Introducing my new little darling

You may remember that I am trying to build my dance capsule for our new hobby - ballroom dancing. This trend - handkerchief hems - is perfect for this because it adds a lot of movement and interest during the dance so I am always checking this option online. Unfortunately it is also a hard trend to get right, at least for my taste so
I saw this dress on The Bay website when they had a sale a week ago and it looked interesting and unusual. The brand (Kensie) was not known to me but the price was right so with free shipping and returns I had nothing to lose. I have also ordered this Vince Camuto handkerchief skirt and a couple of tops while I was on it :-)
The tops and the skirt came on Monday and they were a bust. I was not sure about the skirt but my hubby took one look at it and said "no" - and he was right. It had too much volume on the top and too many handkerchief parts and all together looked as a shapeless mess. I did not even have to post K/R for it and did not take a picture either - returned the whole lot the next day.
I thought that I forgot to order a dress and thought "oh well". Imagine my surprise when I cam home from work on Friday and there was a small package waiting for me.I had no idea what was it and there was this dress...
...and I fell in love from the moment I put it on. It was a completely new style for me and I worried that it may be too short but strangely it did not bother me.The handkerchief pieces are so cleverly done that this dress has a lot of movement to it and even though it is too short in some places but overall effect is quite decent on me (I think0.
And hubby loved it too! He called it "mermaid dress" :-) And as I am firmly on the Team wear I wore it to the dance the same night!

So here it is for your viewing pleasure :-) because it is not a K/R post. Nothing in the world will make me to part with this little dress! I can also wear it with leggings and may do it for winter dances but I think it is decent enough with bare legs.

Here are the pictures from different angles and also how I wore it to the dance - with a white jacket and a nude clutch.
Welcome to the my dance capsule, my little darling! :-)

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  • donnat replied 9 years ago

    That dress is beautiful on you.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    WOW. Absolutely killer beautiful, Sveta. I'm SO glad it's yours. It was meant to be. 

  • marianna replied 9 years ago

    So beautiful! And the dress is SO interesting to look at. Winner!

  • carter replied 9 years ago

    Fantastic dress. Love your makeup as well!

  • penelope2831 replied 9 years ago

    Beautiful and love the color!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Sveta, you look amazing!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Ok - you need to wear dresses like this all the time - you have fantastic legs!!  Is there a built in slip underneath?  You are stunning in this.

  • Karie replied 9 years ago

    Super gorgeous! Too bad about the other items, but the dress more than makes up for that. I love the hemline.

  • replied 9 years ago

    WOW! Stunning.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 9 years ago

    A perfect addition for your dance caspule!  It's great that hubby loves it too!  When it's right it's right!  

  • deb replied 9 years ago

    Love this on you. Macy's sell Kensie.

  • replied 9 years ago

    I love it! YLF!!!

  • Daria replied 9 years ago

    Sveta, I would go out in it, not only go dancing! Stunning! :)

  • Eliza replied 9 years ago

    So elegant! Just the right mix of structure and flow. Enjoy it.

  • Adelfa replied 9 years ago

    Oh Sveta, I love it!

  • Aubergine replied 9 years ago

    Gorgeous! That dress looks totally made for dancing.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 9 years ago

    It is definitely a winner Sveta.  I would have loved to see an action shot of you dancing in it.  I suspect it looked spectacular.

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Thank you all for sharing the love for my new pet!
    Angie, I agree - it was MEANT to be and hopefully we will be very happy together.
    Lisa - yes, there is a black short slip underneath - reaching just to the point of the lowest hem part.
    Daria, I just may if the right occasion turns in :-) As it stands dancing out is pretty much my going out now.
    Cheryle, I will see if I can get one at some point to share with you. It is hard when you need your photographer for dancing :-)

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  • Elizabeth P replied 9 years ago

    Oh, Sveta, that dress is beyond gorgeous on you.  SCORE!  And what a great price! :)

  • anchie replied 9 years ago

    Gorgeous dress! And I adore your lipstick - which one it is? It suits you beautifully.

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Anchie, it is Laura Mercier Red Amour:;lang=en

  • viva replied 9 years ago

    SO incredibly lovely on you.

  • CocoLion replied 9 years ago

    Very pretty!  And I like the fit/length on you, not too short.

  • Mona replied 9 years ago

    Killer gorgeous. Love the colour, patten and the hem of this dress on you. I really like the lip colour on you too. 

  • jackiec replied 9 years ago

    Perfection. Wow.

  • lynn replied 9 years ago

    What a fun dress! Perfect for dancing and looks gorgeous on you. Great find!

  • unfrumped replied 9 years ago

    Fun dress! And so great you have an Activity Style Focus.

  • kerlyn replied 9 years ago

    It's beautiful on you! Looks perfect for dancing!

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    Ooh la la! :)

  • Beth Ann replied 9 years ago

    Such a perfect choice for you!  Isn't it wonderful that your new activity can be an opportunity to explore fabulous fashion that can't be worn to work or the grocery?  The dress is unique without appearing to try to be arty --- it's easy and modern, not just dramatic.  Makes me wish I'd taken up dancing instead of cycling.  Spandex with a chamois pad is no substitute for this dress!

  • Lyn D. replied 9 years ago

    So floaty and pretty!

  • Runcarla replied 9 years ago

    Fabulous dress on beautiful you. Would you possibly try a shoe with more contrast? Silver, of navy?

  • dakotacheryl replied 9 years ago

    Sveta, I wish we could see you dance in your new little look wonderful in this dress, and I can only imagine what the effect is "in motion".!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Oh my goodness!!! How stunning do Yu look in this dress! Sveta, this dress is just gorgeous. I think it was made just for you. What a wonderful addition to your wardrobe:)

  • replied 9 years ago

    I have to come clean: I ordered this dress today after seeing it on you. I'm asking for trouble I know, because we do not have at all the same body type but I need a dress for a big party this week and am dying over the thought of having to go shopping to find something to wear . I would rather die a slow death than shop for a dress . Keeping fingers crossed :)

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Thank you ladies!
    my dancing shoes I changed into at the dance are platinum. Unfortunately my shoe options for the dance are limited to this single pair at the moment.
    Lisa, I hope the dress works for you and we can be dress twins. It would go beautifully with your gorgeous eyes as the pattern has both blue and green colors in it. I think it will be longer on you than on me but  it may be a good thing. I hope to see the pictures! 

  • Karin L H replied 9 years ago

    Gorgeous dress! The colours, the style... Looks great on you!

  • lyn67 replied 9 years ago

    Oh, killer gorgeous, and perfect handkertchief hems! This is really the best updated version of them all! It's perfect for dancing, but not only!!! I hope youl wear it IRL, too-also YLF these day Sveta, your posture reminds me of a proffesional (ballet) dancer:-)

  • Jjsloane replied 9 years ago

    I can see why you love it. It is so floaty and you look like a modern flapper (perfect for dancing I say!) 

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Spicy but still elegant. It's perfect for dancing or a hot summer day.

  • Kat replied 9 years ago

    Just piling on to say "exquisite!" It's creative, and blends the retro with the edgy. The print really makes it, and I say that as someone not always drawn to prints. Happy dancing!

  • chouette22 replied 9 years ago

    Totally love the dress and you, but I have to add that your hair looks fantastic! The color, the cut, so fab!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Sveta - I did a lemming move and ordered the dress. It was still full price in-store, yet half price on their website.  Ridiculous.  I got it within  2 days, tried it on, and it's perfect.  Love it. Wore it all day today and felt pretty and polished in it. I am quite sure it's not traditionally flattering, and probably makes me look pregnant or matronly because it hangs from my chest,  but I tried not to think  about that today. Got lots of compliments on it, and felt cool and collected.  Totally a wildcard buy - thanks to you!  I NEVER would have tried it on if I hadn't seen it on you. I love the colours too - wore it with black and white wedges .  

  • Janet replied 9 years ago

    That is so pretty! I'd be tempted too. Perfect for you!

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Lisa - woo-hoo! I am tickled to be a dress twin with you!
    Please post a picture when you have time - I would love to see it! Told you the colors will be GORGEOUS with your eyes!
    I wonder if I should take this dress with me on our anniversary long weekend we are leaving for tomorrow and wear it for dinner...or will it be too much?
    chouette22 - thanks for the hair compliment. My hair is hard to style and not the best all around - thin, fine, poker staright and not keeping any styling for long. It is really encouraging to see that it may not be a total disaster :-) 

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    You should definitely take the dress to wear for a special anniversary dinner, especially if your DH likes it on you (I can't imagine that he wouldn't).

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    Joy, I asked him to select which dress to wear for the dinner and he selected this one. I like it too so this is what I am taking with me :-)

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