The Changing Seasons

As I left the house early Monday morning for work, I was met with the harsh reality winter is not far away as the temperature was hovering just above the freezing point (34℉/1℃). I have refused to give up on wearing pretty dress just yet and I knew it was time to bring out the big guns with my warmest outerwear to prolong dress season a little while longer. There are very few vintage reproduction clothing brands that manufacture winter outerwear but luckily, Hell Bunny Clothing is one that we can always count on to bring warmth in fashionable designs. When JBR Clothing brought in the latest styles and colours for the 2014/2015 Collection, I was instantly taken with the Angeline in Teal.

Available in sizes XS-3XL in a variety of colours ~ MSRP $179

IMG_4140When it comes to sizing with outerwear, I would recommend you consult with the JBR team to ensure you’ll find the right fit. Since coats are made to wear over layers, you want to ensure to have enough room in the shoulders and to comfortably button/zip without any pulling whatsoever. Based on Rachel’s recommendation, I went with the size Medium for a comfortable fit. When the Angeline arrived, the first thing I noticed was the substantial weight of the coat. This made me quite excited as I knew it was going to be fitting for our cold Canadian winters. The intricate details like the crochet detail with decorative bow, thick faux-fur trim, front & back box pleats, and ornamental oversize buttons are what make the Angeline so unique. It is fully lined in black satin look polyester and the outer shell made from a thick polyester/viscose mix. Even though there is no wool in the fabric, that doesn’t deter from the weight of the composition.

IMG_4122 IMG_4129The Angeline provides the versatility to wear the collar buttoned up for added warmth on the coldest days or folder down when it’s not quite so brisk. With the box pleat design, it’s perfect to wear over your circle skirts or swing dresses including crinoline with zero fuss (as seen in my photos). Since the fabric is 100% synthetic, I would venture to say you will be required to add some layering underneath on the coldest of days. In comparison to the Hell Bunny Sarah Jane Coat (which I also own), I find the Angeline to be warmer due to the ample weight of the design. I also prefer the longer length of the Angeline compared to the Sarah Jane as it prevents your skirts from getting caught in the wind on those blustery occasions.

IMG_4121Since not all of my readers live in cold Canadian climates, I wanted to make note that Hell Bunny offers a variety of designs suitable for fall like temps to fierce winters. JBR Clothing also carries the Millie (lightweight) which perfect for early fall or spring, it does run large and is recommend to size down; the Amazon (lightweight) is a lovely tweed with roomier sleeves & runs generous in sizing; the Coleen (medium weight) is a sure staple piece & runs true to size; the Sarah Jane (medium weight) has quilted lining & runs true to size; the Vivien (medium warmth) with a 1940s feel & is recommended to size up for layering like the Angeline. I find adding one style each year to my collection will provide the versatility needed for the changing seasons.

IMG_4133 IMG_4135It is exciting to have such a stunning selection of outerwear that pairs beautifully with our pinup wardrobes and allows us to wear our fabulous frocks year round. Hell Bunny has embraced the needs of those who live in colder climates and has truly outdone themselves with the versatility and functionality of all of their designs at affordable prices. Make sure to check out JBR Clothing’s selection of coats (SHOP HERE) during their 15% off Halloween sale that ends 11/02. (code HALLOWEEN15)

A Little Bit of Edge with a Softer Side

It is no secret that Hell Bunny Clothing is known for their use of unique prints paired with fun and flirty swing dresses. How often do you find a lovely floral accented with skulls while maintaining a feminine touch? When I first saw the Hell Bunny Jenna Dress at JBR Clothing, the dainty red roses instantly caught my eye. It wasn’t until I looked at the print up close that I discovered the hidden sugar skulls scattered throughout. The little bit of edge mixed in with the soft floral was a perfect combination.

Available in sizes XS to XL ~ MSRP $73USD

IMG_2172From all my experiences with Hell Bunny Clothing, I find their sizing to be very generous throughout. Sizing down is often the way to go depending how your measurements fall within the charts. I ordered the Jenna Dress in a size Small since the sides have elastic panels and often find halter styles to be generous in the bust. The fit was spot on and the wide matching belt is perfect to cinch the waist. The Jenna features a soft sweetheart neckline with halter straps and full swing skirt. The stretchy side panels are wonderful for those who may be in-between sizes or to simply give you ample breathing room for ease of movement during all day wear. The fabric is a printed cotton which washes quite nicely. At 5′-4″, the swing skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_2158If you’re looking for cost effective dresses perfect for everyday, Hell Bunny is definitely the way to go. Since their dresses are often made from cotton, they are fabulous to go from day to evening. As I mentioned earlier, the elastic side panels work wonderfully to give you a good fit and flexibility all in one. Often times I hear women with bigger busts tend to shy away from halter style dresses because the straps tend to place too much strain on their neck. Although I do find that as well in certain styles, the Hell Bunny halter dresses aren’t heavy due to the lightweight cottons used. They also have a large variety of swing dresses available in regular straps if the halter just does not work for you.

IMG_2167The full swing skirt on the Jenna Dress pairs wonderfully with the Hell Bunny petticoats. Accessorizing varies greatly on the setting. To take your look from day to evening, just add a cropped cardigan and bold jewelry with your favorite red pumps. The subtleness of the print will intrigue those around you when they spot the hidden sugar skulls amongst the dainty red roses.

IMG_2166Many of us are on a budget and are looking for affordable options while not sacrificing quality and style. Hell Bunny is a great option for those who love fun bold prints and lots of selection at a fair price. JBR Clothing stocks tons of styles every season and always offers incredible customer service every time.