Metallic Mermaid Gown

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Maybe it’s the girly-girl in me, but I love dressing up in gowns! This was my first time wearing a mermaid gown (one that hugs your body until about mid-thigh or calf and then flares out), and I promise you that it won’t be my last!

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What I’m Wearing:

Dress: Theia (from Rent the Runway) / Clutch: Yves Saint Laurent (similar under $100, similar under $50)
Shoes: Cole Haan (on sale!) / Earrings: J.Crew, old (similar, similar, similar – under $50)
Bow Ring: Kate Spade, old (similar) / Signet Ring: BaubleBar

I wore this metallic frock (which I scored via Rent the Runway!) to Austin Opera’s production of “Of Mice and Men” on Saturday night. It was such a spectacular evening. I brought one of my dear friends from college as my +1 to the opera – it was his first-ever opera! – and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Great way to put a dent in my 30 Before 30 list!

Truth be told, as a very body-conscious person, I’ve never really liked wearing things that hug my body from my head to my toes. Princess dresses? Sign me up. If I can’t fit through a door, that’s a wonderful sign in my mind. But a mermaid gown? Ahh. No. Never.

Until now.

I think the gold drew me to this gown (shocker, I know). I loved the wintry turtleneck and the gilt skirt… but the idea of wearing a mermaid gown and an open back (particularly difficult when you’re so boobalicious that you can’t possibly even dream of going braless) absolutely petrified me. After much coaxing from friends – including my friend who accompanied me to the opera – I donned my best strapless bra and worked up the courage to wear the gown.

PS because I was a bit nervous about my bum fitting in this mermaid gown, I went up a size. And I was so glad I did. If you order this dress, I would definitely recommend ordering your backup dress one size up from what you would normally wear.

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Photography by Beckley & Co.