Once upon a time (ie, my whole life up until about a year ago) I thought I couldn’t wear pinafores, but thanks to Hell Bunny I know that’s not true. Because come on, a pinafore that has adjustable straps, a full skirt, comes in cute checks, and it has pockets? That’s a pinafore that will work for anyone!
Dress: Frostine Pinafore gifted by Hell Bunny
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Top: Gabriella top previously gifted by Hell Bunny
Belt: Off another Hell Bunny dress
Bangles: Old Splendette
Boots: Black Cecily boots by JustFab (Referral link for money off)
If you find pinafores a bit intimidating, like I used to, let me put your mind at ease; you can layer almost anything under them and it will look cute. Turtlenecks, pussybow blouses, all manner of jumpers and sweaters, even plain cardigans, they all look good. I love that said ability to layer a myriad of different shirt styles allows you to achieve entirely different looks. For example, you can see the difference between the style achieved layering the Gabriella blouse I’ve worn for these pictures (review of it here,) with the look achieved below layering a pussybow blouse and cardigan with the tartan version of this pinafore. You can create your own sliding scales of casual, cozy, cute, even chic.
The fact that this pinafore has adjustable straps–thanks to the 2 buttons at the end of each shoulder strap–means you can alter those straps to be the right length for you, helping to achieve your ideal fit. Even if neither of those 2 buttons sits at the absolute perfect place for you, moving a button is so incredibly easy that even non-sewers can do it without stress. The pockets, of course, provide useful not just for practical reasons but also for chilly- or awkward-hands reasons, both of which I appreciate. The swing skirt lays well over a medium or slim volume petticoat but can be worn without if you prefer. Add tights, boots and knitted accessories for warmth and, let’s face it, adorableness in the colder months and you’re good to go.
As you can see and read from the above, this pinafore isn’t a new cut for Hell Bunny this season but this grey check fabric is. With the light grey check overlaying the medium grey base and thin lines of red and of metallic silver thread criss-crossing throughout, it’s an understated but beautiful nod to frosty winter mornings, snowflakes falling into palms, chilly mists whispering over cold blades of grass. It’s a print that can be leaned into heavily with cool tones to create frosty winter looks or warmed up with jewel toned accessories for depth.
I asked for this pinafore in my usual Hell bunny 2X/18 and it’s a great fit. The material is non-stretch so if you rely on stretch to fit into certain Hell Bunny pieces you might have to consider your sizing with this. The bust flat measures 45 inches and the waist flat measures 37 inches with only a touch of give. The skirt is 24 inches long.
If you like this fabric but just aren’t into pinafores, Hell Bunny has released a range of items in this Frostine print—there are swing trousers, a swing skirt, and both a sleeved swing dress and a short sleeve sweetheart-neckline swing dress. If the reverse is true that you love the look of this pinafore but don’t fancy the grey check, you’ll be thrilled to find that Hell Bunny make a number of other pinafores, from other tartans to Halloween themed, denim, and even mini skirted.
The Frostine Pinafore comes in sizes XS-4XL. Discount code Amymay20!% gets you 20% off any orders from hellbunny.com, including sale, and can be used repeatedly. Hell Bunny also have online and in store stockists all over the world.
[Disclaimer: The dress and blouse featured in this review were gifted to me by Hell Bunny in exchange for an honest review. The discount code featured does not generate me any income or commissions. All opinions expressed by me in all my reviews are my own and wholly truthful, with no input from any companies or any other individuals.]