Reviewed – Lavitta Illusion Dress

Every wardrobe should have a printed dress in it. Something that is easy to dress up or dress down, requires little or no adornment, and is easy to just throw on for any occasion. If that dress doesn’t need to be ironed either, than that is even better. Lavitta’s current range of Illusion dresses can tick all of the above requirements, and look pretty gorgeous too.

I have been reviewing some pieces from Lavitta over the past couple of months, and this is my final review. (You can read my previous reviews here and here). The Red floral bouquet illusion panel dress is currently out of stock, but their are a whole host of other Illusion dresses that have the same design. (You can look at these here). These dresses are, quite simply, comfort themselves, stetchy, with sleeves and that fabulous illusion detail that certainly made me feel like I’d lost a few pounds.

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The black side paneling and back panel work well to give you a classic, hour-glass shaped, whilst the black panel across the waistband creates a waist even if you feel more apple shaped. The dress is lined for extra comfort, and this lining means you can leave the spanx behind, this again gives you the smooth line that just makes dresses look so much better. I also love those three quarter sleeves, perfect if you feel your arms aren’t your best feature.

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The print is beautiful and vibrant, combining shades of red and orange that contrast well with black. This is a dress that can easily take you from a work situation (add a black mac or blazer for a smart work wear look). But I have been wearing this for special occasions, including a baby shower at a rather lovely hotel, and the press night for Annie at the Wolverhampton Grand. For each occasion I went for black tights and heels (shoe boots for the Baby shower, vintage Bally heels for the theatre.) Because the dress is busy, accessories were kept to a minimum, just a bangle and a clutch bag, no other jewellery.

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This is a really useful dress, the sort that would get a lot of wear and is just a classic look. I would definitely recommend checking out the Lavitta range of Illusion dresses for a versatile wardrobe piece.

With the Hubby at the Theatre

With the Hubby at the Theatre

With my friend Tracy at the Baby Shower

With my friend Tracy at the Baby Shower

More Illusion dresses

RED SEQUIN LACE ILLUSION DRESS £25 Click to visit Lavitta

RED SEQUIN LACE ILLUSION DRESS £25 Click to visit Lavitta

Charcoal Grey Herringbone Illusion Panel Dress £20 Click to visit Lavitta

Charcoal Grey Herringbone Illusion Panel Dress £20 Click to visit Lavitta

Black Floral Leaf Illusion Dress £35 Click to visit Lavitta

Black Floral Leaf Illusion Dress £35 Click to visit Lavitta

 

Lavitta Navy Lace Half Moon Top

Have you ever really liked the design of a dress, but thought, I wish they did that in a top? Well, if you loved the gorgeous dress in my last Lavitta review (see here), and fancied this design as a top, you are in luck. The navy lace half moon top is that dress in top form, and would be a beautiful and versatile addition to your wardrobe.

Navy Lace Half Moon Top £25 Click to visit Lavitta

Navy Lace Half Moon Top £25 Click to visit Lavitta

This is a beautiful top, completely lined in the body, and with a lovely white lace detailing over a navy underlayer. The short sleeves are sheer, and the top is stretchy. It is true to size, but I would say that it is cut quite short in the body. This makes it perfect to sit on top of skirts and jeans, but if you personally like a longer length I would go up a size for a bit of extra cloth.

Lavitta blue lace top

Lavitta blue lace top

I said that this top is versatile and here is why. On the website the top is paired with classic blue jeans and looks great, making the jeans suitable for drinks in the pub or wine bar – you just need to add heels. I wore the top with coated skinnies and ankle boots and thought this worked will, with the black and navy contrasting well, I wore this for a family meal and felt comfortable and yet still dressed up. But this top, due to the length, could also be paired with a navy or black formal suit and would then work well as workwear for the office, the top is not revealing due to the lining and so would easily do this job. As I said, a very versatile piece.

Lavitta top teamed with coated skinnies and ankle boots, plus a Steven Maddon bag.

Lavitta top teamed with coated skinnies and ankle boots, plus a Steven Maddon bag.

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You can see the sleeve detail here.

You can see the sleeve detail here.

One thing I would say with this top is to keep your accessories to a minimum, the lace is beautiful but intricate, and adding heavy necklaces and earrings would just make the look fussy and would jar. This is a top that does all the taking and doesn’t need lots of adornments.

*I was gifted the top by Lavitta in return for a honest review.

 

Reviewed – Navy Lace Dress from Lavitta

I love discovering new places to shop and find clothes that are designed with ‘women’ in mind. By this I mean clothes that look great on the hanger, but also have an appeal that is both stylish and practical. Dresses of decent length, with sleeves, in stretchy fabrics that move when you do, and in a range of colours that are not limited to black, black and more black. Lavitta is just one such label.

Lavitta is ‘an exclusive online shop where fashion fits and flatters, and style and quality go hand in hand.’ Coming in a range of sizes that ranges from 12-24, it covers all aspects of fashion, from good quality everyday pieces, to outfits that are perfect for weddings and other formal occasions. I was recently contacted by Lavitta to see if I would be interested in reviewing some items from the current collection, and I was super impressed by the range and choice.

The first dress I am reviewing has a definite touch of Kate Middleton influence to it. The Navy Lace Side Gathered Dress is a contrast lace design, with a light blue lace covering a navy underlayer. It is a pull-on design with a side ruching that is great for drawing attention away from the stomach area, and the fabric is stretchy, with the underlayer being in 100% polyester.

 Navy Lace Side Gather Dress PRODUCT CODE: 08021149 £40.00 Click to visit Lavitta

Navy Lace Side Gather Dress
                                £40.00 Click to visit Lavitta

I really like the style, fit and comfort of this dress, which is frankly very easy to wear. The quality feels good and the colour is lovely, really deep and elegant looking – a great alternative to the little black dress. I liked that the sleeves covered the shoulder and upper arm, but that the cuffs weren’t tight or restrictive. The length was also good for me, I’m 5ft 7 and this was a knee length fit.DSCN0720This dress is a great transitional piece. I wore it for a night at the Ballet last week and it was a truly freezing night, so opaque tights were most definitely required, but I feel you can truly get away with it. But in contrast, I think this would also work with a strappy sandal as the weather gets warmer, or a navy patent stiletto heel without tights.

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No necklace required.

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The side gather dress costs £40 and I think this is great value for a dress you can wear all seasons and for so many different occasions.

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To see all the current dress collection from Lavitta, click here.