Bluebells & Cupcake Frills [Unique Vintage]

Some dresses are so special there’s almost no adequate way to describe them, but still I will try. The Cupcake dress by Unique Vintage is frothy, delicate, glamorous and timeless, not to mention as sweet as its name suggests. It’s the kind of dress that makes me immediately flash back to watching Grease on repeat as a child, marveling at the intricacy and beauty of those prom dresses, with their full skirts, their cinched waists, those incredible fluffy busts. Like milkshakes in dress form, if you happen to like drinking milkshakes filled with diamonds and silk. That’s the kind of sugary level of optimum glamour we’re talking about, and I love it.

More accurately, I F*#&ing love it, but let’s pretend for this post at least that I am as ladylike as this dress suggests and that my fervent passion for splendid clothing would never move me to such crass heights.

(Except that it does and it has, many a time. But still. Let’s pretend.)

Now, put on your gloves and your sparkliest shoes and let’s look at this utter beauty together.

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Dress: Mint Cupcake dress C/O Unique Vintage
Shawl: Faux Fur from eBay (Similar)
Heels: Old Truffle
Necklace: Old Aliexpress
Hairpiece: Old New Look

Obviously it’s almost too redundant to even bother saying, but this would be a perfect prom dress. It’s so gorgeous, though, that it goes beyond that. This dress is worthy of weddings, of balls and galas and anniversaries. It’s so beautiful that I fully support the notion that this dress is worth having just to create an event around wearing it. I am 100% down with deciding to host a glamorous, elaborate dinner party just so you can make you friends dress up fancy and eat delicious food together while you swish around in this dress. I am even on board with the idea that you use this dress as a humorous excuse not to take life too seriously, to grab your friends and go together in your gowns and tuxes just to eat at McDonalds, to have a evening dressed ridiculously in front of a campfire eating smores and laughing before you all change into your PJs and crawl into your tents. Hell, have a Grease marathon on your sofa with your favourite people in this dress. When there is a will, there’s a way, and this dress deserves a way, no matter what it is.

This mint beauty is made of layers of soft swiss dotted mesh and tulle, creating a skirt simply made to flounce and twirl. The sweetheart bust features intricate rows of ruffles, leading down into the boned waist featuring satin pleat work. It actually has adjutable thin satin spaghetti straps, which I tucked inside the bodice for this strapless look. It closes with a hidden back zipper, and, no doubt, your gasp of joy.

My measurements are between sizes in Unique Vintage’s own line so I tend to size into the 2X to be safe these days. In a structured dress like this sometimes that’s a gamble as my bust is technically 2 inches bigger than the 2X charts for, but the bust fit me perfectly, held up with help from the boning without even using the shoulder straps. As there is boning and a lot of intricate construction, it’s not a dress with stretch you can rely on to gain your fit, so you should definitely study the size chart. My 2X measures 43 inches in the bust and I was just able to zip in my 45 inch bust. The waist flat measures 36 inches with no more than 1 inch of give. Those measurements line up exactly with the size chart, making this a true to size dress all over.

 

The Cupcake dress comes in both mint and peach sizes XS-4X for $110. Unique Vintage ship internationally and offer a loyalty program for money off future orders.

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.