I couldn’t resist getting a punny name in for the title of this one (a play on ‘everything coming up roses’, in case you hadn’t cottoned on), a beautiful new style of dress from Lady V London, called the Eva. A truly beautiful vintage inspired dress that oozes 1950’s Hollywood starlet.
I bought this bea-u-tiful dress in the sale, meaning I scored it for just £15.00, reduced from £50.00. I unsubscribed from all the vintage reproduction retailers’ emails a while ago (I was getting SO many), so I hadn’t actually seen a lot of Lady V’s new range, but when they launched a sale with dresses from £15, I couldn’t resist taking a peek and immediately loved this one for a few reasons.
I love roses and especially on black as it’s such a timeless, stunning combination. I have a tea dress by Lady V with red roses on a black background and it’s one of my favourites (though it is sadly now a size too big for me), so I’m happy to have one that almost replaces it.
The deep V neck front is sexy but not too revealing, so I’d happily wear it for work and the capped sleeves are really cute. I added the waist belt myself as I found that this dress runs a little larger than their other dresses, so despite ordering my usual size 10, the waist was roomy. I like a more nipped in look.
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 or emailing their customer service team and asking, if you’re unsure. As the fabric used on this dress is also stretchy, I think that’s why it runs a bit big.
I think this style really suits me and others have commented that they think it’s the best style of dress I own now, so I really do hope Lady V carry on bringing out more in the Eva cut. I do miss the pockets in this dress though, which Lady V started introducing in their tea dresses. We need more pockets in dresses!
If you’re not familiar with Lady V as a brand, then this is taken from Lady V’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.
You can also see many more of my reviews on their various dresses here, too.
I decided to style this dress with black tights, my new favourite Miss KG shoes and coordinating jewellery, for a classy, true pin-up look. You could add a petticoat to emphasise the shape of the dress but I didn’t feel it was necessary as the material used is a 96% polyester 4% elastine composition, meaning it’s rather heavy (as dress materials go), which gives it well defined pleats and shape as it hangs off the hips. It sits just below my knees.
A another plus due to the material composition is that it washes and dries really well and quickly too, with no need to iron as it doesn’t crease! So it’s also perfect for travelling as it won’t crease in your suitcase. Ideal for evenings out when on holiday or a trip away.
Whenever I wear a Lady V dress, I always receive compliments and this one isn’t an exception. Overall, I think it was an absolute bargain and adore 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. Recently, they also launched the Little Lady Vintage line for 3-12 year olds, which is adorable.
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