It’s official–spring is here! According to my mum it’s not official until the date of the spring equinox, which happens to be today, but in my mind there are three things that mean it’s spring. 1) March arrives. I function on a basis of 3 months per season, so March means spring. 2) The daffodils are out! Yes, some of the more eager varieties arrive at the end of February, but they don’t really get going locally until March. 3) It just feels like spring. This does comprise of a marked increase in sunshine, always a welcome feature, but there’s also something much harder to define in this feeling, a sort of freshness and joy in the air which to me smells like spring. So, since we can all now agree it is spring, both in official terms and my rigorously unscientific Amy terms, it’s time to start looking at some spring-summer goodies! First of the season is this duo from my favourite, Miss Candyfloss.
Miss Candyfloss’s new lines each season always have a theme, a muse, and for their spring/summer 2022 range A Touch of Grace the incomparable Grace Kelly functioned as their inspiration. This SS22 line encapsulates both the formal elegance as well as the effortless casual style of the Princess of Monaco, with pieces that combine beautifully to be worn for both work and play, but also for the most special occasions in your life, including Miss Candyfloss’s first bridal options.
Today’s post illustrates Miss Candyfloss’s almost-singular focus in the repro realm of producing versatile pieces that are designed to be worn together as well as alone, with the nautically delicious Khloe-Lee sleeveless cotton dress and the lightweight statement Lizia-Lee denim blazer. While clearly both a perfect match for beach wear, I love that each piece can serve multiple functions in your wardrobe. The Khloe-Lee dress, lightweight and flattering, it will serve you well on hot days whether for work or for fun, with a V-neckline, a pleated bust that is suitable for all cup sizes, and no sleeves. The fitted bodice is topped by two hidden poppers to keep your dress securely fastened, a small detail I really appreciate as I’ve unknowingly popped a top button or two while out and about wearing button-up dresses in the past, especially when wearing a cross-body bag. Saying that, the matching fabric covered buttons that run the entire length of the dress as the sole fastening mechanism feel sturdy and well placed, so I wouldn’t have anticipated any mishaps anyway–Miss C pieces are always made to too high a quality for that. The matching white contrast grommet belt cinches the waist, and the full swing skirt features pockets in the side seams. The print of white ships wheels dancing across the navy background is unarguably nautical, a summer staple that never goes out of style.
Made to compliment the Khloe-Lee or to stun alone is the Lizia-Lee, a lightweight denim blazer the likes of which I’ve never seen a modern vintage-inspired company produce before, both in terms of the cut and the casual denim. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen denim utilised elegantly before, and yet here we are! The standout feature on this jacket is, of course, the sleeves, three-quarter length and sporting a V-cut just above the elbow which creates a peekaboo shape that is unique. The cut of the blazer is exquisite, shaped with a gentle peplum flare at the hem to enhance that hourglass 50s shape, while the pointed collar adds to the structural effect of the design. The central functioning buttons are covered in matching fabric.
As it’s made from a lightweight denim, this blazer can be worn casually over your favourite dresses or playsuits, a useful element you can add to your outfit as a fun day out cools down in the evening, but the design is so eye-catching it would be easy to style this jacket up as part of a more formal or professional ensemble.
I gave Miss Candyfloss my measurements and they sent me both pieces in a 2X. It generally depends upon fabric but I can often wear either 2X or 3X in Miss C, the 2X for a more snug pinup fit or a 3X for a more relaxed fit with room for all that happens during a day’s wear. Made from cotton, there is very little stretch in this dress, only a touch of give, so it’s important you double check your measurements on the product page’s size chart as Miss C produce a custom chart for every item they make, for the most accurate fit. The waist flat measures 37.5 inches, with about half an inch of give. The bust flat measures 43 inches, but the pleats in the bust allow additional room in the cup–my 46 inch bust fits comfortably. The skirt is 28 inches long, and the functioning buttons that run right down to the hem mean you could even unbutton the skirt to wear white or navy shorts underneath to create your own playsuit set. There’s ample room in the skirt to accommodate a medium-full volume petticoat to achieve a 50s silhouette, as I have done in the photos above. It’s machine washable, and made in Europe, as all Miss Candyfloss pieces are.
The sizing for the Lizia-Lee blazer is equally as true to the size chart. My 2X measures flat at 38 inches in the waist with stretch to 39.5 inches. The bust is 46 inches flat, with stretch to 48. The sleeves across the biceps are 18 inches in circumference with stretch to almost 20–another instance off Miss Candyfloss expertly grading up their sleeves through their plus sizes, something I am always grateful for. This blazer can also be machine washed.
Disclaimer: The dress and blazer featured in this review were both gifted to me by Miss Candyfloss in exchange for an honest review. Items marked with an asterix* are items I bought myself from companies that have previously gifted me other items for 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 and safely in a secluded outdoors area with no other individuals present, practising responsible social distancing to help limit the spread of Covid-19.