As mentioned in part 1 of my Beth Ditto at Evans review, the other items I bought from the 2010 collection were the heart print dress and the high waisted black leggings. The dress is sold as the ‘heart print hanki hem top’ but it’s way too long to be a proper top. (It’s also a bit too short to be a proper dress, but given my penchant for showing a bit of leg, I prefer to wear it as a dress and as such will be calling it one. That said, I am 1.72m/5’8″, so the length may be less scandalous on someone shorter.)
Here’s a look at the dress and leggings together (complete with bonus red eye):
It’s pretty cutesy, but fun enough. The sleeves are a lovely soft jersey and the skirt is very thin and light. The leggings are hugely frustrating; while they fit perfectly when I first put them on, after a couple of hours they’ve stretched and barely stay up. I don’t have this problem with my domino leggings from last year’s collection, despite them being the same size and style.
The very first thought I had when I saw the heart print dress was that it would be much more fun with the sleeves cut off. The material of the skirt looks wispy even in the website pictures and it seemed far better suited to Australia’s impending spring/summer than an autumn/winter collection. So I took my dress to my local alternationist and did exactly that.
What a difference a bit of fabric (or lack thereof) makes. As a sleeveless dress, it’s made for summer. It’s breezy, colourful and so happy. Unfortunately, the skirt is so light that a bit of wind can send it billowing up…
…so you may want to wear some decent underwear when you step out in it.