Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous Medusa Dress 16

Apologies for being absent from here for the past few weeks; I've been on a fortnight's holiday in the Caribbean, which was wonderful, and, although I took my laptop with me in the hope that I'd get some spare time to write blog posts, I shouldn't have bothered! I didn't get to turn my laptop on once as I was kept busy by my 8 year old niece and 5 year old nephew, so I can't complain as I had lots of fun and we made countless holiday memories. I also wore lots of gorgeous bikinis, which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks.

Since I've been home, I have been feeling rather under the weather, so my blogging ambitions have had to remain on hold for a while longer. Finally I am on the road to recovery and I am delighted to bring you my latest review.

A few weeks ago, my beautiful and incredibly talented pal, Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, did something amazing. OK, she does amazing things ALL the time, but this thing was extra special. It's something I've known about for a while and I have found it very hard keeping quiet, so goodness knows how she's managed it! Of course I am talking about the clothing range she has launched in collaboration with Lady V London: Lady Voluptuous.

Image courtesy of Lady Voluptuous


The pieces in the collection are vintage inspired and exclusively made in plus sizes, with the size range being UK 16 to 32. The first four dresses to be released were the Lyra (£40), the Cosette (£45), the Bellatrix (£45), and the Medusa (£40). Read George's blog post about how her clothing line came about here.

I was kindly offered a dress of my choice to review on the blog, and after much deliberation I finally decided upon the Medusa in Royal Blue.

Image courtesy of Lady Voluptuous

After a sizing discussion with George, I opted for the smallest available size, a UK 16. She thought it might be a bit big on my waist and snug on my boobs - she knows my figure only too well! - but said that an 18 would swamp my waist.

I was very excited when the dress arrived a few days later so I quickly tried it on for size and took a few blurry snaps for Instagram. However, due to a very busy work schedule I had to wait a few weeks before I had a chance to get some proper photos taken. During this time I also snapped up the dress in Emerald Green and in Cerise; pics of these dresses are towards the end of this post.

Here I am in the Medusa in Royal Blue:







For reference, I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Słowianki Bra 34KK 75KK in these photos, along with some tights from Matalan and heels from New Look. I am not wearing any shapewear or a corset.

I know the royal blue in the stock photos looks stunning but I always wait with baited breath when buying a garment in this colour as you can never be sure what it looks like in real life. I can confirm that it looks every bit as wonderful in reality - hurrah! Royal blue is one of my favourite colours and I think it works beautifully on all skin tones.

The Medusa dress is made from a gorgeously soft bengaline fabric. It is extremely stretchy and yet has good structure to it. The material is 70% viscose, 26% nylon, 4% elastane, and is machine washable at 30 degrees. Although I handwash my lingerie it is a real pain to have to handwash dresses so it's a real plus that the Medusa won't require such painstaking laundering.

The dress has a squared sweetheart neckline, which sits at the perfect position as it shows a hint of cleavage without being indecent. The pencil skirt is very form-fitting and gives a gloriously feminine outline, and the slit at the back ensures walking and sitting are done with ease. The three-quarter length sleeves only just go past the elbow on me, which is a perfectly acceptable length, but for me they are not true three-quarter length; they would need to cover almost half of my forearm to be classified as such in my book.

The dress has a defined bust area, waistband, and skirt sections. This is not a bad thing as it means that each section of the dress has been cut to fit women's curves. However, as I went for a size 16 in this dress it meant that the bust section is too short for my boobs and so the bottom seam sits part way up my breasts. Fortunately, it's not hugely obvious unless looking up close, and to put it into perspective the size chart says a size 16 is suitable for a bust measurement of 39.5 inches - my bust currently measures 51 inches! 

I love the length of the dress. I am 5'5 and the dress comfortably covers my knees and is almost 'midi' length. The fitted skirt does need a little adjusting from time to time as the stretchy fabric moves around a bit but once in place it looks fantastic. The dress fastens with a concealed zip at the back but as the material is so stretchy I find it very easy to just pull it on over my head.

I found the size 16 dress to be - as George anticipated - a bit tight on my boobs and loose on my waist. She was therefore spot on with her advice not to size up to an 18 as the waist would have been much too big for me. As it is, the size 16 is rather roomy, and as my photos demonstrate my figure is somewhat hidden by the excess fabric.

However, for every dress that is too loose in the waist, there is a solution: (all together now...) A BELT! I first of all tried my red obi belt from IGIGI but then moved to a simple buckle belt from one of my Pinup Girl Clothing dresses.





Now we're talking! I feel that on me the belt really gives the Medusa the va-va-voom it truly deserves as it cinches my waist and shows how the dress accentuates my curves.

The royal blue is a great base colour and you can have a lot of fun with it by adding different coloured accessories. In the photos above you can see how good the red belt looks, and I did try red heels too but the photos came out badly so you'll have to take my word for it that they worked very well.

I mentioned earlier in the post that I also snapped up the Medusa in two further colours, so here are some photos of these dresses.






I absolutely adore the colour of the dress. I wouldn't necessarily describe the green as emerald, as for me it's lighter and paler than emerald, but it's certainly very pretty. I surprised myself when I looked through my photos by preferring this colour on me than the royal blue; I usually love deep, rich blues on my skin tone but there's something about the warm hue of this green that works very well for me.

And also the Medusa in Cerise:



This time I added a thinner belt from one of my Pinup Girl Clothing Heidi dresses, and I think it's a great option for those who don't like wearing wider belts. The line of black across the waist does break up the colour and some might say it interrupts the flow of the dress but in my case the belt is essential to make the dress wearable. The black ties in with my black tights and black high heels, so I don't think it looks completely out of place. I would love it, however, if Lady Voluptuous decided to make belts to match their dresses, and then I could have one that was the exact same colour!

Unfortunately I seem to have missed out on the only print Medusa: the Leopard Print

Image courtesy of Lady Voluptuous

It has been out of stock in a size 16 every time I've looked, so I might just have to bite the bullet and grab it in an 18 as I REALLY want this one. I do tend to prefer printed dresses rather than solid colours, and who can resist animal print?!

I am seriously impressed with the quality of the Medusa, and as a British girl it is great to know that all Lady V items are made right here in GB. The brand ships internationally so if you live outside the UK don't panic as it's likely they will be able to post items to you. Check the price information on shipping here.

You can read more reviews of the Medusa dress on these blogs:


I have also tried another dress from the Lady Voluptuous line, so keep your eyes peeled for my review of that. Have you tried any of the dresses from Lady Volup yet? Which is your favourite and what would you like to see from the brand in the future?

17 comments:

  1. I love all of them on you, but that pink!!! So lovely!!

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  2. Caroline this shape and cut of dress was made for you! You look amazing, you always do but you look great in this dress. I love the colours against your skin tone and hair! Great post.

    P.S Thanks for the link xxx

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  3. Good to have you back blogging again. Georgina is a genius - she clearly designed this dress just for you! What a fox you are <3

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  4. I have been hoping you would review this dress, I have wanted to buy it for ages but didnt want to get it without knowing what you thought of it first! I am so pleased that you like it, I will be buying a couple of these come payday. You look gorgeous as always x

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  5. Wow, you look amazing in these dresses. The royal blue is stunning.

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  6. This dress looks so perfect on you! So many plus sized women hide their bodies in layers and floaty clothes but I think wear figure hugging dresses and skirts like this is actually more flattering. You rock your curves!

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  7. I bought this dress when it first came out but I ordered too big! I was able to size down two dress sizes from what I normally wear in Lady Vintage dresses for this one as its so stretchy. You look great but then again you always do. Keep up the good work =)

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  8. A new option for us plus size girls! Well done Lady Volup. Great dress and great review. I like how you are so thorough. So useful.

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  9. Back with a bang!! This dress look's cracking on you, all the tight dresses you review look so good on your curvy figure. Do you think it would work with flat's though. I ask because I can't wear heal's due to a calf injury but I need a dress for my cousin's wedding next month and I fell in love with this one and am not sure what it look's like with flat shoes like ballet's or something. Thank you x

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  10. Oh my god I have been looking for a leopard print bengaline pencil dress forever!!! Thank you for this post!!!!!

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  11. I like the look of Lady V London's plus size vintage style clothing line, 'Lady Voluptuous'. You look fabulous in the Royal Blue, the Emerald Green, and the Cerise Medusa Dresses. In these photographs the Cerise dress appears to be more of a pink colour, which I love, and I love how the dress compliments your curves.

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  12. Upcoming reviews of the bikinis you wore in the Caribbean? Yes please!!!!

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  13. You look fantastic in all of them but my favourite is the cobalt blue as I think it's stunning with blonde hair. xx

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  14. You are gorgeous in green and pretty in pink what a stunner you are x

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  15. It seems not to require a belt thanks to the stretchiness, and is very curve-friendly, but it's useful to see it belted just in case the wearer likes that. The neckline works very well, you get some flesh but not too much. I would vote for the cobalt blue myself.

    I do like this site because you give an all-round view of the garments, and that is much more useful than the typical one or two shots that are seen on sales websites. Almost as good as checking it out in store! But - a suggestion - perhaps you could show us what the (outer) garments look like sitting down? People do sit down(!) And I think they would still like to look good.

    regards, Puffin :-)

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