The perfect summer dress… it’s just as elusive as it sounds. For me, it would need to be made from a lightweight fabric such as cotton, have a decent hem length and be colourful. It would also need to be comfortable enough to wear in the sweltering heat of an Australian summer’s day. I clearly don’t ask for much. Hahaha.
For months, Hope & Harvest have been posting sneak peeks of a gorgeous floral print that they were intending to release a couple of pieces in. I’ve been positively drooling over it! So it’s understandable that when the gorgeous Island Hopper dress ($159.00) arrived in my mailbox, that I was a little more than excited!
I had my doubts about the cut of this dress. I thought it may have ‘Nanna’ tendencies because of the combination of the cut, fabric and pattern. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the mirror… I fell in love! I was right to have lusted over the floral pattern for so long. Every colour was perfectly suited to my complexion and brought out the brown in my skin, giving me the glow of a tanned Goddess (if I do say so myself!)
The cut itself is quite simple, but Hope & Harvest really have a knack for cutting their pieces to eliminate bulk from the hips, so despite the dress having a full skirt, it doesn’t swamp my frame. Because it’s button-up, it’s ideal to wear over swimmers, or even as a light jacket… I’ll be trying that out soon!
I’m wearing a size Large, but could very easily fit a Medium. Because of the drawstring waist, it doesn’t really matter if the rest of the dress is a little big… actually, I think it makes it look more dramatic.
Keep up the amazing work Hope & Harvest!!!