Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Terrific Tilly: Voodoo Vixen Tilly Dress


Cardigan - Marks & Spencer (old)
White belt - So old, I can't remember. Bad blogger
Turquoise jelly peep toe flats - Crocs (similar here)

I am such a fan of Voodoo Vixen. I have waxed lyrical on numerous occasions about their beautifully designed clothes which use fabulous fabrics. I adore the colours and prints they use and so when I got the chance to pick one to review from their Plus Size collection I was thrilled! And picking was pretty tough, but eventually I settled on this fresh little number. As with all of Voodoo Vixen's designs the Tilly is perfectly unusual, and I have not seen anything similar anywhere.

Shirt dresses are standard fifties fare, however I don't have nearly enough of them in my wardrobe. I struggle to find them to fit well with my ust and my waist, and so this is only my second one. As with the Collectif Polly I chose to wear this shirt dress with a vest underneath. With a larger bust I personally find the shirt fit more flattering when I wear it unbuttoned. And it just adds to the casual style and in this case breaks up the pattern a bit. I've also added a medium width white belt (to help give my waist definition), an old M&S cardi in a darker turquoise, and some jelly pump Crocs with a peep toe that I bought in the states. I know, I know! Crocs! But how cute are they? 





I love how in the Tilly the androgyny of the shirt style is offset by the full pleated skirt and the prettiness of the pattern. I was a little worried that the pleated skirt may end up making me look heavier on the bottom than I am, however it is a very flattering style. The structure of the top part of dress gives me a good shape a nips me in at the waist where I like to be nipped in, and the pleats flair out over my tummy. The skirt is also extremely full because of the pleats, so feels really fifties and a bit princessy. 

Here I am wearing a 3XL. According to Voodoo Vixen's sizing chart that is the equivalent of a size 24. I am usually a pretty standard 22 (and recently I have lost a little weight, so am actually on the smaller end of the 22 scale at the moment) but if I was any bigger the dress would not have fit so comfortably. As it is I could't have done up the buttons without them gaping. So I would say this is a smaller cut, and if you are looking to purchase the Tilly then size up. 







I adore the fit, and the fact that this is so different from all of my other fifties swing dresses. It's the fabric that really makes the Tilly stand out for me. The print is Japanese inspired and a riot of cherry blossom in pinks, whites, greens and blues. All the colours mean accessorising with Tilly you have a range of options, and I think this would look too adorable with a baby pink cardigan instead.  As you know, I am an absolute sucker for turquoises. The more I can have the better, and this shade is just gorgeous. For some reason it reminds me of sipping lemonade on a front porch somewhere in the Southern United States (I know, I'm weird). It's a great afternoon summer party dress.  However I am also looking forward to transitioning this original style into my Autum wardrobe with some navy or brown accessories and boots.

So, another gorgeous dress from Voodoo Vixen's plus size range. High quality, gorgeous print and a beautiful print.  All I ask of Voodoo Vixen is that they keep them coming. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us in their Autumn/Winter range. 

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  1. This is amazing on your, I have the same problem with buttons not going over my bust, so I tend to try and put a top under to make it look ok, I haven't looked at Voodoo Vixen before but I'm going to now, I love 50s style dresses. xxx

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    1. Thanks honey, that's so sweet! Yeah, go have a look. I can't get enough of their stuff!

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  2. This dress is my favourite from Voodoo Vixen! I spent about half an hour holding this dress at StyleXL and willing myself to buy it but didn't - and now I'm really regretting it after seeing how AMAZING it looks on you! Fingers crossed for getting one at Curve Fashion Festival instead though!

    Lottie xx

    www.lottielamour.co.uk

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    1. Aw thanks honey love! It's a goodie for sure. Did you try it on? See you soon x

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  3. That looks gorgeous and the colour suits you perfectly. My daughter would probably love that!

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    1. That's so kind. Thanks :) yeah tell her to check out voodoo vixen. It's amazing!

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  4. I love that dress, the colour looks amazing on you. Your hair is fab too!

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    1. Thank you so much. Two red headed Hayleys :)

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  5. You look great-I shied away from the tilly because of the buttons (a busty girls nightmare) but it looks perfect undone with a little vest. I now need this dress :) I also want your shoes (I really can't believe they're crocs!)

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    1. Aw thanks Jodie - sometimes us busty girls just have to make little alterations to make things work for us, right?
      Loves x
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  6. Looooove this dress! You look gorgeous

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    1. Thanks :)
      It would look super cute on you too honey - you could get away with it buttoned up you lucky fish!

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