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 Collectif.co.uk and in select Collectif stores in the UK.

Hamilton, Hamilton, Just You Wait! [Unique Vintage]

Okay, so if you’re familiar with Hamilton, the musical, then you’ll get the title reference of this post. You’ll probably also understand that when I first saw the Hamilton dress from Unique Vintage, yes, I did immediately love it for the dress itself, but I also at least partially snapped it up because of its name. I just had to. I’ve had the cast recording soundtrack playing on repeat for a couple months now and my heart is sad that I can’t see the show since I live in the UK (not that anyone can see the show really, sold out as it is) but now at the very least I can don this dress, head out into the sunshine and enjoy its musical namesake with a pair of headphones.

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Shoes: Old season Primark
Bag: Dancing Days by Banned Erin Wicker Bag from Audrey Star’s Boutique
Belt: Red Sateen Slide Belt by Pinup Girl Clothing
Sunglasses: Current season Primark in store
Bangle: Natural Woven Bamboo 3pc set by Splendette
Petticoat: Jennifer by Malco Modes

The Hamilton dress is one of those sundresses that’s really eye catching and–not to be redundant–unique, and I think it could easily pass as an authentic vintage piece. The green and white striped fabric is complimented by an asymmetrical decorative button detail slanting across the bodice and a large contrasting green pocket in the skirt. Said skirt is gathered and extremely full, taking a full volume petticoat with joyful puffy ease, and the shoulder straps are tie straps, one of my very favourite sundress design features. The neckline is straight and quite high and the dress closes with a side zipper topped by a hook and eye closure. It comes with a thick green rope belt (which I’ve replaced with a contrasting red belt in my pictures) but it’s a sturdy, thick rope that I can see lasting well through wear.

Since it’s made from unlined cotton there isn’t any stretch in this dress, but the sizing is generous. This XL is for 33 inch waists according to the size charts but I flat measured mine at 35 inches and found it has another half inch of give. The bust flat measures at 42 inches, so as long as your bust will allow you to do so you might be able to size down for a more snug fit through the waist. The bodice is quite long, I found, running 12.75 inches from the lowest point of the bust to the waist, and 14.75 inches from the start of the straps to the waistline. I’m not particularly short waisted and yet I found tying the straps short to create the high neckline is more of a necessity rather than a style choice so that I could get the waist to hit me at the right point.

I love how different this dress is to the typical repro and vintage inspired pieces you see more typically offered. And if Unique Vintage wanted to expand and offer this in a yellow, a red, or a pastel blue or a navy, I would be okay with that. You know. If they really wanted to. I’m all about being supportive. Just call me Eliza. Or Angelica. Or Laurens. Or G Wash. (Yes, that’s another Hamilton musical reference to see out this post, no, I’m not sorry.)

The Hamilton dress costs $88 and comes available in sizes XS-4X. Some sizes may be currently sold out but they’re due for a restock in less than 30 days, so you can get your hands on all sizes soon enough. Unique Vintage ship domestically for $7 flat rate shipping or free for orders over $150, and now offer cheaper international shipping options for international customers.