Silly Old Sea-Mermaids

Now as regular readers of my blog know, I have been talking about a Mermaid dress that I had ordered from Silly Old Sea Dog.

I saw it at LondonEdge and fell in love. Speaking with the lovely Alison, she explained that she was just about to start working with a new factory but could order a dress to be made for me.

Well, I couldn’t refuse that offer!

She explained that it would take several weeks to get things up and running. But I was in no hurry for it, so I put in an order for a dress and matching headscarf.


Whilst visiting Alison at a recent pop-up event, I purchased a Mermaid hair bow so I could mix and match, and waited for the dress to arrive.

And arrive it did! The day before my birthday – what a great present!


I hastily ripped into the package and immediately smiled as I saw the pattern emerge. Colourful cartoon mermaids, Little pink octopus, blue fish and seahorse abound!


The dress itself is a lovely sleeveless, full skirted vintage style dress with a rear zip. There is a banded section around the waist that means it gives me a great shape, as there is fullness in the top section, and then lots of material in the skirt.

The quality of the dress is simply amazing. The new manufacturers certainly have pulled out all the stops, and the end result is just beautiful.


I wore the dress for the first time when taking Little Chick down to University to move into her new flat. Teaming it up with the matching headscarf, my lovely Dolly Cool Octopus earrings and necklace, and this wonderful Little Mermaid bag that was sent as a present to me by the wonderful and very beautiful Caroline Curvy Wordy.

I literally was a walking talking sea creature advertisement. And I felt absolutely amazing in it all!

Wearing the dress to travel was an ideal option, as because it is loose and made of cotton, and the day was very hot, I was left comfortable yet looking stylish.


It didn’t crease or crumple and was left looking smart and presentable even after a nearly 6 hour round trip drive.

This dress is literally so beautiful, and even though I am 42, there is no reason I can’t rock a dress covered in cartoon mermaids.

And I fully intend to wear this lots. It makes me smile as soon as I see it, so hopefully it will have the same effect on others!

Do you own any Silly Old Sea Dog dresses? I’d love to see what prints you own!

Till next time,

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  • LaaLaa

    Oh, wow! I love the print, reminds me growing up I always use to say I wanted to be Ariel lmao! Was obsessed over mermaids as a child. X

    • Tanya Brannan

      I still am 🙂 x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love your dress, the pattern looks amazing x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Hannah x

  • Louise

    That’s such a cute outfit but on trend too! I love it! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It has already become a firm favourite! X

  • tp keane

    what a cute outfit. It’s so much fun and so colourful.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly what I was going for 🙂 x

  • oh my gosh you look an absolute mermaidy dream! That print is totally incredible, no wonder you were willing to wait!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Awww thank you Kitty! I just couldn’t resist it! xxx

  • I remember when you said you had ordered your dress, it looks lovely and I love the print x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much! I am so glad I went and ordered it! xx

  • Oh this dress is so much fun = you are NEVER too old for mermaids xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      I agree!! In fact I have some more nautical jewellery coming soon to! x

  • Oh my god this dress is so beautiful! Love the mermaid look x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Rhian, it is a special kinda dress and I love it! xx

  • It truly was worth the wait, the mermaid dress is a stunner alright and I love the matching bow too xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Ana, I have to agree, it was worth waiting for xx

  • Oh this is such a cute themed look. I love the mermaids on the dress and the jewelry is a great match.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Liz, I have some more jewellery that I will be mixing and matching with x

  • Laura

    You look so cute! That outfit is really sweet! I love the mermaid print xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Laura! I Love it xxx

  • What a cool dress. I love mermaid. x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Anna, me too! x

  • I love the print of this dress and it really looks fabulous on you! xxx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Charli xx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    You have no idea how much love I have for this outfit, you look amazing and I love the accessories x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much! It is a great dress! x

  • Oh this is just so adorable, and I love the way you have accessorised it too! As ever, I am completely in love with your whole style. The print and shape of the dress are both so perfect, and you look absolutely wonderful! 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Diana, it is so lovely of you to say! xxx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    This is so cute! A really fun print!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it just!! 😀 xx

  • Susan Clark

    How fun. Sometimes, we need a little whimsy … and color. There is too much black and dark, dull colors in wardrobes.

    • Tanya Brannan

      There really is Susan and I hate the drabness. I love the colours and patterns available in plus sizes now! xx

  • The print on your dress is so much fun, cute!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Jemma xx

  • I love it all! I adore anything mermaid related!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! There will be more in the future I am sure xx

  • I’m a big fan of mermaid stuff, you’re rocking this!

    Tara xo

    Cattitude & Co. – a feminist lifestyle blog

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Tara! xxx

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I love anything with mermaids on! Obsessed with the necklace xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Isn’t it just so cute?? The designer has several octopus things so I might have to order more!! XX

  • Annie Brooks

    Omg! This is amazing! Mermaids are my fave thing at the moment you look fab!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Annie, it is such a fun and easy dress to wear 🙂 xx

  • Kira L Curtis

    I love it! So bright and colourful! Absolutely love the pairing with all the sea creature jewelry and bag!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you so much Kira, I do too xx

  • This looks supper cute love how everything complements each other looks great!!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Leslie, it has become a real favourite of mine x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    What a pretty dress, it looks great on doesn’t it. Love the Ariel purse too 😉

    • Tanya Brannan

      I might be getting older, but certainly not boring! 🙂 xx

  • I know this might not be the look you are going for, but this would be an AMAZING disneybound dress!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Oh it really would!!! x