Ohhhhh how I love gingham. There’s something that just feels so fun about a gingham swing dress and while I do love having some gingham in colours like yellow, pink and lilac, there’s nothing like the classic red.
It’s no surprise then that I fell head over heels for the Arana Red Gingham Swing Dress by Stop Staring. It was especially refreshing to see gingham in a slightly oversized check instead of the smaller version that I feel is more common. The Arana is a fun and flirty sweetheart neckline with a cross over, gathered bust detail, fitted waist panel, gathered skirt and has double spaghetti straps.
The fabric is a sturdy, non-stretch cotton that has a slight canvas feel to it. It has summer bike rides or trips to the seaside written all over it and I could help but style it with the ultimate pinup picnic vibe in mind – especially since Matt and I took these photos down by our usual picnic spot on the Thames!
Now lets talk sizing – I’m about 36″ in the bust and 27″ in the waist but for the most part I can squeeze into a size small from Stop Staring, despite my bust measurement putting me in the Medium. The Arana however is the first dress that I’ve really thought that a medium could have been better. There is no stretch and due to the crossover at the bust, it can be rather restrictive. I also found that the straps are a little short for my torso, meaning that the bust of the dress is almost sitting too high for my chest (I am long in the body) which I don’t think helped the situation. It does fit well through the back and waist so I do think that all the dress needs to fit me right is to simply get the straps lengthened. I would love to see Stop Staring introduce adjustable straps for this reason.
So my advice is to compare your measurements very closely to the size chart and avoid the temptation of sizing down. Even though you might already *know* your measurements, it’s always smart to re-check them with the bra that you would end up wearing with the dress. For instance, with this particular style, I would wear a strapless bra which tends to have a little bit more padding than others and so is going to add on a little bit of extra bulk.
Apart from the sizing issue, the Arana dress is made really well and really does make me feel gorgeous when wearing it.
The Arana Red Gingham Dress comes in sizes S-XL and is US$187. They have recently released their latest season items and there’s so many gorgeous styles- definitely worth having a look!
Thank you to my wonderful hubby Matt for taking these pictures- it was his first official blog shoot and I think he did pretty well!
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Disclaimer: While 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.
Categories: Pinup Fashion