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Although I love my Hell Bunny dresses, one drawback to the ones I own is that they're made in a lighter weight cotton; it's great for the summer months, but in Upstate New York, they definitely don't last the whole year round. I sometimes pair them with nude stockings, but in general, I don't think they look quite right with dark or colored tights, so they usually sit in my closet until spring rolls around. However, I do have one of their coats (shown below), which I absolutely adore. It's surprisingly warm and fits like a dream. I love that it's more of a lolita look, but it can still look great with my retro dresses. I'm actually getting this same coat in pink for my birthday (shh)!
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I also recently purchased two of Hell Bunny's pretty petticoats! I had been warned about the length of their regular-sized petticoats by several people, stating that they were ridiculously long. I ordered these two on a whim, when they happened to be on sale for $17 at ModCloth. I was afraid of what they would look like, but I was so pleasantly surprised. The length is absolutely perfect on me, and they are ideal for my full-skirted dresses. For reference, I'm 5'7", so they might not work on shorter ladies, but I wore one with one of my PUG Jenny dresses, and the crinoline didn't even peek out under it! They are super soft and come in a huge variety of colors. I'm not sure I would want to pay upwards of $60 for them (unless it was for a very special occasion), but they are much higher quality than my other crinolines, and I'm certainly glad I took a gamble!
My feeling is that Hell Bunny pretty much encompasses the ideal retro reproduction brand: they put their own spin on alternative clothing, and you don't have to compromise quality for the cost. Dresses typically range anywhere from $60-$90 (and depending on where you look, you may be able to find them for less!), and they carry an incredibly wide range of styles, from the demure to the outlandish. Their clothing is also widely accessible, and is carried both online and in some brick and mortar stores. Their sizing may vary a bit from one style to the next, but I'll always be more likely to consider purchasing an item if I know it's made by Hell Bunny.
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What about you? Do you own any Hell Bunny dresses? If so, has your experience with the brand been similar to mine? And if not, would you be more likely to seek them out now?
Have a great Tuesday!