With the sun making more regular appearances, it finally feels like the time to make the switch from my autumn/winter wardrobe to my spring/summer pieces. Into storage go my tartans, checks and velvets, and out come the florals, brights and ginghams. This Dominique number will gladly join them, as one of those rare specimens of which I have very few in my closet–an unmistakable summer dress in pure neutral tones.
Dress: Dominique 50s dress gifted by Hell Bunny
Cardigan: Taupe cropped cardigan by MAK [Affiliate code Yemak-Amymay for 40% off all orders]
Bangles: Panther light cane bangles by Splendette
Shoes: Black Palmas wedges by Hotter
Bag: Bamboo bag from eBay
This print is an understated tropical dream, consisting of light brown and beige hibiscus flowers interwoven through a tiled pattern over a black background. Brown very rarely makes an appearance in my clothing, mostly showing up in my accessories by way of brown faux leather, bamboo, wicker and straw, so the tones of this dress make a lovely change for me. It works perfectly with all those aforementioned bamboo and wicker bags and bangles I own in abundance, and even though the sun we’ve been having lately largely has not translated into high temperatures, this dress has really been making me feel summery.
The Dominique print is utilised on this dress cut which will likely be familiar to Hell Bunny fans, a staple classic and flattering 50s shape they’ve used several times in the past. Running down the centre front of the dress is a faux placket featuring decorative wooden look buttons. The bodice is fitted, sporting a wide V-neckline and shoulder straps wide enough to hide your bra straps. Said shoulder straps attach to the back of the dress by way of buttons, another familiar Hell Bunny detail which allows you to choose from the 3 button holes spaced along the end of the strap to adjust the length of the strap by 2.5 inches overall. The full circle skirt creates beautiful drape when worn alone, with plenty of room for a full volume petticoat should you wish to wear one (I opted for a medium-full one here, the same one I wear in almost all my blog posts.) There are pockets in the skirt, exclamation mark exclamation mark!
I asked for this in a 2XL, my usual Hell Bunny size. It’s a cotton mix fabric so there’s only gentle stretch, but that also means it’s a very lightweight summer wear piece. The waist flat measures 38 inches with 2 inches of give, while the bust flat measures 44 inches with stretch for up to 46 inches. The skirt is 26.5 inches long. This dress is machine washable and closes with a hidden back zipper.
The Dominique 50s dress comes in sizes XS-6XL. There’s also the Dominique crop top, gathered skirt and button shirt, all made in the same fabric print. Hell Bunny ship worldwide and have in-stock and online stockists around the globe.
Disclaimer: The dress featured in this review was gifted to me by Hell Bunny in exchange for an honest review. The use of my MAK affiliate code will generate me a small commission from your order. 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.
Ooh this is gorgeous and you look fab!
The skirt seems super swishy and extra full, and the muted palette looks classy and expensive…. it makes me think of a couple of tropical PUG prints from a while back, PUG seem to do nice earthy tiki-inspired prints well and such muted tones are not something I expected from good old Hellbunny at all! Very grown- up.
The black background of the print keeps it extra practical and flattering, too; you dont necessarily expect a tropical sundress to be multifunctional, really, but I think this one looks like it can be dressed up or down, I love it for a graduation or wedding as well as a summer holiday. What a great piece!
I agree! It’s definitely a lovely neutral approach to tropical fun