Monday, June 15, 2015

Poison Ivy Pour Moi: Review of Lady Voluptuous Lyra Dress in Green

About three years ago I was Poison Ivy for Halloween. This required days of work gluing individual plastic ivy leaves to a green top and skirt bought on the cheap from Primark, butt loads of glitter,  the rather elaborate creation of twin hair horns and at least 2 hours of make up. I am pleased to announce my latest turn as the devilish (but misunderstood) Ms Ivy was a lot easier a transition.



Brown pleather cut out flats - Primark


Those of you who have been reading for a while will remember my rave review of Lady Voluptuous' Lyra dress earlier this year. I originally bought her in teal and since she arrived I have worn her countless times, and for a variety of occassions. Honestly this is my ideal dress. Comfy, flattering, feminine, classy - my cup of adjectives runneth over! And so I opted for a second Lyra, this time in green.



Size wise the fit is identical - which is good news as I found it perfect the first time. I once again ordered a 20 - my usual size for Lady Voluptuous and Lady Vintage dresses (other than the Phoebe). If you want more details on fit check out my previous review. Please also note I am wearing shape wear (giant bloomers that come up under the bust and flatten my tum and smooth me out). I just feel more comfortable with shape wear on, and in this lighter colour my lumps and bumps would definitely show more than with the teal (although I also wear shape wear with that).



I love my teal version, and find it to be a very serviceable colour year round, but this green feels so Spring/Summery and I would be as comfortable wearing it on a beach holiday as I would out in the evening or to work. I often say I like my clothes to work hard and be suitable (in my eyes) for a range of different activities, and Lyra does exactly that.



One of the things that makes Lyra so versatile is the fabric. When I first tried the teal Lyra it was still decidedly wintery and she looked great with tights and boots and I was plenty warm enough. However, now we're headed into summer and I wore my green Lyra first on a muggy London day and at no point felt sweaty or uncomfortable as the dress just breathes well. It was cool and yet offers a nice amount of coverage - I adore the fluttery sleeves (is it just me, or are they quite seventies?) and for those who aren't such a fan of their legs the length is perfect. So yes - Lyra is going to be a good friend this summer.

One quick note - the green has not come out perfectly in these pictures, however the dress is not the colour it looks on the website either. It is something in between. A sort of apple / grass green.


Here I was wearing Lyra to work and so have kept my accessories to a minimum with some tan flats and some small (by my standards anyway) beaded earrings. But I am looking forward to amping up the accessories - with perhaps a statement necklace or some chunky earrings to make Lyra a little more funky. I also think there are a range of colours that would look great with the green. Navy would be a nice conservative option, but I'd also like to try a fuschia pink or lemon yellow cardi (neither of which I currently have in my wardrobe - boohoo!). Cardigans are pretty much a staple in every aspiring pin up's wardrobe, so I wonder if we might see some from Lady Voluptuous in the future. That is certainly something I'd be keen on.



The other key component to my Poison Ivy realness is of course my red locks. Big thanks to the wonderful lovelies at Rockalily for keeping me comic book baddie ready and for this totally FAB colour. If you're in London and like your hair a little on the wild or vintage side this is the salon for you.

So, Lyra and all at Lady Voluptuous have left me a very satisfied super villain! What about you - ever have any fictitious outfit inspo? Have you got a Lyra in your life? Let me know...
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6 comments

  1. This dress looks incredible on you. Alsoo very envious of your red hair <3 xxxx

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  2. I love how this dress looks on you and your red hair really makes it pop! Looking stunning, lady xxx

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    1. Oh you babe! I do love it - such a fresh apple green. Makes me feel very spring like!

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  3. This dress and your hair go together like gin and tonic. Beautiful! xx

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    1. Aw! Best comment ever! Thanks honey :)

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