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My First Taste Of Curvissa

26 Jun

Curvissa is one of those brands that I have always been curious about.

“Plus size fashion shouldn’t be about compromise, it should be about choice. Curvissa.co.uk offers a selection of over 3,000 quality fashion items in sizes 14 – 32, giving you a comprehensive collection of plus size clothing that includes everything from trousers and tops, to jackets and jeans.”

I was recently given the chance to try out a Curvissa item, and I naturally headed straight for the dresses! As I scrolled through the pretties, one dress in particular caught my eye – the 50’s Inspired Dress. Hello retro style + polka dots!
When deciding what size to order in this dress, I consulted the customer reviews and size chart. I have to say that I was rather amazed to see my measurements indicating that a size 26 would be most appropriate! I’m used to needing to size up to accommodate for them, but I’ve never needed to go beyond a 20, 22 at a push. And so I went against the recommendations and decided on a size 20, although the reviews did make me apprehensive, especially for the fit on the arms.

The dress arrived, and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice the material felt, and how it was barely creased. The dress is designed to be slipped on like a t shirt, although it has no stretch.


I didn’t even have to unbutton the buttons at the bust to get the dress on, and after years of twisting my arms and awkwardly zipping up various zips, it was a refreshing change!


I quite liked how the dress looked on me. The fit on the arms was spot on, and although the tier felt a little snug, it fit rather nicely across my mega hips. However, to make it perfect I knew I had to add one thing…


Ta da!


My belt, which came with one of my Pinup girl Clothing dresses made the dress a lot more wearable and a lot more ‘me’.


As you can see, the sleeves have a slit at the back of them, which makes them very comfy on my large upper arms. The length is pretty much perfect, and the ruffled button up neckline means I can vary my modesty!


The only thing thing that I would change about this dress is the tiered bottom. I don’t feel that it fits with the style, and it would be a little more flattering if the dress were a simply a line – or of course a circle skirt! However, this dress is something that I will be wearing to work as it is very comfortable and versatile – and so perfect for those cheeky post work cocktails!

If you haven’t already tried Curvissa then I would recommend them. I’ve only tried the one dress, but I can’t wait to work my way through some more items. Just take that size chart with a pinch of salt!

I Love Lady V London!

27 May

I am a HUGE fan of Lady V London, not least because I was given the privilege of modelling their plus size dresses. Every time I share their dresses on my Facebook page I get a huge response. They stock so many gorgeous patterns at great prices, and women of every size and shape can find something for them.

Recently the lovely Victoria sent me some gorgeous dresses in styles that I have never tried before and *SPOILER* I adore them!

The first was in a style I have been dying to try for ages – the Hepburn.


Victoria sent me this poppy print dress in a size 18.


The Hepburn comes with a slim belt, and is made out of a cotton elastane blend, meaning that the 18 fitted my bust perfectly, although it was a little large on the waist.


The belt was a little large for me, however, I favour thicker belts, and that it what I will be adding to this gorgeous dress.


The length was perfect on my 5’7 frame, and it would look great with heels, flats or sandals.


The full skirt sat nicely, and didn’t crease easily. The colours popped and it was so pretty and feminine.


High necklines are not a favourite for many large busted women, but this one felt very flattering. This dress would be perfect for many occasions because of the modest neckline, and could be easily dressed up or down.

I will of course be adding one of my trusty boleros to the dress when I wear it out as my arms do not do sleeveless, but apart from that I adore this dress!

The second dress that I so kindly received was one of the much raved about wiggle dresses.


I have been curious about trying them ever since Kel Kitty’s review, and so I eagerly tried the size 18 dress on.


The dress had a small bit of stretch too it, like the Hepburn, and the 18 fit my gigantic hips in with room to spare!


The cut was very flattering and sexy, and the higher neckline makes it very versatile.


The pencil skirt didn’t nip in at the knee as much as I would like, but that only helped add to the versatile aspect. It could easily be a work dress, a perfect one to wear before heading out for office drinks.


I would definitely add a belt to this dress, and maybe remove some of the military style buttons to accommodate it. I don’t feel that the dress necessarily needs one, but I do always feel like I need one!
I love the deep wine colour of this particular dress, and of course, polka dots are always a winner for me!

What do you think of my latest Lady V London dresses? Do you have your eye on any styles from them or already own any pieces? Let me know in the comments 🙂