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.
Firstly, the Medusa in Emerald Green:
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?