Image courtesy of Pink Clove
When I ordered this dress I decided to go for a size 18 as I have found some of Pink Clove's dresses are a bit tight on the bust for me.
For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Pieprzyk 32KK/70KK bra in these photos, along with some cropped leggings from Forever 21+ and some incredibly comfortable wide fit wedge sandals from Evans. (Sandals might seem an odd choice for this time of year but these photos were taken in the summer so they were very much needed at the time!)
The print of this dress is just SO pretty in real life. Every time I wear this dress I receive compliments on it, so it's clearly a winner!
The dress is made from a reasonably thick and fairly stretchy fabric (96% polyester, 4% elastane). I must admit it's a pretty warm fabric to wear, especially for a summer dress, but the dress's thin straps are a godsend on warmer days as they mean there is very little coverage across the back. The dress is machine washable and does not crease at all, so it's perfect for taking on holiday. However, I have found that the fabric bobbles ridiculously easily, which I suppose is to be expected with cheap material, and it's simple enough to remove bobbles with either a gadget or a razor.
The size 18 was a good fit in the end. Yes, it's very big on the waist for me so there is a lot of excess fabric, but the belt from my blue Pinup Girl Clothing Heidi Dress works perfectly to cinch the dress in at the waist. The belt is also the perfect colour to match with my blue Evans wedges and - as you will see in later photos - my blue shrug. The dress does come with its own black patent belt, but it was far too long for me so I gave it to my local charity shop.
I must admit that I would prefer this dress to be longer, but of course the design of a skater dress is for it to hit above the knee, so this is very typical in design. The straps are very well placed so that they cover one's bra straps and the vast majority of the bra too. But, for me, wearing the dress without any cover at all was not preferable, so I teamed it with one of my beloved shrugs.
The blue of the shrug is the perfect match to my belt and sandals, and it really makes the print of the dress pop. There are so many gorgeous colours in the print of the dress that it's easy to mix and match accessories to get a different look, but the blue is the one I go for most often. I would like to have different coloured leggings to strengthen my matching game but for now these black ones work well as there is black in the print of the dress.
Covering my shoulders and back help to make this dress more work-appropriate and as the shrug is 100% cotton it doesn't make the outfit too much warmer to wear. I've yet to wear it on a cooler day but I think by adding a shrug with long sleeves this dress would still be good for warmer autumn and spring months.
So, it's another winner from Pink Clove. I see they've got lots of lovely dresses in their latest collection so I am sure I will be placing an order with them again very soon!