If this dress looks familiar that’s because it is. The Aberdeen dress was first released for AW15, I remember vividly because the first iteration in the green and navy Dublin tartan so enamoured me I ordered it as soon as I first clapped eyes on it online. It came with me to the USA for my October trip to attend a friend’s wedding in Virginia and visit another friend in Texas, and though I massively overpacked for that trip and ordered at least 6 other dresses to greet my arrival at my friend’s house I wore it twice on that 17 day trip. Because that’s the thing about a good dress, one good wear deserves another. And if you’ve got one good dress in a great print or colour, I’m a firm believer that it deserves to be produced in yet another, just so that crazy dress addicts like me can enjoy the same wonderful dress in a second (or third, or fourth!) colour. A colour for every occasion and for every season!
Hell Bunny have humoured me, and every other Aberdeen lover out there, with a new ice blue tartan for our coming winter, so just in case the green/blue Dublin or the white/red Stewart tartans didn’t grab you, this frozen frock can.
One of the things I love most about this dress is the sweetheart neckline, as it’s flattering on every body type. The cap sleeves mean you can easily add layers to it for warmer winter wear without awkward bunching compromising the sleek lines of your outfit. The full circle skirt means you can go as petticoat-crazy as you want, something i always appreciate. It closes with a centered back zip topped with a hook and eye so there’ll be no frustrating body-twisting zipper yanking on a side zip here.
At first I was a little uncertain of how cool toned it is a dress, as I’m not sure I’ve ever considered before how much I tend to lean towards rich and bright colours generally. However it didn’t take long for me to realise there were plenty of colour options available for style pairings, from the obvious white across the full range of blues into browns, greys and even potentially mustards, silver, gold and bronze. Touches of black would make the lighter blues pops and red accents would, of course, be perfect, because red always is.
The sizing is true to Hell Bunny’s standard sizing of running half a size large, so if you’re a regular HB wearer there’s no calculations or guesswork needed here. My size 16/XL flat measures 34 inches with stretch to 36, the bust measuring 40 with stretch to 45 inches, and the skirt measures 27 inches long. The fabric is a lovely medium weight weave that feels substantial enough to be an effective contributor for layering in winter, as well as being soft and comfortable to wear.
The Aberdeen dress comes in 3 tartan colourways in sizes XS-4XL for £45.99-£50.99 (discount code AMYMAY20!% will get you 20% off all Hellbunny.com orders.) If you’re more of a separates girl there’s also a Doralee circle skirt available in the same 3 colours and same size range.