Friday, 12 April 2013

F&F Clothing Limited Edition Ponte Dress Blue/Black

I recently ordered a few dresses from F&F Clothing at Tesco whilst trying to find something suitable to wear to the British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend.  

The F&F Limited Edition Ponte Dress in blue/black really caught my eye on the F&F website.

Image courtesy of F&F Clothing

I love the richness of the blue against the black hem and cuffs.  Such a classic combination!  Whilst I realised this wouldn't necessarily be a 'wow' night out kind of dress, I hoped it might be something I could wear to work.

I ordered a size 14 and kept my fingers crossed...



The colour was every bit as lovely as I'd hoped.  The royal blue suited me perfectly and the black cuffs and hem added a bit of interest to what could otherwise have been a rather basic (and dare I say dull) dress.

The ponte fabric was brilliant.  It was really soft and stretchy and felt like it would be warm without being overly insulating.  Being 76% polyester, 19% viscose and 5% elastane this fabric would undoubtedly be easy to wash and wear and wouldn't usually need ironing, which is always a bonus!

The dress fastened at the back with a zip but I was able to pull it on over my head without undoing it.  There is a lining inside (100% polyester) that helps to smooth out one's lumps and bumps and this was concealed well underneath the dress.

However, as you can probably see from the photos above, I had a few issues with this dress.


First of all, there was far too much fabric around the middle.  As always, I take into account my extreme proportions (46-30-47) when making statements like this but I do feel this dress had more fabric than necessary.  I believe that even those who have a smaller difference between their bust, waist and hips would have found bagginess at the waist.  I could have added a belt but the extra fabric would have still been noticeable, I'm afraid.

There was also not enough boob room.  Yes, it's a standard gripe of mine and I can usually solve it by wearing a camisole or vest underneath but this dress missed the mark in several other ways so it was not worth giving it a try.  I was surprised at this, though, as the dress has a crossover at the bust and often this allows for bigger boobs.  Unfortunately it was not the case on this occasion.

Sadly this dress did not work for me so I reluctantly returned it to Tesco. Had it fitted I would of course have kept it so it's a huge shame it wasn't right for me.  However this is not the end of my experiences with F&F Clothing - I have more reviews to come soon!

8 comments:

  1. It's a shame that the shape was a no-go, because the BLUE is absolutely gorgeous on you! Very lovely :)

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    1. Thanks - I loved the colour too but the proportions of the dress were all wrong for me :-/

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  2. My goodness, that dress is lovely on you! Apart from the waist being too big and the bust area too small. Tesco please take note!

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    1. Thank you - I was so disappointed that it didn't fit me well.

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  3. The style looks like a derivative of Scarlett & Jo or from their own Julia range without the fit or shaping.

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    1. Yes, there are some similarities to Scarlett & Jo for sure.

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  4. You look better in the dress than F&F model

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  5. Damn, you look extremely beautiful. I think you have a great body

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