If you’re looking for the most perfect all-purpose dress, look no further than the Arana! The sweet pink and yellow floral brightens it up for a weekend brunch, you can add a cardigan on a cooler day or to keep it office-appropriate, but also the black background and quality tailoring make it an excellent evening dress as well! The Arana features a pleated crossover sweetheart neckline, with delicate triple-spaghetti straps for an elegant take on the classic summer dress. The bodice is fitted before flowing out into a gather full skirt which falls a little below the knee. I am so in love with this dress that I am planning to wear it with cardigans for the next few months as I can’t bear to put it away until summer!
Stop Staring sizing ranges from XS – 2XL, and this beauty is still available in most sizes. I am wearing my usual Stop Staring size XS in the Arana, with the fit being excellent and so comfortable. As the Arana is made from a light stretch cotton fabric it is a slightly different texture to other Stop Staring styles and does not have as much stretch as their millennium fabric, however I did not experience any issues with the fit because of this and still found it comparable to previous styles I’ve tried. The fabric is also a reasonable weight, so although it is breathable for warm weather I found it also holds shape really well and so it could be worn without a petticoat if desired.
You can purchase the Arana swing dress via the Stop Staring website (or their stockists) for $185USD/$250NZD, with free postage in the US and international shipping available. Currently you’ll receive 15% off your order with the code ‘JULY15’ if you purchase before the 25th of this month. And if you’re a real fan of the Arana style it’s also available in a new red and white gingham print which is too sweet!
Full outfit details:
Necklace – vintage
Cardigan – Review
Belt – thrifted
Bag – Lola Von Rose
Heels – Chase and Chloe
A huge thank you to Jasmin and the team at Stop Staring for this collaboration, and thank you to @cmjsnz for taking these pictures at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. See my most recent Stop Staring post on the Uma dress here, and I have another one coming very soon!
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