Friday Frock O’clock: The All-request Edition

This week’s Friday Frock is a bumper edition. Last week, I asked you if you had any Christmas party dress dilemmas and four very different requests came in. I love a good fashion challenge so today I’m tackling all four and hoping I’ve become your Christmas fairy godmother! Please do add your suggestions in the comments box too!

Readers also note, this weekend there are some amazing discounts to be had including on many of the dresses in this post. Scroll down for the full list at the end of this post.

Topshop Maternity Red jersey dress, £36 // Mercy sequin dress, Whistles £150

Maybe you could help find a xmas party dress for me? I’m pregnant and in that awkward stage where my bump could be mistaken for a pot belly! All the dresses I’ve tried either swamp me or are too short (I’m fairly tall!) would love it if you could help? ~ Hannah

Congratulations Hannah! I’ve got two options for you here… the first is a bargain and guaranteed to see you through several months if not all of your pregnancy. A Topshop maternity dress, the festive red will look striking but also be comfortable as you eat your way through Christmas and will still work come spring with flip-flops and a light jacket. However, if you want something more sparkly, how about this Whistles dress? I wear this loose t-shirt style a lot as it’s forgiving round the middle (you might even get away with concealing your pregnancy all together,) and Whistles lengths are longer so hopefully won’t feel like a pelmet! With a great pair of opaque tights you get to flaunt your unchanged asset; your legs, and still feel sexy. And as you’re tall, a pair of sparkly flats will work with this dress too if you’re not interested in heels right now.

Janelle Royal Blue body con dress, Reiss £149 // FiFi Maxi dress, Reiss £225 // Dark Purple lace midi peplum dress, River Island £35.

I am going to an Army dinner, for which I need a dress which sits below the knee. My shoulders need to be covered- this can be with a pashmina etc but I’d rather not have to worry about one slipping off. I’m 5 ft 6 and a size 10. I’m 22 and would like to find something elegant but still young, and not look frumpy! Can you help?! ~ Charlotte

This is a tricky one Charlotte. There are plenty of maxi length dresses or styles with sleeves but it’s rare to find both in one frock. Although I’m not an advocate of baring-all, when dresses are too covered up it’s hard not to look matronly and you want something that reflects your youth. With a cracking figure as you describe, a fitted style would be perfect like this body con Reiss dress. It’s extremely classy, on the knee and has your shoulders covered. Team with glittery shoes for a youthful touch, a sparkly box clutch and statement jewellery for maximum impact. Alternatively if you have cash to splash, this modern maxi is bang on trend and very elegant with a low up-do and restrained accessories. Lastly, you needn’t spend a lot to achieve this look, River Island came up trumps with this lace panel peplum dress that’s super fashionable and comfortably below the knee for a bargain £35.

Clemency Lace print Jersy dress, French Connection £65 // Jewel Shoulder Wrap dress, £75 & Assymetric fastening dress, £45, both Warehouse.

I have seen so many gorgeous party dresses this season just a shame I’m breastfeeding and can’t wear any of them. FF if you could find me a gorgeous outfit for Christmas day I would be your number one fan!! ~ Diane

First of all, hands up, I’ve never been in the position of breast feeding so the first thing I did when reading this was ask my sister-in-law Rachel, and Becky, who have been-there-and-done-that for advice. The general consensus seems to be that easy access is the key factor, but also that ‘normal’ dresses shouldn’t be discounted. My personal opinion would be that you need to try them on, see what works for you and how easy you find it, but I hope these options help give you some ideas… For a relaxed but festive outfit, try this crimson lace print jersey dress which should pull down easily for drama-free feeding. If you’re looking for something more formal or sparkly, my favourite is this Warehouse jewel shoulder dress, which appears to tie to the front so may be practical, as is this less ‘typically Christmassy’ button front dress.

Solar Heat Tunic dress, French Connection £250 // Vanusa embellished maxi dress, Ted Baker £399 // Clara pintuck long pleat dress, Whistles £165

I need a fabulous dress for a Christmas wedding!! (28th dec) My partner is the best man! Looking for something blue or black. Nothing floral! I’m a size 12! Thank you Christmas fairy! ~ Ellie

Ellie, fabulous is right up my street and I have spotted some incredible dresses recently. Let’s start with this French Connection dress and let me say the web image does it no justice. A greyish cornflower blue underneath, the disc-like embellishment is blindingly eye catching and the whole dress could easily be designer – you have to see it in person. If you were looking for something long and to really push the boat out, I am equally wowed by the detail on this Ted Baker maxi and the lovely scooped back. A serious investment but certainly fabulous. If you wanted something a little less sparkly and more understated, my last choice isn’t in blue, but toning purple. The lace and pleating is the kind of detail I love in a dress. Elegant, understated, this is the kind of dress the Duchess of Cambridge would wow in.

Ok readers, now it’s your turn. Share your favourite pick here, send me your party and Christmas dress dilemmas and requests and please feel free to add to my selections and help our readers out. You guys are the best! 🙂



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28 thoughts on “Friday Frock O’clock: The All-request Edition

  1. An amazing roundup! Are you sure you aren’t a secret stylist as well?! The whistles dress makes me want to be pregnant again and I can vouch that this style will see you through most of pregnancy. I was wearing my Wisteria Bow neck silk dress up to week 35! Also another tip. Those topshop dresses work well after pregnancy too. I have a burgundy one and would still wear it now xx

  2. Love this! I agree that Topshop maternity does well for post baby too.
    I’m breastfeeding and going for a bodycon skirt and was looking for inspiration on what to wear on top…
    Also, can’t seem to find the 30% on accessorize…is there a code?

  3. Rebecca, you have got it bang on! I love the maternity options, well done you!

    However, like Becky – the scoop back Ted Baker is making me melt. So gorgeous.


  4. Brilliant! This is a great Friday Frock post!!

    I’m also pregnant and struggling for something stylish to wear on Xmas day. I’m off to topshop now…!

    The ted baker maxi is also making me swoon… Le sigh

  5. Thank you for featuring my question on maternity outfits, I love both the dresses and may treat myself to both! I think the whistles dress is perfect for my xmas party and the topshop one will be lovely for christmas day! 🙂 one happy pregnant reader over here, xx

  6. I love them all! Especially the midnight Blue long sleeved Reiss dress! Nice finds Florence!

    Rebecca, I was about to go and buy boots from Oasis on my lunch hour – Can I ask…where did you see the 30% off promotion for Sunday / Monday? I may as well hold off till then if this is the case! Thanks for that!


    • I get sent the discount codes that i share from Oasis and other brands directly. You won’t find it anywhere yet as it hasn’t started (and I possibly shouldn’t be sharing it yet either for obvious reasons,) bu put it up today as I don’t post over the weekend…
      Happy Shopping!

  7. Thank you so much Rebecca for responding to my request! I love all of the dresses and will definitely check them out when I’m shopping next week! Its great to have someone highlight something that you might not have selected yourself!

    From a very happy FF reader! xx

  8. Really good post, Rebecca! am holding out for the Reiss maxi. So elegant. Also, what it is it about a scoop back that sends women into paroxysms of delight, me included?

  9. I am also going to a winter wedding and love the Ted Baker maxi dress I have bought a similar one already but I have two dilemmas, what type of shoes to get and also what to wear over it as it will be chilly in the church? HELP

  10. Absolutely love the red jersey dress, so wearable! I wore my maternity stuff for months after the baby too and something like that will cover a multitude of sins. Well done FF x

  11. Thanks for the heads up on the Oasis code, saw a skirt I really liked in there the other day and just brought it for 30% off!

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