It’s the first week of December, so that means it’s time; time for abandoning your shame when you find yourself humming All I Want For Christmas in the middle of the workday; time for saying ‘it’s Christmas, it’s fine’ when you make several awful food choices in a row in a single day even if it is waaay too early in the month to be getting that lax with your nutrition; time for climbing into the attic to get down the decorations and for gift buying (or wrapping already, if you’re super organised); and time, finally, for unapologetically Christmassy outfits, like this Holly Berry 50s dress from Hell Bunny.
You guuuuys, I have been desperately waiting for it to be December so I could finally bust out this dress. This year for logistical reasons I’ll be having two Christmas days, on the day itself and on Boxing Day, so between those days and the various festive parties leading up to them I’ll be eagerly busting out this dress at least once or twice–as well as probably wearing it several times to run errands. But can you blame me? The fun print aside, there’s the gorgeously flattering cut and this beautiful velvet burgundy belt that make this dress a ding-dong joy.
It has three quarter length sleeves, the most universally flattering of all sleeve lengths, a cross-over style V-neckline that looks good on all bust sizes, and pockets in the flared skirt. So not only does it look good on, but those pockets mean if you sport this dress for Christmas Day you’ll have somewhere to store your lipstick and a compact for the crucial post-Christmas lunch touch up. Plus, as if it couldn’t get any better, there’s some pleasant give in the fabric that make it a comfortable wear that shouldn’t leave you feeling too full of regret once you’re already full of turkey, roast potatoes, and chocolates.
I know the print limits what time of year you can sport this dress, but I think the dress itself can be styled up or down. Pair with thick tights, boots and a cardigan and you can just as easily wear it to go shopping or to the pub as you can wear it to a festive celebration by styling it up with more twinkly accessories, perhaps even a faux fur cape and a wintery hair accessory. As long as you’re ready to get inventive with your styling options there’s plenty of ways you can squeeze in multiple wears even if you’re someone who strictly limits their festivities to the month of December alone. (As someone who begins thinking about Christmas in mid-October that’s not the case for me, but whatever.)
I opted for this dress in the XL/size 16 and it runs true to Hell Bunny’s usual sizing. The waist flat measures 36 inches with stretch to 38, the bust is flat at 42 inches with stretch to 46 inches, and the skirt is 27 inches long with room for a medium volume petticoat. As someone who has large upper arms I find that this dress is comfortable there too, without any pinching or pulling, with the sleeves flat measuring at 16 inches in the upper arm.
The Holly Berry 50s dress comes in sizes XS-4XL for £56.99 but code AMYMAY20!% will get you 20% off any order from Hellbunny.com, which ships for free and internationally. This fun print also comes in a skirt and a blouse if you’re not much of a dress person; Holly berries for everyone!