Lady V London‘s plus size range, Lady Voluptuous, continues to go from strength to strength. The label, which was created in collaboration with my wonderful friend Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, boasts a range of dresses in UK sizes 16-32, all of which have been flying off the shelves every time they get restocked. It was fantastic to see them recently release a new item – the Full Circle Skirt – and of course I was quick to buy a couple to try out. At just £35 each, these skirts are superb value.
I wasn’t completely sure which size would be best, so I decided to order two different prints, each in a different size. I went for the Pink Lips on Black Full Circle Skirt in size 16, and the Japanese Black Floral Full Circle Skirt in size 18.
Images courtesy of Lady V London
Both skirts are – as their name suggests – full circle, i.e. if you twirl round and round the skirt splays out in a perfect circle. I have a medical condition that prevents me from twirling (I’d get terribly dizzy and unwell if I did so), but there is a fab video of Georgina doing so on her Instagram account, so do check that out if you’d like to see proof of the circular nature of this skirt.
They both have a flat waistband, which has a couple of inches of subtle elastication at each side. This means that the waistband defines one’s waist as it sits flush to the wearer’s midriff, but comfort has definitely been kept in mind in the design as the elastication allows for a little give. Perfect! The waistband fastens with a button and a zip at the back.
The length of both skirts, and in fact all sizes of the skirt, is just over 26″. On me, this means the skirt comfortably covers my knees at the front. I am 5’5 in height.
So, which size worked best for me? Let’s take a look at the evidence. For reference, in these photos I am wearing my Scarlett & Jo Black Jersey Crepe Top size 14, my Ewa Michalak S Kamea Bra 36KK/80KK, some sheer tights from Matalan, and a pair of nude peep toe heels from Internaçionale. I am not wearing shapewear, a corset, or a petticoat in any of these photos.
First up, the Pink Lips Full Circle Skirt in size 16.
The size 16 is a great fit. The waistband is comfortable and stays put, and it defines my waist nicely without being super-cinching. My hips, which are 51″ and quite the contrast to my 32″ waist, help the skirt to flare out nicely. Obviously the addition of a petticoat would make the skirt have an even fuller appearance, but I wanted to show you the skirt as it sits naturally and without any underlayers.
Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a big fan of waist belts, so I added my Pinup Girl Clothing 2″ Sateen Grommet Belt in Black.
The belt has the desired effect of highlighting my waist and cinching me in. My figure looks more defined and I think the outfit has more of a classic retro feel with the belt. I am now on the lookout for a pink belt to pair with this top and skirt as I think it would be fab to have a line of colour on my middle instead of the black. The pink lip print is utterly adorable and I did wonder if it might look rather silly on me as I am in my late 30s but I needn’t have worried as it looks fine.
And now here’s the Japanese Floral on Black Full Circle Skirt in size 18.
As you can see, the size 18 waistband is looser on me. However, I would say there’s only a minimal difference in how the two sizes feel when on, and I suspect that’s thanks to the elastication on the waistband. Again, the lovely skirt sits beautifully and looks very pretty and feminine. I absolutely adore the Japanese print and have coveted it ever since it was released. I am hoping that Lady V bring the Isabella out in this print, in both the blue and the black!
Naturally I soon added my belt for waist definition and here are the results:
Fantastic! Again I think the belt works perfectly with the outfit to emphasise my figure and show off my curves. The jersey top from Scarlett & Jo is the perfect match to these skirts and I hope Lady Voluptuous bring out some top options in due course. I’d love to have a choice of different colours to pair with my skirts.
These two skirts are absolutely gorgeous and they are a great addition to any plus size woman’s wardrobe. I think my preference is for the size 16, but the 18 is also a decent fit. There is currently a choice of five different prints for this skirt on the Lady V London website, and I expect they will bring out more in the future.
Well done to Lady Voluptuous for giving us larger ladies yet another clothing choice – I can’t wait to see what they bring out next!