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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lilabeth

Lilabeth in black.
 My love of party frocks continues with this dress: the Lilabeth.
It is a silk taffeta fully lined in acetate.  The fabric has that rustle and sheen I associate with putting on powder and drinking a glass of champers in front of my make-up mirror.
It's fantasy dressing but the frock itself is plain enough that I think we can get away with it.
"aged driftwood"
 I wanted to write a post on this dress as the price is quite the deal, and there is a further reduction on the frock with a 25% code (OURTREAT).  See it here.
"caspian blue"
 It comes in a range of conservative colors, and the dress itself is demure with its sleeves, to the knee length, fully concealed back zip, small side pockets for nervous hands and a v-neckline that plunges without being overly revealing.
"champagne"
The lining has been done really well, there is a slight pucker at the top of the sleeve that is mimicked in the interior lining: a small detail that lets the shoulders lay properly.
"spiced wine"
 I found the dress to fit true-to-size to slightly small, if you are between dress sizes I would suggest going up.  I can often fit a size 0 but in this case the 2 just fits.
To the knee and I am tall-ish.
 The waist is set in quite high, just above the natural waist.  In this case I like it, there are two pleats at the waist-line which forgive a full stomach, an important consideration for me as I purchased these frocks for dinners out.
A higher waist with some forgiving pleats.
 I love the dress and the price so much that I bought it in three colors: the aged driftwood (which is a gorgeous platinum), the black and the caspian blue.
I am trying to hold off on buying the frock in "champagne", we'll see!

Have you purchased any party frocks on the sales?
Happy Saturday.
xoDani

51 comments:

  1. AH - you look divine in this! I may take a look at this - I recently purchased two party frocks - one that is REALLY party, one that can be worn both ways, but requires an underpinning. I found a lovely nougat london black jersey camisole with velvet trim that is actually not too low that IT shows cleavage, too. I may go take a gander at this, as I am about ready to fully embrace dresses...

    This is very Gracy Kelly like and I really love it on you! I think you would be divine in the champers version, drinking your champers!

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    1. WMM oh no don't encourage me, I'm silly enough as it is!
      I want to see your new party things!

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    2. I think the champagne is beautiful too. But do you really want 4 of an identical dress? Unless you adore the style in which case it becomes a signature piece ;-)

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  2. Oh how pretty, I would love to rifle through your wardrobe, it must be amazing.
    Part of me would like a party frock, but then I think, what's the point, I really don't have any parties or dinners on the horizon, so it would just be festive greed.

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    1. Tabs I swear I have more fun in my life when I buy party frocks, then I am motivated to plan a party or some dinners! That is bonkers but true. This dress is conservative enough to wear to family events around the holidays, it covers my tattoo.;) So double-winner.
      I thought of you when the platinum color arrived, that sort of understated shade is very Tabs.

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    2. I love that platinum colour, it's one of my favourite colours to wear.
      It will be our anniversary in December so that's an excuse but then I haven't worn any of the dresses I do have this year ( just the blue one I wore for mum's birthday dinner)
      Hmm, the want party frock/don't need part frock conundrum!

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  3. Tempting...but, I'm staying on track with everyday stuff. People in LA, just don't wear party type dresses to dinner, anywhere. I spent a small fortune on my mother of the bride dress for my daughter's wedding a few months ago, hoping I'll get to wear it again sometime.

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    1. Hi Kathy, that's smart and if you can get extra wear our of your MotB dress you'll bring the CPW right down. That's always a problem for women, I've had other friends in that situation.
      LA is so casual isn't it, I think I'd find it such a different place!

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    2. So casual. Even when we go to the symphony or opera - only tourists are dressed up. For Thanksgiving, I asked everyone to dress "festive casual", which is about the most I can get my group to do. I may buy some sequined Uggs for the occasion.

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  4. Oh I think the champagne is a must-have! Beautiful dress!

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    1. Hi Sue, I know I do like it, must stay away from website...

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  5. You look smashing Dani, it's a beautiful dress just made for you. We have a couple of winter weddings this year but they involve travel and taffeta would require a mountain of tissue paper to pack without wrinkles. I do like the swish of it though, it has such a feminine feel. I have my eye on a few dresses at a local boutique, planning to visit Monday and try a few on. The festive season will be here before we know it.

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    1. XOXO, so true, holiday decorations and gift ideas already filling stores. And it is nice to get the "dress fret" out of the way early.

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    2. Hi xoxo, I agree this dress would not travel well. We are hunkered down at home for a good while, though we may go on a ski trip in upstate New York, of course this dress and anything like it will be of no use to me there. I wear this type of dress on a weekly basis, but I do wish I had a wedding to go to, I like them so much. Then I could REALLY dress up LOL.

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    3. GF I agree if I don't have holiday dresses lined up I get the Dress Fret and then I hanker after full-priced offerings, those are definitely not in my budget post-bathroom-reno.

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  7. After I saw how pretty you looked in the Lexa I started hankering for a cocktail dress with sleeves. The Lilabeth looks lovely on you as well.

    When the Lilabeth got marked down enough, I pounced on the spiced wine--as you point out, it is indeed an amazing deal, especially given how nicely finished it is. I needed a somewhat conservative dress for my husband's work-related events; it will also work well for the opera. LOL, my family does not dress for holiday events, so it won't be of use there. I found that the dress was too revealing in the bust for me, but that is probably because of the way dresses typically fit on my small back, so I usually have to have alterations and others may not have this problem.

    Excellent choice!

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    1. Ah hah Hexicon, that's it, the Lexa in caspian blue (see below) which DBP also cottoned me on to.

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    2. Lest my comments above be confusing, I should clarify that the neckline will be fine once it's altered. The gape is due to a quirk of the way dresses fit my back.

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    3. Hexicon I understand, I have small shoulders and a narrow chest, often dresses fit me a bit funny. I also have a 32A/B so cleavage isn't a problem though I sometimes wish it was. ;)
      The spiced wine will be perfect for your events, what a great choice!

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  8. DRESS UP My staple black cocktail frock was looking a bit tired so I picked up the Evie, in regular size to make sure it comes to my knees, for an incredible $60ish with my last 20% coupon. This way I don't mind the potential top tailor's cost (and it also covers my small shoulder tattoo, phew.) Have a JC dress from last year's wedding clear out that's very similar to Lilabeth in waterfall, only with a cap-sleeve, that I haven't even worn yet, as well as a Ebay steal original Shimmy dress (the ruffled overlay with black sash) that I a determined to try with black tights and suede & satin shoes for the holidays. So, no more frocks needed for me, unless I can find something for a spring wedding I will still want to wear in May...

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    1. Get Fresh you and Dani were wildcats, I dreamt of getting a tattoo in my younger days but never had the nerve.

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    2. I still don't mind my longtime bit of ink. But it definitely doesn't fit in with current company much and it does dictate my dress-up choices these days.

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    3. Tabs and GF, I don't mind my tattoo and I fit right in at concerts but honestly it wasn't worth the pain! And the fact that our family is fairly conservative so I have to make sure it's covered up at events, which is more of a hassle than you'd think!

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    4. Wait a minute! Dani has a tattoo? Never would have guessed that in a million years!

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  9. You look great in the dress. It would be too low cut for me, and honestly the fabric is too dressy for my party circuit.

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    1. Hi Julie, I think California is quite a bit more laid back, I'm sure I'd dress totally differently if I lived there! My Goldsign jeans would stay but that would be about it.

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  10. On the low cut isssue, we Euros are absolute tarts next to you, we're all about the flaunt.
    Ask Ema!

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    1. Tabs - you are so right - every where I went in France - there was so much cleavage!!! I have no frock that shows cleavage but it makes me so nervous to do so. How Canadian, eh? (every pun intended!)

      Our Dani has a tattoo! And she had Uggs! Next thing, I am going to find out she was on the wrestling circuit!

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    2. My fried-egg chest is glad it is not in France. Over here, hate having tops altered to own lack of cleavage and our Canadian conservatism (which isn't in evidence at my neighbourhood nightclubs but definitely on my small social circuit where some "dress-up" is cashmere turtlenecks. My Caribbean soul chafes.

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    3. Tabs WMM GF, hmph wish I had more cleavage in this dress, maybe with a better brassiere I can work a miracle?
      WMM I was never a wrestler but I did have a wrestler boyfriend!

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    4. Omg! That has got to be a post! Wrestler boyfriend!

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  11. Speaking of the Lexa--For the longest time after Dani's original post, the only color on-line was the blue-gray. Now all colors are back and it's $69.99, minus the 25% if you spend enough.

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    1. Just saw that Hexicon as I am eyeing Memo dress as well for work-ier stuff (non-taffeta). I did get my Lexa on a random very early morning popback for around $100, but that is a steal. Ah the JC sale games...

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    2. Hexicon thanks for that Lexa tip, that's my warmer-weather version of this dress. I find plain silk dresses really versatile, what a great price they have the Lexa at now.

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  12. No party frocks for me although this is very tempting. Silk taffeta--that lovely sound! As usual Dami, you look better than the models in this sweet dress!

    I also noticed the difference in skin exposure between our continent and Europe. I definitely feel exposed my cute strapless dresses here at home. But in France and Spain I felt completely comfortable.

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  13. Did I spell Dami? My poor feeble eyes!

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    1. Dami oh no it's like a swear version of our name!
      I feel very covered up in my clothes when I'm in Paris, so true.

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  14. I was just contemplating this dress! Considering this or the Lexa for a holiday event and can't decide. I may need the extra length of the Lexa. I do love the color of the aged driftwood but I have a great pair of shiny silver J.crew Brigitte heels I would love to pair with either but not sure of that color would work. Decisions, decisions!

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  15. Really looking forward to seeing what you do with this dress. In ALL its colors:).

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  16. It's such a pretty dress! You look great in it and I'm glad they make you happy :-)

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  17. I really love this dress on you, Dani. You have the best legs. Honestly, they are just perfect legs for skirts and dresses.

    I didn't buy any party frocks but I did bite when the 25% code hit today, nabbed the tall antique white skirt after seeing it on the fabulous Tabitha.

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  18. Very pretty Dani.If somebody throws a party you're ready . The rest of us will be standing in front of our closets trying to find something to wear and you'll be trying to decide which colour. Wonder who will get a cocktail first.

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  19. Such a pretty dress, Dani - and very you. Love the shape and the colours, especially the caspian. If I flounced out of the wardrobe wearing something like that nobody would recognise me.( I always wear black!)

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  20. hi dani, love this dress. it is so YOU. and really it is me too but i have absolutely nowhere to wear it. but i can sit back and enjoy you wearing it. you and mr bp must make the most stunning couple on the party set. i say live. it. up!

    xo

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  21. Hi Dani, I agree the high waist and pleats make this one a perfect dinner date dress. It looks terrific on you! Very classy and classic.

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  22. Lovely dress and it looks beautiful on you. I have to ask--what is champers?

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    1. Susan, if I may, champers is a glass of the bubbly -- champagne!

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  23. Dani, this dress is so you! Beautiful fabric, nice construction and elegant lines. So smart to get it in multiples at the great price. It can have so many looks depending on accessories, coats/cardis, etc. and the various colors give different moods. Lovely.

    I did go for a party frock and it's not the one on my post today. I still need to try it on and talk it over with Poppy to see if it's one for the fantasy or real life. ;)

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  24. I love that dress (and I adore taffeta -- besides the pockets for nervous hands, the sound of taffeta is often a beneficial distraction for the socially awkward psyche). I really appreciate JCrew's taffeta dresses with sleeves and pockets. Last year (or maybe it was the year before?) I purchased the Gillian taffeta dress -- higher round neckline, lovely details on sleeves and hem, pockets, goes well with long or short necklace, excellent belt that can be wrapped once or twice.

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