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In My Wardrobe: Lady V London bird print green sundress - (archived)

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I’ve written about a lot of beautiful dresses in my time, but I don’t think any has received such a huge (and fast) response as the Lady V London dress that I put in my 50s sundresses feature earlier this week.

My twitter feed and blog comments were full of people telling me they were either buying it or thinking of buying it, and by Friday I even had twitpics of happy customers thanking me for introducing them to the label. In the end, I couldn’t resist ordering one myself, if only to report back on whether it really could be as good as it looks when it retails at only £30!

But first I have to give credit where credit is due – I actually saw the dress on Georgina‘s Facebook page, so she’s the one who deserves all the love for hunting down such incredible value retro-inspired frocks!

Now onto the dress…I ordered on Wednesday and it arrived on Friday, so thumbs up for quick delivery! It was quite creased in the packaging (a cellophane bag) but that’s nothing new when ordering online. I also noticed the tag on the dress read £50. This style comes in loads of different fabrics, and some of the others are still £50 (like Kat’s amazing poppy print one), but a lot, like mine, are selling at £30 / £35, which I think is excellent value.

First up, let’s talk length. I’m 5’7 and the dress hits the knee on me. From the pictures I was actually expecting it to be slightly longer, but I actually prefer it being that little bit shorter as it feels a bit more casual. It also gives hope to petite girls who’re drowned in other vintage style dresses that end up being almost maxi length on anyone below 5’3! The fabric, though it’s synthetic (viscose) is incredibly soft, and the dress is lined, which for £30 is really great value. It hangs really well and I haven’t had any static issues yet. Plus, look how much fabric is in the skirt…

…you get a nice full-skirted effect but enough weight to stop it flying up in the wind. In general, I love the shape. The little cap sleeves, the nipped-in waist with tie belt, and the full skirt are really well done.

Now for the bad bit. I say ‘bad’, what I really mean is ‘annoying’. You can see in the pic above that the bodice actually bags a bit on me. This is no new thing for me – my waist is small compared to the rest of my body so I often find things are a bit loose there (and at least this dress comes with a belt to cinch in) but it’s very big all over. I ordered the 14 because going by the brand’s online size guide, I thought I’d need it to accomodate my bust. But it’s incredibly generous in the top, and there’s so much ease I could have probably bought the 12 and fitted into that better. I’m not going to exchange as there’s not too much in it, and it’s always nice in Summer to have room to move about a bit and breathe, but if I buy another print, I’ll definitely size down. I’d say there’s a good 1.5 – 2″ inches of ease in the measurements on the size guide, so if you are between sizes, definitely consider going down.

Overall, I can’t really fault this dress in terms of value for money. It’s as good as some that are going for twice the money, and if you’re happy with synthetic fabric, this is definitely one to consider. The prints on offer are lovely and the shape is really pretty and timeless. Just watch your sizing, because that’s what’s going to make this look brilliant, not just ok!

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  • Reply Kat Arney April 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I also found my poppy print one came up quite big, but that’s good for me as it meant it actually fitted around the boobs – I ditched the fabric belt and used an elasticated cinch belt instead, which gave it more shape. I also really liked the shorter length, and it looked fab with a white Viv of Holloway petticoat peeking out underneath. Top find, and good value for money. Must resist buying any more for now!

  • Reply Danni April 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Oh you got it! I had the exact same thing, just a little bit loose in the bust area. But it’s so beautiful I couldn’t mind too much! x

  • Reply Super Amanda April 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    You look wonderful! The green birds are long gone/sold out but I bought the white, red and blue sparrows which I thought was in cotton so I bought an 18 but went back and saw it was Viscose LINED in cotton .I have a 44 (34G) inch bust and a much smaller waist so I adjusted for what I thought was no stretch,   I’m 5’10 with Juno shoulders too so I’ll just get it altered like everything else I where -with that price why not? The birds will be fun for when I meet Don Crown The Budgieman next month. Thanks again for your fabulous tip.

  • Reply Fuller Figure Bust April 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    This makes me so happy!  You look stunning x

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  • Reply Nikki January 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Hello! I am torn between ordering an 8 or a 10 from Lady V and I was wondering if I could get your opinion 🙂 You said you ordered a 12 but probably could go down a size, so I was wondering if you would be willing to share your measurements? I totally understand if that is too personal but I have no idea what size to order because (from what I’ve read) their size charts are a little off… Plus, I am pretty small chested and I don’t want it to be baggy there haha. Thank you!!

    • Reply Gemma January 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Hi Nikki, definitely order the smaller size. I’m wearing a 14 in the pictures above and have since bought two more in a size 12 and they fit perfectly. I’m 32E (38″full bust) – 29 – 41. The dresses run large – most people I know who’ve bought from there have sized down.

  • Reply Lauren Sarah Purcell April 24, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Hi there

    In terms of what size for me what would you recommend. I am a size 8 (Australian 8) and have a 34.5cm bust, 26inch waist, and 32.5cm hips

    • Reply Gemma April 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Hi Lauren, the smallest size they make is a UK 8 – Aussie and British sizes are usually about the same but by the looks of the measurements the 8 may be a bit big on you. I guess it depends on how you like your clothes to fit – the tie belt means the waist can be cinched but the top half may drap a bit on you, like the 14 does on me in the pictures.

  • Reply LadyPooLondon August 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Dresses are ok but their customer service is terrible. Will never buy from these again

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