A little while ago I was the lucky winner of a competition run by Zoe Vine, which gave me the chance to select a dress from their current range. I’d long been swooning over the Isabelle dress in various other prints (uhhh, the yellow polkadot!!), but had been yet to take the plunge. There was something about the cute, quirky and slightly kitsch Scooter Girl dress that really caught my eye. The print wasn’t what I would consider to be my usual style, but perhaps that was why I loved it so much.
Adorned with uber glamourous, retro styled ladies draped on scooters, the dress is composed of 100% cotton. It features a wide, rounded neckline and functional buttons down the bodice, in addition to a concealed side zip. There is a matching wide belt to cinch it in at the waist; however I quite like the idea of switching it up in future with a contrasting belt. The skirt is full enough to accommodate a petticoat (though I’m not wearing one in these photos) but falls perfectly, without any bulkiness, owing to the wide pleats. My only bug bear with this dress is that ironing the pleats back in can be somewhat time consuming, yet strangely, quite satisfying at the same time.
Whilst Isabelle is marketed as being a summer dress, I couldn’t bear to part with it during my seasonal change over. I set about styling it to be fit for autumn/winter, with mustard tights, a mustard cardigan and a black beret. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you’ll know I’m a bit of a fiend when it comes to colour co-ordination. The variety of colours in the print of this dress means that there are many combinations that I plan to use for tights, cardigans and hats throughout the season.
Dress – Isabelle by Zoe Vine
Cardigan – MAK Sweater
Tights – Tights Tights Tights
Shoes – Primark
Beret – Primark
It is recommended to size down in this style, so although the size chart put me right between 10 and a 12, I went for the 10 and am glad I did. It fits perfectly on the bust and waist. I often have trouble fitting my massive guns (read chubby arms) into short sleeved dresses but had no such difficulties with this style.
I actually loved the cut of this dress so much that I managed to track down a now discontinued plane print dress to start what I feel may turn into a collection!!
Isabelle is priced at £99 and is available in UK sizes 8 to 16.