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Darlene and I have both reviewed Bolero brand dresses this week. It’s been ages since our last Bolero write-up, and founder Patricia has released so many pretty new cuts in the meantime.
While Darlene was looking for the perfect dress for business Zoom calls, I’ve been craving cute summer styles to provide a little escape from real life. If I can’t see my family and friends and my usual beach trips and vacations are severely limited, then I can at least dress like I’m enjoying some summer fun! Thus, this week I bring you the Hawaiian Princess Dress in starfish print.
When Patricia shared photos of this dress, I jumped at the chance to review it! That double-dip sweetheart shape is my favorite neckline for a busty figure, and the shorter paneled skirt is also super flattering on bigger hips—what more could I ask for? Well, how about a back cutout that doesn’t show off my bra and a quick-drying fabric perfect for hot weather??
The Hawaiian Princess dress has raglan-style sleeves and princess-esque seams up the front that meet the sleeve and contour to your every curve. The above-the-knee skirt has six panels that flare out beautifully but don’t fly up when the wind blows. There’s no waist seam, so you end up with a nice, smooth line.
Bolero dresses are typically made of a polyester-spandex blend knit, but this particular print is actually swimsuit material! This is Patricia’s first use ever of this type of material and the print is limited edition, so if you like it, make sure you snap up a dress before it sells out (though there are other prints available). This swim fabric is special because it’s breathable, water resistant, and possesses four-way stretch so it moves with your body in any direction.
I personally found it really great for hot weather. Without knowing it was swim material, I compared it to Under Armour for its sweat-wicking, quick-drying property and its smooth, suck-you-in look. I wore it during a recent heat wave (temperatures in the mid-90s Fahrenheit) while spending the weekend with my sister in Massachusetts, where she doesn’t have air-conditioning, and felt way more comfortable in this dress than in the cotton frock or the rayon top-and-shorts set (both homemade) that I had also brought along.
In most brands, I wear size medium, but Bolero dresses are quite stretchy, so I tend to size down to small, and this one was no exception. (I measure 38″-29/30″-42″ and bra size UK 28GG/30G.) However, since this swim material has a firmer fit, you could stick with your usual size if you’d prefer it to be a little less body-con. I’m glad I went with the small, though, because it fits my waist so nicely and doesn’t bunch up at the sway of my back, which I run into with a lot of other dresses.
I’ve already worn and washed this dress multiple times, and it’s holding up just beautifully. I wore it for a day in Brooklyn with my business partner this week, and got compliments from several strangers on the street while also feeling cool and comfy on our long neighborhood walk. I couldn’t resist asking my partner to snap a few shots in front of colorful Brooklyn backdrops. This is definitely my new favorite summer frock!
This dress looks amazing on you! And I love that you have matching shoes!
WOW that dress looks perfect on you! The cut, color, and material suit you to a T. I love the back cutout, which cools you off without showing the bra. I’ve been reluctant to buy new clothes, but I may have to make an exception for this one. Does this dress have pockets?
Many Bolero dresses have pockets, but this one does not (sadly). Lately, I’ve stopped buying clothes that lack pockets, but sometimes I make an exception for a dress that is REALLY special (like this one), or I sew in my own pockets if I can find coordinating fabric.
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The Wow Factor in Bolero dresses thanks to you Leah!
I love the fit, the color and how you made your own version of this dress, simply stunning.
Funny thing: for our dresses to look this “effortless” there is a lot of effort, experience and frankly persistence to get the right fit, materials and construction, making sure that any Bolero piece would last many years.
We know for many people, the idea of paying over $100.00 for an everyday dress sounds too much.
Fortunately, the best explanation comes from one of our loyal customers, she put it this way: “My original Bolero was $98.00 retail, I have worn it (conservatively) 60 times in the 17 months I owned it. It still looks brand new…also keep in mind that Bolero’s prices are higher because they are actually made in Florida under ethical conditions from a small business”.
Love Math: $100.00 dress divided by 60 times = $1.60 per/wear.
Also LOVE to hear that this dress brought a little escape from real life.
Hi my name is Yaima I live in the Florida Keys and I have been wearing Bolero dresses for 5 years now. They are made with excellent material, breathable, and flattering my To-go dresses for everything (birthday, work , parties, dinner out). I like to say Bolero dresses are loyal to you, they always make you look beautiful and show your curves in a feminine way. Once you try Bolero styles there’s no turning back to anything else.
Thank you Patricia for your art
The dress looks stunning! I love Bolero dresses; and their tops and bottoms.
I have been wearing Bolero for a few years now and love it! I have not seen the hawaiian princess dress in this pattern yet… I really like it!
You look beautiful in this dress! I have two of these dresses and I LOVE them! I wear them all the time. They are comfortable and flattering. I can wear them with sneakers to run around during the day and then dress them up with heels for night time. They are the perfect weight for Florida! I get so many compliments. Patricia is brilliant with an amazing eye for patterns and styles to flatter even the bustiest of women.
Somebody Hide My Wallet – I want it.
Thank you for alerting me to this company – I love that you are now featured on the website with your measurements and size. That information would be so helpful on clothing websites but it is nearly never offered.
Made in US out of ethical fabrics!
Miss seeing you all! <3