I must admit, I’m not one who gets all that into Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up and can carve pumpkins with the best of ’em. But, when it comes to fashion, my heart doesn’t skip a beat for skull prints or cobwebs. I’ve always hated horror movies, avoid haunted houses like the plague, and derive no pleasure from being scared out of my whits. So, when I see a dress that is uber Halloween-specific, I’ll often pass it by in favor of one that can be styled for spooky purposes, but can also be worn year round. Enter this Annie Night Sky Print Swing Dress by Lindy Bop.
I‘ve been a fan of Lindy Bop for awhile and have reviewed a few pieces of theirs in the past. So, I was really excited to get to work directly with them to take a piece from their Halloween collection out for a spin. Season after season, they always seem to have a print (or three) that I simply have to have, and this dress is no exception. When I slipped this lunar-speckled beauty over my head and started on the long, winding path to work, I could almost hear Creedence Clearwater revival start to play Bad Moon Rising as I bopped along and, despite myself, started to get into the Halloween spirit…
When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween
I went with my usual UK 10/Size S in this dress, and the fit was spot on – cinched at the waist and not at all restrictive in the bust. Mine measured at 35″ bust 27.5″ waist and the skirt fell at 25″ from waist to hem, which is very true to the size chart (if a smidge smaller in the bust). My main struggle is (as ever) bodice length, which ran slightly short on me at 15.7″ shoulder to waist. However, the belt that came with the dress solved this issue – and I may swap it for a wider belt in the future to fully hide the fact that the waist is high on me.
The dress is made of 97% polyester and 3% elastane and was a weighty stretch poly, which made it feel a bit more expensive. It isn’t as breathable as their cotton frocks (which I personally prefer), but it held it’s shape well and had a bit of stretch, which really hugged my curves. She closes with a back zip with a hook and eye at the top and, as I have come to expect from Lindy Bop, she has pockets! Sometimes the little details can make all the difference.
I think my favorite feature of this dress is the print. There’s something so ominously beautiful about it. It can work perfectly for Halloween – the dark colors, the howling moon, the trees curling around the border print (hence why I went for broke with my black cat heels and owl jewelry). But, I can just as easily see it working for a fun night out, with sparkly fuchsia heels and a rhinestone clutch. Although it’s a subtle touch, I loved that the border print had a ring of black horizon around the hem. Kind of set it apart from other night sky photo-prints out there and gave it more of a finished look.
The Annie Night Sky Printed Dress retails for $39 on their website – I find all of Lindy Bop’s dresses to be very reasonably priced (and they often have killer sales). It’s great for all of us retro-lovin’ ladies on a budget and can be a nice departure from true vintage on those occasions where you want to go walking through a spooky forest at night or can’t fret about spilling a drop or two of witch’s brew on it.
Although I absolutely love this print, they have a ton of other amazing prints in their Halloween Collection, to help you get your spooky on. I was super tempted by this one, but could tell from the product shot she would be woefully short waisted on me. And I’ve noticed they’re having a huge midseason sale for a lot of their summer styles, if you want to stock up for next year (or if you’re like me and just wear your dresses year round with tights and a cardigan)
You can also keep up with all of the new Lindy Bop by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, where you’ll get sneak peaks of what’s coming into the store. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, you can get 10% off your purchase, which makes their already reasonable prices a total bargain.
Have you treated yourself to the Lindy Bop Halloween collection this year? Enquiring minds want to know!
Lip Color: Centrifuchsia