One of the perils of getting to model for companies like TopVintage is that inevitably, you end up falling in love with countless dresses! (Although let’s be fair, it’s a ‘peril’ in the best kind of way!)
I love travelling to TopVintage HQ in The Netherlands as they always have beautiful and fun items to shoot from all different brands – one of them being Vintage Chic who creates exclusive items for TopVintage.
The Layla Cross Over Floral Swing Dress is a new season addition and let me tell you, I was not expecting to fall quite THIS much in love with it.
Sometimes, you underestimate the potential of a dress for whatever reason. For the Layla, I knew I would probably love it but I seriously couldn’t believe how much until I put it on. The fabric is stretchy polyester/elastane blend that has a little bit of shine to it and is very supple and wrinkle resistant. The weight of the fabric means that in drapes beautifully and overall, it’s just a incredibly comfortable dress.
Not only that, the floral print fabric is just beautiful. Soft pink flowers set against a black background, this dress has the ability to be both casual and smart. Dress is up like I have for these pictures with heels, fascinator and gloves for a dinner out or pair it with ballet flats and a floppy sunhat for the perfect summer look. Thanks to the dark background, I also think this dress could be easily worn in the winter with a cardigan on top, opaque tights and boots.
The Layla is a faux wrap style so it has a cross over bust with gentle gathers at the waist and a faux tie on the side. Honestly, I’m usually not the biggest fan of faux wrap styles as I find the false tie’s a little annoying, so I simply left the tie to hang and blend in with the folds of the skirt and added a belt.
I measure about 37″ in the bust, 27″ in the waist and 42″ for my hips and I’m wearing a size 10. I knew that I could probably size down to a 8 since there is so much stretch but I didn’t want it to end up being too tight across the hips. I think the 10 is a great size as it’s a comfortable fit and I don’t feel too squished in. TopVintage have one of the most accurate size charts out there- they have a dedicated team who re-measures every garment that comes to them. They don’t just rely on each brands size chart! So the best way to choose your size is to compare your measurements with that of the dedicated size chart for the item that you are looking at.
The Layla Cross Over Floral Swing Dress comes in sizes 8-18 and is € 59.95 (approx. £53 or USD$70). TopVintage ship worldwide and offer free shipping for many countries when you spend over a certain amount. To check shipping costs and times for your country, click here.
Thank you so much to Nicole Engelmann Photography for these beautiful photos, these have to be some of my favourites that we have done together! This gorgeous location was Hampstead Pergola and it was rather dreamy, especially on a warm and sunny afternoon.
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Disclaimer: Whilst this dress was gifted to me, I never accept anything that I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.