Haven’t you always wanted to wear an outfit that reminds people of cartography and early modern seafaring?
…well, at any rate, I have, and my dreams are just about to come true. Ever since I bought my shark dress secondhand, I’ve kept a careful eye on Bonne Chance Collection’s releases, eager to see if any other nautical prints were in the works.
Everything this company designs is adorable, but most of their fabrics are a little too cutesy for me to get away with at work, tragically–much as I’d love to give a tour while wearing a dress covered in cupcakes or cats in space. When I noticed this map dress, then, I knew the time had come to make my first purchase. After all, how often do you get a chance to wear something that relates to your academic field of study?
(P.S. In addition to gazing with heart-shaped eyes at this dress all weekend, I also sang a song on YouTube! This is my first attempt at a cover, and it took a lot of courage, but I’m excited for the opportunity to sing more often on the Internet. Okay! Back to dresses now!)
First thing to know about Bonne Chance–they ship quickly. (2-day shipping for no extra cost!) More importantly, they also ship cutely.
Though the package arrived in a standard USPS envelope mailer, a charming surprise awaited within: my dress had been wrapped up adorably as though it were a gift from a friend! The combination of typography and foxes on the wrapping paper immediately won my heart.
One of the perks of ordering from indie designers? Lots of personal touches! I received a very sweet thank-you note for my order (the perfect way to impress a snail mailer), which is a lot more than you can say for the average package from a major retailer.
Here’s my first peek at the dress, almost ready to go–with a kitten guardian to ensure it reached its destination safely!
The heavy pleats and fitted waist create the perfect flare look, and the map design makes me look nautical-adventure-ready. My sole regret regarding this charming dress is that I ordered it in a size large–my shark dress was a medium, and although it fits my waist and hips, the chest is a bit tight. Perhaps predictably, then, the large size’s top is perfect, but I could probably smuggle a pirate’s treasure of jewels or gold coins in the amount of extra space in the waist! I’m hoping a cute belt and maybe some laundry-shrinking will do the trick: a small price to pay for such a lovely design.
Obligatory disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, I bought this dress with my own money (for better or for worse), and everything expressed here is my honest opinion (even if I already am a little biased in favor of map-printed dresses).