Black and Gold

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Yesstyle

Skirt: DIY from THIS fabric

Shoes: Shoebuy

Necklace: Evans

I’ve been eying up this glamorous gold-foil printed fabric ever since I stumbled across it on one of my Etsy-seach rabbit-holes (search term: “Confetti”). I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it, so in the end I bought two full yards with the thought that it would probably be enough for me to decide at a later date.

When it arrived the scattered dots were a lot smaller than I’d envisaged, and weren’t as randomly placed. It wasn’t going to suit a dress or a circle skirt where the repeating pattern would be dramatically obvious, so I decided just to whip up one of my easy DIY’d pleated skirts.

The fabric’s a breezy cotton which I think is going to be lovely to wear in the summer, and I think the skirt will look ace with the strappy singlet that I bought last year from City Chic. The gold dots are foiled with a matte metallic finish, and they have a pretty sheen in real life.

The skirt’s fairly basic, and I think I’ll probably end up hemming it a bit shorter come the warmer months – it’s not a total success at the midi-length.

I am liking it teamed with black and gold tee that I got from Yesstyle – there’s something really decadent about pattern matching with metallics, don’t you think?

The ensemble beautifully suits the pendant necklace that I bought from Evans at the same time as I bought the cowl neck dress that I reviewed last week (because I had to rationalise that International shipping, dontchaknow?)

It’s on sale right now for a meagre three pounds, and I don’t mind telling you I’ve been wearing the beejeezus out of it since it arrived.

Frocks and Frou FrouNecklace: Evans

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!