Evans Scarlett & Jo Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress 16

Plus size brand Scarlett & Jo seem to be going from strength to strength. Sold exclusively at Evans, this is a range of clothing that is designed to accentuate the figure and makes the most of curves. I have reviewed a number of items from their collections on my blog, and today I will be showing you a dress I tried shortly before Christmas: the Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress (original price £75; sizes 14-32, now sold out online but may still be available in stores).

Image courtesy of Evans

I have tried this style of Scarlett & Jo prom dress before, but found it to be very tight on the bust. I therefore ordered a size 16 and an 18; but in fact the design of this dress is different to its predecessors as it has a stretchy bust area – hurrah! – and so the size 16 was the best fit of the two.

For reference, in these photos I am wearing my Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki Bra 34KK/75KK and Briefs 16/44, some plain black tights from The Big Tights Company, and red stiletto heels from eBay.

The dress is really lovely in real life. Although it’s plain black, it has such a range of textures and fabrics that it is anything but dull or dreary. The 3D textured bust area and chiffon sleeves are very stretchy, so they have plenty of give. The skirt is layered with netting and is fairly full, although it doesn’t feel it due to the transparent netting.

The back of the dress has a ‘v’ neckline and fastens with a zip. I found I could get the dress on and off without using the zip, which is always a plus as I don’t have anyone at home to help me undo it or do it up. 

The dress has a thick ribbon around the waist to cinch it in, but I found that it doesn’t exactly accentuate my waist. I felt a bit bulky in the dress with the ribbon belt, and think this was partly to do with the ribbon, but also partly to do with the fact the waist is quite high on this dress. From the pictures on the Evans website I was expecting it to be on my natural waist, but in fact it was just under my boobs, so it was pretty much empire line. This isn’t a cut I would usually choose as I prefer dresses with a lower waist, but I wanted to try something to see if I could make the dress work better for me. 

I decided to take off the ribbon tie belt and try using my red obi belt from Igigi instead. I teamed it with a different pair of red and gold heels from eBay, which in real life are actually a very similar colour to the obi belt but for some reason my iPhone camera made them look much darker.

SO much better! My waist is properly defined, and the wide obi belt helps to make the dress less empire line in cut. The red really pops out from my waist, and although these photos don’t show it, the shoes do too.

The dress is very comfortable to wear and it doesn’t scratch or irritate my skin thanks to the soft, high quality fabrics. I really like how the 3D texture on the bust accentuates this area – and be warned, it’s very touchy-feely so you might get all sorts of people wanting to have a feel!

The length of the skirt is great as it easily covers my knees. The net overlay is slightly longer than the underskirt and adds the look of volume. I found the overlay would sometimes get a bit ruffled or tangled, but it was simple enough to put it right.

As much as I liked certain aspects of this dress, I decided not to keep it as I have others in my wardrobe that I knew I would choose over this one. However, if you are looking for a frock that has the wow factor for a party or special occasion, this would be a terrific option.

Do you like the prom dresses from Scarlett & Jo, or are you more a fan of their bodycon dresses? Let me know by commenting below.



  1. Anonymous
    29 January 2015 / 23:32

    This might not be your usual style but you still look wonderful. Mind you, you would look wonderful in a bin bag. You’re a perfect woman and my inspiration.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:31

      Thank you – I do try to show clothes that suit me off the hanger as well as those that don't so much, as in the case here. I can then 'Curvy Wordy-ise' them to make them work, and on this occasion it's the simple addition of the belt that makes all the difference.

  2. Ellie
    30 January 2015 / 01:27

    I like the dress but it looks a bit frumpy as the neck is too high. If the scoop was deeper it would be better. In general plus size women with big boobs like yours need to wear low cut scooped or v necklines. I have no boobs and I am jealous of your impressive rack! Big fan of your blog in general. I do like the frilly effect on the top though…it looks great with your generous bust.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:33

      Thanks Ellie – I didn't keep this dress in the end as I knew I wouldn't get an awful lot of wear out of it because I have better dresses in my wardrobe. I do like the frilly effect on the top as well because it's different to anything I've tried before.

  3. WhatLauraLoves
    30 January 2015 / 04:49

    Such a gorgeous dress, I love the different textures and all of the detailing! I'm going to a party on Saturday and I wish id seen this sooner as it would have been perfect. Laura xxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:34

      Thanks Laura – it's definitely a lovely dress and it would look great on you! x

  4. Natty Nikki
    30 January 2015 / 13:42

    Such a beautiful dress I am sad that I still don't own of their prom dresses in fact I don't have anything from Scarlett and Jo yet!!! I need to rectify this immediately!!! You look fabulous as always xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:35

      Oh wow, you definitely need to invest in some Scarlett & Jo pieces! The quality and design of their garments is really superb, so I know you won't regret it x

  5. Anonymous
    30 January 2015 / 15:26

    I have this dress and wore it on Christmas Day with the ribbon belt and again on New Years Eve with a purple wide belt and purple heels. I never used to wear wide belts but your blog has inspired me to buy some! It is a great dress that is cut perfectly for the plus size figure. I got so many compliments on it, especially from other women. I adore Scarlett and Jo x

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:36

      So lovely to hear how this dress was such a success for you! Scarlett & Jo make some really fab occasion dresses and it sounds like you did a fantastic job of giving it a different look with the purple belt and shoes.

  6. Ilena
    30 January 2015 / 16:18

    I like this dress on you. I think that is better for apple shape though, the puff skirt is flattering for round stomach. My mother like this dress also, do you think it would be ok for older woman with small bust?

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:37

      Hi Ilena, yes, I think this dress would work very well for your mother. I would suggest perhaps sizing down if she has a significantly smaller bust in order to get a good fit.

  7. Anna Banana
    30 January 2015 / 18:57

    This looks lovely on you but I think it would be better if it was a colour rather than black. Maybe royal blue or a rich red? I do like most Scarlet & Jo clothes but my favourites are the floral prom dresses and the iconic powerfit body cons.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:38

      Oooh yes, this dress in other colours would be terrific! It would really work in a pale powdery pink colour – not my thing but I know lots of plus size bloggers like this hue.

  8. Charli Stewart-Russon
    30 January 2015 / 21:12

    This looks such a boring dress on the hanger – I love it with the obi belt but I'm unsure where you would wear this. I feel it's too plain for black tie and too fancy for cocktail … it would inevitably end up gathering dust in my wardrobe! C xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:39

      I suppose that is the key question: when would I wear this dress? I think I should ask myself this every time I want to purchase a new frock as I have so many left unworn in my wardrobe!

  9. Joanne Doddington
    31 January 2015 / 00:30

    You make this dress look a million dollars! Like Charli I think it's pretty drab but your red belt really brightens it up. I love your style and how you make clothes work for you even if they're not quite right. Keep writing this blog as I would be lost without it x

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 12:40

      Thanks Joanne. I hadn't heard from you for a while so it's lovely to have you back. Hope all is well with you. I will keep blogging as long as my readers are finding the content useful x

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