! I like the look of a dress over pants and would definitely wear it. Thanks for the link up and have a good week!

  5. I’ve never tried a dress with pants, but I love the look of these together! It really works!

  6. Katie says:

    Love the fun 70s floral print! You can definitely never have too many!


  7. Gail says:

    I can see how beautiful the quality is of that cotton! Lovely print. I think the only time I have worn trousers and a tunic together was when I was in Sri Lanka and wore a beautiful shalwar kameez. But it’s a look I’d like to try.

  8. Jill says:

    What a fun look! I love the print and colors!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  9. Michelle says:

    I love this print. So pretty, so happy! I don’t think I’ve ever worn slacks with a dress, but I would certainly be open to it. I bet it’s warm. Anyway, you look fabulous, Emma! So glad you found the dress.


  10. Cheryl Shops says:

    Oh my goodness, what a fun print—it reminds me of my childhood! And I feel like you can never have too many retro prints 😉
    Cheryl Shops |

  11. i Emma
    I always enjoy seeing your color combos and prints ! This one is a beauty! I really love it with the slim pants under the dress, and you nails go perfectly with thise outit. I love the cap, it just adds a bit of fun texture to this eye catching print.
    jess xx

  12. Jacqui Berry says:

    This is super Emma, and it is so ‘you’ I can see you’ll get loads of wear as it will team with plenty. Thanks for sharing the link up Hun. Jacqui x

  13. I DO love this print! And the hat!

  14. Shelbee says:

    What a brilliant coord set, Emma! I love the print and the colors. I am a big fan of layering dresses over trousers. I would probably wear this dress more like a jacket with a vest underneath like you said. I always have buttons gaping over my chest so the best solution is to just leave them open, in my opinion. That’s where layering comes in handy! You look gorgeous as always, my friend. And I love the brown accessories!


  15. Lovely says:

    This is such a beautiful print, and these colors are lovely on you. This co-ord set is an absolute winner!

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