One of my favourite things about spring is when our fruit trees begin to blossom. Thanks to the late snow this year I was a little paranoid that they wouldn’t, but eventually the little buds began to show themselves, just a few weeks behind schedule. Now the blossoms are in full swing, making me endlessly happy each time I look at them.
This Waldorf dress from Unique Vintage, while not technically featuring blossoms as part of the floral print, still puts me in mind of those delicate, fluffy flowers that bring me such joy, thanks to the gorgeous colours of the print; the white flowers and their rich green leaves set against a soft blue that feels like sky. It all reminds me of a clear spring day encouraging the growth of the blossoms I love, so on just such a day recently passed I couldn’t help but head out into the garden to introduce it to Waldorf.
It’s not often we get a clear, cloudless sky here in England, something I’m not even sure I realised existed until I was in my teens, so I’m going to go ahead and chalk this day up to wearing this dress so that the sky could match it. And why wouldn’t it want to? This dress is all things feminine, classic and beautiful. The gentle colours and the pretty floral print aside, there’s the numerous knife pleats that create a full skirt, the cross-over style V-neck bust that enhances while remaining modest, and the white contrast collar and sleeve cuffs that elevate the look beyond a typical pretty flowery frock. It is mid-century perfection and I am so enamoured with its sweetness.
It’s made from a soft cotton blend that has some comfortable stretch. The banded waist creates a flattering cinched effect, topped with an adorable matching fabric bow that sits at the base of the bust off-centre. The skirt is lined, but also has a light tulle layer to give the skirt some shape even without a petticoat, and the dress closes with a hidden back zip.
I asked for the Waldorf in my usual Unique Vintage 2X and mine is a little big compared to the size chart. The waist flat measures 38 inches with stretch to 41 while the bust flat measures 43 inches with stretch to 47 inches. The sleeve cuffs are 15 inches around, the armholes are approximately 20 inches, and the skirt is 26 inches long. There’s room for a medium-full petticoat even with the tulle underskirt layer.
The floaty, spring-like feel of this dress would make it a lovely option for a spring or summer wedding guest outfit, perfect to wear for an afternoon tea, or a stylish choice for any modest, sweet events you have coming up.
The Waldorf dress is available in sizes XS-4XL and comes in 4 different prints/colours: this floral print in the above light blue or navy, a fun navy swan print, and a classic black and white plain colourway for the forever chic. Unique Vintage ship internationally and offer a customer rewards scheme to their returning customers to earn money off future orders.