We’ve had another heatwave here in the U.K. and while I enjoy the brighter days, the heat and humidity definitely kick my butt. Nothing I can wear practically for work comes close to keeping me cool and comfortable, so it’s a relief when I can get home, take a chilly shower and change into one of my summer dresses. Anything made of a light cotton instantly eases my discomfort, so this check halter number is a true relief.
Dress: Sophia Halterneck Check dress gifted by Dolly & Dotty
Cardigan: Peacock Cropped cardigan by MAK Sweater (Affiliate code Yemak-amymay for 40% off)
Bangles: Nymph and Dragonfly Duotone bangles by Splendette
Bag: Bamboo bag from eBay
I usually steer clear of halternecks because they can give me neckache, but this dress is so lightweight I don’t get that problem at all. Another summer bonus! As you would expect this dress has self-tie halter straps, leading off a sweetheart bustline which features 2 small fabric covered buttons centred atop bust pleats. The full swing skirt is pleated and has plenty of room for a medium-full volume petticoat, as well as boasting hidden pockets in the side seams. It comes with a thin navy grommet belt for maximum cinch. The back is elasticated across the top, allowing stretch around the shoulder blades, and the pink and blue check makes for a sweet summer pattern to sport in practically any style you can think of. My eldest sister would definitely love to lean into cowgirl aesthetics in this number, but for me it’s all about layering more bright tones to really enjoy the colours or pairing it with white and other neutrals to let the pink and blue pop.
As this dress is made from non-stretch cotton I sized up into the 20 for my bust. It flat measures 42 inches in the bust with stretch from the elasticated back to allow up to 47 inches, while the waist flat measures 40 inches with no stretch. The skirt is 25.5 inches long. This dress closes with a hidden back zip, topped with a hook and eye, and it’s machine washable. It’s a win-win piece for me in this heat, for sure, and I genuinely look forward to the comfort it will offer me during our next shortly forecast hot spell.
The Sophia dress comes in UK sizes 8-24, and in 14 other prints and patterns which range from novelty cat or unicorn prints all the way through more traditional patterns, such as polka dots, leopard prints and tartan. Dolly & Dotty ship worldwide, and are offering 20% off sitewide at the moment, including their sale section.
Disclaimer: The dress featured in this review was gifted to me by Dolly & Dotty in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are truthful and my own, with no input from any of the companies listed or any other individuals. The use of my MAK affiliate code will generate me a small commission from your order.
COVID-19 NOTE: These pictures were taken alone and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present or passing, thus practising strict social distancing measures in an effort to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.