Posy Dress, Orchid Tops, Snowball Polka Tights

Reviewed by Ally H-L

There are few things cuter than a toddler girl in a pinafore dress, so imagine my utter delight when the contents of my Frugi Crusader Goody Bag turned out to include the gorgeous Posy Dress, along with a 2-pack of Orchid tops, and Snowball tights to complete the ensemble. I was so excited I nearly danced in the Post Office!

I was a little nervous as to whether the 18-24 month sizes would fit my tall 22 month-old daughter; I needn’t have worried, Frugi sizes are nicely generous so they fit beautifully now, and growth-spurts notwithstanding should last her for a few months yet.

As one would expect from Frugi the quality is just fabulous. The organic cotton is wonderfully thick;  just the thing for the colder autumn winter days, and the cord dress has the appearance of being hard-wearing as well as pretty. Winner!

I approached the tights with caution as my daughter is prone to eczema on her legs and was unable to wear tights all of last winter as they caused horrible flare-ups. I don’t know whether she’s toughened up a bit, or if it’s the lovely soft organic cotton in the tights, but we’re now 4 or 5 wears in, and no sign of any eczema. As well as complementing this outfit, the tights look fantastic with denim skirts and shorts, thus extending the life of some of Milly’s summer clothes. I love it when beautiful things are practical!

The dress itself is great; the poppers at the back make it easy to get over a wriggly not-quite-2-year-old’s head, it has sufficient volume for her to run around easily and enough length for her not to flash her nappy every time she climbs something. Given that my daughter is not terribly ladylike as yet, this is A Good Thing. It’s unfeasibly cute-looking and has already drawn a lot of comments.

I’m saving my most effusive praise til last, as I am quite simply in love with the Orchid tops. Daft I know as they appear to be just a couple of long-sleeved tees, y’know, the sort you put under the pretty stuff. How deceptive appearances can be! The lovely pinks make them suitable for “girlyfying” a plain outfit, and they wash so fantastically (no need to iron! Yippee!) that it seems they are fast becoming the first top I reach for on a what-can-i-put-her-in day. They layer beautifully and are so snuggly and thick that you can dispense with the need for a vest underneath which is a big plus for me as Milly hates too many layers and I find vests  an almighty faff! The neck poppers are super-practical and the sleeves long enough to reach to the wrists of my long-limbed girl.

All in all, the outfit is everything I wanted it to be; great quality, soft enough for Milly’s sensitive skin and really, really, really pretty. Great work Frugi!

Midnight Polka Dress

Reviewed by Susie J – Frugi Crusader

A beautiful spotty dress came through the door this morning and sat waiting for its new owner to come home from school. I spent the morning stroking it!  I have to say it looked enormous for a five-year old, but once on, it fitted beautifully.  The sleeves are quite long, but nothing that can’t be rolled up and better long than short anyway!  It is the most gorgeous thick cotton jersey that we have all come to expect from Frugi, which leads me to believe it will wash well and last forever.  Frankly I’m jealous – can you do it in a size 12 please?

Pond Dipper Snuggle Fleece

Reviewed by Emma T – Frugi Crusader

The following is a true story….  A bit-of a Frugi devotee, I have been slow to invest in their best selling fleeces, but with it getting a wee bit chilly, I decided to buy one for my 17 month-old.  Always keen to marvel at my Frugi wonders, we unwrapped and tried on the fleece after tea one evening.  It was gorgeous, so soft and the colours looked fantastic, Finn actually gave himself a little hug, however, it was a bit on the big side (18-24 months) so I’d thought perhaps we’d save it.  Unfortunately, I reasoned, there would be plenty more cold to come.  The following morning, preparing for a brisk school run in every sense, I went to put on a different jumper.  Finn shook his head decisively, toddled over to the side where I had neatly (er hem) placed his fleece, pulled it down and brought it to me.  Once on, he nuzzled his head into the collar and gently stroked the cosy cuffs (rolled up a couple of times) over his cheek.  Fleece and he have been inseparable since, he even finds him when we are at home and makes a snuggly nest with him or places him in the seat of his trundle car.  Smitten and warm, one toasty little chap and his very pleased Mummy.  Everyone at the school gates wants one now.

Apple Print Smock

Reviewed by Lucy J – Frugi Crusader

When the Apple Print Smock arrived in the post from Frugi I was very happy with it from the moment I took it out of the bag: it’s made from a slightly heavier cotton I think and so feels quite substantial and cosy. It’s perfect for wearing in the Autumn, either with a vest underneath on a colder day or without when it’s warmer. The colours are gorgeous too – pink but not too much of it (I’ve been a little overwhelmed with all the pink you get if you have a baby girl!) and I like that it’s slightly off white as it doesn’t show the dirt quite as quickly.

One of the best features though is the cuffs (it was actually my mother who pointed this out) because they are fitted so even though the smock is actually slightly too big for Sophie, the sleeves don’t hang down over her hands. They’re not too tight though either, plenty of room for circulation.

I’m impressed at how durable it has been so far too – it’s been washed several times and still looks brand new when I put it on her. I’ve found it goes very well with the fox dungarees as it makes sure people know she’s a little girl in these slightly boyish trousers 🙂

All in all I’m a very happy customer!

Happy Days Tee

Reviewed by Emma T – Frugi Crusader

It is indeed a happy day when Roo’s head journeys from beneath the garment to the surface with no anxiety, pressure or force.  Thank you, Frugi, for this aptly-named, gorgeously soft tee, with super stretchy and ample neck hole.  Parents and guardians of the large headed salute you.  It brought as much sunshine to the daily chore of getting dressed as the funky colour did to the rest of our day.  I wasn’t certain how the bright and bold “greengage” would suit, but it looks really fine.  Roo loves to wear this and often chooses it, I think he finds it really comfortable, or it could be the “rocket” motif.  I have explained it’s a vegetable patch, and I think it is a brilliant design.  He enjoyed and agreed in part with my explanation, the rocket is now fuelled by biodiesel, and crewed by space chickens.  Radish-cal!

Froggy Jeans

Reviewed by Emma T – Frugi Crusader

I can’t hop over how fab are these Froggy Jeans.  Such a great cut (I didn’t know it was possible or necessary to flatter a four year olds legs and bottom, but they do) and so well designed, re-inforced edge at the bottom of the trouser legs, no rivets on the back pockets, just in case you slip into a pond and land heavily, wonderfully stretchy and comfortable wasit band.  Previously, I’d been wary of adjustable elasticated waists, I’d found that the material could bunch into hard lumps and the buttons looked  like they might dig into little tums (or big tums, I haven’t forgiven you maternity jeans).  Not so with these jeans; the waist band is really soft, the material gathers gently, in fact, there is so much give that my son simply pulls them up and down to get them on and off, so no button panic – Phew!  The material is also surprisingly soft and tactile, I usually prefer a jersey jogger for jumping about the garden, but these move so well, seem really durable and have washed brilliantly, which is just as well because, as we selected a bigger size (they look great rolled up), they will last.  So, despite being a great shade of blue, they are actually green.

Frugi sample sale


OK folks….it’s that time again.

We are having a ‘sample’ sale next week.

WHERE? Here at Frugi HQ in Helston  CLICK HERE FOR A MAP

We are now on Wheal Vrose Business park, which is at the end of Water-Ma-Trout in Helston.

Wherever you are coming from, once in Helston head for the Redruth road. Opposite the fire station there is a roundabout. Take the exit into Water-Ma-Trout. Go past the Tanks on your right, then take the next right. Go along that road and take the next right opposite Jewsons the builder merchants.

Follow that road along to the end and…you’re there!!!

WHEN?: Between 10am and 12 noon on 14th October

See you there!