The Tessa dress isn’t a new style for Dolly & Dotty, who first released it in black several months back, which is when I first fell for her. A simple and chic swing dress with a cut-out lace neckline and sleeves? Come on now, you know how I love overlays and mixed texture design details! This dress is all about that.
Now Tessa is here in some new colour options and it’s time to go green for spring!
The stand out feature of this dress is obviously that lace upper bodice, which I just adore. It adds texture to the dress and a flash of interest that catches the eye, but it doesn’t compromise any of the dress’s modesty. It’s also a sensibly chosen amount and shape of lace, so it doesn’t cut too low in the bust or back, avoiding any visible bra issues, thank goodness. Because come on, what’s more annoying than a dress for which you have to buy a new style of problem-solving bra in order to be able to wear it? Nothing, exactly.
The skirt is blessedly full and twirls beautifully, able to take a full volume petticoat should you so desire. I only wore a slim volume petticoat underneath it for these pictures and it still held a lovely shape, achieving some lift off the legs without the dramatic full-skirted look that a voluminous petticoat would have produced. Such a full shape would be stunning for cocktail parties or a glamorous event, but it’s possible to wear this dress in a more toned-down style and still do it justice.
I opted for this dress in a size 18 because I suspected that would be the safest fit for me in the arms, which bore true. It is a bit big on me in the waist, but nothing that a little tuck won’t fix when I next get out my sewing kit. Specifically, the waist flat measures 36 inches with stretch to 39 inches, while the bust flat measures 42 inches with stretch to 47 inches. The cuffs of the sleeves measure 15 inches with no stretch, and the arm holes are 21 inches in circumference. The skirt is a fabulous 28 inches long. The fabric is a lovely soft cotton that, as you can see from above, has a comfortable amount of stretch. The dress closes with a concealed back zip topped with a hook and eye.
The Tessa dress comes in 4 colours in UK sizes 8-26, but if you want to win one of your own, or any other Dolly & Dotty dress, then you’ll be happy to know today is contest day!
I’ve partnered with Dolly & Dotty to give you the chance to win a dress of your choice from their website. This giveaway is open internationally and it’s starting today Monday 16th April and running for one week until midnight BST Sunday 22nd April. The winner will be announced the following day here on the blog, Monday 23rd April.
There’s 3 ways to enter this giveaway, all of which you must log into the Rafflecopter widget linked below in order for your entries to be counted. You can enter in all 3 ways if you’d like to gain up to 3 entries in total, but any single one of these entry options will enter you into the giveaway. The entry options are:
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