Evans Scarlett & Jo Embellished Velvet Dress 16

I don’t often get invited to very posh ceremonies or parties, but if I ever was I am not sure I’d have a dress in my wardrobe to fit the occasion. Yes, I have a ton of gorgeous dresses, but I can’t think of one that would be glamorous enough for a really fancy event. Well, that recently changed when I acquired the Scarlett & Jo Embellished Velvet Dress in navy and in black.

Image courtesy of Evans

Image courtesy of Evans

Image courtesy of Evans

I adored the dress when I first saw it on social media, but at £68 I felt it was a little pricey for me to buy as a dress that would remain in my wardrobe until I was eventually required to attend a fancy do. However, when the dress was in the sale at Evans shortly before Christmas, I knew I had to order it to see if the cut worked for me, and as I couldn’t choose between the two colours, I ordered them both in a size 16.

In these photos of me in the navy blue dress 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 black stiletto heels from Primark. I am not wearing a corset with the navy blue dress.

I absolutely LOVE this dress. The navy blue is in fact more of a deep and rich royal blue, but I’m not complaining as it is utterly stunning. As you can see from the stock photo at the beginning of the post, the shoulders are embellished with a selection of beads and jewels, which is a very pretty touch that brightens up the dress and adds interest.

The material of the dress is 91% polyester and 9% elastane, making it super soft and easy to wear. It’s machine washable and comes out looking just as good as when it went into the machine (I just turned the dress inside out before washing to protect the embellished shoulders). The fabric is so lovely and stretchy, and it’s stroke-ably soft. When my niece saw this dress hanging on my wardrobe recently, she couldn’t stop running her hands up and down the fabric, so it’s definitely got the touchy-feely factor.

The cut of this dress is simply terrific. It is certainly made for an hourglass figure and my photos make that crystal clear. The crossover bust is good for larger boobs as the top can adjust to accommodate them (although this does mean more cleavage is on display!). The waist is not cinched in but the dress is cut to go in at this point. There is some gathering of the material across the lower tummy area, which would help disguise any lumps and bumps if needs be.

The skirt of the dress is more or less straight, so it fits over my hips and upper thighs, and then hangs straight down. There is a long slit in the skirt and on me (I am around 5’5) it hits me roughly mid-thigh. That’s not to say this dress is indecent, but that slit is quite high for me personally so I would always wear tights with this dress for modesty. The dress does not ride up when walking, and the slit it cleverly designed so that it doesn’t show too much leg despite being fairly long.

The elbow-length sleeves are perfect for this dress, as they are a decent length that won’t make you overheat as they only cover the top half of your arms. There are small shoulder pads in place to help give extra shape and definition to the upper section of the dress.

In the photos below of me in the black dress, 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 blue stiletto heels from eBay (to tie with the blue jewels on the shoulders). Additionally, I am wearing a corset in the photos of the black dress, as I wanted to see how it changed my shape and how the dress fitted me.

I was really interested to see that the look of the dress in the pictures here is quite different to what I saw when I looked in the mirror. Not in a bad way, but my reflection showed a more accentuated waist so it’s a shame these photos don’t show this quite so much.

The corset pushes my boobs up, which is why you might think my bra is too small in the cup for me in some photos as my boobs look a bit squished. I think the dress works well with a corset but because of the way it is designed and cut it looks just as lovely without.

I recently attended a posh do for work and at first I wondered what I could wear…but it suddenly dawned on me that I had these two gorgeous frocks to choose from. I ended up going with the black one as the dress code was black with a hint of red. I wore red nail varnish to tie in with the ‘hint of red’ theme, as well as some red lipstick. I received so many compliments on my dress at the do and I was told by a colleague that quite a few men were noticing me. Sounds like a very successful dress to me!

The dress was very comfortable all evening, but I did notice a couple of things. First of all, the crossover neckline didn’t stay put so I inadvertently flashed my bra on quite a few occasions. I think I’ll have to partially stitch up the neckline to stop this happening in the future. The other thing I noticed was that the dress rides up a bit when I sit down, and therefore the split moves a bit higher up my thigh. Thankfully I was wearing just regular tights and not shapewear or lacy hold-ups, as it could have been rather embarrassing.

Other bloggers have also written about their love for the Scarlett & Jo Embellished Velvet Dress; perhaps most notably the lovely Georgina from She Might Be Loved.

I am so glad I snapped these dresses up whilst they were still available. I am sure I will get a decent amount of wear out of them and it’s good to know I have at least two options to choose from if I am ever invited to a fancy event in the future. Do you have a posh frock in your wardrobe that would be good for such an invitation?



  1. Georgina Grogan
    19 January 2015 / 19:41

    You look utterly amazing in it!!! It's definitely my favourite dress of all time! Thanks for the mention too 🙂 xx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:31

      Thanks love – and no worries at all. I always try to link to other bloggers' reviews whenever possible x

  2. Laura Pearson-Smith
    19 January 2015 / 19:49

    So pretty and luxe xLaura | A Life With Frills

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:31

      This is indeed a very luxurious dress. I am so pleased I snapped them both up!

  3. www.justmeleah.co.uk
    19 January 2015 / 20:18

    You look absolutely breathtaking in both of them. Wow! xxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:32

      Aww, thank you for your lovely words, Leah. So kind of you x

  4. WhatLauraLoves
    19 January 2015 / 23:17

    Oh wow you look absolutely stunning! I love this dress on you, it looks AMAZING! xxx

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:33

      Thanks Laura – it really is a show-stopper! Scarlett & Jo's festive pieces are always so lovely x

  5. Anonymous
    20 January 2015 / 00:53

    You look like an angel. I especially like the blue dress on you. You are a plus size inspiration x Becca x

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:33

      Goodness, thank you for your very kind words, Becca. So lovely to hear from my readers x

  6. Anna Banana
    20 January 2015 / 01:05

    I wish this dress was still available at Evans – as a plus size woman I don't have a lot of choices for glam dresses like this and I am so sad I missed out on it. Do you know if Scarlett & Jo plan to make any more in this shape/style?

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:34

      Scarlett & Jo will be bringing out a lace fishtail dress, which is different to this one but might be suitable for special occasions just like this one is. Also make sure you check your local store as they might still have this one in stock (probably in the sale section).

  7. Ilena
    20 January 2015 / 03:34

    I like the dress very much. It is a shame we do not have Evans here in Russia. There are many plus size women who would like dresses like this but we can only see them in places like your blog. Anyway the dress looks very good on you.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:35

      I do hope Evans expand to Russia very soon. What plus size stores do you have over there?

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:36

      Thank you. The Kris Line body I tried a while back didn't fit me properly then and definitely wouldn't now as my boobs are bigger than ever!

  8. Pink Haired Princess
    20 January 2015 / 17:43

    Lovely. I actually think I prefer it without the corset, but like you say it's perhaps just the photos. I can't think of an occasion I'd personally wear these dresses and actually my wardrobe was once filled with 'party' wear but now is just everyday stuff (fancy everyday of course).

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:37

      Thanks – yes, I think I prefer it without the corset, too. Dresses like these definitely suit a particular occasion, and my works do recently was the perfect opportunity to wear the black one. I am keeping my eyes open for a time to wear the blue one, now!

  9. Anonymous
    20 January 2015 / 23:34

    seems all comments are ladies —but as male to me as a photographer its a good showing how different poses can make a dramatic difference in a piic as to how it stands out some its just wwooooweee others nice great etc.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:39

      Thank you for your interesting comment. I can never seem to choose between my pictures and that's why I have so many in each review. I try to show the clothes from as many different angles as possible as I feel this helps my readers decide how each item might work (or not) for them.

  10. Amy Hoskins
    20 January 2015 / 23:50

    Oh god you are so damned cute!!! I wish I had bought this dress when it was still in stock, ugh. I will trawl Ebay for it instead as I simply MUST own it. I wouldn't look as good as you but boy it's a keeper. Well done to Scarlett & Jo for another plus size winning dress XX

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:39

      Haha, thank you, Amy. I do hope you manage to find this dress on Ebay as it is so very lovely x

  11. Sophisticated Curves
    21 January 2015 / 01:56

    You look gorgeous in those dresses!!

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:40

      Thank you – from what you've said do I assume that I don't look gorgeous when I am not wearing them? 😛

  12. Anonymous
    21 January 2015 / 02:27

    I like the slit, I like this because it's got that supersexy fantasy villainess vibe. I am going to buy this dress and imagine I am whipping a tethered He-Man, forcing a kryptonite collar over Superman's neck or kicking Batman down a flight of stone stairs in my gothic castle.
    I just need to save up to afford the dress!!!

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:41

      Keep an eye on Evans’ social media – they often have discount codes! Also might be worth signing up for the newsletter.

    • Anonymous
      8 February 2015 / 23:06

      Great, thanks!

  13. Shanna Madrazo
    21 January 2015 / 10:08

    Love the dress and love YOU in it! You look amazing, I used to work in EVANS, their collections and style has evolved since then! Thanks for sharing. Shanna

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:43

      Yes I agree, Evans have really upped their game over the past few years. It used to be a place to buy shapeless sacks but now they have all sorts of style for plus size women. It's brands such as Scarlett & Jo who have really helped them to step forward in the fashion stakes. Long may it continue!

  14. Anonymous
    28 January 2015 / 11:14

    Oh wow, look at you – you barely look any different with the corset on as you have that amazing snatched waist as it is! Such a beautiful curvy blogger. I love that us plus size women have these options.

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:44

      Thanks – somehow my photos didn't capture the super-cinched effect of the corset, but perhaps I should have tried the dress in a smaller size for this. Either way, I am pleased the dress works well for me without a corset thanks to its curve-friendly cut.

  15. Joanne Doddington
    31 January 2015 / 00:20

    You are the perfect plus size hourglass. Your curves are so beautiful and this dress looks like it was made to measure for you. My sister in law got this dress for her work Christmas party and she said it was just the job. She even got chatted up by the CEO, haha!!!! x

    • Curvy Wordy
      8 February 2015 / 13:45

      This dress seems to make all sorts of weird and wonderful things happen! I think it has magic powers…

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