Making Lemonade [Hell Bunny]

Remember how I said a few posts back that I’m really picky about prints, that I generally stay clear of animals and fruit but that there’s exceptions to every rule? Well helllloooo Springtime 2017 Amy, who is, apparently, breaking her print rules ALL OVER THE PLACE.

This time around, it’s fruits that have got me feeling adventurous, namely lemons. Oh did I say adventurous? Clearly I meant zesty. Ba dum cha!

Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dressHell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress Hell Bunny Leandra 50s lemon print dress

Dress: Leandra 50s Dress C/O Hell Bunny
Cardigan: Old New Look
Shoes: Red Wrap up wedges by Bamboo
Bangles: Charcoal Fakelite bangles by Splendette
Hair Flower: Deluxe Red Hydrangea by Daisy Jean Florals
Bag: Thrifted

I need to state it right now, emphatically, how much I love the cut of this dress. It’s surprisingly rare to get such a straight, square neckline, but I always feel they create an immensely flattering frame for the bust and for emphasising one’s collarbone no matter your size. The thick polka dot trim of this dress only highlights that effect, I feel, but it gets even more wonderful because the straps of this dress are adjustable, allowing you to truly get a great fit from this style. Said straps end in button holes at the back side, so you can fasten them to the button hidden inside the back of the dress to tighten or loosen your shoulder straps as needed (the possible movement is 2 inches in total.) Whether you’re petite, long of torso or incredibly busty, that feature will likely be your friend.

In terms of the other lovely features of this dress style, there’s a full swing skirt that happily takes a petticoat and twirls beautifully, as well as my forever-favourite, pockets. I know I say that every time about pockets, often in capitals, sometimes in italics, but I now own so many dresses or skirts that have pockets that when I wear one that doesn’t I find myself repeatedly displaying an awkward hand-sliding search effort that kind of just looks like I have sweaty palms and don’t know how to subtly dry them. So useful are pockets and so used are they when I’m wearing an item that features them that I feel a bit confused and bereft when I wear a dress that doesn’t. ‘Oh. I forgot this one doesn’t have pockets,’ I say, hurt, betrayed, confounded as to why the world would do this to me. Y U not all have pokits, clothes?

Um, okay, my slightly dramatic madness aside…So there’s pockets (check,) a full skirt (check,) modest and simple yet flattering and kinda sexy neckline (check!) There’s also a back zipper, because blessed Hell Bunny understand unnecessary invisible side zippers are the enemy of every woman ever, ever, and they don’t want to do that to us. And, yes, there is this fun, not-my-usual-kind-of-thing zest-tastic, summer-lovin’, front porch sittin’ lemons print that is novelty without being kitsch, in my opinion. I like that the polka dot details divide up the lemon print so that it’s not overwhelmingly ALL LEMONS ALL THE TIME. The fact that it’s all based on a black background also makes me feel like I can throw on a huge black sunhat, black cats eye glasses and some killer black wedges and people might give off a badass vixen impression over a cotton candy fruit-lover feeling. Maybe that’s just me and my sometimes scowly resting face, no? No?

Damnit, I forgot I was supposed to be dropping the dramatics. Okay, let’s look at sizing: good news, it’s true to Hell Bunny sizing. I asked for my usual HB 16/XL, which measures 35 inches flat in the waist with enough give to stretch to 37 inches. The bust measures 41-46 inches and the skirt is 27 inches long, so overall it runs a couple inches larger than their general size chart for a size 16. Hell bunny often does run large, however, and I would say this dress is consistent with the fit of their dresses in general, so ordering your usual size should serve you well.

This lemon print fabric is offered in more than a handful of styles this season, including a halter neck mini dress sister to this dress, a full circle skirt, two top styles (a button down and a peasant style,) and a bikini. Phew! So if you’re a fan of this fabric, there’s a bunch of items that will tempt you further.

The Leandra 50s dress comes in sizes XS-4X though isn’t on the Hell Bunny website at this moment, so your local stockist or many online retailers might be your best bet if you can’t wait for a restock in order to get it. The other items in this lemon print line, though, are available from Hellbunny.com and my AMYMAY20!% discount code will work on any order, whether or not it includes lemons 😉

Look For The Lighthouse [Hell Bunny]

Let’s state the obvious right up front: I’m a fan of nautical prints and styles. Considering I don’t actually like swimming, going on boats, sunbathing, or anything else that happens near the sea really (except eating ice cream,) I can only assume what I love most about the theme is the combination of red, white and navy blue, three of my favourite colours to pair together. Plus, there’s often stripes in nautical prints, which is clearly a forever winner in style, and sometimes cute things like anchors and ship wheels as well, so I guess I’m just superficial and only care about appearances when it comes to this topic?? (Appearances and ice cream.)

Oh well, I’ll try to remember to feel awkward about it while I frolic in my cute new Hell Bunny nautical get-up at Eastbourne Pier. (Spoiler alert: no I won’t.)

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Top: Coco top C/O Hell Bunny
Skirt: Lighthouse 50s skirt C/O Hell Bunny
Shoes: Navy Jessie textured wedges by Lulu Hun
Hair Flower: Red Signature Rose Double by Daisy Jean Florals
Bangles:  Bamboo bangles + Splendette Bamboo woven bangle
Bag: Red Vintage Inspired Bag by Lola Von Rose

The Coco top is a style first released last season, released again this Spring/Summer in two new colour combinations, including this white/blue stripe. I love that it feels like a design that could have been worn during any decade in the past, fun and simple without being dated or era-specific. I can picture my non-vintage style friends throwing it on in summer with a pair of shorts or jeans with no problem, but paired with a vintage hairstyle and some killer accessories it’s nautical vintage cuteness all the way!

This fine knit sweater features a knitted nautical collar that ties sweetly at the bust and flows into a rectangular block collar in the back. The hem and cuffs are ribbed, the latter with enough give that they didn’t feel tight or uncomfortable on my chunky upper arms. It’s a simple, comfortable staple piece, versatile enough to be worn with almost any bottom–picture it paired with swing skirts, capri pants, cigarette pants or even swing trousers, and I guarantee you can envision all of those options resulting in an outfit that gives off a cute and casual vibe. This size 16/XL I’m wearing is true to size, so it fit me close to the body in a flattering skim without clinging or stretching out the knit.

Then there’s the Lighthouse 50s skirt. Ah, this skirt. The moment I first saw it online I screenshot it and put it on my ‘I know you’re saving but you’re clearly going to have to buy this’ list. Soon afterwards I heard there was going to be a dress version of this print, so for a while I held out sensibly, telling myself I would buy only one of them and would need to see them both before I decided. Now I’ve seen the previews of the dress version and, you know, I’ve obviously decided I need to own them both, and of course I have, because look at that print! With a hearty dose of red, white and blue already recommending it to me, it also features an interesting and adorable mix of boats, sailor’s knots, stripes and, of course, lighthouses. It’s immediately eye-catching but not obnoxious or loud, which is just the type of balance I look for in my prints.

The skirt features wide box pleats that create a flattering flow of fabric from the waistband but don’t limit your ability to achieve some lovely fullness with a medium volume petticoat. It closes with a center back zip topped with a button and it’s got pockets, perfect for stowing your sunglasses, phone, lip balm or anything else you might need out and about on a summer’s day. Made of 100% cotton, this skirt has zero stretch and measures true to size, so I sized up from my usual Hell Bunny 16/XL to the 18/XXL so that I could wear it comfortably. The waistband measures 36 inches flat, so it is a little loose on me but better that than muffin-top unbearably tight, as the 33 inch waisted size 16 would have been. The skirt is 26 inches long and it’s already served me well through a seaside walk and a family roast dinner, so it’s shaping up to be a beautiful relationship already.

The Coco Top comes in 3 colourways (white with navy stripes, white with black stripes, and white with red and black stripes) in sizes XS-4XL for £25.99. The Lighthouse 50s Skirt comes in sizes XS-4XL for £29.99 – £32.99, but the discount code AMYMAY20!% will get you 20% off any order from Hellbunny.com, which ships internationally.