Lana in My Life [Dolly & Dotty]

At this point it’s got to be redundant when I talk about how much I love all things nautical, right? So I won’t. I’ll say instead that while this Lana dress by Dolly & Dotty is striped and fits a nautical themed styling easily, beautifully even, the dress itself technically isn’t nautical. It’s just a lovely white and navy striped number that comes with a red belt, fitting that red, white and blue colour scheme that’s so closely associated with all things seaside, beach front and sailing that it’s evocatively on trend in that area without so much as a flash of an anchor or glimpse of a sail.

Oh, huh. I guess I utterly failed at talking about nautical things after all anyway. Damnit!

But, still, you get my point. This Lana dress isn’t technically a nautical novelty, it’s just a comfortable striped sun dress that I couldn’t help but style with a nautical flair because I am a predictable red, white and blue loving maniac. Sorrynotsorry.

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Dress: Lana dress C/O Dolly & Dotty
Cardigan: Rachael cardigan by Hell Bunny
Bangles: Splendette Woven bangle + assorted thrifted bangles
Shoes: Old F&F

This is one of those dresses that I saw and immediately knew I had to have. Evidently, so did everyone else, because no sooner had I discovered it then I subsequently then realised it was sold out in all sizes. I signed up for email notifications of a restock and still regularly revisited its product page just to double check technology hadn’t betrayed me with a sneaky restock I hadn’t been notified of. Finally, the day came that I received a blessed email that it was back in my size, though not for long, I was sure.

When I received it I was pleasantly surprised to find it made of a soft, thick stretchy cotton, not the thin, crisp non-stretch cotton I had expected. Sure, it says right there in the product description on its webpage what kind of fabric it is, but you don’t really expect me to have the common sense to read a product description for such useful, essential information when I am in the throes of obsessive I Must Have It passion, do you?! I mean, y’all, you must know me better than that better now. Pffft. 

That thicker, stretchy cotton means it makes for a comfortable fit even in a strapless style, which I know a lot of ladies can find a disconcerting dress shape to wear. It closes with an invisible back zipper topped with a hook and eye, and there’s elastic across the top of the back of the dress to allow for more stretch in the bust for those that need it. The flared skirt (27 inches long) features flattering box pleats, making this a style that allows for a slim volume petticoat for a gentle lift off the legs where desired, but easy petticoat-free wearing for those who don’t like to add that extra layer.

I have this dress in a size 16 which flat measures 36 inches in the waist with stretch to take it to just over 37 inches, while the bust flat measures 41 inches and stretches to 44 inches. Comparing that to Dolly & Dotty’s size chart, that means the elastic section in the back of the dress allows the bust to accommodate up to one size larger than the chart states, with the waist fitting true to size with stretch that allows accommodation of sizing up by half a size.

The Lana dress comes in sizes UK 8-24 for £39.99, though there are only limited sizes still available at present. If you love the style it’s definitely worth signing up for email notifications for your size, as you’ll then get alerted not only when there’s a restock but also if there is a return in your size. Dolly & Dotty ship internationally and they offer a 10% discount code to new subscribers to their newsletter.

Run, Becca, Run [in Lulu Hun]

Shoes, glorious shoes! One of the things I most love about the transition from winter to spring is being able to get out all my summer shoes again. Whether it’s wedges, peeptoes or my prettiest flats, it’s nice to be able to add more variety to my footwear in a way I feel winter just doesn’t allow. In spring and summer, I can mix it up between brights and pastels, raffia and cork, ankle ribbon ties and slim straps, metallics and leather.

Admittedly, for all my excitement to bust out the lofty wedges, I do spend 90% of my social time still opting for flat shoes. As much as I love the extra height and sass offered by a stacked wedge or precarious stiletto, the reality is I live a car’s drive from absolutely everywhere I need or want to go, and remembering to take my heels with me to the car as I slip into my safe-to-drive-in flats some days is just too much to ask. Plus, while I feel comfortable and capable in heels, I don’t hate my feet enough to want to walk in a pair of them for an extensive period of time (read as: more than 200 feet) so flats tend to just win out for comfort and practicality’s sakes.

That brings me to this season’s Lulu Hun offerings, which include several pairs of adorable flats. I tend to just buy plain ballet flats in every colour from New Look because they’re easy to find and are cheap, but they are just that, plain. Lulu Hun, on the other hand, is offering bows and cut outs, stripes and gingham, as well as sandals adorned with pineapples, bananas, and cherries. For ladies who want to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground but clad in a cute shoe as they do so, there’s a lot to choose from.

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Top: Striped Dolly top by Hell Bunny
Skirt: Talis Swing Skirt by Collectif
Bag: Atomic Tote by Sunjellies from Deadly Is The Female
Bangles: Charcoal Bangles by Splendette
Sunglasses: Red Judy sunglasses from Collectif

I love a well placed bow, stripes and comfortable flats so these Becca shoes are a winner for me. I’m not normally drawn to any shoes that have a pointed toe but I think the bow on the vamp distracts me from the proportions that normally put me off such a shape. Lined in red PU, if you happen to do some delightful but intensive grass frolicking in summer before slipping back into these shoes, you won’t be leaving a grassy or muddy footprint on the inner lining of your shoe that will make you feel like a dirt monster who shouldn’t be allowed to adult. Not that I would know that feeling, of course. Ahem.

I’ve often been told by Lulu Hun staff and customers alike that their shoes size small, but I have all of my LH pairs in my usual size 7 and they’re all a perfect fit, so perhaps I’m a bit of an anomaly in this matter. In terms of these Becca flats, because of the pointed toe they’re a snugger fit than most of the other flats I wear, but not uncomfortably or unusually so, as I have other tighter size 7 flats from other brands. I do think, though, that anyone with wide feet will find the fit less comfortable, so it’s likely you’ll have to size up if you’re wide of foot.

I’m a big fan of colour coordination, but sometimes to my detriment, as I have colours that are my favourites and go with a majority of my wardrobe, meaning that my shoe choices tend to be repetitive and, potentially, unimaginative. I love that the stripe of these Becca flats, while practically neutral in it’s classic black and white, will give me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone, pun very much intended.

The Becca Striped flats are available in UK sizes 3-8 for £30.75 from and in select Collectif stores in the UK.