I Capri-ciate Good Pants [Hell Bunny Tina Trousers]

I own only wear two pairs of trousers/pants in my pinup wardrobe. In my daily life I have to wear jeans for work, so when I’m slipping into all things vintage I opt for anything beskirted 99.5% of the time. I have a great pair of high waisted tropical pants from PUG, and one pair of very comfy but not high waisted black cropped jeans from Asda, but that’s it. Until recently those sufficed for me, particularly since anytime I came across a pair of high waisted Capri pants they seemed to cost £50 and above–a reasonable price for a pair of great fitting pants you’ll get a lot of wear out of and will last you well, but since, as stated, I’m not a pants wearer, it’s never seemed worth the investment for me.

I didn’t realise until perhaps two weeks ago that Hell Bunny make a pair of high waisted capri pants. I was immediately curious. For £20 or roundabouts, I could be down for getting a pair of budget-friendly capris for more casual affairs or perhaps occasions when skirts merely aren’t practical–such as my recent family fun day of birthday bowling.

Hell Bunny Capri Pants Trousers High WaistedHell Bunny Capri Pants Trousers High WaistedHell Bunny Capri Pants Trousers High WaistedHell Bunny Capri Pants Trousers High WaistedHell Bunny Capri Pants Trousers High WaistedPants: Hell Bunny Tina Capri Trousers in red
Top: Hell Bunny Dolly top in Black stripes
Wedges: Black Espadrille Wedges by F&F at Tesco

Hell Bunny notoriously size large, so typically I wear their size L (UK 14) and have some room to spare. With my recent weight gain that room to spare has evaporated and my L Hell Bunny dresses fit me true now, although the Dolly top I’m wearing for this outfit is an L and is made of a stretchy material so it’s a bit loose on me and isn’t skintight. All that gave me pause when deciding which size to order in the capri pants. Would they run large? If so, a 14 might still do me. But if they were true to size they probably wouldn’t, as I hold a lot of my weight in my thighs, butt and stomach–all areas that would have to fit into the pants in order for them to, you know, fit, unlike a swing dress where everything below the waist is not applicable.

It took me a while to even find a size chart for these pants so I’ve included the one I found below. The chart said L covered 32-34 waist and 38-40 hips, and with a very recent measurement taking session alarming me with the truth that I am now 33 of waist and 44 of hips, I decided to size up into the XL to be safe on the hips front. It was a good choice. Since these pants are made from stretch bengaline they do feel a bit loose around my stomach and butt after a few hours of intensive wear (read as: a huge chinese takeaway followed by 2.5 hours of bowling,) but the lower portion of the leg below the knee is very well fitted so I think sizing down would have made the lower portion impossibly tight and the top half unflattering or uncomfortable even if they had fit.

Tina Capri Pants Hell Bunny Size Chart

The bengaline doesn’t disguise my visible belly outline, as I believe ladies are nowdays calling it, so I have to wear some supportive underwear or a peplum shirt to counteract that, but to be honest as I’m not that comfortable with showing my lower stomach in pants I would probably opt for either of those options anyway. They fit well in the waist, which is 11 inches smaller than my hips at their widest point, so for a similar ratio of hips to waist you should find these will accommodate you, curvy ladies. They close with a back zipper.

I got my pair for £19.99 new on eBay and for £20 or so, these are a decent option. I doubt they’ll outlast similar pieces offered by other pinup brands at a more expensive mark up, as I’m sure said brands are using superior quality bengaline and offer superior fit, but I’m happy to now have these in my pinup casual arsenal, especially since I dared myself to get them in red rather than shyly opting for ever-slimming black.

Hell Bunny only sell wholesale and don’t have their own website shoppable by the general public, so you’ll have to check your local Hell Bunny stockists, check eBay or search out a pair online if you’d like to buy your own pair.

And I leave you now with yet another cameo from my cat, who came to find me where I was quickly taking these pictures in the field behind our house.

Tina Capri Pants Trousers Hell Bunny

 

 

Marlene & Me [Lindy Bop]

I’m a big fan of simple spaghetti strap vintage style day dresses. Done in my favourite way, they’re boned with gathered skirts and an amazing print or two. I was curious, therefore, when I saw that Lindybop seemed to have released something similar recently, with, obviously, the cheaper Lindy Bop price tag, the Marlene dress.

The Marlene dress is lightweight, inexpensive, and comes in 4 super cute prints. Anyone who’s read my previous reviews of Lindy Bop know that I often have issues with fit–almost always the waist will be too roomy compared to the size chart specifications and yet the sleeves will be tight. This dress obviously doesn’t have sleeves, so I knew it would be safe on that front, but when I ordered the banana leaf print purely on the basis of being so enamored with the print I did so mostly out of curiosity and convinced That I would have to send the dress back.

I was pleasantly surprised…sort of.

Full details of how this dress faired over a few hours of gentle wear follows the results of a  quick photo session spent with my 9-year-old niece let excitedly behind my camera.

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Dress: Banana Leaf Marlene dress by Lindy Bop
Belt: White Sateen Belt With Grommets by Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Bettie Heels in Ivory by Pinup Girl Clothing

This dress is lined but it’s made of very thin cheap cotton, so it’s a lightweight piece that doesn’t feel very sturdy. Which is fine for hot weather, some people will find great use in that. The size charts suggested a size 16 for a 33 inch waist, so I sized up from usual size 14 and found it did actually fit. Kind of shocking for a Lindy Bop dress–I can’t remember a single swing dress I have tried from them in the past 3 years that has actually fit on the waist (and I have tried over 20.)

The straps are even adjustable! But, hold back the hallelujah chorus, because they’re also flimsy as hell. Within a few hours of putting this dress on for the first time the little clear plastic adjuster on my left strap broke, leaving the strap loose and the remainder of the plastic poking at me sporadically. As if that wasn’t enough, when getting undressed I managed to catch my other strap on a door handle and it ripped clean out of the seam on the neckline–that mishap was my fault, obviously, but I’ve caught other dresses in a similar way and they didn’t rip, so it speaks to the stitching of the Marlene that it came apart so easily. I would have given it a bigger benefit of the doubt had my other strap not broken earlier after only 3 hours wear when I was sitting still talking on the phone.

The gathered skirt isn’t full–LB skirts never are, they keep costs down by scrimping on fabric–but it did fit a petticoat, which is enough to keep me placated for a casual wear dress. The skirt length is also sufficient, another surprise from Lindy Bop, as it actually hits my knees (I’m 5ft 7.)

The final thing I noticed, which both confused and amused me, was that this dress has pockets…which are located about 6inches south of the waistband, necessitating a strange southward hand sliding dance as you try to find exactly how far down they are in the skirt. Even then the pockets themselves are quite small and don’t fit my iPhone 6, so it may not even be worth bothering to locate them unless you want to store something small like a lipstick or a secret cookie.

I know all those sassy truth bombs sound like I’m bashing the dress, but I’m not saying anything that’s not clearly apparent when encountering the dress, and nothing Lindy Bop themselves don’t already know, I’m certain. And at the end of the day, while I do think this dress isn’t well made and is cheap to the touch and to the wear, I do kind of like it for what it is: a dress available in pretty prints in a shape I’m fond of for only £34.99, meaning that it’s also a dress I’m not scared to wear around my nieces and nephews or on an active day out for fear that it might get trashed. If it does I’m not out $140 and the emotional attachment I feel to my other well made, beautiful and long-lasting dresses.

If you don’t have the money to splash on expensive repro brands or if you simply like the look of this dress and don’t require high quality in your wardrobe, then be careful with the flimsy straps and you’ll probably love this dress.  It’s available in UK sizes 6 to 26 so it’s a good budget option particularly for ladies who struggle to find repro in their size. If it’s important to you that your clothes are well made and will last, invest in a Jenny dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, a Ruby Middy dress from Trashy Diva or a Priscilla Midi dress from The Pretty Dress Company.

Goodbye Cameo from my youngest nephew who likes to jump into my pictures and pretend he's a doggy

Goodbye Cameo from my youngest nephew who likes to jump into my pictures and pretend he’s a doggy