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.
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!).
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!
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