Earlier this season, Scarlett & Jo added some new styles and designs to the range and I was extremely excited when they sent me the Cream Contrast Powerfit Dress (£40.00 - sizes 14-28).
Image courtesy of Evans
Such a simple design but what a lovely look! Interestingly for me, I had spoken to the Scarlett & Jo team at BPSFW in February and begged for a black/white colourway, but despite my pestering they didn't breathe a word about it to me so they are very good at keeping secrets!
I was sent the Cream Contrast Powerfit Dress in a size 14:
It's just brilliant! For me, the fit is better than ever and the dress hugs my curves perfectly. I may be imagining it, but it feels like the cut of the skirt has been altered so that it is slightly more shaped, which suits me just fine! There is a small slit at the back of the skirt to give extra room for movement, and it's good to know that the slit is not too long so it's completely decent.
As you can see from my photos, the 'cream' is a very light shade and in fact is almost white. I'd describe it as 'off-white' and it is a very warm hue that would be flattering on a range of skin tones. It's also easy to wear colourful accessories with this dress - some bright red or cobalt blue heels would look amazing! Or what about some print? I think leopard print would work superbly and give the dress an edgy look.
The dress is 98% polyester and 2% elastane, which makes a ponte-like fabric that is stretchy but also maintains its shape during wear. And the dress washes brilliantly - I got red lipstick on the front section when I took it off without enough care and it came off with a bit of Vanish pre-wash treatment, thankfully.
If you've read my blog before it's likely you'll know I am a fan of skirts that cover my knees. This one doesn't quite but it's about as short as I would be happy with for a dress that I can't wear leggings with. A pair of killer heels really finishes this outfit off. I think flats or low heels would work too but for me this dress deserves that extra va-va-voom!
The bust area on the size 14 is perfect for my 30L boobs. For reference I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino bra in 30L/65L here - it's my go to bra when I want a rounded, uplifted shape. As you can see from the photos, there is a little cleavage on show but nothing indecent. That's what the Powerfit dresses do so well - they enhance curves without being too much.
The elbow length sleeves are ideal for this time of year when a full sleeve might be too much. They fit comfortably and do not feel too tight.
The Powerfit dress has a hidden mesh layer underneath that helps smoothe one's lumps and bumps. I do not find it to be a slimming layer so if that's what you're after you will need to wear shapewear underneath. The smoothing effect is pretty good, but you might notice that you can see the bottom hem showing underneath the cream panel in some of my photos. I didn't notice this when I wore the dress so it's most likely to be down to the lighting and my pose.
My usual issue of extra fabric on the tummy is apparent in this dress, but I think it is not too bad at all. The fabric is cleverly designed to have a gentle ruching effect so if there is any excess it just folds and ruches itself away. Yes, it adds a little bulk to the side views of the dress, but from the front it looks absolutely terrific and is a great option for any who wants to disguise their tummy for any reason.
I absolutely love my Scarlett & Jo Powerfit dresses and I am delighted to have be able to add this beauty to my collection. You can see the full range here - which is your favourite? And they have 20% off at the moment so don't miss out!
Here are some other reviews of the Cream Contrast Powerfit Dress: