The plus-size world of the vintage persuasions audibly exclaimed when Georgina Horne of Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, announced a range of fabulous dresses she had designed for Lady Vintage London, called Lady Voluptuous. There are four styles in total with a variety of colours and patterns, and being a 50s bunny who practically lives in swing dresses, I immediately set eyes on the Cosette, particularly after seeing Lucia in it. WOW, right?! But there was another dress that was catching my eye.....enter, the Medusa. The Medusa is another 50s sensation, but a fitted design. I have been hoarding wiggle/ fitted dresses in one of my two wardrobes for a few months now and realised how much I loved my silhouette after wearing this 'out of comfort zone' dress. I'm naturally an incredibly curvy (I know many hate that term, but I know what I mean) woman, but I have often avoided dresses like this through fear of the VBO; but during my continued journey to self-love and body positivity, I have completely thrown out the fear of wearing what "plus-size women shouldn't wear" and fitted or bodycon dresses is certainly in that ludicrous list. I love every lump and bump I have and am no longer afraid to show it, so the Medusa was the baby I wanted. Lucia, again, led the way in her Medusa, followed by the lovely Mayah, and many others whom you can see via the Instagram account of Lady Voluptuous.
I decided on the Royal Blue because as it's my favourite colour, I have very little of it in my wardrobe. I couldn't wait for it to arrive and I may or may not have yelped when I opened the packaging. The colour! The colour is utterly scrumptious as it has a true Royal Blue depth that I instantly fell in love with, but there was so much more to love. The material is Bengaline, which is a woven fabric and gives a ribbed affect. Such a good call because while it sculpts the body beautifully, it remains totally breathable. I was a little worried about the length. It's a true 50s design with a length of 42", so I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn't look like a maxi on my 5'1" pixie frame. I was thrilled with the results!
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The length is actually perfect on me, just hitting midway down my calf, it's such a lovely length for anytime of the year and I didn't feel swamped in it at all. The fit is also a dream - nips in at the waist but structured to perfection in order to accommodate a plus side woman's body (so many brands and designers could learn from this!) and I felt nothing but comfortable throughout the day. The sleeves are a great touch as many wiggle/ fitted dresses are often with short sleeves or without, but the sleeves allow head-to-toe glam without having to cover-up with a shrug or cardigan. I can honestly say I wore this all day without a cover-up and I felt nothing but sexy and chic.
I wore this wonderful dress for a fun-filled day with some lovely people. First I headed to an event with Hanna (who also took my pics) and Mayah for a glimpse of Spring/Summer fashion, then I headed to an early dinner and a wonderful night at the theatre watching Miss Saigon. Such a great day, and there's no better way for a woman to feel other than like royalty.
'til next time!
Love and hugs,
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