Swonderful Secret Love Dress

Swonderful is a family owned and operated Boutique in Wellington, New Zealand and has been around since 2007. They work to design, cut, sew and source everything they sell in the shop and have some really beautiful, fresh designs and prints.

My first Swonderful item was the gorgeous Ruthie Dress that I wore to the Very Vintage Day Out in April. The print had me head over heels and ever since then, I’ve been a keen follower of everything the talented team at Swonderful do.

The lovely Ginny sent me the Secret Love Dress in Pink Polka Dots to try. With it’s cute scoop neckline and salmon pink/white polka dots, this dress is perfect for summer!

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Designed and made in New Zealand, this dress is lined in the bodice, has a concealed zipper at the back and is made from 100% cotton.

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I’m wearing a size small in this dress- According to the Swonderful size chart, my 35-36″ bust (depending on what bra I’m wearing) would fit a medium and my 27″ waist is between a extra-small and small.

I went with a size small and it fits well in the bust, although there’s not that much extra room so I definitely couldn’t have sized down to a XS!


The waist is very big but that’s just something I’ve come to expect. It is easily fixed with my Pinup Girl Clothing wide vinyl belt but unfortunately that means that I lose the lace detail at the waist.

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All of Swonderful’s dresses are on the shorter side- the Secret Love Dress is 53cm from waist to hem on a XS and goes up 1cm with each size.

This has taken a bit of getting used to after so long of having a standard hemline being much longer.

Suddenly seeing my knees (*gasp*) is super weird and a feels little exposed but once I got used to it again and realised that by modern-day standards I was still very much covered up, I got over the shorter length hang-up

Plus the dress is way too cute not to wear just because of that!

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Swonderful have a boutique in Wellington or you can shop online! They also have a few stockists in Auckland like Rita Sue Clothing and The Yellow Brick Road.

The Secret Love Dress retails for NZ$180 and make sure you have a look at the rest of their range!

My top picks are the Heidi Skirt, Sweet William Dress and The Little Miss Sunshine Dress which is currently on sale!

Thank you as always to the amazing Elizabeth J Photography for photographing the Secret Love Dress for me! It’s always a pleasure working with you!

x Miss Victory Violet


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