Sunday, 1 July 2012

Lady V London Revisited...and I'm in LOVE!

Back in April, you may remember my post about a newly discovered company, specialising in Vintage reproduction dresses called Lady Vintage London. The dress I bought from them is absolutely beautiful, but didn't fit in a size 10 sadly. However, I couldn't bear to return it as I'd fell deeply in love with it, so I asked my mum to tailor it to fit and she did it brilliantly! After much hassling via twitter and Facebook, Lady Vintage finally announced that they would add size 8's to their range! I was delighted at this, but couldn't choose a dress until I finally caved last week and ordered three beautiful dresses. Without further ado, here they are!

Black & White Polka Dot Hepburn Dress. At the moment, it has £10 off, making it £30. Be quick if you want one! This is a size 8 and sadly too big. I mean sadly, because I wanted this dress to wear for work. It's eye-catching without being sexy and I love the high neckline (supposedly a no-no for a big bust) and the huge amount of fabric in the skirt. The dress comes with a thin black patent belt, as seen in the first two photos. It would easily work for a day in the office, night out, wedding or even as a day dress, it's so adaptable! My only other criticism in the length. At 5'2", it's a little bit too long, but when I slipped on my petticoat (details at the bottom of the post), it looked much better. My advice; Size down in this, but it's WELL worth it.


If only this came in a size 6...


My next choice is a fairly new addition to Lady Vintage, in a size 8, the Beautiful Cat Print Shawl Collar 50's Dress, £35. As soon as I tried this on, I knew it was something special! The fabric is so soft and floaty,and the print is adorable! Just look at the little kitty! I love the Peter Pan collar and the matching fabric tie belt too. The bust is just about big enough for me, so if you're reading this because you have big boobs, bear it in mind that I'm a 28GG. Again I tried this with and without a petticoat and with various belts. With the petticoat I felt a little like a lampshade, but with a less full petticoat, I'm sure it would look much better. It's very slightly see through, but this can be tackled by wearing nude underwear. Here, I'm wearing blue and you can see it showing through a little, but not too badly.


Lastly, the dress I was most looking forward to trying after my campaign to get size 8's made; the Vintage Blue Floral Summer Swing Dress, £40. I really didn't want to fall in love with this as I've still not worn my other Lady Vintage swing dress, but boy have I fallen for it! Firstly, the fit is so perfect it's as though it was made for me! I was spoilt for choice at which swing dress to try because admittedly, I wasn't overly keen on any of the patterns, and even when I first slipped this dress on I wasn't so sure. With my nude belt and shoes, it's safe and understated, but a little 'meh'. Then I went and tried it with red. WOW. Who'd have thought that red would be the most complimentary colour for this dress?! I thought I'd be buying the cat dress but this one has me smitten so I'm going to have to make a tough decision...



So as I mentioned at the start of this post, my mum altered the dress I'd previously bought from Lady Vintage, and here it is. I'm sure you'll agree that she did an amazing job! Unfortunately this colour dress is no longer available but you can still get it in black and red, £30 or in black and pink, £30.



...and here's what I was wearing underneath. for the square necklines, it's best to wear a balconette bra like this one; Tease Me in blue by Curvy Kate, £29. My petticoat is from Collectif, and is the Lola Puffy in red, £38.



You might also want to check out Lady Vintage fans and bloggers Miss Kathryn's Misstakes,  Big Girl's Browse and  Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. They all look amazing in their Lady Vintage dresses!


So all that's left to do is decide which dress I'm keeping. Thanks for reading!




16 comments:

  1. I love your Lady Vintage London Beautiful Cat Print Shawl Collar 50s Dress. It's less risque than the Hanky Panky brand petticoats I've worn as dresses on Halloween but I love the look. I can imagine buying and wearing it. I also love the Curvy Kate Tease Me Bra In Powder Blue. The Lola Puffy petticoat is pretty too. It looks perfect peeking out under the hem of the lovely Lad Vintage dress your mum altered so nicely. You model everything beautifully. Naturally I'd love it if you happened to find the time to stop by my blog "Full Brief Panties" sometime and grace me with your comments, questions or thoughts : )

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    1. Thanks for the link, I'll take a look sometime :)

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  2. CUTE! Love the way the Tease Me looks on you as well. I'm disappointed to see that Curvy Kate doesn't actually make my size, it would seem.... I'm off by one cup size! :( 38H. Sigh.

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    1. Gutted for you. Have you tried the Rhea by Masquerade? It's a similar shape but I'm not sure what the sizes are like in a 38 Band. Worth a look though, it's a gorgeous bra :)

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  3. You have me very interested to try Lady V and review them on my blog as well. Now to pick a style or two to try and figure out sizing for myself. They all look amazing on you, the petticoat and belts make them into a whole new look. Fabulous!

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    1. I have a PUG Heidi in Small if that's any help? You should get one for sure, they really are gorgeous dresses. I still haven't decided on which to keep :-s

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  4. Love love love the dresses, they are divine!

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    1. They really are! Have you had a look at the Lady V webte yet?

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  5. I'm a 28GG as well and am always wary about trying a new clothing brand due to my chest. Because we are basically the same size and you look amazing I figured Lady V would probably fit me. Just got two dresses in their summer sale and I was right! I'm going to write up a review as soon as I determine how to accessorize them. Thank you so much for the fab review!

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    1. Strangely enough, since this review I've bought two more Lady V dresses that don't fit as well. They need altering on the shoulders and a tiny bit at the waist. So disappointed but I'm still really pleased with them.

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    2. Interesting, one of mine is cut a bit smaller and fits better then the other and both have a shoulder issue as well. Do the sleeves on yours pucker awkwardly in the back? Also the lining inside the neckline of one does't lie completely flat and gives it a slightly rolled up look. I was surprised no one had mentioned it in any of the reviews I read, maybe it was something about this batch. I understand they are a young company and I will definitely make a note of it in the hopes that they address the issue for future designs. I love that their price point is lower than brands with comparable designs like Pinup Couture or Trashy Diva, and since they have only a few designs hopefully they will continue to tailor and improve the fit as time goes on. I still really like the quality and design overall as well :)

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  6. Those dresses look incredible! I remember ordering a prom dress from them about 4 years ago, so glad to see they are still making lovely dresses!

    Just wondering, how tall are you? I had a few length issues with the prom dress I ordered all those years ago and I know they have the lengths on the website but it's hard to work out how long they'd be when you take boobs into account!

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    1. Hi, thanks for reading! I'm 5'2" :)

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  7. I Know this is kind of late but I vote for dress# 3.

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  8. I just found your blog and post while having a search for Lady V - wow! Gorgeous frocks and I love the way you've accessorised them - it's so nice seeing the dresses on a person too, shame the website doesn't do that. Would you mind saying where your belt is from? I'd adore something similar. You've very much inspired me to explore wide belts that aren't, well, black.

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    1. Hi, thanks for reading! The red buckle belt was from Primark last year and the red flower belt was from a random Chinese seller on Ebay. They're always really cheap and have a number of colours :)

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