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DD+ Clothing Review: “Vivi” Dress by Lindy Bop

9 Nov

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Hiya lovelies! It’s Father’s Day in Finland today and while spending it with my dad and little sister, we decided to take some pics for the blog. My dad had gotten me this dress for my grandpa’s funeral so I wanted to review it for you as well; sorry about the picture quality though, I don’t know how to use my camera yet so it wasn’t focusing properly and it was quite dark outside too. These are the only decent pics and even they are slightly blurry.

But onto the dress! I saw the Vivi dress on Lindy Bop’s Facebook page about a week ago and decided it would be a good choice for my black dress, as I would be needing one very soon in the future. The dress cost only a very affordable £34,99 so it was a no-brainer as I new the delivery would be fast and the dress quite curve-friendly. I was a bit hesitant about the neckline as the bust section was meant for someone with a 34″ bust and mine was about 5″ more than that. I decided to go for size 10 anyway and was happy that I did! The dress was very VERY hard to zip up at first, but after the side zip had loosened up a bit, I could easily zip it up after a few wears.

The waist of the dress fits me perfectly but as I guessed, the bust area was a bit snug and so were the sleeves. I am quite muscular when it comes to my arms so it’s sometimes a bit of hit and miss when it comes to sleeved items – this however, has just the right amount of space even though feeling a bit restrictive at first. Also, you can see a glimpse of my bra from the neckline, as it’s forced to be quite revealing on me. However, I feel like my Ewa Michalak “SM Mgielka” is doing a pretty good job and makes my boobs look nice with the dress style.

With my Vivi dress I’m wearing an old petticoat (quite a pathetic one though…), some hair flowers from H&M and my new Dresslily ankle boots. I am not much of a black-wearing person so I decided add colour with some red shoes and a matching lipstick as they brighten up any outfit. What do you think of the ensemble? xx

Full-Bust Friendly Clothing – Collectif “Phyllis” Dress Review

22 Sep

 When it comes to bust-friendly clothing I always struggle to find something that fits both my bodytype and budget, and I tell you, we’re not even talking about style and fashion aspects yet. I am very picky about what I wear – it has to fit nicely over my bust and waist and the waist must be at the right height to look the most flattering. Recently, I have been leaning towards a more vintage-kinda style as it usually tends to flatter my figure – and the most important thing, I feel smashing in those old-Hollywood style dresses.

When I was UK last time, ie. August, I popped into a Collectif store in London Holborn area. I was exhausted with blisters on my feet for walking miles in the London heat, wearing nothing more breathable than my dark leather Doc Martens. I was probably the funniest thing those sales assistants had seen in weeks as I stumbled through the Collectif door with my Docs in my hand, barefooted and carrying a suitcase. Not the kind of graceful pinup goddess they must have shopping in their store all the time, huh? Well, I couldn’t give a flying fuck about my appearance at that point so I just tossed my luggage at the till and started browsing their very convenient flash sale.

To my happiness, I was lucky enough to get my hands on of their Phyllis dresses, even though I first had the classic Dolores Doll in mind. The Phyllis was a lovely cream colour with a rose-shade applique adorning the shoulder and with the £17,50 price tag, I just couldn’t resist it.
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I snatched up the Ivory Phyllis in size 10/ Small and since then, it has definitely become one of my wardrobe staples. It’s such a classic shape – a 1940’s style a-line dress with a swift-like top part and classic colourways to choose from. As the summer has now come to its end, I decided to buy another Phyllis to accommodate my autumn wardrobe. This one shown in the pics is the Navy colourway and I think it’s actually a great option for those who don’t look that good in black (including almost everyone actually). The navy blue flatters my fair skin and doesn’t wipe the colour off my face like black does and still manages to look elegant and appropriate for both day and night.

I would say the size UK 10 fits me pretty spot on, even though I wouldn’t wear that size with every single Collectif dress. I tried several other pieces of clothing while visiting their shop but found some of the materials and cuts making the dresses too small for me in size 10. To be honest, I’m trying to lose a bit of weight at the moment (which seems to be impossible as I was just hit by a terrible flu) as I want drop down to the size 8-10 territory again and not slip any further. But as it goes, the Phyllis is a rather stretchy fabric and can accommodate some size fluctuation, in my opinion. The top part is nice and stretchy but wouldn’t allow a bigger bust than mine, as it doesn’t fit perfectly even now with my 30GG’s. The neckline requires a rather low-cut bra (def not this Lepel “Iris” which I wear in the pics) so I have been wearing it mostly with t-shirt plunges such as my Kris Line “Marilou Deco” or my unpadded balconette Gossard “Phoebe”.
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The waist sits perfectly on my 30″ waist, even though the size chart points me towards the size 12. I would say that this is because of the fabric and I do prefer a rather tight fit on my waist. Also, I don’t want to buy too baggy dresses as they don’t flatter my figure, especially if my weight shifts downwards. The bottom part of the dress looks super nice and rather flowy, but not too much as it doesn’t lift up in a windy weather. The length of the hem is flattering too – I love that it hits me just below the knee. This means it will maintain the vintage look but doesn’t look too long on me – I do not want to make my legs look shorter!

I am so sorry I didn’t get to take any better pics, I still have my camera stand attaching-thingy missing so hopefully I will find it at some point. Also, it appears to be that my bf is horrible at taking pics so what can I say, NO CAN DO. Hope you enjoyed this review though and I hope to be reviewing more stuff from Collectif in the future. If you have any comments or tips about Collectif’s sizes or fit, do drop a comment below! I am planning to order some other dress styles in the future and would love the advice. Also, if you fancy a Phyllis dress of your own, it’s on sale online in the Collectif store here. There are a fair amount of sizes left in colours Navy, Ivory and Black so you have a very good chance still to get this dress for the best price!

Tackling the Heatwave – A Review of Urkye “Tuba” Dress in 36 o/oo

9 Jul

The summer has finally hit Finland and it’s not all good – degrees can go as high as +28 C which is very unusual for Finnish weather. I live on the coast so I’m pretty used to cool and damp air meaning hot weather can be a pain in the arse. I spend two hours each day in a bus to commute which is not fun with no air-conditioning whatsoever. One day at work we got a big package from Poland; some refills from Urkye. I jumped at the chance to try out their famous Tuba dress and as I got it on, it stayed on. 

To me Urkye seems like a pretty decent choice for those looking for practical basic clothing in delightful colours and modest price point. Of course I got mine with a fair discount, but even full price the dress would have cost about 40 € here in Finland, so not bad for a dress. We had four colours of the Tuba – red, black, pink and petrol green – but as a lover of a good red dress I decided to try the red one in size 36 o/oo.

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The Design: My first thoughts about Tuba were that it was a little plain and nothing too special to spend my money on. That was when I hadn’t tried it on, just seen it on other people and on internet. What changed my mind then? I suddenly realised how practical and versatile Tuba actually is. Even though it’s a very basic style with no embellishments, I really like how it can be worn almost anywhere and be dressed both up and down. Ever since I brought the dress back home a few days ago, I have been wearing it non-stop and even had a nap in it.

The way I style the dress is a more vintage pin-up – I usually wear it with a scarf on my head and some red lipstick and a pair of ballet flats. The neckline is very open and needs something low-cut beneath it (I’m wearing my Gossard “Lola” in the pictures). However, the soft cotton material is so clingy in the mid section of the dress I’m actually not wearing panties at all in the pictures. So you be warned – it’s almost guaranteed you will get a VPL. Otherwise I love the way the dress hugs my curves and flares a bit towards the hem. It’s truly a classic shape to wear everywhere from work to after-work drinks.

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The Fit: I opted for the 36 o/oo but as a 30GG I’m between the sizes o/oo and oo/ooo according to the Urkye size chart. I asked my boss which size would be better for me and she suggested the smaller to try on first. Her advice was spot on and I think the dress gives me just the right amount of coverage, ie. covers my bra but leaves tons of cleavage on sight. I usually wear a UK dress size 10 which is about the same as EU size 36 so I would say the sizes run quite true to size. 

As I started wearing the dress I noticed my bras always try to peek out a bit from the neckline but I’m quite okay with that. I actually feel it’s kinda my right to show off my bra a bit – they are all so beautiful and never to be seen otherwise! I think I could have gone up to size oo/ooo but feel like this is exactly the coverage level I want. The seam going under my boobs tacks beautifully to my ribcage and doesn’t lift up because of my boobs. The overall fit of the dress is pretty clingy but looks great even without any shapewear (unlike my MiP pencil dress!)

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(Compulsory Miley pic, sorry)

Comfort: The dress is so comfy on! I love it how the materials have been so well-thought out – the dress is a stretchy cotton blend allowing you to move easily and feel comfortable at all times. As I told you, I have napped in this dress and also gone a few hours completely braless wearing it (would not recommend to anyone above GG-cup though..). It’s a thin fabric meaning it’s pretty comfy in hot weather as well. 

I would gladly recommend the Urkye “Tuba” to anyone who needs a pretty basic dress eg. for work or just hanging out. I would also wear it for casual drinks or dates so it’s really versatile in addition to being extremely flattering. You can get your Tuba at Urkye’s website which ships internationally. If you happen to live in Finland, Lumingerie has a few Tuba dresses in different colours so you can snatch yours up quickly and easily.

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