You’re Just Such A Sweetie [Heart of Haute]

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times; I’m not really a novelty, kitsch kind of girl. I say that as a base rule so people can understand that my taste tends to lie in the more classic area of the spectrum and not often in the red-cherries area, but there are times here and there where I find myself liking something that’s distinctly more cute than it is distinguished. I can get down with select Erstwilder brooches. I can appreciate a candy cane hair accessory at Christmas. I wouldn’t turn down a cottage print circle skirt in winter. I like a good souvenir print.

And I instantly fell in love with the Meadow Daisy Print Sweetie dress by Heart of Haute.

I can’t decide whether this adorable daisies on green print even counts as novelty or kitsch, or whether it is simply what it is: freakin’ cute. But whichever it is, I’m fine with it. Not just fine with it, but on board.

One of my favourite things in the world is that moment you go outside on any regular, expectantly-normal day a couple months into the year and you smell it; the first whiff of spring. It’s not a smell you can really even describe, because it’s not fresh mown grass, or the scent of a certain flower blooming. It’s more of a freshness, a cleanness, like the earth has taken its first soft, unlaboured breath in months. It smells like sunshine and happiness and hope. It makes me feel instantly as happy and hopeful as I think the earth feels, and I love it.

I’ve been waiting for that smell for a few weeks already, bored of winter and itching for spring, for green grass and fresh flowers and watery sunshine to replace the dreariness of our current British skyline. So when I saw this dress, it felt a bit like almost getting that sniff of spring. It made me yearn for spring badly, keenly, and I couldn’t resist buying it up as if I thought it might make spring come that little bit sooner.

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Dress: Meadow Daisy Sweetie Dress by Heart of Haute
Wedges: Old season New Look
Cardigan: Old season Primark
Bracelets: Bamboo 8 pack from Pinup Girl Clothing

The Sweetie dress has been produced by Heart of Haute since they first began, constantly re-released in new prints and colourways as it’s one of their most popular pieces. It’s a halterneck dress with a sweetheart bustline, princess seams and a swing skirt. The skirt isn’t a full circle but it will fit your standard petticoat. There’s a fabric tie in the back at the waist so you can cinch your waist in for a closer fit. Since there’s no distinct waistband due to the princess seams structure and the halterneck tie allowing you to customise the fit somewhat, it’s hard to say exactly how long the skirt is, but the dress is approximately 31 inches from underarm to hem and I measured the skirt being roughly 25 inches. I’m 5 ft 7, so that hits me just under the knee. It closes with a back zipper and is made from 100% cotton.

I have a couple of other dresses by Heart of Haute and two skirt suits, but they have different cuts and levels of give, so I own them in different sizes. I can wear their Milan dress in a large, but their Beverly dress fits me in the XL, same with their Diva suits. I knew that judging by their size charts, the Milan dress is more of a one-off in sizing for me to fit the L, so I ordered the Sweetie dress in an XL. Their XL size is made for 32-33 inch waists, and this dress flat measures at 34 inches and stretches flat to 36, so there’s some give, particularly since the back of the dress is elasticated along the top. It’s comfortable and breathable, and I’m sure I’ll feel fresh as a daisy wearing it in summer.

The Meadow Daisy Sweetie Dress is available in sizes S to 2X and costs $99-105. The Sweetie dress is available in over 25 prints and colours total, in sizes XS-3X with prices starting at $80. Heart of Haute ship internationally and offer a rewards program for returning customers to earn points towards discounts on future orders. The coupon code Haute10 will give you 10% off your next order.

San Vicente Gingham [Unique Vintage]

Unique Vintage really know how to do gingham. At this point I’ve sort of become an accidental collector of the picnic-tastic print, rarely able to resist adding a new gingham piece to my wardrobe, but one of my all time favourite gingham pieces is this UV Manhattan swing dress.

20150903_094642000_iOSIt might even have been my first UV purchase, it was too long ago to remember now. It’s one of those pieces that’s so gorgeous that every time I wear it people ask where they can get it, which makes me feel a bit guilty and sad when I have to admit it’s long gone. Today, thankfully, I won’t be putting you through such heartache, because this San Vicente gingham halter dress is not only a new offering from Unique Vintage in their SS16 line, but it’s also widely in stock in sizes XS-4X and comes in both pink and black gingham.

And guess what, ladies? Pink hater that I am, I chose to get the pink! I’m sure these pictures will help you understand why

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Dress: Iconic Pink Gingham San Vicente Dress C/O Unique Vintage
Bolero: Perfect Pinup Bolero in White Ponte by Pinup Girl Clothing
Bag: White Wicker Purse by Pinup Girl Clothing
White Sateen Belt With Grommets by Pinup Girl Clothing
Hair Flower: White Debbie Dahlia by Daisy Jean Florals
Bracelets: Woven Bamboo Bangle Set by Splendette
Wedges: Old season New Look

Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: no, I really, really don’t like pink, excepting rare instances of pale pink trimmed with black or bright pinks inside florals. It’s just not a colour that feels interesting or dynamic to me, it doesn’t speak to me, and I constantly overlook it. But this pink San Vicente dress has such a small delicate gingham and a sweet soft pink that felt exactly like spring to me in a fresh, fun way, so I found myself drawn to it. Plus, while I love the black gingham colourway too, I own a bunch of black gingham already and I thought it was smarter to add more colour variety to my gingham selection if I must insist on collecting so many abundant checks.

The San Vicente dress is a fixed V-neck halter dress with a full circle skirt that can take two petticoats with ease. It’s lined, has a shirred elasticated back and closes with a back zipper topped with a hook and eye.

Typically I’m crazy not about halters but I love the shape of this one, the plunge and cut of it seeming more classic, sexy and sleek to me than the usual straps we see on most halter dresses. The full circle skirt really isn’t messing around, boasting the highest of twirl factors, and the shirred back means it’s comfortable for a full day’s wear.

Size-wise, I ordered my usual XL from UV, made for 33 inch waists, and while this dress is listed as being made from woven non-stretch material, the shirred back section allows a lot of give, so I was able to stretch this dress in the waist to fit 37 inches. Since there’s that amount of give, it’s worth considering whether you can size down, but remember to take your bust measurements into consideration as you decide that.

It’s a comfortable, fun, easy to wear dress that makes me want to go to a carnival and frolic at the beach eating ice cream, both things I’m not mad at, so I class it as a winner.

The San Vicente dress comes in pink and black gingham, sizes XS-4X and costs $98. Unique Vintage ship internationally and offer reward points for discounts on future orders.