Holy Cowl

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlet & Jo via Evans

Shoes: Naturalizer

After nearly nine years, honestly, the hardest thing about writing a blog is coming up with fresh titles! I’m pretty proud that I haven’t used “Holy Cowl” before, so let’s all just give me a small round of applause for my terrible pun (seriously, I haven’t been this pleased since “Back to the Fuschia“, which – ironically – was another hot pink dress review!)

I spotted this dress over a month ago on the Evans website and fell immediately for the pleated shoulders and elegant draped neckline. It was originally available in navy, black, red and pink; and despite being a steal at twenty pounds (and still gainfully employed!) I couldn’t quite rationalise buying more than the one, so I put the options out to the Frocks and Frou Frou community on Facebook and you guys said to go the pink.

Well done you! It’s such a great colour, and a great style too. It’s made of quite a heavy matte jersey that doesn’t cling to lumps and bumps, and the waist has ties at the back so you can make the absolute most of a curvy figure.

The bodice front is self-faced – meaning that it has a double thickness of fabric. This is great for cowl-neck pieces (and is the same with my Myrtle dresses) as you don’t ever risk the cowl going inside out or showing a seam. It falls from pleated shoulders that have dainty little shoulder pads to give the dress a bit of structure.

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m quite narrow-of-shoulder to go with my prosperous-of-bust, and I think the dress might better suit someone more proportional, but I do think it’s wonderfully elegant with its three-quarter length sleeves and midi-length hemline.

Meanwhile, following my review I got an email from Belinda Esler of Foxers offering Frocks and Frou Frou readers a great 30% discount on everything using the code Frocks30, so if you were in the market for some cute new knickers now could be the time to go shopping!

15 thoughts on “Holy Cowl

  1. That’s such a lovely colour on you! And I often skip past shoulder padded items on the rack thinking they’re too Alexis Colby but they really work here. I too am narrow shouldered, I’ll reconsider shoulder pads going forward.

    • Hi Narny – me too! (not that there’s much with shoulder pads these days anyway).
      I’ve got quite slopey shoulders, so in all reality I shouldn’t be so shy about them… but the 80’s gave them such a bad name!

  2. That deep raspberry pink is my favorite shade of pink! That looks amazing on you – the fit, the color, everything! What a great dress.

  3. Wow, that dress looks wonderful.. I too saw the dresses on the Evans website, but was not sure how the cowl neck would look. In reality, it enhances and softens the bustline rather than add bulk. I see the Evans website no longer lists the dresses, so they must have sold out. Darn it ! They have a new great Scarlett and Jo ivory and floral summer prom dress listed which I hope will come down in price.

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