Let’s face it, every brunette girl around my age was completely obsessed with Beauty and the Beast growing up. Belle was the perfect Disney Princess to look up to in so many ways! She was smart, fearless, compassionate, beautiful, strong-willed, and was prepared to fight for what she truly wanted (and fight off jerks like Gaston!). I think she was (and is) a great role model for young girls to look up to. She made it cool to be smart and different and displayed true, genuine character by falling for a beast. I absolutely loved the new Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson!! I’ve seen it twice already and it gave me all the feels. Has anyone else been listening to the soundtrack nonstop?
When shopping for the perfect dress for my take on Belle’s iconic yellow gown, I wasn’t sure where to turn. I wanted something that definitely screamed Belle (which this one ended up doing because at the park where we did this shoot a bunch of little girls kept coming up to me thinking I was her) but I also wanted to keep it chic and modern. One thing that was a non-negotiable was that the dress had to have beautiful movement! It needed to swirl and swish, which this one totally did. It stood out to me right away when I finally saw it. I also thought the ruffles on the shoulders and the elegant silk fabric really made it the perfect choice. Belle would approve, I’m sure of it.
Since I don’t have any Beauty and the Beast-type balls to go to any time soon, I would say this dress is perfect for gala season, a formal wedding, Prom (or Law Prom), or a black-tie benefit. You’ll stand out in a sea of black dresses if you opt for a gorgeous color like this yellow. I’ve always been the kind of girl who wanted to make statements with her outfits rather than blending in with the crowd. I feel like it can sometimes mean more “outfit fails” in other people’s eyes, but I don’t really care!
The understated elegance of the white dress undoubtedly transcends generations. From Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), to Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina), to Kate Winslet (Titanic), to Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), movie stars have been rocking the white dress in films for decades, making them iconic in their own way.
Obviously, though, I think we call agree that the most memorable white dress in pop culture history is the one Marilyn Monroe wears in the photos we have seen of her standing over the subway grate. Everyone knows this image, it’s been called one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, and it’s actually a still from her movie The Seven Year Itch (1955), a movie about a man who hears of a theory that men all look to have an affair after their seventh year of marriage. The image from the movie, and the dress, are playful, fun, sexy, and daring; a classic Marilyn Monroe combination. I have been a fan of hers ever since I saw the movie Some Like it Hot. In this movie, she plays Sugar, an adorable girl who plays the ukulele and sings in an all-girls traveling band and always falls for the wrong guys. She meets two men who witnessed a murder and dress up as women and join the band to hide out from the mobsters chasing them. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it! It’s hilarious!
Since I’m not a huge fan of the halter dress, I decided to pick a white dress (which is only $50 by the way!) that mimicked the skirt of her iconic dress. The pleats made it perfect for twirling, and if we had a Subway in Austin I would have totally tried to get the blown up skirt shot…oh well! I added these amazing sparkly gold heels with a retro-looking flower back (that I totally think Marilyn would approve of, she always rocked the sparkles and sequins) and some simple gold jewelry. I’ve been wearing this delicate choker non-stop. It’s perfect to layer with my collection of gold necklaces and small enough to wear with almost anything.