The ‘Florals? For spring? Ground-breaking’ line delivered with perfect stone-faced sarcasm by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada is truly iconic, and I get it. If you’re talking high fashion, yes, there really are things that are considered too cliché to be indulged, but for the average person we don’t care what’s expected or avant-garde, we just want to wear something comfortable that makes us feel good. And cliché or not, in spring seeing all the blooming flowers makes me happy; wearing brighter colours after months of enjoying richer, dark shades makes me happy; and wearing a cute floral print when the sun is shining makes me happy. Florals for spring will never be shocking because it’s a classic, and I’m not gonna argue with a classic.
Dress: Hazel dress gifted by Hearts and Roses London
Cardigan: Sage cropped cardigan by MAK [Affiliate code Yemak-Amymay for 40% off all orders]
Bangles: Assorted old
Bag: Bamboo collapsible bag from eBay
The floral print on this Hazel dress is certainly a fun spring option, featuring hot pink roses surrounded by green leaves and thorns edged in black, set on a white background. It’s bright and simple, just a nice flowery print for the warm weather months that you can layer up when needed. Sleeveless, it has a high boat neckline which makes it work-appropriate, so you can add layers over or under it for arm coverage when the spring days turn chilly–which, you know, happens fairly often here in England. The waistband is designed to enhance your waist, although I’m 5ft 7 with a long back so it sits a little high on me. Hearts and Roses do tend to have shorter bodices in their dresses in my experience, so they’re amazing for short-waisted folks.
The swing skirt has lots of fabric through the skirt but is cut closer to the hips than a full circle, so it offers plenty of room for a medium-full petticoat without adding any extra volume to the hip area. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight that it has pockets–talk about things that make me happy. Pockets, right here, baby!
I asked for this dress in the size 20. The fabric is a stretch cotton blend so there’s plenty of stretch to make it a comfortable all-day wear. The waist measures flat at 38 inches with stretch up to 42, while the bust lays flat at 45 inches with stretch to 49 inches. The bodice measures 14.5 inches from the high point of the shoulder to the top of the waistband, which is 1.6 inches deep. The skirt is 28 inches long. This dress closes with a hidden back zip.
The Hazel swing dress is available in UK sizes 8-26, as well as in kids sizes 3-4 yrs to 10-12 yrs. Additionally, it’s available in a pencil dress version. Hearts and Roses London ship worldwide and have stockists across the globe.
Disclaimer: The dress featured in this review was gifted to me by Hearts and Roses London 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 or passing, thus practising strict social distancing measures in an effort to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.