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.

Take Me to Monte Carlo [Hell Bunny]

Hell Bunny always offer up such a varied, fun selection of prints for their summer lines, and this year is no exception. I’ve already featured a dose of their lemons and a view of their lighthouses, and today it’s time to journey with them to Monte Carlo, playground of the rich and famous.

While I’d love to be able to feature this dress set against a backdrop of the glamorous principality by which it was inspired, this country girl has instead been enjoying it on fresh spring walks, the occasional seaside trip and lots of garden hangs. Thankfully, it’s a dress so fun and flattering it looks good no matter where you wear it.

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Dress: Monte Carlo 50s Dress C/O Hell Bunny
Cardigan: Old Primark
Shoes: Yellow Tie Up Sandals by New Look
Petticoat: Jennifer by Malco Modes

The moment I set eyes on this print at London Edge in February I was smitten. Prints often do take my fancy with a passionate strength, but this print in particular surprised me in that way as I don’t often take to prints based on a black background, particularly colourful prints. This print, though, was instantaneous love and when I pulled it out of the bag upon delivery seeing it in person again just reaffirmed that feeling. I’m a big lover of the colours red, green and yellow, all of which feature heavily in this colourscheme, so perhaps that’s what calls to me in this design. The print itself, featuring sweet little depictions of Monte Carlo’s glamorous casinos and hotels, sign posts for Monte Carlo and Nice, and tropical village scenes, is fun and vibrant. It feels summery and bright in a different way to the standard florals, palm leafs and fruit typical of summer dresses, and perhaps that’s another thing that endears it to me.

The dress itself is a wonder. Though incredibly simple in shape, I think it’s endlessly flattering with it’s round scooped neckline and thick shoulder straps. Said straps fasten with two glazed wooden buttons, allowing you to tighten or loosen the straps to create your best fit. Design details like adjustable straps are a God send I hope for in all dresses, so it’s especially delightful to discover them on dresses that have thick shoulder straps, as I tend to expect it only from strappy dresses that can utilise sliders. The skirt is full circle, able to house a poofy puffy petticoat if you so wish, yet falling beautifully without one. Plus, there’s pockets, cue the hallelujah chorus.

I requested this dress in my usual Hell Bunny size 16/XL and it fits true to their usual sizing, I’d say. It’s made from a minimal stretch fabric and closes with a back zipper. The waist flat measures at 35 inches with stretch to almost 37 inches, while the bust flat measures 44 inches with stretch to 46 inches. The skirt is 26 inches long and by moving the shoulder straps to the second button you can lengthen the straps by 2 inches.

The Monte Carlo 50s dress comes in sizes XS-4X at £40.99 but discount code AMYMAY20!% will get you 20% off any orders from Hellbunny.com. This print is also featured on the Monte Carlo circle skirt (£38.99) or the Monte Carlo mini dress (£35.99), both available in the same XS-4X size range. Hell Bunny ship internationally.