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!

Business, or Pleasure

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Asos Curve (in straight sizes here & here)

Shoes: Chie Mihara

So, I’ve been a busy beaver these last few weeks, applying for jobs and attending interviews. Honestly, it’s not something that I enjoy (does anyone?!) as I’m a creature of habit, and change makes me anxious. But I’m holding on to my mantra of “Change is a good thing” and trying to listen to everyone who’s told me that by and large redundancies just lead to bigger and better things.

I’ve been fairly restrained in terms of buying things, but because I sold almost everything in my Great Big Ebay Sale (thank you to any readers who bid, by the way!) that I thought I’d splurge on one, good, interview-appropriate frock, since my wardrobe is fairly thin in the business-wear stakes.

I’m not really a “suit” kind of girl, and to be honest most of the roles that I’ve been applying for haven’t been suit-y kinds of jobs anyway, so I thought rather than shelling out hundreds for a pantsuit I’d buy this batwing dress from Asos since it was the sort of thing I’d probably wear anyway.

I bought it in my usual size, but ended up having to send it back for the next size up, so if you’re between sizes I’d definitely recommend sizing up.

The dress is fully lined, with a wide boatneck that forms a deep-v at the back.

Frocks and Frou FrouIt’s one of those dresses that gives the illusion of volume, while actually being quite fitted and shapely. The wonderful cuffed kimono sleeves do more to downplay a substantial bust-line that any minimiser bra I’ve ever tried.

Frocks and Frou FrouThe skirt originally came with a thigh-high slit up the front, that I deemed “not-interview-appropriate” and went at with my sewing machine. Because the fabric has a little stretch it’s still fine for walking in, but the skirt has retained the lovely tapered shape that lengthens my body.

Frocks and Frou FrouI teamed it with black pumps, and the Braun Buffel Compendium that was gifted to me recently at an industry event. It’s a gorgeous luxury piece that smells of high quality leather and helps make me feel like a professional (even if I’ve got Star Wars stationery, and a novelty pen on the inside)

Frocks and Frou FrouI kept my accessories to the bare minimum, but added these “jacket” earrings which are stud earrings with feature backs that follow the curve of your earlobe – you can chop and change the jackets with different studs for different looks, and they’re my new favourite thing.

Frocks and Frou FrouEarrings: Lovisa