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!