You guys…this PRINT!!! It’s my favorite print I’ve worn this summer for SURE.
Shana’s fantastic personal style mixed with Amy Voloshin’s incredible artistic talents not surprisingly resulted in fabulousness. Add in the use of gorgeous natural fibers and small-batch production processes, and it is clear the second drop of Voloshin x TME 2020 is definitely something special.
Voloshin X TME Drop 2: A Vibrant Print That’s Just Right
During the initial brainstorming for the Summer Collection, Shana had very clear visions of the specific styles she wanted, but I can tell you she was a BIT all over the place in terms of print (as she totally admits here).
Shana knew she wanted a print (an area in which we KNOW Amy Voloshin totally shines), she knew she wanted wearable neutrals included (black, white and brown), she knew she wanted the print design itself to be fabulous (obvi!), she knew she wanted the colors and pattern to be easy (so we could wear the pieces with flip-flops and denim), but she also wanted the print to work for special occasions (didn’t know at the time that would mean date night on the back patio this summer and Zoom happy hours with the girls). Then, Shana threw in other “gems” as well…”Oh, a bird in the print would be great”…and “oh, also a not boring floral”….and “ooooooh, I like all of these vibrant colors too in addition to the neutrals.”
Amy (pretty much like magic) took every word out of Shana’s mouth and designed the perfect print. Shana and I both are obsessed. The perfect combination of playfulness and sophistication.
If you missed my reviews of the first drop of the collection, you can see my gauze dress post here, and the linen tops and dresses post (in solids) here. At the bottom of this post, I include a round-up of basics that work well with this print. For the print collection, not everything worked perfectly for me (I’m picky!), but I will tell you with much confidence, overall I LOVE it!
A Few Notes On Sizing…
- I’m 5’2, 32 B bust, size 27 jean, 135 lbs. I’m wearing an XS in the Tops and Dresses, and a S in the Skirt.
- Gorgeous photos of Shana in these pieces are here, and the other contributors will also be sharing photos, so you can get an idea of how these pieces look on different bodies and with different styling.
- An additional note* on size range at the bottom of the post.
1. The Bliss Bow-Shoulder Top (Worn As A Halter): My FAV!
You can see me wearing the white and black Bliss Bow-Shoulder Top with the bow-shoulder ties here, but my favorite way to wear both of these solid tops (as well as the new print version) is tied as a halter. The bows are absolutely adorable, and once I’m going somewhere…ANYWHERE…I will wear the cute bows, but wearing these tops as a halter feels easier and more casual for everyday home life. Because the tops themselves are made from gorgeous linen, though, no matter how you wear them (or with what…i.e. my pajama pants), they make you feel fabulous. A reader also suggested pulling all four ties over to one shoulder for a knot or bow — so super-cute! This top is versatile, I’m obsessed with the print, and it’s definitely my most-worn piece from the print collection. I will admit it took me a bit to get used to the more voluminous shape. It’s not your typical fast fashion linen top and is designed to have a little bit of air to it. Once I stopped trying to get it to lie completely flat, I fell in love and have been wearing it all the time.
The Bliss Linen Top — Tucked In Or Worn Loose
The Bliss Linen Top — Tied As A Halter
The Bliss Linen Top — Easy Casual Styling
The Bliss Linen Top — A Bit Dressier
2. The Gigi Wrap Skirt: My Second Fav (But REALLY Close To My Top Pick)
It was very difficult to put this gorgeous skirt in second place. I absolutely love it, and now that I’m thinking about it, maybe it should be a tie for first place. The ruffled detailing is so pretty, the high-low hem makes the flounce and flutter even more fun, the print is perfect for an easy-to-wear summer skirt, and the piece looks just as good dressed up or down. A total winner.
The Gigi Wrap Skirt – How I’m Wearing It The Most
The Gigi Wrap Skirt – With Darker Tops Too
The Gigi Wrap Skirt – As A Matching Set
3. The Tate One-Shoulder Dress: A Solid Maybe
As I wrote about the white and black versions of this piece, this dress is elegant yet casual, special yet laid-back, and glamorous yet easy…and this new print version adds even another level of being playful yet also sophisticated. It truly is a great dress. Like the black and white versions, though, the fit for me is a bit challenging. I’m pretty small on top, and even though I’m wearing an XS, the top of the dress is still a little too big. It has to be positioned just right for it to stay in place. A little tuck from the seamstress, though (once I’m comfortable GOING to a seamstress), and I think it will be perfect. As with the black Tate dress, I’m likely going to have her take it up just a bit on the hem too. As someone with short legs and curvy calves (who likes wearing flat sandals instead of heels), I think making it a bit shorter will make it more flattering on me. The only reason this is only a maybe is that I feel like I get the same “vibe” of this dress by wearing the print skirt with either the bow-shoulder top or the wrap top. But throwing on a one-piece dress sometimes and not having to fuss with tuck-in/tuck-out positioning of separates is really nice too. Thoughts?
The Tate Dress –Everyday Casual
The Tate Dress – Special Occasion
The Tate Dress – Easy To Layer
4. The Poppy Wrap Top: The One I WANT To Love
Oh, man! I REALLY REALLY want this wrap top to work, but wrap tops NEVER work on me. I don’t know if it’s my shoulders or the fact that I’m so small chested, but they just never sit right and always pop open to show all the way down to my belly. I have potential plans for the seamstress with this one, too, though (or maybe I could be bold and take a needle and thread to it myself). I think just a few quick stitches to keep the top closed would do wonders. I’m also a little self-conscious that my belly shows a bit when I raise my arms or stand “just so”, but am wondering if going up a size might help with the length (especially if I need to put a stitch to keep it closed anyway) Or…I could recognize that maybe I’m trying too hard with this one, be a bit reasonable, and be happy to wear the heck out of the other print pieces instead. As Shana notes here, the button placement is a bit snug, so either size up or just move the button over yourself for a better fit.
The Poppy Wrap Top – With Matching Skirt
The Poppy Wrap Top – With Denim & Comfy Pants
Shop Basics That Go Perfectly With This Print
A Note On Size Range
As much as I personally love the Voloshin x TME Summer 2020 Collection, I would be remiss to not acknowledge that I am disappointed in the range of sizes. There was a miscommunication along the way, and the plus sizing that was planned was not produced. Our apologies to anyone who is excluded from these pieces due to sizing. TME will absolutely feature gorgeous options for you from other retailers this summer, and do our best to ensure more inclusive size options in future TME collaborations.
Look for more selfies soon from our other contributors. Anyone else feeling the obsession with this gorgeous print? Which is your favorite piece from the print collection?