Every so often a frock style comes along that just captures my wardrobe heart.
Oh who am I kidding? SO many summer frock styles capture my wardrobe heart. It’s my favourite way of dressing as it only takes one garment to create an outfit.
This summer I’ve been well and truly seduced by the Dreamer Dress at Bohemian Traders.
Bohemian Traders is an independent online boutique with designs created and selected by a super talented woman – Emily – who I originally “met” through blogging and her blog/website, The Beetle Shack.
The Beetle Shack was once Em’s personal blogging space but as her family has grown and her Bohemian Traders’ business as taken off, it’s evolved in 2015 to be an exciting lifestyle website with contributors from around Australia and New Zealand sharing their expertise on everything from design, interiors, fashion, food and eco-living.
But back to THE dress.
I’ve got this dress in three colours. Please don’t ask me to nominate my favourite. I love them all. They all work for different occasions and all can be dressed up or dressed down.
So I’m showing the model (and me) wearing each of the three colours.
Bohemian Traders Dreamer dress – black $139
There are a number of winning features to this dress but let’s address the length issue first as it’s something that’s come up on my Facebook page whenever I’ve worn the dress.
The hemline of the block colour part of the dress does finish quite short, with the lace then adding another 10cm or so on to the dress.
I’m 166cm tall and this is an ideal dress length for me. It falls at a flattering spot at the top of the knee. I also wear a slip dress underneath mine and this subtly adds length (and removes the potential embarrassment that a wind gust might bring) without taking away the effect the lace brings to this design.
I’ve talked to Em about the length and it’s something that she’s looking at. You’ll be the first to know if she does bring out a longer length as I’ll include news of it here. It might be a more streamlined design. The current design is purposefully a loose-fit, swing style which suits a shorter length. Stay tuned.
I’m wearing a size L but could probably wear a M or S and still have room. The size XL will fit up to a size 22.
The main fabric is rayon and truly a delight to wear. If you are an ironer of your clothes it takes minimal effort to iron this dress after washing. If you don’t iron, you’ll be happy with the way it washes – just hang on a hanger after washing and you’re good to go.
I love the v-neck … there is a clasp half-way down the v and I mostly wear mine open because I have a slip underneath. It’s also a neckline suitable for breastfeeding.
The lace on the arms just covers enough to make you feel comfortable without a hint of dowdiness … but at the same time also cool in warm weather.
It’s the kind of dress you can wear with flats – even thongs – for day or add a pair of heels and bling and head out for the evening.
I’m not a belt kind of person but if you are then this works beautifully with a thin tan or metallic belt.
Some of my blogger friends – all different shapes, sizes and heights have embraced the Dreamer. Do yourself a favour and check them out:
The designer herself: Emily shows how she wears the Dreamer dress.
Redcliffe Style: Rach plays with the shape by tying a cardi around her hips.
Baubles, Bubbles and Bags: Norlin has layered it over a long-sleeve black tee and tights to show that if it’s a cool night then this dress is still your fashion friend.
iCurvy World: Jo shows how to turn the Dreamer dress into a race day outfit.
Iris May Style: Bev dresses up a black Dreamer for a special night out.
Have you found a dress this summer that just works for you? Tried the Dreamer?