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.
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.