If you’ve been following my blog for a long time you’ll be familiar with Love Ur Look. Like many other companies, I’ve featured them here almost every season since this blog began, but I’m sure if you looked back through my past reviews you’d recognise the pieces I shared instantaneously; because if there’s one thing Love UR Look knows how to do, it’s produce dresses that don’t look like anyone else’s.
Their dresses are always unique, often made in original hand-drawn fabrics or re-imagined vintage prints, and almost always featuring little design details I just don’t see anywhere else. Necklines that are shaped by atomic-inspired zig zag cut outs, bodices that feature layered fabric folds that give the word ‘structure’ a new meaning, contrasting panels layered over novelty fabrics with brightly coloured buttons. Whenever I see a Love UR Look dress, I can always tell the brand without needing to check a caption or a label or a website. Today, we’re looking at one of their more gentle, less novelty designs, in a flower print that shares my mother’s name: today we gaze at roses.
I was actually really ill when I took these pictures, so first let’s take a moment to praise my dedication and love for the blog, thank you, thank you. Ha! Now, let’s praise the dress! Ladies who are aware of Love UR Look but find their prints lean a bit more novelty than their own personal tastes will likely accept this rose print like a breath of fresh air. It feels authentically vintage to me, as a subtle, understated print that still incorporates a lovely dose of colour and looks exceptionally pretty without needing any blaring bells or whistles.
As it’s a modest cut, it’s perfect for ladies who can’t or don’t like to sport a plunging neckline or show off a wide expanse of collarbone. The short sleeves are more flattering than the dreaded ubiquitous barely-there capped sleeves, which I think we can all agree flatter literally no one, and the wide reversible belt can be worn with the curved edge facing up or down. Said belt closes with buttons in the back, of which there are multiple so that you can tighten the belt by 2-3 inches as needed to get your desired cinch effect. The dress closes with an invisible back zip and has invisible pockets in the skirt, hurrah!
Made from and lined in cotton, this dress is non-stretch but will keep cool in warmer weather. The skirt is incredibly full but is crafted with an interested zig zag style seam below the waist that reminds me of handkerchief dresses, so the fullness has more directional control in the way it hangs from the waist. I only wore it over a very cheap, slim-medium volume petticoat in these pictures and the volume still looks incredible. It is especially good at twirling without the full-circle-skirt risk of flashing your knickers to all!
I asked for this dress in the UK size 18 equivalent, the XXL. The waist flat measures 35.5 inches with no stretch, and the bust flat measures 41 inches with stretch to 43.5 inches, lining up with the size chart well. The skirt is approximately 27 inches long.
The 1950s Rose Belt Dress comes in sizes XS-XXL3 (covering waists 25-46 inches.) Love UR Look are starting a Loyalty Card program which rewards customers who buy 3 dresses from their new collection with a free gift. All their clothing is ethically made in India and the UK under closely monitored standards, and they donate a percentage of their profits each year to animal welfare hospitals.