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16 October 2011

Sunday Best: Monki Review

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Constanza Dress - Monki, Blazer - AA via thrift, Bowler - M&S,
Satchel - Cambridge Satchel Co.

Ever since I discovered the blogging world I have been in awe of Scandinavian culture and their effortless style. One name that continually appeared on my favourite Scandi blogs was Monki, and for the past few years I have been visiting their site to pine after the simplistic frocks and quirky accessories. This continued until I watched Laetitia of Melle Robot's series on Monki Television when a full blown obsession arose. It intensified after watching all of Indigo Clarke's (Swoon!) episodes and right now I am completely besotted with seeing my favourite Swedish blogger Elsa Billgren, take over Monki Television. Anyway... when I finally heard the news that Monki had commenced shipping to the UK I had to get my hands on this pie frill frock and put in an order that very morning. Before I made the order I had a few questions about sizing etc. When I posted on Twitter about my order a few people asked about it so I decided to do a review as well as my standard here-I-am-wearing-a-frock post.

The little pie frill collar was the reason I choose this dress but because it is a little big on me, the high neck and full sleeves were overpowering on my busty frame. Instead of returning it, I ironed the collar down and rolled up the sleeves which seemed to balance it out a little.


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Size and Quality:After scrutinising the size guide and ignoring all advice I decided to buy a size too big which was a complete mistake and entirely my own fault. I worked on the premise that because Monki is owned by Hennes and Mauritz the sizing would be comparable to H&M (I used to work for them so I know their sizing well), which is always on the small side. However I was completely wrong and my advice would be to trust the size guide because the sizes are generous. In terms of quality I would say this dress is comparable to H&M, well finished in 100% cotton but as the fabric is light pink it is a little see through but not enough to need an underskirt.

Shipping:On the Monki site it states that delivery will take 3-5 days after the parcel has left their warehouse which they estimate will be one working day after the order has been placed. They were true to their word, I ordered on a Monday, the order was dispatched on Tuesday and it arrived with me on Friday afternoon.

Just as soon as I can whittle my order down from everything in the whole store I'll be putting in another order, in the correct size this time! If I have missed anything out, feel free to ask and I'll try my best to answer.

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38 comments:

  1. what a beautiful dress! the whole outfit is really lovely.

    i have a huuuge monki wishlist, it's definitely not good for my bank balance!

    xoxo.

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  2. I think it works perfectly with the collar down and the rolled up sleeves, Cait!
    ...Mmm is there an Agatha dress in your basket? ;) I adore mine, it's so comfortable!
    Ale
    x

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  3. you look so gorgeous! :D I love the photo with the sun so perfect!

    <3 Sharmaine Ruth
    underpeachtrees.blogspot.com

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  4. Love this dress, I love everything on their website too!
    x

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  5. Wow really great photos and I really like the hat!
    -Farrah

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  6. Beautiful dress, I'm going to check out their site now. These are such lovely shots, love the lighting. x

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  7. Shopping online is always a tricky thing, but you've managed to make this dress work really well. The pattern is very cute too.

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  8. beautiful dress! it's a shame it's a little too big but i guess you always have to learn the sizing of a brand you're getting on the internet by buying it first. now if only they'd ship worldwide!

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  9. lovely dress and scandinavian culture is fascinating.

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  10. That dotted, ruffled dress is absolutely darling. x

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  11. oh that dress looks adorable on you. I am so happy to go to Hamburg today (where they have a monki store). yay!

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  12. what a beautiful look and that dress is absolutely gorgeous on you. I'm loving how you've styled it, and can't wait to take a peek at their site. And goodness, the light & these photos are just splendid. Enjoy your week pretty lady. xo veronika

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  13. I'm slightly obsessed with Scandinavian style too! They always look so effortless and chic. But then again, as do you! This outfit is wonderful :)

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  14. Love your bowler hat. I need one similar in my life x

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  15. that dress is so beautiful! x

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  16. It looks lovely with the sleeves rolled up :) I thought the sizing was a little big to be honest- I bought a shirt in XS because it was all they had and it fits when usually I'm more of an S/10. xx

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  17. Thanks for the review! Was really helpful as I am going to order soon!
    xxx


    London Last Night

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  19. I'm contemplating a Monki purchase and this dress is in my shopping bag :) I can't whittle down the items either. The review is helpful I will be ordering soon!

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  20. Beautiful dress, and stunning photos. Just been on the Monki website and I really shouldn't have, I actually want everything! x

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  21. the dress looks cute on you! wish they shipped to Australia hehe.

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  22. I've seen this dress on their site and fell for it - I love it! and I could've sworn their products are good quality - it's transparent from their brand identity, graphics and all that :)
    love how you styled the dress aaaand I wish they'd ship to romania as well 8-<

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  23. It's very pretty. I really want to do a Monki order!

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  24. It's a lovely dress and I love how you styled it, it looks relaxed but still really nice.
    I'm so excited about the international shipping but I had doubts with the sizes and now the dress I was eyeing is gone, duh. Next time I'll be quicker!

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  25. great review! I love the monki brand and when i tried their stuff on in store in Amsterdam i too found it on the big size. I havent ordered from their site yet but def will now! :) xx

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  26. These photos are lovely, you look lovely and the dress is lovely. Super pretty! x

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  27. I love the lighting - everything looks so magical! The dress is also ace!

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  28. Beautiful photos and a very cute outfit ^_^ x

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  29. Wow, the lighting is fantastic and so well captured here !
    It's really great that Monki is finally selling online. They have so many wonderful pieces !

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  30. Monki is a brilliant store, one of my fav places to shop! and your outfit look stunning!

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  31. I love your dress.

    http://the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.com/

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  32. Your dress and hat is so nice, I likt it very much,I have many style hat too, thiey are all my friends gift my friends send to me. i like them very much.

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