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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. August 11, 2010 at 12:19 am — Reply

    stunning! the way the straps goes and the styling behind this makes it a work of art.

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm — Reply

      Thank you! The dress is a halter style with very long ties you can do with as you please. I wrapped and knotted and twisted, and there you go. Have never worn it that way before.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. August 11, 2010 at 12:29 am — Reply

    V this dress is utterly amazing on you!
    The cut is outstanding & I adore the drape in the hem.
    Love the necklace with it too!

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm — Reply

      Thank you Julia. You are too kind!

  3. August 11, 2010 at 1:12 am — Reply

    I don’t even know where to start with this look. I’m in complete awe. I love an exposed back to begin with but the positioning of the straps is just stunning. Also the skirt over the dress…WOW! Your styling is impeccable as always and these shots are truly breathtaking. Thanks for the inspiration!! xx

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm — Reply

      Thank you Brooke! This is the first time I’ve worked the straps this way on this dress. They’re adjustable…good thing I took photos cause I don’t know if I’d remember how to tie them that way again!

  4. August 11, 2010 at 2:14 am — Reply

    I love when the design of garments are reinterpreted. It’s the kind of dress that’s great for a night out with your hair loosely whipped up. Although it bears one shoulder + drapes uniquely in the front, it’s something unexpected and sexy about the asymmetric open back. It’s that extra detail that can make your look go from just ‘interesting’ to unforgettable! Nice touch with the skirt-over-dress idea too by the way!


    • August 11, 2010 at 10:43 pm — Reply

      Hello Raven…thanks hon! I agree that reinterpretation is a beautiful thing. And I did reinterpret this dress. It’s been in my closet for like seven years, I think. I’ve reworked it into a shorter dress and a halter with a draped cowl, but never like this. That’s half the fun, isn’t it?

  5. August 11, 2010 at 2:15 am — Reply

    Interesting shape. Aside from the color, kinda reminds me of ancient Greek/Roman togas.

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      Hmm…you’re right. It is toga-ish. What can I say? It’s in the blood!

  6. August 11, 2010 at 2:16 am — Reply

    Truly EXCEPTIONAL!!! you look like a movie star, such glamour and class!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! Amazingness OVERLOAD, a MASTERPIECE!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE, J, xoxo 😀

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      HAAAAA! Amazingness overload. I love it. And you, doll.

  7. August 11, 2010 at 2:48 am — Reply

    I absolutely love this dress on you V! The back is gorgeous, and the skirt over the top is genius! 🙂

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm — Reply

      Thank you Meg! I know you’re so busy with your new café, so thank you for taking the time to comment.

  8. August 11, 2010 at 2:56 am — Reply

    I love this pictures – you look so beautiful in these shots! Actually to me they really have a feel of Cathy in Wuthering Heights feel to them. Where did you get that amazing dress?

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm — Reply

      Aw, thank you! There is a little Wuthering Heights, now that you mention it. I can see that.

      I got the dress at a local boutique about seven years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but the ties are about thigh-length and can be reworked a gazillion different ways. That’s what I love about it.

      Thanks again for your comment!

  9. August 11, 2010 at 3:34 am — Reply

    Wow, you look like a goddess in the fields…The colour and the atmosphere of the picture is amazing. Love, love it.

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Sacramento! Sometimes it all comes together, you know?

  10. August 11, 2010 at 4:10 am — Reply

    Oh My! You loook ah-mazing! That dress looks great on you and the back is über sexy! 🙂 Love it!

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm — Reply

      Thank you Tanvi…you are so kind. I appreciate your compliments and support.

  11. August 11, 2010 at 4:26 am — Reply

    Such a perfect clear cut ! look stunning!!!

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:52 pm — Reply

      Hello there, thank you and welcome to G&G!

  12. August 11, 2010 at 4:36 am — Reply

    I can only say . . . AMAZING! Wow, these where (are) breathaking. Not only those it look great generally, it looks great on you. And the back is so very interesting. Great idea to add volum by adding another layer at the bottom and to mask this with the help of a belt. Loving it!


    • August 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much Ioana…Ms. Jetsetter! I still wish I could be in your suitcase for all those wonderful trips.

      I really appreciate the time you took to check in and comment. And I want you to know your Melissa/VW heels haunt me regularly. One day I’m going to order them!

  13. August 11, 2010 at 4:50 am — Reply

    I like this a lot. One of my favorite looks.

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm — Reply

      Thanks T! I appreciate that.

  14. lasca
    August 11, 2010 at 6:01 am — Reply

    that crystal necklace is *beyond* gorgeous!

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm — Reply

      Lasca, welcome and thank you! Everything else is old, but the necklace I picked up the other day. Banana Republic has had some incredible pieces the last couple years. And the best thing is that they do very limited quantities.

      • lasca
        August 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm — Reply

        limited quantities – that’s not good for me though!
        If it doesn’t up in the sole solitary London branch I might have to try my hand at making one myself. Its all the crystal points – beautiful!

        • August 17, 2010 at 8:07 pm — Reply

          Lasca, I’d offer to pick one up for you and post it, but mine was the last one in the local stores!

  15. August 11, 2010 at 7:15 am — Reply

    Wow this outfit, these pictures look amazing, you look really stunning!! I love this post! : ) xxx

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm — Reply

      Hello SA! Thank you Jasna…I appreciate your comment and readership.

  16. August 11, 2010 at 8:07 am — Reply

    Looks like couture! Fits your body perfectly and look at your tiny waist! Great photos.


    • August 11, 2010 at 10:57 pm — Reply

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much! You made my day!

  17. August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am — Reply

    Love the straps at the back and the belt, beautiful x

    • August 11, 2010 at 10:58 pm — Reply

      Thank you Maria!

  18. August 11, 2010 at 9:13 am — Reply

    That dress incredible. Love that you layered the skirt over it too

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm — Reply

      Hey doll, I appreciate that! Without the skirt, the dress is too gown-ish. Not what I was looking for. Who knew it would end up being so well-received?!

  19. August 11, 2010 at 10:12 am — Reply

    The cuts on this dress are stunning! You look gorgeous V!

    xo Lynzy

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm — Reply

      Thank you Lynzy! You are so kind. I truly appreciate your comment and support. And anytime you want to unload that lace-back tank, call me.

  20. August 11, 2010 at 10:14 am — Reply

    V-You look gorgeous in this!
    XO Piper

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:01 pm — Reply

      Piper, you flatter me. And I love it! No, seriously, thank you my dear!

  21. August 11, 2010 at 10:27 am — Reply

    Oh wow!!! That dress is absolutely stunning. You look stunning!:)

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm — Reply

      Thank you Sarah!

  22. August 11, 2010 at 11:21 am — Reply

    WOAH. V, words fail me. this is sheer perfection. that dress is a dream, timelessly stylish with that modern twist. and it flatters your body perfectly. that second photo is so elegantly sexy.

    amazing job. i think this is one of my favorite photoshoots from you yet!

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm — Reply

      Kristy, thank you so much. Means a lot coming from you, because you’re an amazing stylist and photographer. I have to say this is my current fave too. I wrote this above on another comment, but it’s so true: sometimes it just all comes together. The light, the clothes, the shot, the editing.

      • August 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm — Reply

        i know exactly what you mean. it’s like the stars align and just help make perfection.

  23. August 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm — Reply

    Wowww! That dress is unbelievably beautiful! You look stunning!

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:05 pm — Reply

      Thank you my lovely Leia!

  24. August 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm — Reply

    FRESH OUT: WVW: A Clear Cut

  25. August 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm — Reply

    Beautiful!! What a way to make a dress look fabulous and comfortable all at the same time! The belt and necklace were perfect finishing touches!

    Another fabulous outfit!!

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm — Reply

      MJ, you are too sweet. Thanks, hon!

  26. August 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm — Reply

    Omg. This outfit is artwork. Seriously! When I first saw these photos I thought they were from a magazine. This totally looks high fashion.

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm — Reply

      WOW! OK, I am hugely flattered. Thank you so very much, Jennifer! Cracks me up, though. I’m totally high fashion…in my backyard! Ha!

  27. August 11, 2010 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    Magnificent. As some have said – you look like a movie star! The back – the strap placement – definitely gives it a wow factor. This is a perfect example of why you get the Stylish Blogger Award! 🙂

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm — Reply

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! Thank you Beautiful I wish I knew your name. Will you give me one initial?

      I so appreciate the award. I am honored.

  28. August 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm — Reply

    Hello Cool Kid,
    This is pure dead brillant…first the hands, then the video, now the black ensemble. Well played V.

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm — Reply

      You don’t miss a THING do you? Love that. You got it. But of course you did.

      Thanks B…I appreciate the compliments, banter, support, all of it.

  29. August 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    Hi from Glasgow! It’s not often that something good happens on a Wednesday, but finding our blog has been brilliant. I love everything on here! xx

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Oh my, thank you so very much Sarah! What a generous compliment. I am also glad to have discovered you!

  30. August 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm — Reply

    Wow! The dress, the photos! Amazing!

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:11 pm — Reply

      Trinidad, thank you so very much!

  31. August 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm — Reply

    WOow this asymmetrical shape already exudes sharp stylishness BUT this as wide as architectural back cleavage finally achieves to mesmerize . . . with a lot of Majestuousness !!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm — Reply

      Merci Antoine…seeing your name and reading your comments is always such a pleasure!

  32. August 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    Fantastic ensemble. Was it inspired by the ‘Frozen’ video? Great tone to the photos too

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm — Reply

      Ms. March…you picked up on it too! Love that! Read Beverly’s comment above. You’re a smart cookie. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  33. August 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    what an AMAZING dress! i love the cut!

    check out my giveaway ($100 worth of A’GACI clothes & accessories)

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:14 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much, Angela! Will have to check out your giveaway.

  34. August 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    you look amazing, absolutely stunning. I love the wrapping at the back, and the pics are gorge. Vahni. Honey. wow.


    • August 11, 2010 at 11:15 pm — Reply

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Anika! Mwah!

  35. August 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm — Reply

    I do love the back of your dress – such an dramatic exit to be made with such a piece.

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:16 pm — Reply

      Thank you my dear! You’re right…that’s one of the best things about backless numbers…that little unexpected zing when you sashay out the door.

  36. August 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm — Reply

    like others, i’m loving that back on the dress! it’s such a great detail!

    • August 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm — Reply

      Thank you QG! Thanks for the sweet compliment and for dropping by!

  37. August 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    Amazing dress and photographs!


    • August 11, 2010 at 11:20 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much, Adrienne!

  38. August 12, 2010 at 5:06 am — Reply

    Simply fabulous !!!! I adore this look and the sophisticated effects you have created! That necklace and the belt are perfect too.

    Can I just say : i am jealous of your tiny waist!! 😉


    • August 13, 2010 at 8:24 am — Reply

      Awwww…you’re sweet Lady N. I appreciate it!

  39. August 12, 2010 at 8:22 am — Reply

    You look so beautiful. I love what you’re wearing. Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:25 am — Reply

      Keith, thank you my dear. I am so appreciative of your kind words and readership. Hope the week was good for you too!

  40. August 12, 2010 at 9:26 am — Reply

    wow this dress is incredible! I love the way its one shoulder and backless! You look stunning!
    xo M

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:26 am — Reply

      Hello lovely, and thank you so much! Hope you are well!

  41. August 12, 2010 at 10:18 am — Reply

    Love the dress, the belt, and the skirt over the dress! Just gorgeous, so, so chic, like a magazine layout! XO!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:26 am — Reply

      My goodness, what a tremendous compliment. Thank you so very much, Shari!

  42. August 12, 2010 at 10:25 am — Reply

    Loving this dress on you so much..
    The back is gorgeous and your belt is ridiculously cute

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:26 am — Reply

      Hello my friend from Down Unda…thank you so very much!

  43. August 12, 2010 at 11:09 am — Reply

    Incredible look. At once classic, could come from almost any era, and yet unique and modern. The open back, the unusual lattice work is so fresh. Then I read you got creative on a halter and even more impressive. The layering of the skirt over the dress, under the dress, I can tell, but this approach to dressing seems very NOW. Zietgeist-y, if you will. And you and Madonna playing the Morrigan….ah, I love my Celtic lore, is awe-inspiring.

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:28 am — Reply

      Bella, thanks doll! I did get creative with the dress, it’s true. I have to do that to keep myself from getting bored. Sometimes things just work out, you know?!

  44. August 12, 2010 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Love that dress! The back is absolutely stunning! If only I could re-create I’d be one happy lady!
    xo tash

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:31 am — Reply

      Hi Tash, thank you very much and welcome! Don’t think I’ve seen your name here before. If you ever come across a piece that is a halter with a cowl-style neckline and very generous ties, you CAN recreate it! You never know.

  45. August 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Look at your tiny little waist! Beautiful pix.

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:28 am — Reply

      Aw, thank you Wendy. I appreciate the compliment and the fact that you stop by my little ol’ blog on a regular basis.

  46. August 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    love everything about this but esp the belt and necklaces you added are great!

  47. August 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    oh my goodness you look totally stunning in this, i swear this dress was made for you, it fits you so beautifully! x

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:36 am — Reply

      Thank you Amy, and let me reiterate how much I love the outfit in your last post. It’s totally fresh and pulled together, but the Doc Martens are an unexpected, youthful twist that I totally love.

  48. August 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm — Reply

    I can’t get over the back on that dress. It’s positively gorgeous…and I love how you styled it with a maxi skirt!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:22 am — Reply

      Hey Kristin, thanks, doll! I appreciate the compliments and ongoing support.

  49. August 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    aesthetically pleasing in every way. the colors, the structures, the curves, the strength…and emotion (like a brooding beauty). creativity at it’s greatest. is that ruching that i see? love!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:24 am — Reply

      Daisy darling, you do see ruching, your eyes do not deceive you! The skirt has two drawstrings that run down the front of it that you can use to adjust the length and the amount of ruching. It’s a totally cheap skirt, but one of my faves.

      Thanks, sweetie!

  50. August 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm — Reply

    What an amazing dress!! and you look amazing in it:)
    Great jewelry…awesome photos!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:21 am — Reply

      Thanks Collette…and thanks for the related tweet!

  51. August 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    As everyone has already pointed out you look amazing and the look is amazing – but why are you looking down all the time? You’re so pretty! Look at the camera!

    • August 13, 2010 at 8:21 am — Reply

      Thank you Heather, I appreciate that. Some weeks I cannot give that much of myself, yet the blog must go on. This is one of those weeks.

      • August 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm — Reply

        Oh I can understand that. I have yet to have the guts to post photos of myself on my own blog.

  52. August 13, 2010 at 2:11 am — Reply

    That has to be best styled black dress i’ve seen in forever. Loving the experimentation of straps!!! Good idea for taking pics, like me i’d prob forget how it tied it!


    • August 13, 2010 at 8:19 am — Reply

      Ha! Thank you, love! Happy weekend to you.

  53. August 13, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    oh my your maxi dress is MAGIC!! i love it! how it is asymmetrical and the cut out back!

    Come by for a visit or follow?!..

    x Your Only Blackswan

    • August 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm — Reply

      Thank you Black Swan, and thanks for stopping by!

  54. August 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    LOVE the belt! Awesome blog you have here.

    • August 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much, Anaiz (beautiful name!), and welcome!

  55. August 13, 2010 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    I love this look… the dress is unbelievable! I love the photography also. I heard about your blog on the Bon Bon Rose Girls; glad I checked out your blog- it’s great!

    I’d love it if you checked out my blog too!

    xo Kara

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:44 am — Reply

      Hi Kara, thanks so much for popping by! I like your blog too…loved the hat post. I think a visit to is in order for me!

  56. August 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    That dress is stunning! Cool necklace too, BR does great jewelry.

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:30 am — Reply

      Thanks, hon…BR is my secret accessory weapon, I agree.

  57. August 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm — Reply

    Wow. You look absolutely amazing. I am speechless….just all around lovely!

    Eboni Ife’

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:44 am — Reply

      Thank you so much, Eboni! I am so flattered!

  58. August 14, 2010 at 4:36 am — Reply

    This dress is GORGEOUS! great pics!

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:45 am — Reply

      Thank you Chantel, and welcome!

  59. August 14, 2010 at 7:47 am — Reply

    That dress is a black beauty!! Really!

    Feel free to stop by sometime!

    xx T

    • August 14, 2010 at 10:49 am — Reply

      Tonje, thank you! Welcome! I will absolutely visit you…right now!

  60. August 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    LOVEEEE. especially the necklace!


    • August 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm — Reply

      Hi Pearl, welcome! Thank you so much for your kind words and comment!

  61. August 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    I love that dress and open backs are the absolute best. You so rock that dress =)

    • August 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much, Laura!

  62. August 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Love how you paired the dress with the maxi skirt. Makes you look incredibly tall!

    • August 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm — Reply

      Thanks Fajr…it probably helps that I have some pretty serious platforms heels on underneath!

  63. August 19, 2010 at 2:00 am — Reply

    I love the combination, I seriously need a romp in my closet, these images are inspiring!

    • August 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm — Reply

      Thank you Miss ED!!!

  64. June 7, 2011 at 12:02 am — Reply

    picture number 2 shows how amazing this dress is. Its a strong but feminine picture, so beautiful. Wha tever event you wore this too your dress must have been a show stopper.

    • June 7, 2011 at 8:48 am — Reply

      Thank you so much! And welcome to G&G, doll!

  65. March 14, 2012 at 12:51 am — Reply

    V!! you look more glamorous. Cutting is outstanding. Look stunning dress. I like open back look more sexier.

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