Once upon a time, there was a girl who only wore modern, trendy pieces. (That girl was me, by the way ;-)) Then there was a time, when she only wore repro garments or true vintage fashion from head to toe, even her makeup had to be authentic. Luckily, she found out that fashion is so much more fun if one stops thinking in trends or eras! Nowadays, I love to mix all different decades and always try to give my outfits a modern twist. So I like to team a retro dress with a modern makeup and trendy shoes, for example. If my outfit has a modern touch, on the other side, I normally choose true vintage accessories and wear an authentic retro makeup. This is what makes up my style, I guess. In this blog post, I want to show you my interpretaion of a modern retro look featuring the pink and black “Darlene Dress” by Dolly and Dotty.

A Walk in the Rain with “Darlene” by Dolly and Dotty

“Darlene” has a classy cut with a tight top, boat neckline, and flared skirt. For even more volume, I wore a vintage petticoat underneath. Pretty details like small buttons add that certain something to the retro dress. “Darlene” is available in a lot of different colour combinations. I, of course, chose pink and black. 😉

Pointed pumps by Buffalo in the same shade of pink go very well with dress and definitely put the outfit together. Even my handbag has some pink and rose details. Earrings in the same colour by Glitter Paradise and some silver jewellery finish the outfit. Since the weather seems to confuse May with April, I was very happy that I took my light pink umbrella and a classy trench coat with me.

Another highlight of this look are the tights by Wolford, in my opinion. I love this modern interpretation of classy seamed stockings and isn’t the lettering “live your dream” just super inspiring?

RetroCat mit dem Darlene Dress von Dolly and Dotty und einem rosa Pagoden-Schirm

RetroCat in einem schwarz-pinken Retro-Kleid von Dolly and Dotty und Nahtstrümpfen von Wolford

Vintage-Bloggerin RetroCat mit Retro-Kleid und Pagoden-Schirm im Regen

RetroCat mit einem klassischen Retro-Kleid und pinken Accessoires

RetroCat in einem stylishen Regen-Outfit im Vintage-Stil

RetroCat mit schicken Nahtstrümpfen von Wolford und pinken Pumps

A modern Makeup with lots of Pinks

My makeup this time is inspired by this editorial look created by Lisa Eldridge. I applied pink eyeshadow and a lot of mascara. As I wanted a makeup for everyday-life, I used a bit less pink blush than Lisa did. I applied it in huge circles on my cheekbones and temples. Bright pink lips finish the makeup – I used the Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur by Chanel in “Framboise”.

Makeup Details:

My hair is “al natura” in the photos. It doesn’t matter how much hairspray I use, when it’s raining, my hair always does what it wants. 😉

PS: If you really dislike rain, my list with 10 tips on how to stay happy on rainy days is for you!

Bloggerin RetroCat mit Retro-Kleid und pinkem Editorial-Make-up

RetroCat mit pinken Lippen und einem klassischen Trenchcoat

Fashion-Bloggerin RetroCat mit einem rosa Regenschirm und pinkem Make-up

Vintage-Fashion-Bloggerin RetroCat beim Tanzen mit dem "Darlene Dress" von Dolly and Dotty

Outfit Details:

“Darlene” Dress: c/o Dolly and Dotty

Petticoat: Vintage, similar here

Trench coat: Ted Baker, similar here

Tights: Legwear DE

Shoes: Buffalo, similar here

Earrings: Glitter Paradise

Handbag: Banned, similar here

Umbrella: similar here

Similar Articles

6 thoughts on “A modern retro Look with the “Darlene Dress” by Dolly and Dotty

  1. I was really interested in your description of how your style has changed. I have noticed that in the year or two since I have been following you – and, although I found the more fully vintage looks inspiring, I think I can more easily relate to the way you now mix up the styles but nevertheless maintain a classic, vintage-inspired look. I could not wear what you wear – figure, colours etc. are all different – but this post has made me realise that it’s what I do too.

    I love this dress – another which would never work for me – but it gives me ideas nonetheless. And – surprise, surprise – I adore your tights, especially the way the way the writing is just down one seam. I will now be on the lookout for these. Walford isn’t the best value, in my view, and the fit for me is not as perfect as some of other ‚upper end‘ brands, but there’s always room for a few pairs in my collection!

    Thanks for all your posts. I really appreciate them and so often, as now, they make me think about what I wear too. Kx

    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, Karen!
      It makes me so happy to hear that my posts inspire others. I know exactly what you mean: there are lots of ladies I follow who show clothes which wouldn’t work for me. However I always love to get new inspiration and new input.

      I don’t own a lot of Wolford hoses, but those I own are great. 😉

      Thank you for all your lovely comments, always. This is something I really appreciate and makes me so happy!


Leave a Reply