I don’t really know how I’ve gotten to this point in spring (virtually summer!) without the obligatory me-in-front-of-blossom photos. So here I am, surrounded by petals and wearing pictures of petals, for what was my second option for a wedding guest outfit this year. Option A was perhaps a brighter, more tropical affair, but Option B has a hat and features my new Hasbeens, so let’s just say my heart was never in A. So apart from the fact my hat was a bargain and my shoes are beautiful (and will be largely responsible if I have to declare bankruptcy soon), I’m also sporting a new dress, the second that Whispering Ivy sent to me to try out.
The fit on this one was much better all bar one fact – the neck just wouldn’t lay flat on me no matter what I tried. It sort of did if I pulled the dress down, but after doing that for the 17th time I gave up. So you can see in all of the pictures it’s sort of dipping in a bit. But, and this is a big but, my bust measurement is usually out of proportion with the rest of a dress size, so I think it was a bit too big for this waist and hip size. Also, unusually this dress has molded cups on the bust – which, while it helps with the shape, I think is adding to my neckline issues here with further bulk where I don’t need it. Something else to mention is that the size guide on the site doesn’t seem to be in line with what I’m wearing here – I’ve got a Small on, but my waist is 27″ and my bust is 34″, in both cases 3 inches bigger than the website’s size guide. In fact, those measurements are bigger than their Medium. My other Whispering Ivy dress was a Medium, but was only marginally bigger than this one here. Also quite oddly, I don’t think my dress here is exactly the same as the one on the site as it doesn’t have a split at the front (just at the back) – which may well be because it’s a sample and not the finished design.
These points aside, I still think it’s very pretty, a wonderful cornflower blue and although I’ve got some issues with the neckline, I love the square shape of it and the little cut-out. It feels quite unique among repro dresses because of this (while a floral wiggle dress in itself isn’t groundbreaking). Also the back and the dipped V shape are rather lovely – adding a bit of glamour so it doesn’t feel too frumpy. Whispering Ivy dresses do seem to take some care to have lovely necklines and backs from the dresses I’ve seen, even if they’ve got some work to do on consistent sizing!
Dress: c/o Whispering Ivy
Bag: Collectif via Sucuubus
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens via ASOS
Although it’s now too late to influence my choice as the wedding was last weekend, which would you have chosen – option A or B?