Desginer Spotlight Saturday:
A Guide for Buying Hell Bunny!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hello, Hell Bunnies!

For this week's Designer Spotlight Saturday, we decided to take the price point down a bit and talk about a brand that we absolutely love, that's amazing for a pin-up on a budget, Hell Bunny! (Also called Hell Bunny London or Pop Soda).

The Quality

Considering the fact that a Hell Bunny piece is half the cost of a Bernie Dexter dress or a PUG item, the quality is pretty amazing.  While the dresses aren't lined and sadly don't have pockets, we've both found a myriad of things we love about these retro reproduction dresses!  June: This might not have much to do with the quality, but I love their prints: flamingos, polka dots, sunflowers, roses... PERFECT.  Hell Bunny is also the maker of my favorite petticoat of all time (post about petticoats  here.)  Amelia:  I'm the first to admit that I'm pretty reckless with my clothing. I abuse it, and through all that abuse my Hell Bunny pieces hold up!  I'm so used to have to sew buttons back on my clothing, but with Hell Bunny I never have this issue! The material is also usually pretty stretchy and fitting, which means it holds up with every day wear! 


The Fit

There are a few little catch 22's to keep in mind when you're shopping for a Hell Bunny item.  The brand definitely runs large and their items are definitely longer than the average retro reproduction, as you can see on the size chart here.  We recommend sizing down at least one size from your norm, and maybe even two, depending on your body type. Amelia:  I'll go ahead and fully admit that I am a Hell Bunny fan girl! I'm not too tall, but at 5'7" it is not always easy to find dresses that will fit my petticoat and my freakishly long torso so the longer length is perfect for me. The main issue with fit for me is the sizing. My measurements (34-25-35) are definitely not as unique or impressive as June's, but we both agree that sizing down is a necessity. One thing I have noticed is that in the extra smalls the arm holes are extremely tiny!   June:  I wear a small in Hell Bunny (sizing down from my normal medium, my measurements are 38-26-36) and still experience a lot of extra material in the waist, but can't size down to an extra small because of my bust.  I won't say that these dresses are a favorite fit for me, but I love how full they get with a petticoat and a belt usually helps make the extra material in the waist look less awkward.



The Cost

With maybe the exception of Lindy Bop, we think Hell Bunny is the most inexpensive retro reproduction brand a lady can buy, which is awesome!  June: I don't think I've ever paid over $50 for a Hell Bunny dress which is AWESOME because they're great for work.  They're easy to pinup or "pin down", as I like to call it.  Amelia: One of the reasons why I'm such a believer and lover of Hell Bunny is the price point.  It's so refreshing to be able to buy a quality "retro" inspired dress and not have to pay $100+.  Since we've been planning our wedding money has definitely been a concern, but because of Hell Bunny's lower prices I've still been able to buy new wardrobe pieces without breaking my budget. 


Where To Buy

24 comments:

  1. Oh man, you have just answered all my Hellbunny questions! I was looking at one the other day scratching my head, and now I know! Thanks!

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  2. LOVE THIS POST! i am pining for a bernie dexter but just justify spending that much! and hell bunny really does do that job!! xxx some great tips thank u x Rebecca Tan cinnamon Slipper x

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  3. I love Hell Bunny! I actually own that mint Melanie dress because of a picture I saw on you, Amelia. I was wondering though, other than modcloth, are there any US retailers that carry Hell Bunny? I had to order my dress through a UK-based seller since modcloth ran out of my size, but the shipping cost me quite a pretty penny...

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  4. A couple of days ago I bought a gorgeous skirt for less than 50€, which is great! I'm definitely buying more of their garments soon!

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  5. Great post. I love my hell bunny dresses! You ladies look great in your photos. Hot topic online has great prices on their hell bunny pieces like 25 % off currently and a pretty decent collection. I can't wait to see what brand you do next Saturday. I really like Voodo Vixen and find it similar to hell bunny.

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  6. wardrobe experienceMarch 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    very interesting post! i just received an order from top vintage today: ... a skirt from rock steady and the red poppy skirt from hell bunny. it's my first piece from hell bunny. the print is beautiful, the size 's' is a little big, it's fully cotton ... sadly it's a cheap cotton. it wrinkles easily and is quite stiff. hopefully it get's softer after washing ...i actually have big plans with it as a steady piece in my work wardrobe.
    i'm more a vintage girl...i always struggle with repros. the quality of vintage (cotton) fabrics and tailoring is not comparable to knowadays ...
    but the skirt from rock steady is very lovely ... do you both have any experiences with rock steady? why do you prefer buying rerpos to buying vintage?

    have a great week!

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  7. Another great review! Thanks so much, ladies :)

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  8. Meh an issue with Hot Topic is that they often do ridiculous mark-ups on their pieces. You can get hell bunny for much less elsewhere.

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  9. Aww well I'm glad we could help! You're petite so you'd definitely need to size down as well! I can't wait to see which piece you choose : )

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  10. Thank you ma'am! I know what you mean, I'm so lucky to have found all my Bernie's on sale and been able to use promo codes, etc. I'm glad we were able to give you our humble Hell Bunny opinions! : )

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  11. I couldn't recommend Amazon and eBay MORE for buying Hell Bunny. I use Amazon A LOT for buying HB and have had AWESOME luck with it, since they are a wholesale company, I think there are a few vendors that buy just so they can sell online in the US. I'd check those two sites. : )

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  12. I do love Hell Bunny soooo much. I'm a plus size wearer (generally a 2X or 3X depending on brand) and I don't find their plus size range to run particularly large. Just food for thought for any larger gals wanting to buy!

    Great review as always ladies! Very informative! :D

    Amber Jade
    Fairytales and Following Trails
    http://fairytalesandfollowingtrails.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. I'm seriously in need of that lilac dress!!

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  14. Great post! Hell Bunny is one of my favorite brands. I'm always a little wary of ordering them thru a site that isn't ModCloth though, just because I've found they give the most information on fit. I agree that I've found this brand to run on the large side, though according to their own size chart, I should wear my normal UK size. But I wear a size small in one of their dresses, and a medium in most others (usually I'm between a M-L in most dresses). I do wear a size large in their coat though, and it fits perfectly.


    xox Sammi

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  15. Oh, I love HB! I tend to buy on Amazon too, since I find sellers usually have measurements in inches, which is helpful to me.

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  16. Fabulous post!!! I got my first HB dress last year (while on vacay in Calgary, Alberta) and my second item from them, a darling tropical print skirt, is slated to arrive in the mail any day now. I'm smitten with their offerings, which unlike many repro brands are something I can splurge on occasionally because they're not too uber expensive (thankfully), and really hope to add further pieces from them to my closest in the months and years to come.

    ♥ Jessica

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  17. Thanks for adding that in for people to read! Always love getting a definitive buyers guide going! Even if it continues in the comments! : )

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  18. I believe it's called the Karen Dress ; )

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  19. I do the same thing! haha. I usually am trying to convert size charts in my head but sometimes the converted size charts aren't accurate! Also, Amazon has amazing return policies : )

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  20. I'm the same way, I always prefer to buy brands I'm unsure about through Modcloth because 1) they have lots of info 2) livechat 3) awesome return policy! haha. I was looking at their coats so I'm glad you told me that because I might be able to wear my normal size! Brand sizing is so weird.

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  21. Aww than you ma'am! I love their tropical skirts, I've been looking at a pink one with that looks like hibiscus flowers on it for quite some time now but haven't found one in the price range I set for it! I love them for the exact same reason, decent repros at decent prices! Definitely no complaints there! (except maybe the shipping which is usually international even when you buy it on Amazon)

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  22. You two have such gorgeous dresses! I really got to get my first one from them. I didn't realize it could be that inexpensive :D

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  23. The best surprise of all about Hell Bunny was the cost! I love them so much for having reasonable pricing!

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