When you graduate secondary school in the Netherlands around the age of 16/17, your final year usually ends with a gala night (similar to Prom night in the U.S.A. I suppose). I never had mine as I took a bit of a detour on way to my degree, nor did I have any gala event of any sort after. So when I registered for Europatreffen (the European Tall People gathering I went to in Nuremberg this weekend), I was very excited to tick the “attend Gala evening” button, but then I panicked a bit. What to wear?
I cried for help on twitter and though I got some useful tips from the amazing tall community, I had an epiphany in the mean time. A bit over a year ago, before launching the first collection, I saw this amazing ball gown skirt on the website of MARGE Clothing that I really loved! Only one slight problem: as it was from a previous collection, I had no idea if there was any way to get my hands on one.
There was only one way to find out: I e-mailed the lovely Kaersten Cooper, founder of MARGE clothing my question, and I was so excited to find out that they still had the skirt! It was from a concept collection, so there is only one. Extra special: it was sewn by Kaersten herself, so it truly is a unique, one of a kind piece, made with love and care.
The fabric is amazing and the colours are just so bright and vibrant. I wanted to wear something with touches of orange to refer to my Dutch roots, and this piece does exactly that.
It even has a bit of a train, which I love.
I paired the skirt with a top from Miss Selfridge and nude sandals from Michael Kors.
A big thanks to Beth (Tall Fashion Adventures) for taking the pics! She looked stunning herself, as the Lady in Red.
The ball was an interesting experience, we clearly missed the memo that indicated that a few lessons in ballroom dancing would come in handy, so we amused ourselves watching people foxtrotting away.
Sallee (the founder of Tall Guides) joined us at our table too, so the 6’2ft club was all together.
I never ever wanted to take the skirt off, but it was time to go to bed after a nightcap in the hotel bar. My feet agreed.
I’m incredibly honoured and touched by the kind gift of MARGE Clothing, I felt so feminine and I was proud to be able to wear this amazing piece.
Thank you, Kaersten. Xoxo.
So, where is the next ball or gala I can wear it to? 🙂
PS. Keep an eye out, more MARGE coming soon! 🙂