Swelle Review: Organic Summer Prints at Zalando
Recently I was asked by Zalando.co.uk to review something from their site, and after spending hours contemplating a wishlist I'd whittled down from thousands of items (and that was just the dresses and shoes!), I decided on the 'Amy' printed dress by Komodo, £40. My criteria was simple: it had to be light, comfortable and not waist-centric (something belted at this moment would be like putting a rubber band around a telephone pole), yet it should be flattering, of course. Always a sucker for blue, I was instantly attracted to the petrol floral and leaf print dress I found when I searched the 'jersey' options.
I needed something light to take with me to Toronto when we go for our annual visit in July. Ontario in summer is a place where leather and vinyl seats are not your friend and will try to become one with you against your will. Walking out of Pearson Airport to what might as well be the surface of the sun, you need to be wearing as little clothes as possible, yet still maintain your dignity. And lord help you if you don't like your arms or legs because sleeves and long pants in 46° C with the Humidex will microwave you where you stand.
When I received the dress - all orders are delivered free - I could immediately tell that the cotton was organic which is one of the fabrics Kimodo is known for, the other two being hemp and soy. It is super-soft and has that lovely raw, natural colour, and the print was pretty and nicely saturated, as I'd expected. The fit was quite snug for a dress in a size I normally take which was medium, and I was going to exchange it - returns are free within 30 days via the Yodel Collect+ service in your area - but I kept putting it off, and funny enough I lost a few pounds in the meantime (thank you, pink bicycle!), and now it looks pretty good! It's super-comfy, and when it inevitably clings to me when I dare venture out of the comfort of air-con, that won't be such a bad thing.