Tahitian Dreams [Hell Bunny]

Hell Bunny have done great work this season in producing not only an array of dresses in fun prints, but also in including design details in the construction of those dresses that produce a great fit and a level of customisation for the wearer. Given that Hell Bunny is a budget-friendly vintage inspired brand that really impresses me, and I’m pleased to be sharing another such dress with you today.

To me, the Tahiti 50s dress is a pinch of tropical paradise done by way of England–that is to say, it features a gorgeous tropical print that won’t scare off ladies who are wary of wearing super bright colours. It’s all about rich plums and muted greens framed against a soft fresh minty-blue, with a dose of clean white, and it’s kind of perfect.

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Dress: Tahiti 50s dress C/O Hell Bunny
Shoes: Old eBay
Cardigan: Ice Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan
Bangles: Bow & Crossbones Tortoiseshell & Wooden bangle + Assorted

This print is such a gorgeous tropical option for days you don’t feel like sporting bold colours like the yellows, oranges or reds so often featured in tropical prints. The tones of the print are beautifully paired, and they feel fresh and summery to wear even on a dreary English day, of which we’ve had so many lately. I wore this dress to pop to the supermarket after taking these blog shots and multiple ladies stopped me to compliment it, so it’s not just me who’s enamored by it.

In addition to that wonderful print, Hell Bunny have once again added buttons to the back of the shoulder straps to allow you to shorten the straps of the dress for a better fit, should you need to. I love that kind of smart thinking in a dress, even more so as the buttons themselves are the same as the cute glazed little wooden numbers lining the centre front panel of the dress. They’re only decorative as the dress closes with a back zipper topped by hook and eye, thank goodness, because I dislike having to wrestle with a dozen buttons to get in and out of a dress. Plus, as if you needed any more, there’s pockets.

The full swing skirt can take a medium fullness petticoat happily, and at 28.5 inches long it’s a great length for 5ft 7″ not-so-little ol’ me. I opted for this dress in the 16/XL and feel it fits true to Hell Bunny’s usual slightly large sizing. The waist flat measures 36 inches with stretch to 38 inches and the bust flat measures 42 inches with stretch to 46 inches. That reasonable amount of stretch in the fabric make this dress a really comfortable wear, my top priority right under ‘pretty’ when selecting my dresses. This dress, thankfully, has both.

The Tahiti 50s dress comes in sizes S-4XL for £42.99, discount code AMYMAY20!% will get you 20% off any order from Hellbunny.com. This print also comes in the Tahiti circle skirt available in the same size range. Hell Bunny ship internationally, and also have stockists all over the world.

Hey There Deliliah [Voodoo Vixen]

Okay, so maybe this post isn’t named with all that much original brilliance, particularly since it’s a real near-miss with the name, but the dress it focuses on offers enough to make up for it. It is, of course, the wonderful Deliliah dress by Voodoo Vixen.

Every season I say it’s Voodoo Vixen’s best season yet, and considering the utter gem that is the Violet dress I already reviewed a few weeks back and now this delightful Deliliah, it’s kind of no wonder. Both dresses are fresh, fun and ready to be worn out in the sun, and with Deliliah now in my hands I’ll be doing just that. This green, those daisies, these pockets! My, someone hold my handbag because I sure do feel faint.

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Dress: Deliliah dress C/O Voodoo Vixen
Bag: Erin Wicker bag by Dancing Days/Banned
Cardigan: Old Primark
Shoes: Whiskey Daffodil heels by Restricted Shoes

It will be hard for any dress to beat my love for the Violet dress but this Deliliah comes incredibly close. It’s another item I saw only a glimpse of the neckline in sneak peek pictures posted by Miss Victory Violet on her Instagram back when she modeled the line for Voodoo Vixen in winter, but seeing those little daisies trimming something in this shade of green was enough for me to know it was going to be a winner. The fact that it comes in this lovely flared swing dress or an adorable flared-shorts playsuit makes it a double-whammy offering of a design that is a treat in both incarnations.

The sweet daisy lace trim is echoed thrice over in the hem and on the front pockets as well as lining the neckline, popping against the vibrant green of the light but tweed-like fabric. The skirt is flared but not full so it will allow for a slim volume petticoat for those who feel naked without one, but it otherwise makes for a lovely option for ladies who find that full skirted dresses make them feel clumsy or frumpy. The spaghetti straps are adjustable, the sweetheart neckline flattering on all bust sizes, and the front pockets simply too cute.

While the Violet in her non-stretch fabric was a tight fit for me through the bust, even with the shirred back panel, the Deliliah comparatively has much more give I found. It has an invisible back zip fastening and two shirred panels on either side of it. I’m not sure why this dress has so much more room in it than the Violet did as the fabrics are identical, just different colours, and both feature elasticated smocked panels. The Deliliah must simply be cut larger because I can wear it comfortably without having to wear the longline basque to achieve a smaller bust like I have to for the Violet, despite both being an XL. This dress flat measures 34 inches flat with stretch to 37 inches, while the bust measures 38 inches to 44 inches.

The Deliliah dress comes in sizes S-XL for £62 but discount code vintage20 should get you 20% off. Voodoo Vixen ship internationally, though their spring/summer styles have been selling out in many different sizes and styles so if you ever run up short on their website be sure to check one of their stockists for the item you’re seeking.