Finding the perfect Summer dress with Rock My Vintage

Every Summer, without fail, I find myself searching the shops for the perfect Summer dress; a dress that I can wear to the beach, a BBQ or a night out with friends, that I can dress up and down and most of all feel comfortable in. And I can’t tell you how hard it is to find a dress like that, especially at my age! Everything is either too short, too tight, too revealing, or at the opposite end of the scale too conservative, too dull, too “Mumsy”. Despite being a Mum of five, and fast approaching forty, I still like my Summer wardrobe to reflect my fun side, to be bright and sunny and out of the ordinary….not that I’m fussy….right?

So when I discovered Rock My Vintage I felt as though I had finally found a site which gave me everything I was wanting in an outfit – a combination of classic and contemporary, with vintage designs to suit all ages, and something for every occasion. And one dress instantly jumped out at me!

This gorgeous 1940’s style Ice Cream Print dress from Emily & Fin really is the perfect Summer dress. Made from 100% cotton with a nipped in waist, sweetheart neckline and wide shoulder straps, it is super comfortable to wear!

As a Mum I love that it has two pockets, perfect, not only to pop my phone in but to fit in all of the many things that I have to carry whilst we are out and about – wilting daisies, pebbles and “treasure”,  all of the little bits of toys that we can’t possible leave home without and I inevitably end up carrying!

Unlike many dresses on the high street, despite being 5 foot 8, this one is such a great length. Sitting just below the knee it is the perfect length for still being able to bend down to pick up the children or get down on the floor and play, whilst still being short enough to get a bit of sun to my legs!

Although I recently wore this dress on a night out, paired with tan wedges and matching clutch, I have also worn it just as much throughout the day, dressed down with a pair of flip flops, and haven’t felt over dressed or out of place.

I recently wore it on our trip to Chester Zoo, and received countless compliments from random strangers, asking me where it was from!

The ice cream detail is so quirky and yet the colours are so pretty that you wouldn’t  instantly recognise that it was covered in ice creams until you looked closer.

This is my first dress from Rock My Vintage but it certainly won’t be my last! In fact I have already ordered a couple more for our holiday and I am sure I will love them just as much as I do this one



  1. July 10, 2017 / 11:03 am

    This is such a gorgeous dress. You always look beautiful, but I love the practicality of this as well. Especially the pockets!

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Ahh thank you lovely. I do love a pocket!! xx

  2. July 10, 2017 / 11:32 am

    What a gorgeous dress – the colour really suits you, and the style is gorgeous x

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Thank you, it’s a gorgeous dress and I love that it’s a little bit different! xx

  3. July 10, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Never heard of Rock My Vintage, but that dress looks really nice! I bet my wife would find some stuff she likes there! She has so much trouble finding stuff on the highstreet!

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Oh I bet she would too! I could go crazy on the website, they have some gorgeous things! xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Ahh thank you Nicole, thank god I got it back, haha! xx

  4. July 10, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    This is such a stunning dress and you wear it really well! I will have to check out the site as it looks like my style, too. Enjoy your holiday soon. xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you Nadia, they have some amazing dresses!! xx

  5. Romeca
    July 10, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Wow that dress is gorgeous on you! Loving your Lavender photos too xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much. xx

  6. July 10, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    What a beautiful dress – it looks stunning on you.

    • Laura Dove
      July 10, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you Simone. xx

  7. July 10, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    That is such a beautiful dress! Literally gorgeous and so flattering.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Thanks lovely, it’s so comfortable to wear too. xx

  8. July 10, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    Oh my goodness that dress is absolutely amazing, check out the print on it! I’ve not heard of Rock My Vintage before but I am going to have to check them out I think.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:33 am

      I would definitely recommend the site Sarah, their dresses are so pretty and quirky too! xx

  9. July 10, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Aw you look so cute in that dress and as usual your photos are beautiful. Rock Vintage have some lovely dresses don’t they? x

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Thanks lovely, I knew you would have heard of this website, I actually thought of you when I browsed it! xx

  10. July 10, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    Oh my! I love your dress. The fabric is just delightful ❤️ I’ll have to check that site out. It’s been ages since I bought a new dress!

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Thank you! I’m the same, I buy so much for the children and very little for myself! xx

  11. July 11, 2017 / 4:24 am

    Dresses with pockets are the best summer dresses. The less I have to carry with me in the summer the better. I love the ice cream on this dress. Reminds me of the cute things I saw in a Harajuku vintage store in Tokyo. BTW, you look gorgeous in this photo! Keep rocking those funky colors!

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Ahh thank you Tyra. I totally agree, when the sun is shining the last thing you want to do is clutch anything in your sweaty hands! The ice cream print is adorable, I have had SO many compliments on it! xx

  12. July 11, 2017 / 7:25 am

    That is such a great dress! I too love dresses with pockets!! So useful, love the colours and pattern

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Thanks Jenny, it’s my favourite summer dress! xx

  13. July 11, 2017 / 8:55 am

    Such a lovely dress, it really suits you. Pockets are so practical as well x

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Thank you Rhian! xx

  14. Rachel
    July 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Aww such a beautiful dress. I am in the same boat, nearly 40 have 2 small children and trying to find that right dress that is suitable for a day out. EEKKK Excited by this dress, thank you x

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:30 am

      It’s hard work isn’t it? I love this dress, I think vintage is such a wearable style…especially at our age…ahem! xx

  15. July 11, 2017 / 11:01 am

    What beautiful photos and the print is just stunning! So perfect for the summer 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Thank you Helen! xx

  16. July 11, 2017 / 11:26 am

    In love with this dress it’s so gorgeous and flattering…the perfect summer dress for a day out (extra brownie points that there is a lot of material for them to hide behind which they seem to like doing lol!) xoxo

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Haha yes, although my children have a habit of just lifting up my dresses when I’m not at all prepared for it! The joys! xx

  17. Thomas Sanderson
    July 11, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I really love the way your dress looks, the patterns the style, the fit. I think I need to invest in something similar for my partner.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Thank you, if I was your partner I’d be made up with this dress! xx

  18. July 11, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    That is such a cute dress! I love design on it. It so fun for summer.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Jessica, I love the print, who doesn’t love ice cream?! xx

  19. July 11, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    You look amazing! That dress is very beautiful and suits you perfectly. The cut is great and so is the colour! X

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Thank you Nadine, it’s such a pretty dress! xx

  20. Dannii
    July 11, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I love vintage dresses and that’s such a cute print. I could do with some new dresses, so I might go and take a look.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:26 am

      I would totally recommend the website, they have some gorgeous dresses! xx

  21. July 11, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    This is so cute! Pockets are my jam, it’s why I’ve been living in dungarees but something like this would be nice for something cuter.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:25 am

      A good pocket is so useful, saves me taking a handbag out too and leaves my hands free for the children! xx

  22. July 11, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I love vintage dresses; they can look casual, yet also somewhat glamorous at the same time! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:24 am

      I totally agree, I love how versatile they are! xx

  23. July 11, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    Oh wow, this is my ideal kind of dress as I love the length and the casual feel of it. Heading over to Rock My Vintage as I’ve never heard of them before! Thank you.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:24 am

      It’s an amazing website, I literally want everything on there! xx

  24. July 11, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    What a great dress and pockets! I love anything with pockets but I don’t iron anything so I need to find similar in Jersey

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Haha I only iron if I absolutely HAVE to! xx

  25. July 11, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Wow, that dress is beautiful! I love the pockets 🙂 I need anything in my closet that is work appropriate and can beat the summer heat.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Oh me too, I love a pocket!! Somewhere to keep my phone….bonus! xx

  26. July 12, 2017 / 3:13 am

    What a pretty dress! Its perfect for the summer and I really love the colors and print on it.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thank you, it’s my absolute favourite! xx

  27. July 12, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I love pattern dresses. They give your outfit a fun summer pop. This one is super cute. I love the color combination of it.

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Me too, it’s nice to wear something a little different through the summer! xx

  28. July 12, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I love that dress, it is beautiful and really suits you – off to check them out

    • Laura Dove
      July 12, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Thank you Kara! xx

  29. Kira
    July 12, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    It’s such a lovely dress and it looks so good on you! I definitely love the colours!

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thanks Kira! xx

  30. July 13, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress and a beautiful family of course going to have to take a look at the dresses for myself xx

    • Laura Dove
      July 13, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you Danielle. xx

  31. July 14, 2017 / 6:03 am

    Ooh I love this! I’m not a big dress wearer as I find them uncomfortable a lot of the time, but in summer you really need less fabric on! I will definitely visit the site.

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      This one is very comfortable to wear Helen, I love it! xx

  32. July 14, 2017 / 6:45 am

    That dress is gorgeous! It looks great on you and I love that it’s versatile enough to be both a day and night dress. The pattern is lovely, and the colours are really striking

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you Tanya! xx

  33. Joanna
    July 14, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I love you dress! The pattern is so cool and perfect for summer! The design is really useful as well, with the large pockets and the waist line well defined.

    • Laura Dove
      July 15, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Joanna, it’s very comfy to wear! xx

  34. Laura H
    July 17, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    That dress is so pretty! Love the colours and the pattern, it’s the perfect summer dress 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 17, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Ahh thank you, I love it! xx

  35. July 21, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I absolutely love this dress! I’ve got to say I’m super glad I came across your blog whilst scrolling through Facebook earlier on. I’m definitely going to sit here now and binge read when really lets face it I should be cleaning before my little one returns from nursery!

    • Laura Dove
      July 21, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! We all need a break from cleaning sometimes!! Xx

  36. July 30, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Live husband dress so so much! Very nice pattern and cut. Will look it up now 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you! xx

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