Delectable Fruitiness

With endless fashion inspiration from the 1950’s, we are truly fortunate to see these classic silhouettes being recreated with a modern twist. Little do many of us realize, the fabulous Hawaiian sarong dresses also come from decades past and are one of the most figure flattering styles that suit all shapes and sizes. When Miss Fortune decided to mix the classic sarong design with fruity novelty print, the Allure Dress in Kiwi became the quintessence of summer fun!

Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of prints ~ MSRP £56.99

IMG_8344Based on my past experience with Miss Fortune sizing, they are cut a little more generously than the size charts. I was very unsure if the size small would accommodate my large hips, therefore I consulted with Laura at Miss Fortune who recommended to keep with my usual size. (On a side note, my measurements have fluctuated up from the norm post surgery and are currently 36-28-40.) The waist and bust fit spot on but as I had suspected, my hips are currently a little too wide for comfort in the size Small Allure Dress. Luckily, there was a very easy fix to slim those extra inches with my trusted Rago 1294 Girdle. The Allure Dress features a sweetheart halter bodice with faux wrap sarong skirt adorned by a bamboo buckle, a black slit and zipper closure. Made from non stretch cotton, the vibrant lime green kiwis pop deliciously against the sky blue background. At 5′-4″ tall, the sarong skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_8334 IMG_8330If you are looking for a fun summertime look, the Allure Dress in Kiwi will feel like a ray of sunshine wherever you go. The vibrant lime green and sky blue are an instant pick me up, I can’t help but feel cheerful in this little number. I enjoy the simplicity of the design and appreciate the wider halter tie straps so that they don’t tug uncomfortably on my neck. The faux sarong front pleating works wonderfully to conceal those trouble areas if you normally shy away from form fitting wiggles. Made from 100% cotton with zero stretch, the Allure Dress is ultra lightweight and perfect for those scorching hot days.

IMG_8341With a huge adoration for fruity motifs and Hawaiian inspired fashions, I knew instantly that I had too many accessories to choose from to pair with the Allure Dress in Kiwi. To keep my look complimentary, I paired the Allure with a mix of bamboo and lime green bangles, white espadrilles and finished off with the Triple Orchid Hair flower in green by Miss Fortune. As mentioned earlier, my foundation garment is the Rago 1294 Girdle which cinches in my hips and creates the illusion of a hourglass silhouette.

IMG_8336 IMG_8342The Allure Dress is a fabulous example of taking inspiration from vintage and adapting it to the needs of the modern day fashionista. For many of us who strive to look put together despite out hectic lifestyles, the Allure Dress will be your fun and easy choice this summer. Also available in lobster print, Hawaiians scenic motifs, sail boats and more!

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Take Me To Miami

Summertime is so short lived for those of us living far north of the equator that we have to savor each day to wear fabulous frocks. This year we are getting extra spoiled with lots of sunshine and hot temperatures earlier than ever. Of course on those sweltering days we need lightweight clothing to keep us looking stylish and cool. Instinctively I reach for my new Olivia Blue Day Dress from Zoe Vine with a fun 1950’s Miami theme novelty print.

Available in sizes S-XL ~ MSRP £80.00 On Clearance Now for £45.00

IMG_8138 IMG_8152After loving the fit of my first Zoe Vine dress last fall, I felt confident that their size Small would work well again with the Olivia Dress. Although my bust (36”) is larger than the chart, I found there was ample room to avoid sizing up. As luck would have it, the Olivia Dress fit wonderfully from head to toe; I was amazed how it hugged my figure perfectly. The Olivia Dress features a sleeveless boat neck with gathering under the bust, a flattering ruched cummerbund with gathered swing skirt and back invisible zipper closure. The delightful 1950’s Miami print is hand drawn featuring beachgoers, palm trees, pink classic cars and tourists seeing the sights, all set on a striking blue background. At 5’-4” tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

IMG_8125 OliviaThere was no doubt in my mind that the Olivia Dress was making its debut while vacationing in Minneapolis and a perfect match to feature with ‘Ole Vera the 1948 Buick Super 8. The pleated bodice on the Olivia dress in combination with the cummerbund detail makes this style very slimming and extremely comfortable. I really love the modest neckline as it makes the sleeveless element still very conservative even for the workplace. The subtle novelty print really makes this dress something special but not overpowering to the eye. One thing I did find was that the lightweight cotton fabric skirt was a bit transparent in certain lights therefore I suggest wearing either a simple nude slip or petticoat.

Olivia2 IMG_8145Surprisingly I own little blue in my wardrobe but luckily the Olivia Dress is super easy to accessorize. With such a fun beach theme, I chose to pair it with multi-coloured bangles and brown tooled leather wedges from Remix. Although the Olivia can be worn either with or without, I chose to add a little extra volume with a white petticoat to showcase the fabulous novelty print.

IMG_8150If you smitten as I am with the Olivia Dress, now is the time to scoop one up for a steal on clearance for only £45.00! This limited edition Miami print is sure to delight your summer wardrobe while keeping you cool.

A special thank you to my lovely photographers Lucas Mark and Julie Abnet.

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