First of all, excuse the terrible pun, it’s all I could come up with!
I have been planning this review for a while, I have met the lovely Kessie of Lady K Loves a couple of times now and am very lucky to consider her a friend. Before meeting her though, I had my eye on a few things she makes and was persuaded to try a few things I wouldn’t normally go for. To be clear, I’m a skirts and dresses girl, for the last couple of years if I wear trousers I am met with gasps and perplexed looks, I just don’t wear them!
However, Kessie offered to send me a little goody bag of stuff to try before I buy and I thought I may as well give some capris a go! I am glad I did, they have brought a lot more versatility to my wardrobe while still staying true to my desire of wanting to look like a proper lady at all times (when out in public that is……….).
This just shows how lovely Kessie is, to entrust me with her stock and allow me to decide what I liked enough to buy while also being able to test the sizing. Another plus point of her service is that I got unlucky with a couple of buttons on my Hello Sailor trousers, she asked me to send them back and will get them sorted out for me, wonderful service that is not unique to me.
I also bought the capris and Shirley’s dress, which I will share a few pictures of me wearing.
So first off, the capris. Super comfy with a bit of stretch so they fit well, I managed to go down a size for a snug fit. I’m a 16 with large hips and bottom and these are an “L”. they have pockets on the front, handy for stuffing a tissue in but lovely and smooth so they don’t create any unflattering lines. They zip up the back with a couple of small buttons at the top for extra security, these take a little practice to do up, most of us are not used to doing up small buttons behind our backs but I love the security they bring to the waist band fitting.
Now onto the Shirley’s dress. Great spring/summer dress, playing on the ever popular nautical theme. This dress is available in several colour ways, I have the red. It’s very flattering, the full skirt is made of panels as opposed to being a full circle which is gathered through the waist. This makes for a slightly more flattering waistline, better for those who perhaps don’t have as nipped in a waist as they would like! These dresses do come up a little smaller on sizing, something Kessie made me aware of so I didn’t feel awful when my borderline size wouldn’t even go on! This dress is a little snug on the bust for me but I am quite blessed in that department so that’s natures fault and not the cut of the dress. The bust is darted and gives a nice flattering shape, if you do fill it the placement and shape of the darting also makes for a lovely bust shape.
I have styled it with a white waist belt and the last couple of pics I have added a petticoat to show there is plenty of fabric in the skirt to allow for that extra bit of frippery.
I cannot recommend Lady K Loves enough and I absolutely love that I’m supporting British designed and made. She’s lovely and incredibly helpful, always happy to answer questions about sizing and what should flatter you most. Go on, treat yourself.