A Tropical Paradise

We all know and love our vintage inspired swing and wiggle dresses…but there’s another fabulous vintage staple that you may or may not be so familiar with. What am I referring to? That would be the vintage sarong dresses in fabulous colorful bold prints. With my upcoming nuptials in the Bahamas, I have been seeking an array of vintage style dresses suitable to wear in this a tropical paradise. I’ll be featuring reviews on a variety of vintage style sarong dresses with a modern twist; perfect for any tropical vacations or hot summer months for our friends down under. First up is the Collectif Sarong Dress in red hibiscus from the summer 2012 collection.

Available in sizes UK6-22 in a variety of prints & colors – MSRP £50

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Recently I have found the newer Collectif releases are more generous in sizing compared to their past styles. In older reviews, I always had to size up to the UK14 – Large to accommodate my hips and 29 inch waist. With the 2012 collection, I can now comfortably wear the UK12 – Medium with ease (measurements bust 36, waist 29, hips 41). The Sarong dress features a pleated sweetheart bodice suitable for ladies requiring ample space and tie halter straps. The best part of the faux wrap skirt is the fact it won’t show your lady bits like authentic wrap styles. Made from high quality cotton with no stretch.

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What I love most about the Sarong dress is the beautiful and vibrant red hibiscus print fabric! The richness of the color is truly breathtaking. The fit was perfect off the rack, no alterations required…not even a hem at 5ft 4inches. The matching fabric belt is perfect to cinch your waist and features a lovely bamboo loop detail.

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The Sarong dress is very well constructed and conceals body imperfections quite well thus no shapewear is required. This is definitely a blessing since no one wants to wear stuffy undergarments while in the Tropics. Accessorizing can be kept simple with a fabulous hair flower and thong sandals…perfect to go from day to evening with minimal effort.

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Although the Collectif Sarong dress in hibiscus print is now discontinued, you can definitely try to snag one from their Ebay store at incredible clear out prices! I truly hope to see new colorways for the Sarong dress in their summer 2013 collection as it’s definitely a fabulous wardrobe staple.

Do You Believe In Magic?

Often times I find myself making impulse buys when an item is on sale; something that I probably would never have considered if it was full priced. This can be quite dangerous for your wallet and leave you with buyers remorse but sometimes…you may stumble on the greatest finds literally by accident. Recently I was scouring JBR Clothing‘s Ebay store when I saw the Heartbreaker Sweetie Teresa Black Floral Dress for a steal of a price and the rest is history.

Available in Sizes XS – 2X in various colors & patterns – MSRP $90USD

The Sweetie Dress is spot on with the size chart and would definitely recommend going by your largest measurements since it’s made from 100% Cotton with no stretch. Reminiscent of its name, the Sweetie features a beautiful classic sweetheart neckline with halter tie straps which can be converted if you prefer non-halter. The full swing skirt is super fun and flirty suitable for all body types. What I love most about this dress is that is has some magical powers to give the illusion of a tiny waist created by the Princess seams. The first time I tried it on, I was literally speechless at the reflection in the mirror…holy hell the fit was mind blowing!

Heartbreaker has several styles and colors available in the Teresa Floral, truly a classic and beautiful motif which is not overpowering in any way. I cannot get enough of it and already anxious to add another Aimee to my wardrobe in this same print.  The Sweetie falls perfectly just below the knee since I’m only 5ft 4 inches tall. A simple design that will knock your socks off and make you fall in love instantly.

The classic look of this swing dress allows you to accessorize in a variety of ways. Add a cardigan or bolero for the office, or a pair of pumps for a night out. A small petticoat will give the swing skirt a more flirty flair, which you can also try in a fun bright color for more pizazz. The possibilities are truly endless…

Normally most of my impulse sale buys end up staying in my closet unworn and eventually purged during closet clean outs but the Sweetie is here to stay! There’s a reason why the Sweetie Dress has been around since day one at Heartbreaker…I now know first hand it has magical powers.

Having a little fun!!!