Sunday, March 23, 2014
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!
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.
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.