I have a confession – swing dresses scare me.
Don’t be offended, pinup dolls! I can see how pretty they are and how gorgeous you all look in them but I’m a wiggle devotee. I wear some variation of the fitted pencil dress look pretty much everyday. It’s a style I’m comfortable with because I know it works on my body type. Occasionally though, I do get intrigued by a swing dress. And then I start to wonder… Would I feel as confident? Would it be as flattering? Would I finally be able to breathe out??
The Eternity dress by Hell Bunny is one that I’ve had my cat’s eye on for some time.
Classically feminine red roses are my number one favourite vintage print, especially when they’re on a forgivingly dark background. Plus I thought the wide sweetheart neckline would suit my hefty bosom and it comes with its own belt to define my waist! But still I fretted – would I feel like me? I ordered one anyway because nothing beats the high of “Add To Cart” and then I waited nervously for its arrival. I was relieved and exhilarated when I finally tried it on. I felt great. Like me, but a more ladylike version of me.
The Eternal Question Of Sizing & Fit
As something of a swing novice, I was a little worried about how the Eternity frock would fit, but I needn’t have feared. I’m wearing a UK12/Medium, which was the perfect choice. The fabric has a nice stretch to it so the 12 can just about accommodate my 36G knockers, any tighter and we’d be in quadrouple-boob-city, which is not a glamorous destination despite how fantastic it sounds. I find the 12 to be pretty generous around the waist but it’s nothing a belt doesn’t fix. The dress comes with a detachable belt, made of the same cotton fabric, perfect for a comfy but still pulled-in look. I prefer to use my own sturdier belt to cinch me in more firmly. If you’re not too busty I think you could happily size down in this dress due to the generous waistline and stretch in the fabric.
The Hell Bunny Eternity dress is such a perfect choice for a winter pinup look.
The 3/4-length-sleeves and full skirt will keep you as warm as you are gorgeous (which is extremely). You could totally wear this dress with a red, black or even forest green petticoat for princess vibes. As a rare circle dress wearer, I’m not sure I’m ready for petticoats yet but give me time, people! In Mad Men terms, this dress has the charm of Betty coupled with the allure of Joan. The demure sleeves and mid-century housewife silhouette bring the Betty while the luscious print and hint of cleavage are pure Joan. I’m so glad I ventured ever so slightly out of my comfort zone with this one. In fact, it may have unlocked a whole new dress shape for me.