I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s a wonderful thing to see so many new vintage reproduction brands starting out, especially when they are providing new designs, original prints and not the standard polka dot swing skirt.
Zoe Vine is one of these new brands, based in London, UK, their pieces feature classic shapes with gorgeous colours and prints.
I’m always drawn to floral prints and was really smitten with the Hibiscus Print of the Millie Style. Initially, I was completely put off by the backless element of the dress. Whilst I love the look of the backless style, it’s never been something my bust could handle. I had tried all sorts of bras over the years and eventually just gave up on the possibility and I’m simply not comfortable going bra-less! I have visions of my bosoms flying left right and centre!
However, when Zoe offered to send me bra converter straps, I decided I should give it a go. If it didn’t work out, I could always just buy a camisole in a complimentary colour to wear underneath and therefore also be able to wear a regular bra.
When I received the dress, my first impression of the print and the fabric was total love. Green and pink are colours that I love together and this print has a soft, almost painted effect to it. It’s a little bit tropical which I always love, but still very glamorous. The fabric itself is on the thinner side (97% Cotton and 3% Elasthan) and quite floaty but it’s wonderful quality, silky soft and definitely not cheap feeling.
When I pulled it out of its package I realised just how low the back really does go…. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little worried! But I tried it on along with the enclosed bra converter and after a little playing around, managed to get it looking good!
The bra converters are silicone straps that you attach to each end of your bra and then wrap around the front. Because a lot of my bras are longline which wouldn’t work, I attached the straps to my What Katie Did Glamour Underwired Bra.
The effect is great for the back of the dress, the converters keep my straps down far a enough to be hidden by the dress BUT I did feel less supported in the front because of the nature of the converters pulling the back of the bra down.
There was certainly a lots of bust adjusting during this shoot so I think I will still find a camisole to wear underneath for days a work when I just want to feel safe and supported and keep the converters for other occasions when I’m wanting to make a bit more of a statement.
I’m wearing a size Medium/12 (my bust is 36″ and waist is 27.5″) in the Millie Dress which is definitely the right size for me. As per usual, it’s a touch roomy in the waist but that doesn’t bother me since I’ll always add a belt anyway.
When I first tried it on, and was slipping arms in, I had a moment of concern as they are quite firm fitting but the saving grace is the backless feature. The fit and are comfortable but I think if the dress had a back to it, the arms may have been a problem in terms of movement restriction.
The top part of the dress is fully lined (100% Cotton), features a boatneck neckline and the skirt has some subtle pleats. Its not quite a full circle so when worn with a petticoat like I am here, it give a slight tulip shape.
Choose to highlight the pink, green or even yellow in this print through accessories. The Millie is the perfect tropical summer dress which can be dressed up for a sunny casual outdoor wedding or dressed down for a day at a winery. I’m so looking forward to the warmth of summer!
Thank you to Elizabeth J Photography for another beautiful set of photos, you never disappoint!
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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 <3