Chatting with Maria Dinwoodie, Owner of Pretty Little Things

This designer-owned boutique specializes in one-of-a-kind women’s clothing, including fashions designed by owner, Maria Dinwoodie. Shoppers can complete their outfits with an assortment of jewelry and accessories.

How did you become interested in fashion and design?

I grew up on a horse farm in Florida, and my mother used to make our clothes for horse shows. Because of her I started sewing when I was 9 years old. By high school I was making and outfit on a weekend and wearing it on Mondays. I went to the School of Fashion Design on Newbury Street in Boston and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I got sidetracked by a job in technology, but eventually came back to what I love when I turned 50.

How would you describe your style?
My style is refined, classic and clean with a strong sense of color.

What do you look for when choosing items to bring into your store?
I look for quality, uniqueness, wearability and versatility.

Tell us about the clothing you create yourself.
Each year, I create one-of-a-kind pieces for the spring and summer. I pick a few simple designs and fabricate them with very unique fabrics. Typically, I only buy a few yards of a fabric. This year on my buying trip to New York, I purchased very unique silks to make maxi dresses.

What do you love most about running your business?
I love that I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do. It is never too late to follow your dreams.


Pretty Little Things

371 Gannett Road, North Scituate



1. Dinwoodie’s clothing designs

are classic and easy to wear, with jubilant pops of color.

2. The acrylic, summer poncho

is go-to piece for any wardrobe. It’s as soft as cashmere, but you can throw in the washer and dryer.

3. All cotton one-of-a-kind tunics

made by the boutique owner, Maria Dinwoodie. They can be worn as a beach cover-up or with white pants.

4. Coordinating fashion jewelry

and unique statement pieces dress up an easy-breezy coastal look.

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