I’m a big fan of the style of dresses that Vivien of Holloway are famous for, but I can’t bring myself to drop £60+ on a dress I’ll only wear once or twice. (Dress economics: judging the price of a dress based on the cost per wear. We all do it.)
I found Lady V London last week and fell in love with not just the styles and sizes of dresses available, but also the prices! The dresses are reproductions, which means that modern fabrics can be used, along with the ability to size up the dresses – always a good thing. Most of the designs available are made in a limited run, so it’s not so likely that you’ll end up seeing someone else with the same dress on (I hate when that happens – I’ve been known to buy new outfits when that’s happened!). Most dresses are available in sizes 8 – 22 (a much better range than most high street stores) with certain styles going up to a size 32.
Purple dress: £40, Navy blue and white polka dot dress: £45, Grey dress: £40
This style is the swing dress – I think my personal favourite would have to be the grey one: you could probably get away wearing this for work! (It’s far too pretty though)
Black Sateen: £35 (in the sale!), Orange floral: £45
Next is the “Audrey Hepburn” style – a much dressier style, with a flouncy skirt which – well, you’d just have to put a few underskirts on to super poof it out really. Would just be wrong otherwise.
Cat print shawl collar dress: £25 (another one in the sale!)
Finally, because everyone is a secret cat lady really, the only shawl collar style dress in my size was this one cover in cats, which I think is just a sign that I should buy it. Thank goodness payday is only a week away!
Ohhh Hayley, what have you done to me!? I need that orange floral one now damnit! I think the grey would really suit you : )
Love them all! The orange dress is stunning and the cat one, oh my! I want that one now!
I think you need the cat one ;)
Sam Muses says
Ooh what a find! I’ve been hoping and praying for cheaper versions of these kinds of dresses for yonks!
These are BEAUTIFUL, I want to buy them all!
P.S. you need to buy the grey one!
Michelle Cookson says
I KNEW it was a good idea to follow your blog! I totally know what you mean about Vivien of Holloway. I love their stuff, but there’s no way I could justify spending that much on a dress. Thank you for blogging about this shop. I’m totally gonna treat myself to a dress to as soon as the funds are in.. in fact, I can feel a new addiction coming on…..
Ohh I love that first one – they grey is totally gorgeous and work appropriate which is always good!
Ahhhh! I’m in love with the cat print dress, I wish I suited higher necklines!
I am such a big fan of cost per wear consideration, I rarely buy anything I know I wont wear to death! Look forward to seeing what dress you choose :)
Oh, these are so beautiful! The ones in the first pic… SIGH. I am now looking at the website with my fingers inching towards my credit card, and CURSE YOU I AM TRYING TO SAVE MONEY.
Oooh swing dresses with sleeves! I think i’ve just found my new work staple dresses! I love the red and blue polkadots (would be amazing if they did a dark green or orange version)