When Pretty Retro contacted me and asked if I’d like to choose a garment on their website to review on the blog I instantly knew what I would choose. I had been coveting a pair of bright red wide leg trousers on their website ever since I became aware of the brand.
You may not have heard of Pretty Retro before as they are a newly established company, however, you’ve probably heard of their sister company, The House of Foxy. I’m a big fan of the latter and have, in the past, bought many things from them, so I was intrigued to see the difference between the two.
Firstly, Pretty Retro’s range is still in the early days, however, they currently offer a small selection of both dresses and separates, all influenced by the 1940s and 1950s. In their own words, “Pretty Retro offers affordable, wearable clothing without compromising on style or quality.” And I have to say I totally agree. You’ll be hard pushed to distinguish between the two brands just by looking at the selection on offer.
When the trousers arrived (in super quick time!) I was instantly smitten. The colour is gorgeous, it’s not a bright pillar box red and it’s not a burgundy either, it’s somewhere in between and is incredibly wearable. The fabric is lightweight, lighter than my 1930s sailor trousers from The House of Foxy, which makes them perfect for wearing throughout the spring, summer and autumn. You could wear them in the winter too by layering tights or stockings underneath, but I personally find this a little uncomfortable.
The fabric is super soft and has a great drape to it, which gives the trousers a beach pyjama feel. I, therefore, had to team them with the 1930s top I made for my trip to the English Riviera last year to create a fabulous nautical 1930s beach look. I would’ve loved to have taken these photos down on the coast but, as I live in one of the most central inland counties in England, it was never going to be possible. Instead I headed to the river close to wear my parents live because, you know, it’s still water! 🙂
In terms of sizing, Pretty Retro, like their sister company, tend to be on the generous side. I ordered the size 12, which is for a 30″ waist and 41″ hip, but I could’ve easily have downsized to a size 10. I’m a 30″ waist and these were a bit too loose for me, meaning that the waist sat lower than it should. I could easily have sent these back and got the size 10 instead (I’ve done it before with The House of Foxy with no issues) but I absolutely loved the fullness on the hip.
Therefore, as I needed to take the length up anyway (because I’m a shorty), I thought I’d just take in the waist at the same time. I now absolutely love the fit, they’re tight around my natural waist but have tons of fabric around the hip to give a much looser, summery feel. I kept the length as long as possible to compliment this so I didn’t end up looking too wide.
After bending down to get a closer look at the ducks they decided to photo bomb the shoot and the one I’m looking at really thought he was the star of the show!
I’m so pleased with these trousers and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them. I already have two pairs of wide leg trousers that I love and these beautiful red ones are the perfect addition. They’re also available in a denim blue, black and navy and cost a very affordable £39 each. I’m seriously considering purchasing the black ones to replace a pair I’ve had for about 15 years and are now falling apart.
However, I’m holding off for now because I’ve just found out that Pretty Retro are going to be at The Summer of Vintage Festival up at Uttoxeter Racecourse, which I’m heading to on the Saturday. It’ll be a great opportunity to see all of their pieces up close and I’m sure I’ll be tempted by many other things in their collection!
Red 1930s Style Trousers – Pretty Retro
1930s Polka Dot Blouse – Made by Me
Navy Blue Vintage Handbag – Bath Racecourse Flea Market
White 1940s Style Shoes – Miss L Fire
Red Drop Earrings – Made by Me