I mentioned this lovely dress in my top picks of Lady V’s Spring-Summer collection for this year, so when they were offering 20% off, I went for it. Yellow has definitely been my favourite colour this summer and it’s easy to see why.
It connotes joy, happiness, long sunny days and fun. It’s difficult to feel down when you’re wearing such a bright colour, and on the afternoon I took these photos, I was feeling really down before I put my just-arrived new Lady V dress on. Lady V dress number 29 might I add…
Taken from Lady V London’s website;
All dresses are designed in house at Lady V London. Until June 2013, all dresses had been made within the EU. We have never made our dresses outside of the EU and do not approve of making garments in China. We have travelled to China and believe the quality is not good enough for Lady Vintage. Not to mention the language barrier, work standards, poor packaging, slow delivery and their ethical treatment of workers. We have seen first-hand child workers in China, and never wish to support this kind of labour.
In June 2013 we began manufacturing Lady Vintage dresses in the heart of London as we strongly believe in supporting British Businesses and British Workers. We are proud that our dresses are made in the UK’s capital and that we are able to provide work for many people in our country and support the British economy, especially in these difficult times.
We are now able to liaise directly with the workers, and oversee quality control ourselves – which means that Lady Vintage Dresses are higher quality than ever! With your support we can keep Lady Vintage in London and help boost London’s clothing manufacturing industry.
As I hope you can see from the photos, it’s a real summer dress. The sunshine enhances the mustardy-gold colour and it’d be a cute addition to any holiday suitcase. The cute, capped sleeves and high neckline make it pretty versatile, keeping things rather modest so that you could wear it for work, weddings or just out and about in the sun. I initially put it on with my Lady V 23 inch white petticoat but I much preferred the shape without it. The skirt hung nicer and my waist look more well defined without it, so I took it off.
It costs £40.00 full price, although, like many of my lady V purchases, I got it in the sale for £32, so it was a good deal. This is my fourth Eloise dress from them and I like the capped sleeves which help to balance out my body shape, but I also like the knee-length skirt.
Like many of their dresses, this one is made from 97% cotton and 3% elastine, which makes for a very durable, soft, thick material that stays in good condition wash after wash. It requires a quick iron after a cool wash in the machine and line dry, but apart from that, it’s very easy to look after.
As you can see from the photos, I wore some cream wedged open toe shoes to complete the summer vibe, also choosing some real vintage beads and a coordinating gold and peach bracelet. I pushed my wavy hair back with a gold daisy hairband and then I was ready to go for a walk in the sun.
In terms of sizing, I bought this dress in a size 10, as I’m a pretty standard UK size 10 in most shops, and it fits perfectly. Lady V have a really handy measurement chart on their site which is accurate, so I’d suggest taking measurements and using the chart to help you decide what size to get. In my experience, Lady V run true to size.
I’m really pleased with this purchase and, although mustard tones aren’t the sort of thing I’d usually go for, I love it.
Lady V cover UK sizes 8-32, with a specific line for the fuller figure called Lady Voluptuous which focuses on styles that flatter sizes 16-32 especially. They’ve also launched the Little Lady Vintage line for 3-12 year olds, which is adorable.
I would always recommend Lady V London.
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