Evening gown myths exploded

When someone says “evening gown” to me, I used to tune it out. “Gowns aren’t for me, they’re for red carpet events.” No more! I am embracing my inner diva. After all, life is full of red carpet events — weddings, graduations, even a romantic dinner out is a good excuse to invite some glamour into your life.

“But gowns cost so much!” Or, “Gowns aren’t made for people larger than a size 2.” There are a lot of evening gown myths, but I’ve found one UK designer, Roman Originals, who is putting the evening wear myths to task.

The first thing I notice are their models…plus size is the correct modelling term, but to me? They look like real people, and I appreciate seeing how the gowns look on a full figure, not just a wire hanger with skin. Love the luxury of this bronze-colored taffeta gown, and look at all the beading on the bodice… for under £40! (Click the pics for closer looks at the gowns).

So affordable! Here’s another under-£40 gown I want in my wardrobe, and I love it paired with the gold, strappy heels. If gold is too dramatic for your taste, you could go with a more conservative black pump as well. For jewelry, layer some gold necklaces of various lengths, or keep the neckline unadorned and find gold, hoop earrings and a bold cuff to dress it up. 

Yet another under-£40 gown I’m loving… the cut, color blocking and gathering around the bust would be great on small-chested women who want to add volume. I see black pearls, or even a black-and-white multi-strand of pearls, for a necklace choice. You could even give the outfit some edge by throwing a black leather jacket over it, very on-trend and perfect for stretching it from warm weather wear into the colder seasons.

Sad news for us Yanks… Roman Originals only delivers to the UK and Northern Ireland, but if you’re across the big pond, dear reader, you can’t miss by grabbing one (or more!) of their looks. Glam it up! And then send me a picture of your own personal red carpet moment, promise?

Published in: on February 17, 2010 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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