Tried & Tested: Dee.V by Diana Vickers for Very.co.uk

Diana Vickers’ husky voice and propensity to yelp may be something of an aquired taste, but her new clothing range for Very.co.uk is a bit easier to fall in love with. A capsule range of vintage-inspired florals, fities skirts and 60s-inspired separates, it appealed instantly to me, so when Very got in touch to offer an item from their huge range for review, I knew I had to go with something from Diana’s collection.

I picked the Contrast Collar Printed Dress (£49) which I thought was very cute with its big pink buttons and collar. I’m getting to the point where I’m far too old to pull off anything this twee, so let’s call this my last hurrah. I can’t resist anything a bit childish!

ps. This is another shoeper challenge pic – pink Primark lace-ups are officially saved!

Knowing that Very sizing is pretty generous, especially around the waist, I went for the size 12. It was a good fit around the waist and hips (though the waist sits quite low – I would have liked the band an inch higher). But as you can see from the pictures, it’s tight across the bust. As I often find with modern styles, it’s cut quite straight-up-and-down in the torso. The button placket is actually fake. The dress zips down the side and the buttons are just for show, sat on a pleat of fabric. I found the second button pulled, but I do have DD/E cup boobs so that’s no surprise. The 14 would definitely have fit better up top, but I think the waist would have drowned me. As usual, I suffer as I sit smack bang in between two sizes!

Overall, it’s a lovely dress; well made and very pretty. It’s made from a nice stiff fabric that hangs well, and the print and bubblegum pink trim are very cute. I just think it would work slightly better on someone with smaller boobs! I also found the length quite short on my 5’7 figure. I wore it with flats because it looked a bit too ‘done’ with heels and in the wind I risked flashing everyone.

If you want to see it worn a completely different way, Helen at Clear Your Heart also tried the dress recently and looks fab in it.

The Dee.V range goes up to a size 20, but Very also offer plenty of fashionable plus size clothing in larger sizes too.

Disclosure: The dress was provided free of charge by Very for review purposes. However, all thoughts are my own and I was not paid to publish them.

  • http://www.foreveramber.co.uk Amber

    That’s gorgeous on you Gemma, really suits you :) I really quite like this range – I have the blue 50s style skirt on my wish list at the moment – so was really interested to hear what the stuff’s like in real life!

  • http://www.foreveramber.co.uk Amber

    That’s gorgeous on you Gemma, really suits you :) I really quite like this range – I have the blue 50s style skirt on my wish list at the moment – so was really interested to hear what the stuff’s like in real life!

  • http://twitter.com/chattermonkey Chattermonkey

    I really like the range, I just wish it went up a couple more sizes! You look amazing but I know what you mean about the length…I think I’ve turned into an old woman its below the knee all the way for me now a days! 

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    if this dress is anything to go by the quality’s pretty good. Size down if you’re in between though – waists come up big. Have you seen the promo pics for the V-team? Cate’s wearing the skirt and it looks great.