Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fabulous Phoebe: Review of the Lady Voluptuous Phoebe dress


My love of the Lady Vintage London plus size spin off brand Lady Voluptuous is well documented. Since I got my Lyra it has been my go to dress for whenever I need to feel the extra bit special. So as soon as I saw the Phoebe I knew I was going to have to have at least two. Possibly more!



The Phoebe has a classic vintage shape, enhanced by the inclusion of a layer of tulle under the skirt to give it that slight bit more structure. It also means you don't have to wear a petticoat as it's pretty much built in. But does not make he dress feel in anyway overly poofy. 



For me this dress pretty much ticks every box - it has sleeves which give great coverage, a scoop neck which is demure but still allows for a hint of cleavage. One of my pet hates is that the large majority of plus size dresses usually don't have a nice back to them, but Phoebe has a lovely V at the back which just shows that little bit more skin. 



Important to note is that pretty much universally Phoebe comes up about a size smaller than usual Lady V dresses. I sized up from my usual Lady V size 20 to a 22/24, and to be honest it could still be a touch larger across the bosom. Phoebe sits just over my knee (I'm a tall 5'8) - oddly it feels longer than that when I am wearing it. I can't explain why, it just does. 




As you can see I bought this beauty in two colour ways - the kingfisher print and the yellow blossom. I love the fact that despite being the same exact style the prints mean they look totally different. I styled both with my wide brown leather belt. The dress also works with a thin belt (I have worn a thin white belt with the Kingfisher which I liked) - the belt just works to define the waist and break up the pattern a bit. 







Me in my Phoebe Longfisher with gorgeous blogger babes at Curvy Con

I wore the kingfisher print to Curvy Con and I got a slew of complements (thanks ladies) which was lovely. I love the pattern, and the fact that it is so multi coloured that accessories wise you have a lot of options. The one thing I would say about the Kingfisher print is it is quite busy and as Phobe is to the knee (at least) and has sleeves and a high-ish bust line there is a lot of fabric, so if you are worried about things being "flattering" I think that this is the sort of print that would look better on a taller person where there is more of you (ie more legs and arms) to break it up. Just my opinion. 




The Yellow Blossom colour way I just adore. I love yellow for clothes, particularly the slightly dirty mustard hues, and it's hard to find a great yellow dress, but this is perfection. It goes great with my red hair, and is such a fab colour for spring/summer. My brother recently got engaged to a wonderfully beautiful girl and there engagement party is in June and I am definitely going to be sporting my yellow blossom Phoebe. 




The Phoebe feels to me like an occasion dress. For an outing it deserves a wedding, a day at the races, a birthday party. I know I am going to be getting a lot of wear out of mine and I am still thinking about going back for the lip print. I can't wait to see what's next from Lady Voluptuous because so far it's been brilliant. 

Have you got anything from Lady Voluptuous? What would you like to see them do next? Let me know in the comments. 

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  1. Love both of these on you!! You look fabulous! x

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    1. Thank you my lovely :) you rock the flamingo!

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  2. Fab review! I love both of these dresses and as I said to you at Curvy Con they look particularly terrific on you as you are that bit taller. Beautiful <3

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  3. They look gorgeous on you! Definitely thinking about getting the flamingo phoebe x

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    1. It's such a cute print :) love some flamingoes!

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  4. You look gorgeous in both of these ... I'm insanely jealous of how well the yellow suits you!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you missy. I am just crazy about a yellow dress!

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  5. You look amazing in both dresses. I have three dresses from Lady V and a skirt and they are among my very favourites. :) xx

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    1. I just ordered the Lyra in green - can't wait to try it on! I'm thinking one of the skirts next.

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  6. I haven't tried anything from Lady Voluptuous yet (but I've got about 7 regular Lady V's). I'd love to try the flamingo print! ��

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  7. I love Lady Voluptuous because it's just so beautifully cut for plus size figures. Go flamingo!

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  8. I love them both on you, but the yellow blossom is sublime! x

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    1. Thanks honey. The yellow is (very narrowly) my fave too!

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