Y’aaaaall, it’s finally springtime! Well, for us northern hemisphere folks, that is. Spring is always my favourite time of year, but this year it is definitely a figurative and literal breath of fresh air. A balm for lockdown blues, a sunny salve for the seasonally disheartened–just damn lovely, really. As much as I’ve been enjoying my recent downtime of not blogging so much (wow, not being allowed to leave the house really takes it out of you, huh??), it was so nice yesterday to unpack a parcel of new Hell Bunny spring/summer goodies and to dash out into the sun to take some pictures for you. Was it cold as heck, despite the sunny glow in these pictures? Hell yes! Am I thrilled to be sharing with you my first summery dress of the season, with the promise of cautious garden hangouts beckoning on the flowering horizon? YES! Let’s go.
Dress: Chantilly 50s dress gifted by Hell Bunny
Bag: Bamboo bag from eBay
Bangles: Wooden bangles by Grass Fields + Fakelite by Splendette
Wedges: Tan Martinique Wedges previously gifted by Hotter Shoes
I love that this dress is the same fun, bright shade of blue that I associate with clear skies on warm days. It immediately makes me feel happy just looking at it, especially with these lovely pink flowers scattered throughout the print. If spring is serving as a breath of fresh air right now, so is this dress.
The sweetheart neckline is, as they always are, ever so sweet, but the combination of off the shoulder sleeves and shoulder straps gives this dress an interesting design feature that hints at cold shoulder dresses but at an elevated level. It’s a dress cut that Hell Bunny have offered before in their Made in England collection, in lots of plain colours as the Helen dress, and in another new printed floral for this season as the Summer breeze dress, in a light pink floral bouquet print. If this dress cut isn’t for you but you love the print, this fabric is also used for the Chantilly Mid Dress, a short sleeved flared dress that has a more 40s shape.
The Chantilly is a perfect little summer dress in no small part because it has my forever favourite addition, pockets, but also for it’s full skirt. A medium-full volume petticoat would fit beautifully, but I loved the casual look it gave to go without in these photos and just let the dress hang as is.
I asked for this in my usual Hell Bunny size 2XL/18. The waist is 38 inches flat with stretch to 40, while the bust measures 46 inches with an inch or so of stretch. The sleeves feature a lovely pleated detail on the top half and I’m pleased to report they were perfectly comfortable for my chubby upper arms. I typically find sleeves that end as these do in the middle of my bicep will pinch and dig in more often than not, across almost every brand, but these don’t. The armholes measure 16 inches in circumference and have some additional give thanks to the slight stretch in the fabric. This dress closes with a concealed back zip. The skirt is 26 inches long.
The Chantilly 50s dress comes in sizes XS-6XL, as one of the pieces in Hell Bunny’s extended sizing line that they’re regularly expanding. Hell Bunny ship worldwide and have stockists, both in store and online, all over the globe.
Disclaimer: The dress featured in this review was gifted to me by Hell Bunny in exchange for an honest review. The shoes were previously gifted to me by Hotter for a past review. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone in my garden, this abiding by the strict lockdown rules currently in place in the U.K. to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.