Review: Banned Apparel Freedom Dress

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

The Banned Freedom Dress is just about the cutest print I’ve ever come across. It’s whimsical and kitschy- basically everything you could want from a novelty print. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.

Dress: Banned Freedom Dress

Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe

Size: I’m wearing a 3xl, which according to the size chart is equivalent to an Australian size 20. This dress comes in sizes xs-4xl so it’s friendly for non-plus sized guys and gals too.

Boobs: There was plenty of room for my 20G bangers in this bodice, without any squashing.

Waist: The waist was loose, which is consistent for me in Banned dresses, and I like to add a belt to cinch my waist.

Length: Knee length, and I’m 5’2″

Arms: Capped sleeves with nice wide armholes.

Ease of Dressing: Just popped it over my head, and it went on easily.

Zip: Concealed size zip, but I don’t use them.

Material: Medium weight, 97% cotton, 3% elastane.

Steph, do I have to iron it?: I did, but I won’t judge if you can’t be bothered.

Stretch: Yep, nice amount of stretch here.

Pockets: Front pockets, but don’t get excited. They aren’t big enough for a smart phone, and if you try put your hands in them, you’ll look awkward.

Twirl Factor: Nice twirl, but keep in mind that this one is shorter than most Banned dresses.

Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?:  Well, although it’s shorter, its very similar in cut to the Lone Traveller Dress (read my review here), Follow You Dress and the Vanity Dress. I own all these, and they are stunning.

Comfort: So comfortable. I wore it running errands, taking my daughter to a birthday party, and grocery shopping.

Overall Rating: I give the Banned Freedom Dress 5 out of 5 shots of whiskey.

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Warning: This is the part where I talk about shit in more detail.

I’m wearing a 3xl in the Banned Freedom Dress and found it very generous. According to the size chart I measured up as a 3xl in the bust which is equivalent to an Australian 18-20 and a 2xl in the waist (Aussie 16-18). When your measurements aren’t quite right for both bust and waist, always go off your biggest measurement- in this case it was my bust. In hindsight, I could have sized down to a 2xl for a more fitted look.

It’s a little shorter than the average Banned dress, and comes to my knees- I’m 5’2″ for reference. The fabric is medium weight, with a bit of stretch. The sweetheart neckline is classic, and the high back is finished with a keyhole feature and fabric covered button.

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The dress features a concealed side zip, but because the sizing is so generous, I just popped it over my head without using the zip. The armholes are generous, which is consistent with other Banned dresses I own, and the capped sleeves are sweet and flattering.

The Freedom Dress has front feature pockets, but they are merely decorative, and won’t hold a smart phone. They’re also awkward to put your hands into, I discovered. Repeatedly.

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Because I was taking my daughter to a birthday party when I wore this, I decided to be playful with accessories. I’m wearing the Erstwilder Hundreds and Thousands brooch which is currently sold out and extremely valuable. Good news though, Erstwilder are bringing the fairy bread back soon! I’m also wearing Greetings from Gretel, which was a free gift with a purchase of 4 or more pieces from the Erstwilder A Kitschy Christmas Collection. My earrings are oreo’s by Crafty Cruella.

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My favourite thing about the Banned Freedom Dress is definitely the print of party cats, balloons and confetti- perfect for birthday parties, or just to put a smile on your face. It’s also very versatile to style, and there are quite a few accent colours that look great with it, but I personally love mustard. I’m wearing a knit beret and cardi from Dangerfield, but they are both currently sold out. My belt is from Kitty Deluxe and they come in a rainbow of colours, and both regular and plus sizes. Everyone’s happy!

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Feature: Miss Golly Gosh

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Miss Golly Gosh Designs

Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

I’m so excited to be writing this feature on these fabulous Miss Golly Gosh pieces. If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I’m a huge fan of her cute mid-century designs, and affordable prices, so this is an absolute joy.

About Christine of Miss Golly Gosh

Hello! I’m Christine, the face behind Miss Golly Gosh!

A bit about me…I’ve been a lover of vintage & retro since I was young. It started with a love of old cars and as I have grown older this love has developed into a passion for mid-century design, furniture and clothing. I’ve always loved creating things and as a child I used to hand-make my own greeting cards for people and gave them for their birthdays, Easter and Christmas. One year I even made my own recycled paper to make the cards from!! I also loved to draw and play music.

I’m a qualified Interior Designer however I have never pursued it as a career, but it definitely comes through in my designs as I draw a lot of inspiration for Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern patterns, styles and architectural features. I am also a photographer, dog lover (and fur mum!) and plant nerd – especially Cacti and Succulents!

Brooch collecting is a passion, and an expensive one at that, so when you come across a designer who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg, your bank account lets out a sigh of relief. The best part is that Miss Golly Gosh has really sweet designs too, and quite a few have matching earrings- who doesn’t love a set?

Before I get into lots of photos and gushing, I just want to give you all a little information about the pieces:

Material: Plastic

Design: All of these designs are drawn/created by Christine of Miss Golly Gosh, and printed on to 3mm laser cut acrylic, making them highly durable.

Brooches: These have a locking style brooch pin at the back.

Earrings: There are 3 options: hook, glitter stud (my favourite) and clip on. I really love that you can pick and choose the fittings, and there are options for guys and gals without piercings. These earring designs are also double-sided.

 

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Mod Cat Brooch and Earrings By Miss Golly Gosh

 

The Mod Cats by Miss Golly Gosh are absolutely divine. As a cat lover, I have loads of cat brooches (I particularly love black cats), but earrings are harder to come by. As I mentioned above, Christine’s earrings come with an option of 3 earpieces. I chose the glittery studs for my Mod Cat earrings, and they look fabulous. The earrings are super lightweight, and I wore them all day without my earlobes dragging. The best thing about these earrings is that they are double sided! So many novelty earrings have plain backs, so these are a real treat. The Mod Cat brooch is fixed with a locking brooch pin of good quality at the back.  And can we just take a moment to appreciate how fantastic a match this set is for my Voodoo Vixen Retro Kitty Flare Dress? This dress is on sale at Voodoo Vixen right now.

Earring Measurements: 5cm

Brooch Measurements: width is 1.5cm, length is 5cm

Earring Pricing: $23.00 AUD

Brooch Pricing: $16.00 AUD

 

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Voodoo Vixen Kitty Retro Flared Dress from Kitty Deluxe

 

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Retro Kitty Love

 

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Vintage Pyrex Brooch by Miss Golly Gosh

 

I’ve been seeking a Pyrex brooch for months, but could never get my hands on one, or it was totally out of my budget. When Miss Golly Gosh released the Vintage Pyrex brooch, all my retro housewife dreams came true. The 2 bottom stacked Pyrex dishes are an aqua colour, with mint detail, and the top dish is reversed. It’s a sturdy, durable piece, with locking brooch pin on the back. Any lover of cooking and retro design is going to want one of these beauties.

Measurements: 5cm x 5cm

Price: $16.00 AUD

I’ve paired this piece with the Hell Bunny Maisy Dress. I purchased mine on sale from Kitty Deluxe.

 

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Hell Bunny Maisy 50’s Dress

 

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Retro Housewife Vibes

 

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Vintage Suitcase Brooch and Earrings by Miss Golly Gosh

 

I love to travel, so the Miss Golly Gosh Vintage Suitcase set was a great purchase for me. I haven’t found a suitcase design I really loved by any other maker in my 2 years of brooching. The Vintage Suitcase brooch consists of 3 stacked vintage suitcases, complete with luggage tags. I adore the autumnal colour palette Christine has chosen for these.

Again, the matching Vintage Suitcase earrings are a fabulous way to complete the look. I chose hook earpieces for these suitcases, as they are a little smaller and more delicate looking than some of the other designs. These are another double-sided earring design.

Brooch Measurements: 5cm x 5cm

Brooch Price: $16.00 AUD

Earring Measurements: 4cm length, 1 cm width

Earring Price: $16.00 AUD

I’ve paired the Vintage Suitcase Brooch and Earrings with the Banned Eliza Dress purchased from Kitty Deluxe for an autumnal feel, but these pieces would also be fabulous paired with a travel novelty print dress. I’ll be reviewing this dress soon.

 

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Banned Apparel Eliza Dress from Kitty Deluxe

 

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Retro Travel Gal

 

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Vintage Caravan Brooch by Miss Golly Gosh

 

Nothing says “Summer Holidays” more than the Vintage Caravan brooch. The pastel colour palette is adorable and oh so summery. My favourite detail in this piece is the super sweet bunting. I’ve been after a caravan brooch for a while, so I was over the moon when this piece was released. Like all the Miss Golly Gosh pieces I’m showcasing, it’s a sturdy, durable plastic, with a locking brooch pin on the back.

Measurements: 5cm x 5cm

Price: $16.00 AUD

I’ve paired the Vintage Caravan brooch with a summery halter neck dress by Hell Bunny, vintage clutch, and large hair flower, for a look that is perfect for summer garden parties.

 

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Hell Bunny Bobbi Lee Dress

 

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Summer Holidays Sweetness

 

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Inflatable Flamingo Brooch and Earrings by Miss Golly Gosh

 

Well, I’ve saved the show stopping pieces until last (though really, they are all gorgeous). The Inflatable Flamingo brooch and matching Inflatable Flamingo earrings are some of the most fun pieces of jewellery I’ve ever worn. Mingos are definitely a favourite amongst brooch collectors, but this inflatable design is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Designed to look like pool floats, this set is perfect for summer days by the pool, wearing a large hat, retro bathers, and sipping mojitos.

I decided to choose the glitter stud option for these earrings, and I’m so glad I did. The black glitter compliments the pink perfectly, and adds a little glam to the piece. Again, the earrings are double sided, so there’s no plain back. They are also incredibly lightweight. Normally, I would only be able to wear an enormous pair of earrings like this for a few hours, but these stayed in all day and it was like wearing nothing. I initially only ordered the earrings, but once they arrived, I knew I had to have the brooch too.

Brooch Measurements: 5cm x 5cm

Brooch Price: $16.00 AUD

Earring Measurements: 5cm x 5cm

Earring Price: $23.00 AUD

I’ve paired the Inflatable Flamingo set with the Hell Bunny Maxine dress purchased from Kitty Deluxe, large hair flower and retro makeup for a fun 50’s look.

 

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Hell Bunny Maxine Dress from Kitty Deluxe

 

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1950’s Poolside Glamour

 

These Miss Golly Gosh designs are already running low, unsurprisingly. Make sure you check out Christine’s Etsy Store, Instagram and Facebook, and have a look at all her designs. I particularly love the Miss Golly Gosh Monstera Leaves. She also has a few Christmas food pieces for sale at the moment, including Peeled Prawn Novelty earrings, Pavlova Novelty Brooch and Earrings, and Fruit Mince Pie Novelty Brooch and Earrings.

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to leave a comment, but play nice.

*I purchased all of the pieces featured, and am not being paid for this post.

 

Review: Collectif Mainline Mimi Cranes and Blossom Doll Dress

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

This dress. THIS. DRESS. I can’t rave enough about it. Not only is the cut so completely flattering, but the print is the stuff of dreams. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.

Dress: Collectif Mainline Mimi Crane and Blossom Doll Dress

Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe and for a bloody good price.

Size: I’m wearing a 22, and found it true to the size chart- I’ll talk specific measurements later . This dress comes in sizes 6-22 on the Collectif site. Kitty Deluxe have it in 12-22.

Boobs: Very generous.

Waist: Fitted, but not uncomfortable.

Length: Below the knee, and I’m 5’2″.

Arms: Small capped sleeves, with elasticated arm band.

Ease of Dressing: So easy to zip up. I got it most of the way, and Maisie (my 8 year old dressing assistant and daughter) did the rest without a stuggle.

Zip: Centre back and sturdy.

Material: Light-medium weight, 97% cotton, 3% spandex.

Steph, do I have to iron it?: I ironed it before I put it on because it had come straight out of the packaging, but the spandex content should keep it pretty wrinkle free. Tip: If you hang your dresses to dry on coat hangers, it cuts down the amount of ironing that’s required.

Stretch: Reasonable amount of stretch.

Pockets: No, but then Collectif aren’t usually down with pockets.

Twirl Factor: I got a really nice, fluttery lift.

Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?:  At the moment there is only the Black Watch available in this cut (which Kitty Deluxe are stocking too) but be aware of the different fabric content of the Black Watch because the sizing might differ. Like the print but don’t want a dress? You can nab a Crane and Blossom cardigan, pencil skirt, and top here.

Comfort: So incredibly comfortable. You could spend a day at work, or running errands in this, but equally, you could be at a function all night and be perfectly comfortable.

Overall Rating: I give the Collectif Mainline Mimi Cranes and Blossom Doll Dress 5 out of 5 whiskey shots.

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Warning: This is where I talk about shit in more detail.

The Collectif Mainline Mimi Cranes and Blossoms Doll Dress (which I will refer to as the Mimi Crane Dress from now on because who has time to write all that over and over?) is next level glamour. It’s the party dress that I’ve always wanted, but had never found until now. It’s classy, flattering, and incredibly comfortable. It comes below my knees, and I’m 5’2″ for reference.

I’m wearing a 22 in this dress. According to the size chart, my bust was in line with a size 20, but my waist was a size 22, so I sized according to my waist measurement. My bust is 117cm, but the size 22 measurements for bust are 122-127cm. Although this sounds like the bodice of the dress would be far too big, it’s fine on me.  My waist is 100cm, and the size 22 waist measures as 101cm, so this is perfect, and I would actually say it feels a little more roomy than just 1cm spare.

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Sweetheart necklines are my absolute favourite as they are super flattering and friendly to large busts. The bodice has darts, and a delicate ruching at the centre. Unlike the Collectif Dolores cut (featured in last week’s Outfit of the Day post), the Mimi doesn’t have decorative buttons here.

The Mimi Crane Dress features a high back with a centre zip and hook and eye. It has capped sleeves with elastic on the arm band, and pleats at the shoulders, so they sit up, peasant style.

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I’ve teamed the Mimi Crane and Blossom with statement accessories and red accents. My clutch is a sold out Mimco design which was a gift from a dear friend for my 30th birthday. My earrings are also Mimco, and were gifted to me by the same friend for no reason other than she’s an awesome babe. The brooches are both from the Erstwilder Nihon Journey collection. While the pieces I’m wearing are sold out on the Erstwilder site, there are others from the collection still available. These pieces are not highly sought after either, and should be available at some stockists. My shoes are Mary Jane’s from Dangerfield and they’re on sale at the moment.

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I love a little black dress, but sometimes it can feel as though they all blend into each other. There’s no chance of blending into the crowd with this glamourous Japanese inspired print. I particularly love how the print doesn’t overwhelm the black background, so it’s more classy that kitschy.

Paired with red accessories, the Collectif Mainline Mimi Cranes and Blossom Doll Dress is an elegant choice for this party season, or can be dressed down for day wear that will make you feel like a million bucks.

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Review: Hell Bunny Liliana Dress

 

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

I was unsure about the Hell Bunny Liliana Dress when I ordered it, to be honest. I was worried that it would be too ordinary. Boy, I was soooo wrong. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.

Dress: Hell Bunny Liliana Dress

Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe

Size: I’m wearing a 3xl, which according to the size chart is equivalent to an Australian size 18-20.

Boobs: Maximum boobage happening here. My 20G bangers filled this bodice.

Waist: Very fitted on me. I’ll talk specific measurements further down.

Length: Mid-length on me, and I’m 5’2″

Arms: Small capped sleeves that didn’t cut in.

Ease of Dressing: I needed my dressing assistant aka Maisie (my 8 year old) to zip this dress up. It was a little snug so it took a bit of work.

Zip: Centre back and sturdy like all Hell Bunny zips I’ve encountered.

Material: Light weight, 98% cotton, 2% elastane.

Steph, do I have to iron it?: Due to it’s a very high cotton content, I would iron this dress. Tip: If you hang your dresses to dry on coat hangers, it cuts down the amount of ironing that’s required.

Stretch: Only a little, it definitely contains less elastane than some other Hell Bunny dresses.

Pockets: Yassssss!

Twirl Factor: This dress is made for dancing the night away.

Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?:  This is a pretty common cut for Hell Bunny, so if you like this one, you’re going to find heaps of different prints to fill your wardrobe.

Comfort: So I’ve already mentioned it was snug. This meant that it wasn’t the most comfortable dress I own (but that’s my fault because I haven’t shifted the couple of kilos I put on in Phuket in September. Cocktail buckets are awesome, but packed with calories), but having said that, is comfort always everything?

Overall Rating: I give the Hell Bunny Liliana Dress 4 out of 5 shots of whiskey.

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Warning: This is the part where I talk about shit in more detail.

The Liliana dress features a sweetheart neckline, and high back with centre zip, and a hook and eye. The dress is mid length, and comes past my knees. I’m 5’2″ for reference. It’s a timeless, flattering cut that can go from day to night with a change of shoes and accessories.

I’m wearing my standard Hell Bunny 3xl size. As I mentioned above, it’s a little snug because it doesn’t have much stretch. On the size chart a 3xl measures up as an Aussie 18-20. The waist measurement on the chart is 102cm and the bust is 117.5cm. My measurements are 100cm waist and 117cm bust, so this was pretty spot on. If you are after a more comfortable fit, and like me are right on the measurements, then I suggest sizing up.

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I actually took this dress on holidays to Phuket and it stood up to the humidity well, making it a nice choice for warm Aussie days. In fact, although it’s not a traditional Christmas print, the colours and cotton fabric make it a perfect choice for the festive season. It’s the perfect non-Christmas, Christmas dress, and has great pockets that are perfect for Jack Daniels miniatures and candy.

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The Liliana comes with a fabric sash, but I didn’t love it so I’m wearing a velvet Hell Bunny belt instead, for a more nipped in waist. The print is a little different to the every day floral, and features lilies and roses on a black background. The bodice has darts, and features 3 decorative, black fabric covered buttons. The skirt is full and perfect for dancing at Christmas parties this festive season.

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I paired Erstwilder’s Odette’s Bane brooch (sold out) with this outfit, but you could easily pop a Christmas brooch on for a festive look. Check out Erstwilder’s Christmas collection here or check out Martinis and Slippers. For a smaller budget, Lovisa have a great range of affordable Christmas brooches and earrings.

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OOTD: Week 13-19 November

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

This week has been fantastic for trying out different styles, and pushing my comfort zone to the brink. I feel like fashion is really just a way to express ourselves artistically, and its like creating our own brand. I like to think that my personal brand says that I’m vibrant, creative and confident. What does your personal brand say about you?

On Monday I wore the Hell Bunny Sherwood 50’s dress. I purchased this dress from my favourite stockist, Kitty Deluxe, and I’ll definitely be reviewing this one soon, because it’s an absolute stunner. The Sherwood comes in two colours, this green, and a deep red. The Sherwood print is available in different cuts, including a skirt, and sizes range from xs to 4xl. I accessorised Monday’s outfit with the Past Midnight brooch from the A Kitschy Christmas collection by Erstwilder  (sold out on their site, but check stockists for availability) and earrings by Mimco (sold out).

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On Tuesday my eldest daughter had a presentation evening at school, where she received a special end of year award for volunteering. I wanted to wear something pretty for the occasion, so I chose my Hell Bunny Liliana Dress purchased from Kitty Deluxe. The review for this dress will be published on Tuesday.

I felt like a million bucks in this dress, but unfortunately I was trolled for this outfit, and told I was too fat to wear it. I’m not sure what that means, whether it would be better if I just got around in a sack, or better yet, just disappeared, but it made me pretty determined to continue being visible for all my plus sized guys and gals out there.

I added the Odette’s Bane brooch by Erstwilder (at the time of publication, this brooch was sold out on the site, except for an imperfect piece, but possibly available from a stockist), red gumball necklace, Guess earrings and Colette haircomb.

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Wednesday was the most fabulous day. The trolling I’d received the day before was actually timed perfectly (if there is such a thing). Missi, from Curve Creation had been trolled this week too, for wearing a wiggle dress. Our friend Steph, from Style By Divine, made a suggestion that we all wear our wiggles in solidarity against body shaming, and #rockthatwiggle was born (check it out on Instagram- it’s truly inspiring).

So, I put on the Collectif Mainline Dolores Dress Plain I’d bought earlier this year and only worn once, and I participated in the most amazing day of women coming together to support each other and rocking their wiggles, not matter their shape or size.

I couldn’t go past the Deer Arrow Vixen Tie Me Up brooch to compliment this bangin’ look. Unfortunately this piece is pretty hard to get a hold of, as only 220 were made, and the design has been archived.

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On Thursday I needed to combat all that sexiness with something pretty. The Collectif Vintage Dolores Charming Bird Doll Dress was the perfect solution. Unfortunately this dress is sold out, but there are loads of other fabrics and prints in this cut, and I’ve found the Dolores to be universally flattering.

I don’t have a lot of bird brooches, but Little Red Breast by Erstwilder was a sweet pick to go with this look. Unfortunately its sold out on the Erstwilder site, but check with stockists. I also wore some darling bird cage earrings I picked up in the Blue Mountains where I live, but I can’t remember the name of the designer. My clutch is true vintage.

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Friday was the most fun day! This outfit was totally budget friendly, and featured the most incredible thrifted jacket. I was going for a pinup Grandma Yetta (from the 90’s tv series The Nanny) look and totally nailed it.

The boots and top are City Chic and the leggings are Kmart. The Brooch Queen brooch is from Martinis and Slippers and is available in multiple colourways. The Victory V is Daisy Jean Floral.

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Last but not least is Saturday. And if Saturday’s weren’t meant for cat party novelty print dresses, then I don’t understand the point of them. My dress is the Freedom Dress by Banned Apparel, purchased from Kitty Deluxe. I’m in the middle of writing up my review for it, so keep an eye out.

I paired this fabulous dress with a Dangerfield mustard cardi and knit beret (both are sold out). I’m wearing a cinch belt from Kitty Deluxe, and they sell a rainbow of colours. My brooches are Hundreds and Thousands (sold out and seriously sought after and valuable now) and A Gift From Gretel which was a free gift with the purchase of 4 Christmas brooches. Both pieces are Erstwilder. My oreo earrings are by Crafty Cruella.

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Review: Banned Lone Traveller Dress

 

 

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

The Banned Lone Traveller dress is simply stunning. I felt glamorous, yet comfortable wearing this, and it’s definitely going to be on high rotation. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.

Dress: Banned Lone Traveller Dress

Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe

Size: I’m wearing a 3xl, which according to the size chart is equivalent to an Australian size 20.

Boobs: There was plenty of room for my 20G bangers in this bodice, without any squashing.

Waist: The waist was loose, so I would probably add a belt to this for a little extra definition, though that’s a personal preference, not a requirement.

Length: Mid-length on me, and I’m 5’2″

Arms: Capped sleeves with nice wide armholes, but they don’t gape. I found the arms very similar to the Banned Going My Way Dress (read my review here)

Ease of Dressing: This was an over-the-head job, but went on super easy.

Zip: Concealed size zip- I didn’t bother with it because my arms aren’t made of rubber.

Material: Medium weight, 97% cotton, 3% elastane.

Steph, do I have to iron it?: Well, it’s up to you. The world won’t end if you don’t, but if you’re picky, I’d recommend a quick once over. I’m not an ironer, but I ironed this after washing.

Stretch: Yep, nice amount of stretch here.

Pockets: No. Boo hoo.

Twirl Factor: Because this dress is a medium weight, it’s not going to blow up over your head when you twirl, but you can definitely get a nice lift from it.

Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?:  Sure is. This is the same cut as the Follow You Dress and the Vanity Dress. I own both and they are stunning.

Comfort: So comfortable. This dress got me through a full day of school runs, errands,  and working on my book. I felt like a total glamour all day too.

Overall Rating: I give the Banned Lone Traveller 5 out of 5 shots of whiskey.

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Warning: This is the part where I write about shit in more detail.

The Lone Traveller Dress features a concealed side zip, and a high back with keyhole detail, finished with a small button. The dress is mid-length. I’m 5’2″, and as you can see in the photo above, it’s knee length on me.

I’m wearing a 3xl in this style, and I found it true to the size chart, which can be found here. The 3xl is equivalent to an Australian size 20. The measurements are very generous, with a bust measurement of 113cm-120cm, and a waist measurement of 96cm-103cm. My measurements are smack bang in the middle of this sizing recommendation, at 116cm bust and 100cm waist.

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There’s a good amount of stretch to the fabric. The bodice has a flattering sweetheart neckline, and darts, which are great for big busts. I’ve got a large bust, and found this cut quite roomy, in line with other Banned dresses I own.

The Lone Traveller dress has generous capped sleeves, which are flattering and unrestrictive. There’s nothing worse than trying to reach something from a high shelf, and you can’t get your arms above your head because your sleeves are too tight. You won’t have that issue with this dress.

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The fabric is medium weight, and the skirt is full but not too voluminous. This means you can get a nice twirl going, but you’ll keep your modesty.

Now, can we please get to the bit where I gush over the print?!?

The print is a stunning night time scene with stars on a black background, trailing down to a border print of owls in a sparse forest. The colours of the border print are a bold and eye-catching contrast to the black majority of the dress. The print is simple, yet glamorous, and would easily transition from day to night with a tweak of accessories.

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Speaking of accessories, this brooch is Cara the Halloween Kitty from Erstwilder. It’s sold out on the Erstwilder site, but may be available at some stockists (a quick Google search will point you in the right direction). Any night themed statement jewellery would look fabulous with this dress, including these earrings from Revere Folie or an owl brooch.

My bracelet is Swarovski from a few years ago, hair comb is from Colette and the earrings were a gift.

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Review: Hell Bunny Magpie Mini Dress

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Before you read this post, head here and read about why my images are unedited. Its only a short read, but important.

The Hell Bunny Magpie Mini Dress is such a gorgeous classic. I used it as a base for my Ginger 60’s Pinup Wednesday Addams costume on Halloween. Before I go into a lot of detail, let’s look at how it stacks up in all the major areas, so you’ve got a quick reference.

Dress: Hell Bunny Magpie Mini Dress

Where Did I Buy It?: Kitty Deluxe

Size: I’m wearing a 4xl, which measures as an Australian 20-22. According to the Hell Bunny size chart, I should be wearing a 3xl based on my measurements, but having already bought this cut in other prints, I knew that it wasn’t true to the sizing chart, and sized up. You can find the chart here

Boobs: There isn’t a lot of boob room for me, I’m afraid. I sized up to a 4xl, but because a seam runs across the bust, the bodice is cut quite close. I am a 20G though, so unless you have huge knockers like mine, this hopefully shouldn’t be an issue for you.

Waist and hips: This is another area where the size up is helpful. The Magpie Mini is cut straighter than a swing dress, meaning it’s snugger on the hips. There is no waistline seam, so this cut is good for people who struggle to find dresses that sit on their waist correctly due to torso length.

Length: Although it’s a mini, it comes to my knees. I’m 5’2″ for reference.

Arms: 3/4 sleeves with turned up contrasting cuff. I have chubby arms, and I found there was ample room.

Ease of Dressing: The dress went on easily. My daughter helped me zip it up with no struggles.

Zip: Centre back zip with hook and eye.

Material: Light weight, and feels like crepe. 95% Polyester 5% Elastane. Unlined.

Stretch: The guide says it’s stretchy, but in all honesty, I didn’t really find it to be.

Pockets: No, but you wouldn’t want them in this style of dress. All they would do is make your hips look bulky. Sorry, but you’ll have to grab a handbag.

Twirl Factor: Zilch. This isn’t a dress to swing dance in, but if you want to go-go dance in a cage, go for it. I’d recommend white boots though.

Is This Dress Available In Other Prints?:  Hell yes! As I mentioned, I own a few other dresses in this cut. The Autumn Mini is an autumnal print of pumpkins, berries, acorns, and flowers. The Matou Mini is a black cat print, with “Meow” embroidered on the collar. Too sweet.

Comfort: I did the school run and got some writing done while wearing this, but I did have to adjust the dress a bit throughout the day, as it kept twisting off centre a little.

Overall Rating: I give the Hell Bunny Magpie Mini 4 out of 5 shots of whiskey.

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Warning: This is the part where I write about shit in more detail.

The Hell Bunny Magpie Mini is a light-weight, high cut, collared dress, with a centre back zip. Although it’s a mini, the Magpie comes to my knees. I am 5’2″. I adore the 1960’s, and they were my first vintage love, but so many 60’s mini dresses are mid-thigh or higher. This dress, however, brings the best of the Swinging Sixties without the worry of flashing your booty when you bend over to tie your kid’s shoelaces.

For full disclosure, I am wearing some high-waisted, medium hold, control underwear. They just smooth out my mum-tum lumps as this dress is a bit clingy, but don’t actually change my size or shape.

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As you can see, the centre zip has twisted

As I mentioned above, in the quick reference section, I sized up from my usual Hell Bunny size. I measured as a 3xl on the chart (size 18-20, 102cm waist, 117.5cm bust), but that would have been too small for me. I’m wearing a 4xl, and according Hell Bunny, that is an Australian size 20-22 (108cm waist and 122.5cm bust). Obviously there is an issue here. The other problem with the sizing chart is the lack of hip measurement. In a swing dress (a dress that flares from the waist in a full skirt, made popular in the 1950’s), the hips are an open measurement, as there are metres and metres of fabric in the skirt. This cut, however, is narrower. If you have wide hips, or a mum-tum like I do, a lack of hip measurements can really end in disappointment when buying online.

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So, once you navigate the sizing chart, what’s to love about the Magpie Mini? Well, lots of things. The black fabric is lightweight, meaning you can squeeze extra wear out of it without melting if it’s a little warm. The cut isn’t boxy like a 60’s shift dress, which means it’s not just going to look awesome on tall, thin guys and gals. For extra waist definition, I recommend adding a belt. Mine is a white 3″ cinch belt from Kitty Deluxe.

The sleeves are comfortable, not too tight, and I easily went about my day without feeling constricted. Having said that, if you can’t normally fit your arms into a sleeved dress, make sure you try before you buy, or check out a refund policy if you’re buying online. I buy the vast majority of my clothes from Kitty Deluxe, and they are fantastic with returns and exchanges if you have sizing issues.

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The white contrasting details on this dress are what really gets me excited though, so hang in there while I gush over them. The white, turned up sleeves are darling. They are held in position by a small tack at the seam, so they won’t flop down willy-nilly. I have no issues with getting my arms out, and wear everything from strapless to full length, but I do love a 3/4 cut sleeve, and the white contrast on these is so chic. If having your arms out makes you feel uncomfortable, then this is a great alternative to wearing cardigans all the time.

The collar is rounded, sits flat, and is the perfect place to pop a brooch to show off your personality. I’m wearing Full of Woe by Erstwilder. It’s an older design, but if you have a peek at their website, you’ll find a virtual cave of wonders.

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This image is from my Instagram, and is edited slightly. I added this for the purpose of showing my brooch. I have not edited any other image in this post.

The neckline isn’t so high that you feel choked, but definitely puts the Magpie Mini in the modest category, if that’s something you prioritise. The bodice is finished off with a sweet little decorative placket, with 5 black fabric covered buttons, all of which serve no purpose other than to look fabulous, and collect biscuit crumbs.

The Magpie mini looks timeless and classy, and this is the kind of dress you could wear to the office, or anywhere that demands conservatism. Though, perhaps you should avoid doing a Wednesday Addams corpse pose…

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