Morrocan Days [Emily and Fin]

Well, well, well, what have we here? A summer heat wave, in May? Oh England, you’ve outdone yourself.

Or so I might think, if I believed it would continue this way until August, which it most certainly will not, because #England. Currently, though, the country is aflush with excitement that our temperatures have broken the 20c mark, and simultaneously aflush with the clammy pink faces that prove just how bad we are at coping with the heat. ‘It’s so sunny, it’s amazing!’ people proclaim to each other with joy, before parroting at one another ‘Oh God, it’s too hot’ just hours later, looking tired and red and a bit like they can’t go on like this.

That is British summer, and while that’s hilarious and kind of pathetically sweet, it does mean sensibly we have to do things to adjust that we just don’t have to do that often. Leave work at lunchtime to buy an iced drink because we need one, not because we want one. Sleep with windows open, because we don’t have air conditioning. Walk around with your top off in shorts, if you’re an obnoxious man. And for us women, there’s only one course of action; reach for the cotton dress.

For me, that means my new Emily and Fin Morrocan Riviera print Claudia cotton dress. It’s light and breezy, with enough coverage to keep my sensitive English rose skin safe from the sun and yet not so much coverage that I feel ready to keel over in this heat. Plus, the gorgeous Riviera print is as summery and light as the dress itself, making sure I still look good even as the heat dictates my fashion choices. Looking put together and keeping cool while everyone else huffs, puffs, and wafts their various layers about trying to get up a breeze? Please and thank you, yes.

Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress

Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress

Emily and Fin Moroccan Riviera Claudia Cotton dress Dress: Morrocan Riviera Claudia cotton dress C/O Emily and Fin
Bag: Tatyana
Shoes: Old Everything5pounds.com

I’m obsessed with the print of this dress. I love landscape prints and patterns, especially when focused on various different beautiful horizons and sights from around the world, and the print of this one is now already one of my favourites. I’m a colour lover in general, but pale blues, white, yellow and greens scream summer to me with an airy, sunshine aura that can make even a dim, cooler British summer day feel brighter, though that’s currently not needed.

This dress features capped raglan sleeves, and a gathered flared skirt (which is 26 inches long). The whole dress is lined, making it difficult for you to wear a petticoat under the skirt, but you could perhaps fit a very slim petticoat if you wanted a little off-the-leg lift. There’s pockets, hurrah, and it closes with a concealed back zip. In addition to the bonus of making this a breathable warm weather wear, the fact that it’s made from cotton means this dress is machine washable, another bonus that makes it particularly suitable for summer wearing.

I have a couple other Emily and Fin pieces in their size 16, but now they’re very tight in my bust so I decided to size up for this dress. I have a 45 inch bust and their size 18 is designed for 44 inch busts, with this dress flat measuring at a perfect 45 inches. The waist flat measures almost 38, compared to the 37.5 inches on the size chart, so it runs very true to the chart. It’s made of cotton so note there’s no stretch, just a touch of give. As you can see, Emily and Fin’s sizing does run a little larger than standard UK sizes (not that you can ever rely on one store’s size being same as another store’s equivalent these days anyway,) so make sure you check their size chart before ordering.

I think the great thing about this dress is that it evokes a vintage inspired feel in its design without all the extra fabric that tends to come in vintage inspired sundresses, making it a cooler summer wear option. Meanwhile, it looks very modern to ladies who don’t view the world through vintage-coloured lens. I could so easily see all my non-pinup friends loving and wearing this dress themselves, and I think that makes it a lovely versatile piece for any wardrobe.

The Morrocan Riviera Claudia dress comes in UK sizes 6 to 18 for £75. Emily and Fin ship internationally and have stockists around the globe.

For Luna, For Me 

I’m not a sunbather, nor a swimmer, so it’s a bit of a disappointment that I can’t generally justify the cuteness that is vintage style swimwear. A high waisted bikini looks good on every body, not to mention a good vintage inspired one piece with flattering ruching. It’s the latter that I was most tempted by when For Luna contacted me about reviewing one of their pieces, even though that email came in late winter and there is nothing tempting about swimwear during a British winter. Still, one look through their collection and I knew I couldn’t resist–okay, so maybe I don’t swim or sunbathe, but I do hot tub and that’s good enough for me.

For Luna offer a gorgeous range of pieces, both one piece and bikinis, plain and patterned, and most available thankfully in plus sizes as well. Whether you’re feeling fruity, sultry or a bit polka dotty, there’s a swimsuit for your precious, gorgeous body no matter it’s size.

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Hat: Old Select
Parasol: Old (Similar)
Bangles: Splendette woven bangle + thrifted bamboo bangles
Shoes: Old F&F at Tesco

The area I’m most self conscious about is my stomach, so with that in mind I chose the Carmen suit in Exotic Flower print, knowing a bold print would help disguise wobbly bits better than a plain suit. For ladies who feel similarly self conscious in swimwear, choosing a bold pattern is a good way to help trick the eye into overlooking shadows or bulges, not to mention making for a fun, summery wear for you to enjoy to help you feel more comfortable two fold. The ruching across the mid section of this suit is also a great way to help disguise certain areas you might feel concerned about, as it’s skimming and flattering on all body types.

Even nothing those tips, though, it’s important you don’t forget that your body is gorgeous and wonderful, squishy parts included, and that choosing a suit with ‘disguising’ features is only beneficial if it helps you feel more confident in wearing swimwear, and not something anyone is required to do, ever. Let’s all be honest that we’re used to seeing svelte, willowy and lithe ladies sporting swimwear in our media more often than not and that can make us feel like we shouldn’t be wearing it if we don’t match that body type, but every single body is a bikini body–all you gotta do is put a bikini on it. Bam! Babein’ and ready for sun and fun. (Don’t forget your sunscreen though, that’s another important PSA you need to remember.)

This suit itself functions as SPF 50+ on your body, a great feature for the skin-conscious. It has a skirted front and full brief cut in the back, together giving it that perfect retro feel. Plus the floral pattern is just lovely, balancing the bright colours of the flowers against the black background so that it’s eye-catching without being overwhelming.

For Luna were very helpful in helping me decide which size I should wear as it’s been at least a couple years since I’ve bought any swimwear and my measurements  fall into different sizes on the size chart. In general I’m a 16/18 across UK clothing brands, so we decided I should opt for the 18 since my 50 inch hips are awesome but also prone to making swimwear cut in to create that slightly awkward upper thigh-butt bulge. In the 18 I didn’t have that problem, so there’s a decent amount of forgiveness in the sizing. There’s tummy control to help you feel a bit more sucked in but nothing drastic, don’t worry, this doesn’t feel like you’ve agreed to go swimming in your Spanx. It ties with halter straps and there’s also a sturdy under bust support band, side stays and soft padded cups, so you’ll still feel supported even without underwires.

The Carmen Exotic Flowers swimsuit comes in UK sizes 8-24 for £72, or is available in the same print as a high waisted bikini in sizes 8-18. This swimsuit style is also available in a ton of other prints and solids, all costing between £69-72, so there’s options for every taste. For Luna ship internationally.