I was so excited when a surprise package arrived a couple of weeks ago and inside it was the most beautiful dress from the wonderful team at Scarlett & Jo.
Image courtesy of Evans
The Scarlett & Jo Midnight Blue Flocked Taffeta Prom Dress is available at Evans for £60.00 in UK sizes 14-28.
I was sent this gorgeous number in a size 14. For reference I am wearing this dress with my Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino Bra in 30L.
When I opened the package to find this dress inside I gasped. It is SO beautiful in real life and the fabric is just heavenly. I love all blues but especially richer hues and this midnight blue is really stunning. The baroque-like flocked print is classic and sophisticated and the mesh neckline and sleeves add even more elegance to this lovely dress. I couldn't wait to try it on.
The dress has a zip down the back that I found slightly tricky to operate (I live by myself so had no-one to do it up for me) but once I got to grips with it and the dress was on me, I was dismayed to find out that it was way too tight on the bust. Although I can usually easily wear a size 12 or 14 in stretchy items, I size up for non-stretch in order to allow for my large boobs. As this dress was sent as a surprise from the wonderfully thoughtful folks at Scarlett & Jo I hadn't been able to request a larger size but in fact I am not sure sizing up would have worked in this instance.
The size 14 fitted me nicely on the waist and of course as the skirt is flared it was fine there. The arms were good, too, so I think if I'd tried a larger size it would have been no good as other parts of the dress would have been too big. It's a catch-22 situation that I find myself in all too often with clothing, and with dresses in particular. It's such a pity as if the dress had had enough boob room I would have loved it and worn it many times over.
Sizing issues aside, this is a truly show-stopping dress. No, it's not the figure-hugging cut I usually favour but the fit-and-flare skirt and taffeta fabric really won my heart.
The cut of this dress is so feminine. It flares out from the waist into a fairly full skirt, and as you can see from my photos above there is a built-in underskirt to add fullness and flare. The underskirt was fantastic and helped to give the dress a very special feel.
I know I've already mentioned it but I really can't get over the fabric. The taffeta midnight blue material is so amazing and it is beautifully embellished with a baroque print, which is so appropriate for this time of year.
The sleeves and neckline are made of a stretchy black mesh so there are no fit issues there at all. They feel great and of course provide a bit of coverage and camouflage for anyone who feels self-conscious with bare arms. Personally I tend to feel hot at parties so this sort of arm coverage is ideal as it's enough to make me feel comfortable but not a thick enough layer to add unwanted extra warmth.
Length-wise this dress is spot on. I am 5'4 and it easily covers my knees. Furthermore, the flared skirt helps to disguise the knee area so it's perfect for anyone (like me) who does not want to draw attention to this area of the body.
The dress fastens at the waist with a lovely ribbon tie. It's not attached to the dress so it could easily be removed and replaced for something different if wished but I think it's great as it is.
As you can see, I have teamed this dress with plain black tights and some black patent peep-toe heels. All this outfit needs to finish it off is a pair of diamond earrings and perhaps a diamond ring. Yes, a bit of sparkly bling would really bring this look alive and fit right into place at any Christmas party.
I really do adore this dress and although I am heartbroken that it doesn't fit me I think that in the right size it would be the perfect choice for any festive celebrations. What will you be wearing to celebrate Christmas this year?