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Showing posts with label Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. Show all posts

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lady Voluptuous - Out of My Comfort Zone

There is no mistaking my love for Lady V London and their sister label, Lady Voluptuous. If you search my blog you'll find numerous posts about the brand and what I love! 

What you will find is that I have stuck to old faithfuls when it has come to their brand - they do tight fitting dresses well and that is what I have loved. I am a big fan of the Bellatrix and even sized down on the Cosette so that it fitted me tighter.

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Lady Voluptuous offered to send me some of their other dresses to try. I decided to take a leap out of my comfort zone and try something different. So I went for a skirt of theirs and a Lyra

The Lyra is a beautiful dress with soft material and a wrap over style neckline. It's lovely but not something that would draw my eye to a page of dresses, which is why I had never bought one before. However I have to admit, I was wrong.




As soon as I put on the black dress I saw it transform. Yes, it doesn't have the bold colour of a Cosette or a the fitted style of a Bellatrix but just look at it. It flows over my body so nicely and it feels so comfortable on. It's one of those dresses that you could pull from your wardrobe in a crisis, shove it on in a rush and know you are going to look fabulous! Now that I have tried it on, it's something I would reach for time and time again.

I tried the skirt because curiosity got the better of me. I love dresses but sometimes skirts feel a little scarier, but I am glad I tried it. Size wise it did come up a bit small so size up if you can, but as you can see the style, length and overall look of the skirt is great.



Lady Voluptuous were kind enough to lend me these dresses to take some photos in. They have listened to feedback from people wanting to see their styles on bigger bodies and so here I am! We have a few more blog posts in the pipeline. There's actually little I like more than a brand that listens!

So, what do you think of the skirt and the Lyra? Are they items you'd invest in?

Debz x


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Bellatrix - I Finally Got My Hands on a Lady Voluptuous Dress!

I have made no secret of my love for Lady V London and in particular the new Lady Voluptuous dresses they released in collaboration with Georgina of Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust fame.

When Georgina whispered in my ear(well at least that's how I imagined it!) and asked me if I would like to try a dress from the range I knew immediately that I couldn't possibly choose anything other than the Bellatrix. All that colour, all that figure hugging material, the fish tail frill at the end - perfection!

I received my dress on Friday and immediately tried it on. Now, you know me - I am a sucker for a pretty dress and when it comes to pretty dresses I have an abundance. However I can see this as being  a dress I would keep and wear forever.



Yes, it's not a dress I would wear to do the weekly food shop but I have hundreds (almost literally) of those. Instead it's a well made, high quality, occasion dress in my size - and we all know how rare those are in plus sizes.



The dress appears very long on me, but then I am very short. But to be honest with you, I quite like the almost ankle length on me so it's a definite positive. You can tell that the dress has been given a lot of thought - the arms are roomy and have been designed in a way that they are not restrictive when you move around. I also really like the fact that it is lined inside. This gives a bit more support and means that the outer, thick material is not as clingy to my body as it could be. Now, I don't mind a bit of cling but I know that many people don't so I like the thought that has gone into the dress in smaller details like this.



The material itself is nice and thick, with a tiny bit of stretch and give to it. This makes it fit my body nicely and look flattering, as much as that is a word that I dislike. The colour and pattern are beautiful, but there are also plain colour styles in the Lady Voluptuous l collection if this is something that you would prefer!



When I checked last night, only 6 of the 16 dresses available were left in a 30/32 which shows that these dresses are being snapped up. This literally fills me with joy because it shows that if you give fat women the RIGHT fashion options they will snap them up - other plus size retailers and their 'stop at size 26 collections' take note!



Never one to play by the rules when it comes to dresses I also had a little play around with the style. I can really some short style dresses feeling right at home within the Lady Voluptuous range! 




I am told that there is more to come from the Lady Voluptuous collection and I for one can't wait to see what it brings. What would you like to see?

Debz xx


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I was lucky enough to be gifted some items in this post and I am very grateful, but I am always open and honest in my reviews!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Life Is Too Short, Your Skirt Isn't!

I feel like every time I post now I am either ranting about an issue or blogging about dresses I wish I owned... That will change soon, promise! I have just started a new job so things are a bit hectic at the moment but I do have some great reviews coming featuring Topsy Curvy and Lady V London.

Which, brings me to today's rant :) 

Today the wonderful Lady Voluptuous launched their newest dress - The Bellatrix. As soon as I saw this dress I really liked it - It's fitted, it;s colourful and I know as it's from Lady V London it'll be good quality - so what's not to love?



Being the super-nosey, social media addict that I am, I wouldn't help but have a look at the Facebook comments to see how much other people loved these dresses... and love them they did! So many comments about how Georgina looked in the dresses and how fabulous the patterns were.

And then came these...



This isn't to call anyone out or tell them that their feelings are bad, however...

Whatever your shape or size, your body deserves a pretty dress! Your body works hard for you and if you like a floral dress then why not drape it over your body? Life is too short... Too short to wait until your tummy is flat until you wear the dress of your dreams. I can promise you that if you put on a fitted dress your day will still go on as normal. 

Even if you are very fat - WEAR THE DRESS! See a dress you like, buy it and put it on your body. Sometimes it can take a little while to get used to seeing our bodies in a different, but this doesn't make the way you look bad just different! 

Life is too short to wait until your chubby thighs are smaller before you wear a short skirt. It is too short to wait until you are toned before you go on the beach wearing a bikini. If you wait until you are 100% happy with your body then you are missing out on a wardrobe of pretty dresses - some of which will be gone forever!!! (dramatic, much?).

If you see something you want to wear - WEAR IT!

Debz xx

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Paying Homage To Some Voluptuous Ladies

As you will have noticed, I am a big fan of the new Lady V London/Fuller Figure Fuller Bust partnership Lady Voluptuous. I haven't yet blogged an outfit post of me in the range - but it's coming! I did blog about my love of the range here!

Over the past few years there have been different retailers telling us that we don't need a varied plus size range and that the type of clothing we're all keen to wear, just doesn't have a market!

So... I wanted to put together a post of lots of women wearing different items from the range. To show that all shapes and sizes want all sorts of fashion and that retailers are wrong when they tell us it is not needed. I put out some shout outs on social media and these lovely ladies sent their photos - don't they look AMAZING!?


U Can't Wear That and Arched Eyebrow bloggers in their Cosette dresses!

Jen from Other Side of the Wardrobe and Hayley from Curves and Curls /  Facebook styling their Teal Lyra dress

Cheeky mirror shot from Danielle Vanier in her Leopard print Medusa

Lolly Likes Fatshion shows off two prints of the Cosette dress


The lovely Jodie!


The Beautiful Linn Annett from Instagram in her Medusa dress!

Jody Empson(Photo by her boyfriend) showing off her Lyra dress all the way over in Prague!


And of course, the creator Georgina looking great in some of her own designs! She's also on every photo on the website but I wanted to include these ones to show how the dresses can be styled differently to suit you!

The range has only been out a week so not everyone has taken photos etc yet - but doesn't this show that these ranges are needed and that women are crying out for different styles to wear no matter their size?

Perhaps I'll do another of these in the future when I can grab even more photos from even more amazing ladies!

Have you got a Lady Voluptuous dress yet? Which is your fave?

Debz xx


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Friday, 20 February 2015

Fuller Figure Choices for a Fuller Wardrobe

If you follow any plus size bloggers on social media then the chances are that you have heard of the new Lady V London collection launched today.

In case you haven't heard blogger Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust has teamed up once again with Lady V London to bring us vintage dresses. When the Estella came out in sizes up to a 32 I could have cried with happiness and I have raved many, many times about how much I liked them. When I saw that Lady Voluptuous was a COLLECTION of plus size dresses up to a size 32 I thought my heart would burst.

You can see all of the dresses all over social media and I will post some pics here, but I wanted to talk about what this collection means to me and perhaps others in my shoes.

When you are at the larger end of the plus size market you get used to being told that things aren't meant for you. You hear of celebrity plus size collections ending at size 26, because, you know anything above that is just TOO plus size for many minds to cope with. And then you get the 16-32 collections that have 25 items, where perhaps 3-4 of them actually go up to a 32. You get used to missing out and lusting over items that other plus size bodies have access to, but you miss out because you are "too fat".



When I went on the Lady V London website this afternoon the first thing I did was tick the '30/32' box to see how many of the 12 dresses were available to ME (selfish I know!)... Without sounding dramatic I was BESIDE MYSELF with joy when I realised that every single one of those dresses I COULD BUY! 

No one had decided that pink was too bright for a body of my size or that I couldn't possibly need a body con clinging to my body. They made THEM ALL accessible to me... Every single last one of the beautifully made, patterned dresses I could get out my debit card and BUY! I can't tell you the feeling that gives me... I really can't put it into words!


I know, I am talking a lot about me and my needs but it really does go beyond that. As plus size women we are constantly told that our bodies shouldn't be dressed in a certain way. We're told by retailers that they haven't made clothes in our size because they are just NOT NEEDED! That only bloggers are brave enough to wear items like this and that if the demand was there they would make them.

Well.... Let me put this to you right now.

8 hours ago Lady V London released 12 dresses. Now only 10 of them are available in a size 30/32 because two of the patterns are sold out! There are NO OTHER sizes of ANY dress that are sold out... Just the largest size! Surely that speaks for itself? Out of the 10 dresses that are left in my size, 3 of them are already 'low stock'.... PEOPLE ARE BUYING THESE DRESSES!

I know, you could argue that they made less of them because the demand isn't there or any other of the many reasons why this has happened. But the fact of the matter is, however many of them they made they have sold them or are selling them fast. The demand is bigger than anyone thought and that is because plus size women do want these options, we just don't have them!

I know, this is quite a lengthy, ranty post for a set of 12 dresses but honestly, it feels like so much more to me. I love that Lady V London are a major brand in the world of vintage clothing and they have taken a risk, a leap of faith in us and our larger bodies. They have created dresses that no one else has, in sizes that other people haven't bothered to make yet. 



Yes, the collection might not be for everyone and yes, there are probably styles, patterns, colours that you wouldn't want to wear but honestly this is a massive step forward when it comes plus size fashion. I, for one am SO excited to see what happens with this.

Which of the dresses is your favourite?

Debz xx

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cut For Evans - The Marmite Effect

You might have read that earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Cut For Evans launch. For me, seeing the clothes on proper bodies rather than a mannequin was a massive step forward. The clothes look great on the website but seeing them on people made all of the difference.

The Cut For Evans is a massive step forward & a huge leap from anything Evans have really done in the past - so I get that it will split opinion but I didn't realise quite how much it would. I made the 'mistake' of reading some of the comments on the Evans Facebook page after the launch, and I was flabbergasted at some of the comments left.




I 'like' how lots of different women commented about how they wouldn't/shouldn't/couldn't wear the collection because of their size - as if this was a blanket rule for everyone. We work so hard to prove that fashion is inclusive of all sizes and comments like this really set it so far back! Thankfully Evans have deleted lots of the really negative comments but it means that I can't quote them here - sorry!

Anyway - I have seen LOADS of women in these clothes and I think they look fab. I have loved seeing different women, with different shapes and their own individual styles wearing these outfits - so I thought I would share them with you. I can understand if the Cut For Evans range is not for you, but I don't know how anyone can say that this range is 'hideous' across the board... Look at these fierce, fabulous fatties rocking the range....
George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Mel from Upon The Sea


My gorgeous friend Joanne - Not a blogger, but how fab does she look!?


Image thanks to Laura at Pocket Rocket - Ms Bartoz, Lauren and Margie


Liris Crosse from http://liriscrosse.com/ and Bethany from Arched Eyebrow


Wearing the knitted top in two different ways - Bethany from Arched Eyebrow


Whitney from Americas Next Top Model and I (not wearing Cut For Evans.. Yet!)


Felicity Hayward at British Plus Size Fashion Weekend


Sally from The Human Mannequin

 


Personally I think each of the girls look amazing in their outfits, however even if you don't I can't see how you can say that as a blanket response to the collection that it doesn't look good on big bodies or that it hasn't been designed with larger girls in mind - because the vastly different shapes and sizes shown above show that it can mostly definitely be rocked if you want to!

What do you think of the collection?

Debz xx

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