Since then, I have been searching the internet regularly to try to get my hands on more Dolores Doll dresses - it has undoubtedly become an addiction of mine - and recently posted a review of the very delicate and feminine Dolores Doll Ivory Hibiscus Dress.
During my search, I happened upon the Dolores Doll Leo Red Velvet.
Image courtesy of Collectif
I immediately fell in love - anything that combines animal print and red is a winner in my eyes! And it would match my Ewa Michalak PL Czerwona Panterka set ;-)
The Red Leo Velvet dress sadly wasn't available in my size on the Collectif website so I went further afield and ended up grabbing a size 12/medium on eBay. Unfortunately, when it arrived I found it was a little too big so I looked again and managed to nab one in a size 10/small.
The fit was fantastic! Admittedly, it is a little snug on my boobs but on my waist it fits so perfectly that I could wear it without one of my beloved belts and still feel sure that my figure was well-defined.
The fabric of the Leo Red Velvet dress is really special - it's almost hairy! I'm not sure how to describe it but it's sort of velour, sort of flocked. It is harder to the touch than velvet but it also feels fairly soft and thick. This dress is definitely one for cooler months as it would be too heavy for summer; its extra weight would be perfect for a Christmas party or a New Year's Eve do. Having a bit of stretch means that you can size for your waist, safe in the knowledge that the dress should fit elsewhere perfectly too. And of course the red leopard print is just stunning!
Lengthwise the Leo Red Velvet dress is spot on for me. I like to hide my legs so it does a great job of keeping the majority of them covered. I am only 5'4 so it's clear to see that this dress is longer than some swing dresses available on the market and is ideal for taller ladies.
Although the Leo Red Velvet dress looked great without a belt, I decided to add one to see what the effect would be.
What do you think? Personally I love how belts give my waist an extra bit of definition and often help balance my outfits. Admittedly sometimes they do add a little bulk, as I wear thick chunky belts, but generally I feel they add something positive to my ensemble.
The black patent belt works beautifully with my black patent heels. When I wear this dress I may add tights, depending on how cold it is outside, but thanks to the black in the dress it's very easy to match black accessories.
Speaking of which, no Dolores Doll dress post would be complete without a shrug/bolero:
I do love how adding something as simple as a shrug to cover my arms and shoulders can give an outfit a completely different look. This cotton bolero from Excite Clothing works perfectly to give me extra coverage without adding bulk to my upper body. This is a size M/L (UK 12/14) but Excite offer shrugs in a variety of sizes, colours and styles.
I would like to try adding red accessories to see if they worked as well as the black but I think it's unlikely. The combination I have here seems to be a real winner!