The season Spin Doctor have won my heart once again with their gothic style mini dresses and continue to feed my addiction of giant bell sleeves. I honestly don't know how I lasted as long as I did without adding this 70's style sleeve to my wardrobe.
Willow Mini Dress - £49.99
With some strong hippie/gothic vibe this season each dress has the perfect fit for curves. The Willow Mini Dress is faux stretch velvet with a fitted bust, stunning draped skirt, wide bell sleeves and a super sexy lace up front. Fully adjustable lacing makes the bust shoe as little or as much skin and you are comfortable with and in the 2XL this is actually a little too roomy. Just like the previous Hell Bunny review this fabric is really stretchy and roomy so I think an XL would work better for me around the arms and waist.
While super roomy the fabric is absolutely amazing to wear and feels so light. I can't wait until Autumn and Winter to wear this with tights, thigh high boots and much more. Currently the Willow is only available in black but I hope that a forest green or oxblood version is released. I'd also love to see a maxi version of this dress.
Just look at that sleeve! It's such a flattering style for a girl like myself who likes to cover up and not show too much arm as it elongates and slims. While this is listed as a mini I find the length perfect as it hits mid thigh and does not show too much.
After shooting and reviewing the Griselda Mini Dress I fell in love with the fit of this little number. The flowing fabric is perfect for an Aussie summer whole still keeping to that whimsical gothic retro feel. Just like the Griselda I'm wearing this After Death mini in a 2XL and it fits like a dream. My bust is a little larger than the seem but that's just my life these days. The print however hides this a little and the faux buttons draw your attention up to a higher point.
The print features skulls, moths and stags on a green background which is almost a dirty seafoam shade and it's absolutely stunning up close. This colour is very different from what I'm use to wearing but I actually love how it pairs with my red hair and it has inspired me to try more of these dirty greens and blues.
Length wise this is a little shorter than the Willow but still good if you have killer pins and works amazing with tights in winter. If this style is a little too short for you though the Dark Sea Maxi is a purple and black version of this dress and I highly recommend it.
Many thanks to Damien Bowerman for working with me on these images and many more. It's always a brilliant shoot when we get together.