Yesterday I posted this photo on social media, explaining that I’d fallen so deeply in love with a clothing line I was reviewing, that I was worried my review would sound fake!
No it wasn’t the shoes or the flamboyant skirt, it was the classic black blouse that I was gushing about and the brand – Pretty Retro.
Not surprisingly nobody guessed! That’s because Pretty Retro is a relatively new name on the vintage repro scene. So even if you’re a committed retro fan, this might be the first time you’ve heard of them. But I expect you’ll have heard of their big sister label, the House of Foxy?
When I was asked to review Pretty Retro, I jumped at the chance. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve modelled for Foxy for a number of years. I consider them to be friends and I know how committed they are to quality, fit and authentic retro design. So I knew that the clothes would be impressive, but I had no idea that the review would be so hard to write!
When I received my pieces – the Rizzo shirt and a classic black pencil skirt, I was excited to try them on. Don’t get me wrong I know that a black skirt and shirt wouldn’t normally be described as ‘exciting’, but I know the effect that Foxy clothes have on me (and my reflection!) and I was keen to see how Pretty Retro compared.
See this is where it got difficult. Because not only did I like the Rizzo shirt – I bloody loved it. When I fastened the vintage style acrylic buttons and saw that the fit elongated my arms and nipped in my waist, I felt like an absolute retro Queen. And as I pulled up the zipper on the bengaline pencil skirt, and felt more sassy than Joan Holloway on a good day, I knew they deserved an amazing review.
But given my connection to House of Foxy, how can I explain what’s special about these pieces without you thinking that I’m biased? After all, you can buy plain black separates from all over the place. Why should you choose these ones?
It’s the cut. So often with fitted shirts and blouses, the cut just isn’t quite right. There’s a gape at the bust or the sleeves pinch your upper arms? Or the neckline is too high or too low or the shirt is too short for it to stay tucked in. The Rizzo has none of those problems. It creates the most beautiful silhouette and works perfectly combined with true vintage, reproduction, modern clothing or…more Pretty Retro!
The skirt and top look great together with a simple belt and true vintage accessories.
Pair the Rizzo shirt with jeans, a pastel cardigan and peep toes for a more casual look.
You can create an edgier look by pairing the pencil skirt with a cute t-shirt and heels.
The cut of the skirt is just as perfect as the shirt – the hem sits just below the knee and unlike most pencil skirts that have a split (one that usually tears if you break into more than a gentle stroll) it has an inverted back pleat, which gives you plenty of movement (wiggle) without risking a wardrobe malfunction. I’ve washed and dried and washed and dried these pieces several times and there’s been no fading, there’s been no shrinkage and the shape has remained as glorious as it was when they first arrived.
Try Pretty Retro for yourself! They carry a small line of classic pieces that wouldn’t look out of place within a chic modern wardrobe wardrobe or amongst a collection of vintage garments. They even make this skirt in red!!!!