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!

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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 😉

Electric Florals [Voodoo Vixen]

I do love a good floral, whether it’s delicate or oversized, pastel or bright, abstract or ultra real. People talk about what a cliché it is to wear florals for spring (Devil Wears Prada, anyone?) but I think it’s one of those things that’s a cliché because it really does work. There’s truth there. Florals look good on everyone and they make getting dressed in spring and summer feel as breezy and beautiful as the weather outside.

Saying all that, I love it when a floral is available which flouts the usual offerings in floral prints. It’s fun to find something that’s out of the norm, whether that’s because the design is a bit geometric and oversized or because it’s a flower you’ve never seen before, or because, like this Amber dress from Voodoo Vixen, it chooses to showcase an oft-overlooked colour on which to frame it’s floral print.

This bright yet unoffensive mid-blue isn’t used in clothing as often as I would expect it to be give how much people seem to lose their minds when I wear this kind of shade. Perhaps people just like how it contrasts with my pale skin and dark red hair, but they seem to show equal love for the colour itself, not merely how it wears on me, so I feel like it must be an underestimated colour in general. Regarding this dress in particular, I love that this blue combined with the white, yellow and pink flowers create a floral dress that is summery, airy and fun all without being overpowering. If you wanted to load up on brights you could easily accessorise with reds, yellows or even lime to make this dress POP, but alone it’s a floral that isn’t softly spoken nor shouty, a solid middle-ground kind of print that’s interesting and beautiful.

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Dress: Amber Electric Blue Floral dress C/O Voodoo Vixen
Hair Flower: Felicity Orchid Double by Daisy Jean Florals
Necklace: Primark
Wedges: Old season F&F at Tesco
Bangles: Dark Woven Bamboo bangle by Splendette + thrifted wooden bangles

The Amber dress is made from an unlined fine polyester fabric, making it a perfect floaty summer dress for hot or humid days that have you staring down the clothes in your wardrobe trying to figure out what outfit will make you suffer least. The skirt is flared but not a full circle, so it gives you that breezy feeling of not having folds and folds of fabric surrounding your legs. However, it does still accommodate a slim volume petticoat if you want just a little bit of skirt lift, as I’ve worn in pictures above, so it’s a best of both worlds offering for a sun dress.

The deep V neck is a faux wrap style giving a flattering glimpse of décolletage, though the cross-over bust isn’t fixed down so if you have issues with gaping you might want to add a small stitch to secure it. The shoulders feature pleating and the sleeves are a sweet little tulip style, crossing over one another at the top of your arm. The dresses closes with an invisible back zip and the waistband is pleasingly defined.

The unusual colour combination of the floral fabric aside, what I most love about this dress is how versatile it is. As much as I adore vintage style fashion (clearly,) I own a great many dresses that just don’t feel right when I wear them unless I am fully made up with vintage hair and makeup to finish off the look. With this dress, while I can add a red lip and a sculptured vintage coif if I want, it’s nice to know that on days when I don’t have the time or motivation to get pinned up I can easily wear this dress in a modern fashion without it seeming out of place. Loose waves, a side plait or a bun would all look pretty paired with sandals and minimal makeup for an easy, completed look wearing this dress. I can feel self-conscious wearing ‘normal’ clothes in public, but in this dress I’ll just feel like a girl in a pretty summer dress, end of, and that’s a nice reassurance to have hanging in my closet.

In terms of fit and sizing, I chose my usual Voodoo Vixen XL in this dress and it fits true to size. It flat measures 32 inches in the waist with enough give to stretch to 34 inches, lining up with the 33 inch waist listed for XL on the size chart. The bust measures 40-45 inches, so if your bust is larger than that expect a very boobalicious situation to happen with the deep V-neck. The skirt is 27 inches long and unlined, a floaty, sweet affair I intend to rock sans petticoat or tights on the hottest of days…should this summer be so kind.

The Amber Electric Blue Floral Dress comes in sizes S-XL for £45 but my discount code Vintage20 still works until March 17th to get you 20% off your order at Voodoovixen.co.uk.