It feels like it’s been so long since I reviewed some actual clothing on my blog, and indeed it has been! I’m not one to buy a lot of clothing and for me to buy something that isn’t second hand is even rarer. But today I am so excited to review the Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print by Vixen by Micheline Pitt!
If you haven’t heard of Vixen, it’s a brand owned and operated by style icon, artist, designer and all round creative babe Micheline Pitt. With Vixen she is striving to make uniquely designed and well made vintage-style designs available in sizes XS-4XL. Although she’s only been open for around a year she has a dedicated and loyal fanbase and it’s not hard to see why. Micheline puts her heart and soul into her designs making things she loves and would want to wear, such as makeup, halloween and fetish prints.
Anyway enough gushing and onto the review!
I’d been umming and ahhing over this dress for a while. I had heard from several of my friends that the quality of Vixen was second to none and they had become converts, wearing the styles on a daily basis. Micheline posted many photos of herself wearing it and said it was a great comfy day-to-day piece and I was about to graduate so I thought I’d treat myself! I am SO glad I did, I have been wearing this dress 2-3 times a week since I bought it I am so obsessed!
The ‘Brushed Textured Stretch Crepe’ is a really comfortable and forgiving fabric. It’s a nice medium-heavy weight stretch so it’s been keeping me so nice and warm in winter, though I think it will be easy to wear during transitional seasons too. I don’t love a textured fabric so when I first opened it up I was a little surprised but as soon as I put it on my body I was in love. It has a heavy bridal invisible zipper in it which is of amazing quality and feels like it won’t break at all, but I don’t need it as the dress is so stretchy I can just pull it on!
As my bust is around 38” and my waist is around 29” I bought the size Medium, as my measurements fit pretty well into the listed ones. When I first tried it on I was worried the sleeves were too tight but they became so comfortable after wearing it for a little. The belt that comes with the dress has 5 grommets and I usually wear mine on the second to last, or middle with a longline bra. I am very tempted to get the Zebra Print version and would consider sizing down to a Small but then buying a spare belt in size Medium as the waist on my current dress is a little loose if I don’t wear the belt.
I usually wear mine without a petticoat as I don’t own one, and I still really like the way it looks. This is a dress which I can really bang around in, doing anything from cleaning to constructing or even being on casual sets and of course looking glam the whole time. This dress also features insane pockets! As you can see I can fit my hand and half my forearm in them! All of the Vixen clothing is also made in well monitored factories in the USA and Micheline is very involved with the whole process of creation as she wants to create the best things. I could find no flaws in the construction of this dress and it looks like it will withstand a lot of wear!
If you want a really stylish yet comfortable dress BUY A TROUBLEMAKER DRESS, honestly I can’t recommend it enough. The dress costs around $170NZD and shipping is around $30NZD(mine took 11 days to get to NZ). I paid $204.49NZD with shipping, but of course this will fluctuate due to exchange rates. This is probably one of the most expensive dresses I’ve ever bought, and it is a huge investment. I’ve already worn it so much and know I will continue to get a lot of wear out of it!
It’s insanely comfortable and stylish, you can wear it on the go or in bed, it’s ethically made and of an incredibly high-quality. This dress has truly won over my heart.
Big thanks to my doll Miss Flossypots for taking these photos of me and having me round for leopardy doughnuts and chats!! Check out her blog if you don’t already subscribe!