Dress of the Month ~ November

My current dress of the month is a bit of a different one – it isn’t so much the dress itself that I love, but the overall look!

Marilyn before adjustments

You see, I kinda butchered this one! It came with a completely different sash that I got sick of looking at, so I wanted to try something different with it.

Marilyn stripped of her original sash

I pulled a much more embellished belt from another dress (which can be purchased separately) and also grabbed some matching organza fabric and created a cover up to completely change the original neckline. I absolutely love the look I created, and it serves as the perfect demonstration of how a dress can be transformed with accessories. I always tell girls not to panic if they don’t find a dress that they love everything about , that if you can find one that ticks almost all of the boxes then it’s worth considering making the tweaks yourself (with the use of a seamstress if necessary) to achieve the look you want.

Marilyn after her transformation

This dress is called Marilyn and I find it to be a really flattering gown on lots of body types. It is a traditional full-skirted ballgown, but since the skirt isn’t gathered at the waist and remains fairly flat and skimming through the hip, it doesn’t add extra bulk around a tummy, it can even disguise a larger hip and thigh area. Since the waist is the emphasis it can make pear shaped girls look much slimmer and really exaggerates an hourglass. I also love the slightly curved neckline and sculpted bodice as it can accommodate and even minimise quite a full bust. But most of all I love the silhouette created from the full skirt made up of metres and metres of organza and how it falls. It seems very opulent and luxurious even though it is completely un-embellished.

It definitely is reminiscent of the classic 1950’s Dior New Look, that really never dates or looks costumey, so it is ideal both for girls with a vintage themed wedding and modern girls looking for something girlie and super flattering.

For more information about this dress or to try it for yourself, please contact Catherine at Cathedral Gowns (Tel: 028 4461 2532)

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