F&F Clothing Julia Animal Print Gold Ring Wrap Dress…AND GIVEAWAY!

Just over a week ago I attended The Official British Plus-Size Fashion Weekend on behalf of F&F Clothing (the new name for Clothing at Tesco).  You can read all about my day out here.

As part of the arrangement, the fab team at F&F Clothing kindly provided me with a voucher so that I could buy something from their fabulous clothing range to wear on the day.  I went crazy and ordered a variety of dresses, way outspending the value of my voucher (oops).

Sadly for me, the items I chose weren’t the perfect fit and I didn’t have time to reorder so I ended up wearing an outfit of my own on the day.  However, I will be reviewing the F&F items I tried over the coming weeks to show you some of the amazing clothing available from them.

I was also given a £50 F&F Clothing voucher to give away on my blog so after you’ve read this review please don’t forget to enter using the Rafflecopter system at the bottom of the page.

So, today I would like to tell you about the gorgeous Julia Animal Print Gold Ring Wrap Dress I tried.

Image courtesy of F&F Clothing

I wasn’t 100% sure about this dress when I saw it online but the wrap shape looked like it just might work for me so I decided to add a size 14 to my basket and give it a try.

And thank goodness I did!

It’s funny, when I tried this dress on I wasn’t at all sure about it.  But now I look back at the photos I am wondering why I doubted it!  The wrap shape is perfect for me – adequately covering my boobs and fitting my hips but also nipping me in at the waist.

The crossover bust is roomy – good news for ladies with larger boobs – and I would easily be able to wear this dress on a night out or to a party without a modesty camisole.  That’s something of a rarity for me.  If I did decide to wear this to work I think I would add a cami for safety’s sake – I never know when my girls might decide to make an appearance and I certainly wouldn’t want such an accident to happen at work!

The skirt is shaped perfectly, having plenty of room for generous hips without being distastefully tight.  However when I tried it on I did wonder if it is perhaps slightly too clingy on my lower half…what do you think?

I love the feature gold ring at the waist, which is what pulls the middle area inwards and highlights my hourglass figure.

The fabric is lovely and stretchy and feels most unusual to the touch.  It is almost furry but the fibres are not long enough for that.  It’s very soft though and is perfect for a dress in leopard print.

Some leopard prints are much more garish than others.  I think that this one is definitely on the more subtle side and is fun and playful without being too ‘in your face’.  Adding a simple black blazer would play it down, whilst the addition of red or bright blue heels and accessories, for example, would really make it pop.

So why did I decide not to keep this dress?  In all honesty, having written this post and looked at the pictures again, I am left wondering the same thing.  In the end, I reluctantly returned it because I already own something along similar lines so it seemed rather frivolous to keep it.  I also felt the dress was just a little too clingy overall so I intend to buy the size 16 in due course and see if it works any better.  However I’m concerned that the fit on the waist won’t be as good as the size 14 seen here.  Only time will tell!

I reordered the dress in 14 and 16.  The 16 was too loose on the back at the waist so it went back.  The 14 is now hanging in my wardrobe, waiting to be worn 🙂

Please can we have more dresses in this shape, F&F Clothing?  I’d love to see it in plain colours and a range of prints!

And now, without further ado, let’s move on to my fab giveaway.

The lovely people at F&F Clothing have very generously donated a £50 voucher to be awarded to the winner of my prize draw.  As with my blog birthday giveaway a few months ago, this is a simple entry system, where you can participate in as many or as few entry options as you wish using the Rafflecopter widget below.  But remember, the more options you complete, the more chances you have of WINNING!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much to F&F Clothing for providing my readers with this fantastic opportunity – good luck to you all!



  1. jane dale-beaumont
    26 February 2013 / 02:55

    loving that leopard skin dress actually

    • Curvy Wordy
      26 February 2013 / 02:57

      Thanks Jane – the more I think about it, the more I like it too!

  2. Laura (DT)
    26 February 2013 / 03:02

    Love the leopard dress!

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 March 2013 / 15:45

      Me too – I am now the proud owner of one 😉

  3. Anonymous
    26 February 2013 / 03:11

    The Julia Lace Print Support Ponte Dress is lovely! ~Kristi G.~

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 March 2013 / 15:44

      Thanks Kristi – I have a review of that to come 🙂

  4. Susan Drysdale
    26 February 2013 / 05:03

    I think it looked amazing on you and fit you perfectly!Hugs, Susan @stylingwithsusieblog.com

    • Curvy Wordy
      3 March 2013 / 15:46

      Thanks Susan. I guess I am too critical of myself! After all the lovely feedback on here and on my Facebook page I have reordered the 14 and it's now waiting to be worn 🙂

  5. shirley elizabeth
    26 February 2013 / 05:10

    I think the Rose Print Poplin dress is adorable!

  6. Mel Bee
    26 February 2013 / 07:48

    That dress looks lovely. Totally addicted to leopard prints so this is a highlight. <3

  7. Mel Bee
    26 February 2013 / 07:50

    Ups … forgot to add the "F&F True Dip Hem Animal Dress" … Love the dress for summer. <3

  8. Kemcaflipflops
    26 February 2013 / 09:40

    I love this whole outfithttp://www.clothingattesco.com/dresses/f+f-pu-trim-printed-ponte-skater-dress/invt/jf311190/&bklist=icat,2,wm-casual-dressesI would add a thick belt underneath the bust for definition but this would be perfect casual outfit

  9. astrid
    26 February 2013 / 10:00

    The dress is not too clingy on you. It looks lovely. My first thought: now, that's a keeper!

  10. Just.Sooz
    26 February 2013 / 10:40

    Ooh competition – fingers crossed!

  11. A dress is for life
    26 February 2013 / 10:47

    I'm loving the 60's style daisy print shift dress it's so cute ! Xx

  12. Lorrena
    26 February 2013 / 11:09

    The dress looks beautiful on you! I wonder if they make a wrap top in that same pattern?

  13. manouschka/Brusselsfatshion.com
    26 February 2013 / 12:21

    Wouw girlthe dress looks fab on you.I hope upsizing won't alter the fit to muchxxxx

  14. Lilybobombslovelylumps.com
    26 February 2013 / 14:42

    You look utterly divine in this!!!!

  15. Anonymous
    26 February 2013 / 15:31

    Wow you look fabulous! This dress is definitely on my to-buy list now!

  16. Becky Boudoir
    26 February 2013 / 20:01

    I like the black fit and flare dress, it looks really cute.And you look amazing in that dress!Becky x

  17. katie skeoch
    26 February 2013 / 21:43

    the Stella Morgan Ponte bow dress in blue is lovely 🙂

  18. Rebecca in Sweden
    27 February 2013 / 02:47

    You look great in that dress, I also think the print looks much nicer/clearer in your photos than in the stock photo.Spotted some wrap dresses and a pair of red mid heel shoes on that website and since they ship to my country I'm definetly entering your giveaway=).

  19. Brianna Headley
    27 February 2013 / 05:00

    I like the Julia Peplum ponte dress and the Disney Doper vest and shorts PJs. Is that weird? Lol.

  20. Floral Danielle
    27 February 2013 / 13:57

    I love this peplum top! :)http://www.clothingattesco.com/tops+t-shirts/f+f-ribbed-peplum-top/invt/bb311127/&bklist=icat,4,shop,catgwomens,womens-tops-and-t-shirtsLovely giveaway!x

  21. Gillian Holmes
    1 March 2013 / 21:15

    F&F Heart Print Fleece Onesie

  22. myteries1984
    2 March 2013 / 13:16

    Oh, that's beautiful on. I hope the 16 works out for you, but I think the 14 might be a winner!

  23. LouAnn
    3 March 2013 / 23:43

    Love that dress! And it looks wonderful on you!

  24. Ursulab
    4 March 2013 / 15:44

    I love the poplin dress in rose print

  25. Kerry
    4 March 2013 / 17:25

    Wow you have a gorgeous silhouette

  26. Anonymous
    4 March 2013 / 19:56

    You look amazing! My favorite item is the F&F True Spray Studded Jumper.

  27. Nabeela Iqbal
    5 March 2013 / 22:21

    My favourite is the Stella Morgan Lace Top Dress. It's gorgeous and lace never goes out of fashion 🙂

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