I became “friends” with J.Crew almost 16 years ago. Fresh out of high school & living very frugally while getting my BFA in painting their clothes were all I would ask for for birthday & Christmas gifts. In the present day I visit the J.Crew web site almost everyday to look for new items or to see if a coveted item has maybe gone on sale (right now I’m waiting for the “Jamie Bag” to drop a bit in price). I can’t help it. I love the simple clean lines, the fit, the amazing details, the unexpected prints, the jewelry (I’m wearing the critter charm bracelet right now). So when I got married several years ago I yearned for a J.Crew dress to possibly be a good candidate for a wedding dress. This was before they debuted their well designed & well made wedding dress line. Back then they had one dress “Sophia” a long white silk gown which I considered. I wanted it to work but it was ultimately too informal & after a brief encounter with a strapless Vera Wang ball gown, I settled on a Pronovias. It was a light ivory silk A-line with a triple pleated waist & a lightly beaded boat neck line. I wore various versions of the Magnolia Hair Ornament & Lilac Hair Ornament line in my hair, on my neck & wrist, & even wired to my shoes. Everything was perfect & I wouldn’t change a thing. But if I were to be getting married all over again (to the same man of course!) pictured above is how J.Crew would have changed my look.
The beautiful champagne color of this silk crepe Mimi Gown is my first love, second is the unexpected open back, & third is the inset satin waist. I think when you can “feel” fabric move with you, as this silk crepe certainly must, you have found movement that brings confidence & beauty. I would have paired this dress with a knot of hair at the base of my neck & placed in the side a gold Magnolia Hair Ornament. My large ivory pearl studs were my earring pick years ago & they remain my pick for this dream ensemble.
So there you have it- the dress I dreamed of years ago materialized now in 2008. A few years too late, but none the less, fun to think about & even more fun to write about! Xoxo Jessica