Dress Dossier: The Everlasting Luxe Gown
- Charcoal gray
- Repurposed brushed cotton poplin
- Silk trim
- Cascading ruffles
- Delicate ruching
- Asymmetrical shoulder
- Custom made in Columbus, Ohio
- Wearing during the rehearsal dinner
I found this dress last year in Columbus, Ohio — in a cool little shop called Substance — when I was on break from a yoga workshop with Tim Miller. (I always get into trouble during those yoga breaks! Another reason why yoga keeps us on the straight and narrow.) I fell in love with it immediately — especially with how it drapes — and hoped the other women in the store didn’t notice how many times I had run my hands over the model.
The Everlasting Luxe Gown is a Substance custom design made from repurposed charcoal gray brushed cotton poplin with alluring cascading ruffles, sweet ruching and an asymmetrical shoulder. The silk trim rounds out the unique personality of this dress.
But the gown and I were not yet meant to be together. The price tag of the dress put it out of my league.
When I first saw this dress, there were no wedding plans whatsoever. Late summer, after wedding plans had emerged, I received an email from Substance. I must have won the fashion lottery that day, because this dress — the one I had perhaps inappropriately rubbed one too many times several months before — was 50 percent off and then discounted on top of that.
I was so excited by this dress — the only model made, since this is a custom order — that I was entertaining driving down to Columbus just to see if it fit. Happily, the store clerk intervened and said she could ship it to me, and if it didn’t fit, I could ship it back — an earth-shatteringly brilliant idea (shipping!) that, in my lust for luxe, I had never considered.
I took it as a sign that we were meant to be.
I can’t wait to wear it to our rehearsal dinner, although I suppose “rehearsal” is a bit of a misnomer, since we aren’t rehearsing anything — except perhaps my wearing of the dress for future occasions. And so that my future in-laws don’t think I’m too strange (they already know I’m at least a little quirky), I’ll try to keep the caressing of the dress to a minimum.
P.S. — I’m still considering jewelry options for the dress. What do you think about an arm cuff? Too much?
(Image credits of the dress: Screenshot of Substance.com’s Everlasting Luxe Gown page)