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OOTD | On The Hunt for a Dorothy Dress

by Anna Nuttall

For the past few years I have been on the hunt for a Dorothy dress. Here is my out of the day wearing what I’m hoping is the perfect Dorothy dress.

‘Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high. There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.’’

We all know where this song belongs to (you get 10 points if you name it in the comments section and who sang it, also I will give you a pretend cookie), somehow you can’t help yourself and just hummed the tune while walking along.

But I like to dream that there is somewhere – in this big wide world there is that perfect Dorothy dress. You know the one from The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy wears throughout the film. A perfect light blue gingham dress that transport you to Oz, where you meet witches and munchkins.

You see for the past couple of years, I have been on the hunt for a Dorothy dress, it’s a lot harder to find then you might think. I wanted to find a nice replicate of the light blue gingham dress. But everywhere is all too fancy dress and more suited for a pantomime then an actual dress.  Also I would need one that would fit my short apple figure.

Anyway last year in Primark, I was just doing my usual browsing and finding the cheapest bargains, when I came across this dress. Now my first thought was, ‘Dorothy!’ But then on closer inspection It look too summery for a Dorothy dress. None the less I picked it up and thought this could be a summer dress I would wear while out and doing stuff.

Fast forward to this year when my mother made her usual annual visit to my place where she moans about how messy my apartment is, and how little dusting I do. Also as usual she like to nose through my things (I don’t ever do that to her thing – so why does she do it to me?), so she decided to nose through my wardrobe.

She happened to pick out that blue Primark dress which was by that point was shoved at the back of the wardrobe not being worn. Now the strange part is, she also exclaimed ‘Dorothy’ to the same dress. How strange is that? Like mother – like daughter.

I had to laugh at the weirdness of it all, but she insisted I try it on and to see if it a Dorothy dress. It wasn’t as it more of a summer dress then one that transport you to Oz.

The dress itself has a lovely circle skirt that lets you have maximum movement and an underlay which keep everything all in place. But the bodice looks odd and doesn’t quite flow with the skirt. As you will see from the pictures. Also the strap kept falling off.

So overall it wasn’t the Dorothy dress of my dream. I’m tempted to throw it away but I still do like the skirt on the dress. What I might do is take it to a dress maker and turn it into just a skirt, removing the bodice. But I’m going off topic.

I shall finish by saying I’m still on the hunt for a Dorothy dress and don’t be surprise if I do a couple of Dorothy dress outfit pictures. If only there was magic red shoes where I can tap together and all my wishes comes true.

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A similar blue gingham dress


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Sophia Alisa Ali 18th July 2017 - 1:57 pm

That “Dorothy” dress looks lovely on you, and thank goodness for Primark! every now and then you can grab a great buy from them that will last you a little longer than expected! I hope you do find your ideal “Dorothy” dress you are looking for, nowadays because of the vintage appeal they tend to be on the more expensive side, but I got a good feeling Primark will pull out something great as always!

Cheryl 18th July 2017 - 2:04 pm

Before I even read the post title I thought “that looks l just like Dorothy’s dress!” I love it! I adore the Wizard of Oz books and that dress is the perfect nod to them. It also looks cool and comfortable which is perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing. I may have to find myself a Dorothy dress too!

Jacqueline 18th July 2017 - 3:31 pm

I love your dress! It certainly is a Dorothy dress but I see what you mean. You may take it to a seamtress to alter so it fits you well. But all in all I think it’s a keeper!

Kristen Jones 18th July 2017 - 3:50 pm

Such a cute dress and even better that you found it at Primark!

Amy 18th July 2017 - 6:03 pm

Very cute! Now all you need is some ruby slippers!

Casey 18th July 2017 - 7:14 pm

A dressmaker may be able to make the bodice fit better. You could even throw a shirt over the top too.

toby 18th July 2017 - 7:36 pm

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Emily 18th July 2017 - 7:56 pm

How cute! That dress looks perfect for a picnic!

Shannon 18th July 2017 - 8:39 pm

I really like your “Dorothy” dress! A good seamstress might be able to help you fix the problems you have with it and make it into something you would more enjoy!

Francheska Irizarry 18th July 2017 - 9:44 pm Reply
Richa 18th July 2017 - 9:45 pm

Looking gorgeous!!

Francheska Irizarry 18th July 2017 - 9:46 pm Reply
Kristin Cook 19th July 2017 - 1:52 am

Love that dress. I love it! I would love to have one like that!

Leanne @Smiles and Sundays 19th July 2017 - 12:48 pm

That dress does look lovely. Isn’t it funny how we can get a picture in our heads of something spectacular then everything else we find that is similar pales in comparison to what we imagine? I too have my heart set on a particular dress that I just can seem to find- a lovely A-line number with lace overlay…I’m thinking about learning to sew- perhaps that could be your answer too! Best of luck in your search 😀👗👠👠

Kristen 19th July 2017 - 1:17 pm

Judy Garland! Now for my pretend cookie. . .

Tubbs 19th July 2017 - 1:53 pm

It’s a lovely dress and a dress maker might be able to fix the few issues if you can find one that isn’t too expensive. Good luck with finding the perfect Dorothy dress. 🙂

jen @ thehollyhockdoor 19th July 2017 - 6:46 pm

Fun dress! I wish I had access to Primark – such great bargains! Have you looked at those online custom dress shops that keep popping up everywhere? they might have something close to the mark? #bestandworst

Sarah Howe 19th July 2017 - 8:09 pm

Primark is so good sometimes for finding these little gems. I think it’s quite a good find and think looks lovely. You could wear it in this warm weather for sure!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

Jane 20th July 2017 - 4:21 pm

Lovely , looks great

Lindsay 20th July 2017 - 4:24 pm

That’s a pretty little dress! The style suits you so well and the color as well.
Keep going! You’re rocking it 😉


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