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Affordable Vintage Repro for Curvy Girls – Review of Lindy Bop “Octavia”

9 Nov

Let me start by saying how awful this day is to me and most of the world. You all know why, so I won’t go into detail with that. I was wondering whether I should even post today but I haven’t blogged in such a long time and also, I wanted to take my mind off this international disaster that is the US election. Hope it takes your thoughts away for a second too, even though we are living some fearful times right now. Actually, I have always found consolation in fashion and playing dress-up so why not!

A few months ago I visited Moda in Birmingham as I do every six months – we strolled around the show for two days and on Monday, I, Anna, Cha and Ruth (our little Moda gang) headed to the Moda after party, which was held at the Skyline bar right next to the NEC centre. Both me and Anna were wearing our Collectif dresses like a pair of pinup princesses and thus we were delighted when we saw another gal wearing a fluffy petticoat across the bar! I immediately approached her to ask if she was wearing two petticoats (as her dress looked like a cream puff, in a good way!) and she told me yes, indeed she was. The stunner worked for Lindy Bop which is a brand I have recommended for busty girls before here on my blog. Today I would like to tell you about the ultimate full-busted pinup basics, the Octavia dress and the Lindy Bop navy petticoat – let’s jump on to the review! *These items were kindly sent to me by Lindy Bop. All opinions are my own.*

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I have a bit of experience with the original version of Octavia, that is the Ophelia dress. I don’t have a lot of insight to how the dresses differ from each other, but at least the description of the Octavia dress says it’s fully lined so that might be an improvement to the original Ophelia dress. I am so annoyed I don’t have my original Ophelia anymore as I can’t compare them now in flesh!

The Octavia dress as well as the Ophelia come in several solid colour combinations as well as multiple prints, floral and also seasonal ones. I think Lindy Bop has been upping their print game A LOT recently and the site is so full of fantastic prints from Alice in Wonderland to masquerade and fireworks that it makes the shopping task a difficult one – I can’t just pick a couple because I want them all! As I was recommended the Octavia dress for a fuller bust, I decided to go for the Eiffel print as I am big lover of Paris and I liked its colour combo of different shades of blue.

The shape of the dress is fantastic in my opinion and I really like how Lindy Bop have recently come up with a sleeved version of it, named Sloane. Would be interesting to try if it’d fit these guns, hehe! The reason why these three styles – Ophelia, Octavia and Sloane – fit a fuller bust is the ruched cross-over bust that suits a multitude of breast sizes. The skirt part of the dress is a full circle, which is something I can always appreciate as a full-time pinup – more fabric means more puff with a proper underskirt!

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I personally feel the Octavia is quite a versatile dress; if you wear pinup attire everyday all-day, then you might even wear some of the solids and prints to uni like I did today. Then again, they could be your special occasion attire or the perfect dresses for a date night or a night out with the girls. I find this particular dress style and print most suitable for movie theater and dinner dates, and more casual festive events such as birthdays. Also, you can always get a more festive satin version of the dress if you need something for a wedding or other formal events! The coverage of the bust is luckily adjustable, so you can make it more modest if you feel like it. In the pictures, I have pulled up the ruching a bit to cover my boobs just a tiny bit more – however, there is still always a hint of cleavage with my boob size, so don’t be fooled if you are fuller busted like me!

What I have found most trying with Lindy Bop is their sizing. Everything else works pretty much flawlessly with them – the customer service is great and shipping super fast. Even the fabrics used are usually very high quality for the price (for example the Octavia is 97% cotton, 3% elastane and as said, fully lined). Sizes though are a bit trickier case – but I do have to say that personally, I have been pretty much the same size with them with each dress.

I seem to be lurking somewhere between UK 10-12 with Lindy Bop and ALWAYS consult the size chart before buying, as the sizes vary with each item. For example, I wear the Octavia in size 12 as it is more snugly sized than most other Lindy Bop dresses. The size 12 is meant for approximately 29″ but I would say that if you have a 30″ waist and don’t mind a tighter fit, the size 12 would still work for you. I love that there is a bit of stretch to the fabric, so it allows some bloating which is inevitable if you have IBS like yours truly.

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To give your pinup dresses the full effect with the big skirt, you obviously need a petticoat to complete the outfit. I have to confess: I know where to get super fluffy good quality petticoat but it has never been an item I really want to invest in financially. The Lindy Bop petticoats seem like a good option for the budget-savvy: they offer a nice colour and length selection with soft materials and an affordable price of £20. The sizes are 6-12 (the one I am wearing very comfortably), 14-20 and 22-26. Something for the plus-sized ladies as well then! All in all the Lindy Bop size range is very vast and thus the first option for many fuller figured ladies who want to try the pinup style at low cost.

My only gripe with the navy petticoat (that is unfortunately not sold on their site anymore – however, they have plenty of other colours such as royal blue!) is that I personally prefer something a bit fuller and fluffier as I am a true drama queen when it comes to my style. If my skirt doesn’t knock off a few items from tabletops, what’s the point?! Haha, just kidding. Even though I like my underskirts big, I can totally see why the Lindy Bop petticoats can be a great option for many – they are affordable and still rather good quality but also some girls like their skirts a bit more modest and sleek. The one thing I like the most about the petticoat is the waistband bit: it is so soft and doesn’t itch me at all, unlike my cheap Ebay equivalents!

If you like the look of the Octavia and/or the Lindy Bop petticoat, I can wholeheartedly recommend them and Lindy Bop as a brand. I have bought from them several times with my own money and have always been very satisfied with their customer service and speedy delivery. The quality of the Octavia and Ophelia dresses are also worth so much more than the low £29 price tag! You can find this particular dress here but if you are not fan of the print or the colour, there will be plenty of options for all in the Lindy Bop selection. Do some retail therapy today like I did – at least with this brand, it won’t cost you much!

2COP’s X-Mas Picks – Five Curve-Friendly Pinup-Style Party Dresses for Christmas

1 Dec

Y’all, it’s December already! How in the earth did the year pass along again? Well, anyhow, what is for sure that now that many of you have recovered from Thanksgiving meals, it’s time to slip into those lovely glittery frocks again and rock those curves you’ve got. I wanted to put up a list of my own personal favourites that look curve-friendly enough to flatter your boobs and butts and look sophisticated at the same time. So here’s my list of pinup-style curve-appropriate Christmas dresses for different types of occasions!

For a night out with friends…

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Most of us probably agree that it is not the same dress you wear to all your Christmas parties (cause let’s face it, of course you’re gonna be attending many 😉 ). This quirky number by Voodoo Vixen is the perfect option for a night out with your girlfriends: it’s fun, it’s bright red and looks still laid-back enough for a night at a pub or a bar. The Connie dress (£49) is also a practical choice for later wear – it can be dressed up or down whether you want it to be more festive or everyday-appropriate. Pair it with glittery pumps and some red lipgloss and you have the ultimate girls-night-out outfit!

For a Family Dinner…

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We have a little tradition with my family to get together on Christmas Eve, eat amazing food together and unwrap the gifts while eating chocolate and watching children’s movies. It might be a no-brainer to some but my parents are divorced and I always admire their ability to still get together for a Christmas meal even though they sometimes want to chop each other’s heads off. Even though the evening usually proceeds to pajamas and no makeup, me and my sister usually start off the day with some nice dresses. I picked this lovely “Ophelia” dress (£34,99) by Lindy Bop as my choice for the Xmas mealtime as it’s practical cotton material but still manages to look festive. I actually own the dress in another shade of red and it’s great for anyone with a fuller bust! I would pair it with some chunky cream-toned wool tights and a matching hair scarf tied to a lovely bow.

For a party with the co-workers…

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This dress is like straight out of Mad Men! The office Christmas party requires something sexy but not too sexy – it’s important to show that you have power and feel confident about yourself but if you get too ranchy, it might tell your boss you’re not being professional. I would go for something a with figure-enhancing shape like this “Ava” dress ($114) by Pinup Couture. The colour is excellent if you don’t want to be too flashy with red. The shape of the dress flatters your curves but doesn’t reveal too much while being knee-length and sporting little sleeves to cover up your shoulders. I would pair Ava with some silvery or black pumps and a statement cuff.

For a date night out…

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You know those times when you head out to with your boo for drinks, just for fun? Well, as it’s Christmas, you might as well spice up you date attire a bit. I would go for something formfitting and sexy, such as this “Penny” dress (£55) by Collectif. I am actually planning on getting this for myself as my boyfriend is crazy about wiggle dresses and well, I do want it myself as well. (Thank Georgina for that!) I would pair this gorgeous piece with some hair flowers and Minna Parikka “Cornelia” shoes. (Check them out, they’re lovely!)

For a dinner with your In-Laws…

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There’s two types of In-Laws – the ones that drive you crazy and the ones you love almost like your own family. Mine belong luckily to the latter category so basically anything I wear is an object of adoration especially for my Mother-In-Law. I would still wear something quite formal and pretty for a dinner out in the town as I want to give them the best impression of me. However, if your In-Laws are a bit “Meh” I would avoid anything too flashy that might raise eyebrows. This Dovima “Gatlin Gal” dress (£145) is classic and bold at the same time and flatters a curvy hourglass figure without being too revealing. I would pair with some red pleather high-heels, like this.

So these were my picks for the Holiday Season! What would you wear for a Christmas party and what did you think my wishlist? Let me know in comments! xx

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

October Wishlist – Vintage Reproduction Clothing

20 Oct

Hi everyone! I need to start off the post saying I did not get the job I applied for but was left to silver podium this time. I know I’m not the only one with bad luck when applying for a job but this particular one would have meant the world to me. Not just because it was something to do with lingerie but because I happen to be broke and would have loved to get back living without a care for what I’m going to eat next week. Also I had so many vintage repro dresses and other goodies on my wishlist and now I can only dream of having something new to wear! I have recently found so many new brands I am dying to try so I must let you know guys what I’m lusting after. So here you go!

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Sea Nymph Dress by Great British Retro – This is a brand I just found today via Fuller Figure Fuller Bust’s Facebook page. I took a look at their online shop and the clothing is absolutely fantastic with a pretty affordable price tag as well with this particular dress costing a rather reasonable £64. What I loved most about Great British Retro were their lovely quirky prints that absolutely melted my heart!

I took a look at their sizing chart and they would put me in a size 12 accommodating my 28″ waist (yay, got rid of the last half an inch!) and 36″ bust. My bust is actually closer to a 39″ but I have tested out so many brands and come to a conclusion that a 36″ bust room is actually quite enough for me. This can be due to my muscly back which makes my bust measurement a bit (a lot!) bigger than it actually is! I also find that repro brands usually run small as I am now a solid size 10 on high-street. I would love to try GBR sometime in the future and if I get that chance, I will review something for you to determine their fit for curvy figure!

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Sally Denim Capris By Collectif – I have been looking for a suitable 50’s style cigarette or denim pants and now I have finally found a great option. I am not a great wearer of trousers but the temperature is getting pretty damn cold here in Finland. And believe me, dresses and stockings do not equal proper winter-wear! There’s already -2 C out there so I def need something pratical that fits my style and the Sally jeans would probably do a pretty good job. With my 28″ and 38″ hips I would probably do great with a size 10 as I find that Collectif runs more true to size than other repro brands. I have reviewed their Phyllis dress here if you want to know more about their fit!

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Monte Carlo by Heart of Haute – I originally found this brand and dress through Twitter. I had heard of Heart of Haute before but as it’s a US brand I had not dared to even dream about it. Also, it’s a bit out of my price range with its $145 price tag but a girl can dream right? Besides, if I ever get a chance to try this brand, it’s also sold on a UK online shop called Tatyanna which also sells a few other lovely repro brands including Tatyana Boutique. According to HOH size chart I would be a size Medium so again this brand runs a bit on the smaller side in my opinion.

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Sarong Geisha Dress in Pink Bloom by Vivien of Holloway – I have heard a lot of things about Vivien of Holloway but still not had a chance to try them for myself. This particular dress caught my eye on Diablo Rose’s blog as she reviews the dress and looks fantastic in it! I don’t know what size she is wearing but the size chart puts me into a whopping 14. Not a size I would gladly wear as it seems so “off” but VOH seems to be going for the original vintage clothing sizing which is a lot smaller than with today’s high-street brands. I am now super intrigued to try something from them as the brand is definitely something different! This pink Geisha dress would look stunning with my hair and I would be interested to see how it looks on an hourglass figure like mine.

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Tara Black Swing Dress by Lindy Bop – The reason I want this dress is really sad and excuse me for including it on my lust list. Though it’s a beautiful dress on its own and would be great stable for my wardrobe I really need this dress for an upcoming funeral. My dear grandpa has been battling cancer for years now and it seems he’s finally making his way to where angels live. I am so sad about this and I’m crying while writing this but I have been preparing for this to happen for so many years that seems he’s only suffering while being here. His state just got worse a few days ago and we have been told not to keep our hopes up.

The Tara dress seems like appropriate choice for a busty girl when attending a funeral. The neckline is modest, the shoulders are covered and the hem reaches below your knees. It’s also a bargain for its £34,99 price tag so if you need a LBD asap for small budget, this is definitely your dress. The one Lindy Bop dress I have tried runs true-to-size so I would most likely be a 10 with Tara as well.

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Poppy Floral Dress by Hell Bunny – Last but not least is the brand I have been dying to try for a couple of months now – Hell Bunny! I have known this brand for years but didn’t realize how lovely their vintage repro dresses are until now. To me Hell Bunny has always been brand associated with gothic style more than vintage but now that I have seen more of their designs, I am absolutely smitten. Looking at their size chart I would probably be a 10 with Hell Bunny but as I have not tried them yet, I cannot be 100% sure. Hell Bunny does not have their own online store meaning they only do wholesale and their clothes can be found on various other online shops. I found this particular dress on Tiger Milly and they seem to have a good stock of Hell Bunny so do check them out!

What do you think of the brands listed here? Any positive or negative experiences? Let me know! Also, if you have other favourite vintage reproduction brands, please share them in the comment box! xx

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