I recently received this "Gothic style jilbab" to review from Layla.h.com. If you haven't heard of them, Layla-h is a new British-based company that sells modest clothing of both Eastern and Western influences.
Below is a photo of the dress I was sent. It is described as a jilbab on the website, but I think that it is more of a dress.
My package :)
The dress is made of soft jersey material and the top has a pretty crochet detailing on it. The shoulders are also detailed with beads and thin, silver chains. It has two pockets on the skirt.
Quality: I think that the quality of the dress is quite good - it is nicely stitched and the fabric is thick and opaque. Obviously with jersey there is the innate problem of clingyness, but this can be reduced with a cotton slip skirt worn underneath.
Style & sizing: It is not something that I would usually go for but I do like it. The only thing that puzzles me is whether to call it a formal or casual dress because of the pockets. I think that it is both depending on how you choose to dress it.
The crochet detailing is lovely and so are the cuffs. I am not hot on the elasticated waist though - I think it would have been nicer loose. One good thing about the waist though, is that it allows you to put a top with the dress so that it looks like a skirt. Also, if you are shorter, you could use the elastic to adjust the skirt length.
In terms of sizing, it sort of runs true to size but looking back I think I would have gotten a 12 (UK size) instead of a 10 so that it is generally a bit looser. I am 171cm tall (to be precise..) and the dress hits just below my ankles.
Vaule for money: The dress retails at £44.99. I think that this is fair compared with the rest of the high street. I would recommend checking out their website, there are a few very cheap things on there, like this beautiful pink dress for only a tenner!
Shipping and communication: Excellent.
Overall, I like the dress and love the site. Definitely will be keeping an eye on this company and can't wait until their range expands - they have a bridal collection which is not up yet, but that will certainly be one to look out for.