Nicole Miller sheath and K/R Zara jacket

I fear I'm about to become a major forum hog today; I have a bunch of stuff to show, some related to my upcoming formal occasion. Thanks  in advance for your patience! 

As you know, I've now pretty much decided that I would like to wear the fuchsia silk suit to my event in two weeks. But that is assuming the pants can be properly altered, and I can find a top that works. That might sound relatively easy, but believe me,  it's a story for another post. 

In the meantime, the day I got the invitation to the event, I found this Nicole Miller sheath dress at Nordstrom's. I asked Angie what she thought, and it turns out it's the very same dress that she owns in a different colour!   I took that as a big thumbs up! 

By some miracle, they had it only in my size, and it was on massive sale. A kind YLF friend offered to have it sent to her and then forward it to me. It has arrived, and it is a beauty! There is no K/R on this because even if I do not wear it to the gala, I have wanted a LND for a long time. And I'm sure that this is my dressy one. (I also have my casual Ralph Lauren navy knit sheath). The tags are OFF! 

The dress is made of stretch linen. It is body con (obviously!) but extremely comfortable and I feel easy, relaxed, and supremely comfortable in it. It fits and feels about 500 times better than any of the dresses I tried on in Calgary. 

I hope it meets your approval. 

I am showing it with a Zara jacket that I had also ordered to try as a potential topper, as well as several other potential toppers. Please let me know if you think any of these work, and if so, which would be best for the occasion. (Cocktails and dinner/ award ceremony in a beautiful Art Deco room.) 

Thank you! 

1-5: The dress! 

6-9 with Zara cropped printed jacket. Made of some silky polyester fabric.

10-11 with silk jacket

12: with BR peplum jacket

13 with black kimono

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  • Sona replied 7 years ago





  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    Jumping up and down with delight!!! Suz, I am so glad you found this dress as it is gorgeous on you. Big Killer! 
    I especially like it with kimono jacket in #13. So elegant and unexpected!

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    WOWZA!  Your happy smile says it all -- this dress is perfection on you!!

    I'm not loving the white print jacket because it feels like it de-formalizes the dress a bit.  Maybe that's not true in person, though, because of the texture of the fabric.  I want to like the fuschia jacket but the shape isn't really thrilling me.   he second patterned jacket looks really lovely but again, not so formal.  So I vote "black kimono!"  :)

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    the kimono does make it very au courant.

  • Hil replied 7 years ago

    Its a totally gorgeous dress that fits you like a dream! Of all the toppers, I really like it with the fuschia.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    So glad you like the dress. Very interesting about the toppers. It sounds as if there is no consensus yet. I wonder if the lighter one does make it too casual? I do have time to find another topper if anyone knows of anything perfect -- as long as it comes from: Zara, Club Monaco, Banana Republic, J. Crew or Shopbop! (That's just because those are the places that will deliver to me in time.) Oh, or Simon's in Montreal. I have one day when I can shop there before the event. 

  • Hil replied 7 years ago

    I do think the floral blaze deformalises (is that a word?) it somewhat! And so does the topper in #12. I like the Kimono, but I am not sure if that is just because of the current Kimono craze happening here. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    I KNEW THIS SHEATH WOULD BE KILLER!!! It's just the most perfect sheath in the world for your body type (which happens to be similar to my body type,  so I'm happy I could give you a heads up on fit and proportion - us gals who can't fill out frocks need to stick together!). Btw, client Fernanda just bought the exact same navy sheath for an event of her own - and she is your body type twin! Height and all.

    So happy for you, Suz!!!! It all came right :)

    I like the frock best on its own, or with topper #13.

    (My frock is longer than yours. How weird is that!)

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I corrected my typos!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I think maybe it overall fits a bit tighter on me than on you, Angie -- either because my frame is a bit bigger, or just because they cut it a bit differently in different colours? Who knows. 

    SO glad you like it! 

    I prefer it on its own, too, but there will be air conditioning, so if I am wearing it to the party I think I need to bring a topper just in case. 

    Do you have suggestions for another that might work? 

    How cool is it that I am Fernanda's dress twin? I am supremely honoured!! 

    When I first saw it I wondered how I would ever get it onto me. It looked so narrow on the hanger. But it stretches wherever you need it, it seems. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    The kimono jacket looks like a billion bucks!! Go for it :)

    Suz, my version of this exact same frock is three years old, and I do think that version was cut longer (to your point) - which is lucky for me because I like my hems longer and I'm a few inches taller than you and Fernanda! It all worked out :)

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    That dress is PERFECT for you! Just gorgeous!
    It's going to be wonderful for so many occasions for you. As you've shown here, it will work with all sorts of different toppers, or look stunning worn all by itself.
    If somehow you can't get the fuchsia outfit to fall into place it will be a great back-up for your event.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Are pashminas hopelessly dated?  Because I have a beautiful navy-and-multi reversible pashmina that I'd be happy to send you, if you just need something to cover your shoulders against the a/c.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Wow, Mary - that is SO generous of you! It's a beautiful shawl! I don't know if they are dated. I defer to those of you who do! The last time I attended a really dressy event like this was about five years ago! 

  • Hil replied 7 years ago

    Oooh - I could so see that pashmina working! 

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Well, I would totally wear it with that dress but I defer to the wisdom of the group, too.  If it turns out you are interested, PM me your address and I will send it out ASAP!

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    Love the dress! You look chic, beautiful, everything.

    I actually lilke the kimono best too. The dress is simple but powerful and so is that topper. It gives the unstructured over structured look but looks special, too. The Zara topper is too "lightweight" in color and in its style power, print is too fussy, color not in the right zone. The BR is too casual and not right proportions. The fuchsia is a pretty color but too something--

    Holy smokes, you will be the fabbest.

  • Mia replied 7 years ago

    The dress is wonderful for you and will be useful whether you wear for the gala or not. I would wear the topper and doff once at the event to show off the lovely detail in the dress.  

    How do you feel about the shoes with it?  There is something in the photos that is bothering me.  My eye seems to be travelling straight to the shoes and not in a good way.  Maybe just the photo.  I do love the shoes with the pantsuit as previously stated and I know they were such a steal that you can keep them for that outfit.  
    I kind of feel bad bringing this up....

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Mia, absolutely you should bring up anything that bothers you! 

    I didn't mind the shoes, and oddly enough, Mr. Suz prefers them with the dress to the pants! So who knows.... 

    I wonder if your eye wants a darker shoe, or a different kind? I am curious. And all ears! I will try out any suggestions! 

    Mary, you are super kind. It sounds as if the kimono will work okay so I will probably just go with that. But what a fab offer! I love it! 

    Unfrumped, I think you are correct on all counts. Good analysis. 

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Rock on!  Go, Team Kimono!  Let me know if you change your mind!  :)

  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago

    Stunning!  Stunning!  I am stunned!  I voted for kimono even before reading Angie's vote.  Love the gold clutch and shoes.  

    ETA: Love the floral blazer!

  • Mia replied 7 years ago


    I think it is the gold coupled with the gold bag (which I love) and the statement earring.  Too many focal points?   I have to go out for a bit but I am going to research this and get back to you with an idea to try.

    Glad to hear you are open to my ramblings :)

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    I've been giving Standardized Tests all day (filling in circles, anyone).  What a treat to log onto YLF and see this!  By the time all is said and done, you will have a marvelous special occasion capsule!  I vote with Angie.  Not 'cause she's the bomb, although she is, but because I really think the Kimono has the perfect "structure over soft" balance. 

    If you wear this to the event, you'll have to make up a party for the fuchsia suit.  

  • Gabrielle replied 7 years ago

    Suz -- you have never looked more beautiful.  I too like the dress by itself (no topper).  

    If you need to wear to topper though, I vote for the pink silk in pictures 10 and 11.  

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I was holding my breath for this NM dress to arrive and I was right: it is breathtaking on you! I think you can not go wrong with either this dress or your silk suit for the event.
    I like the kimono shape with the dress and I also like the shoes with it.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    That sheath is so perfect for you. My first choice of topper is the kimono. The black and navy are elegant and creative. My second choice is the fuchsia jacket. I love it with navy. Of the light colored jackets I like the first one best but not for this event.

  • Hil replied 7 years ago

    What if you wore darker killer shoes with the kimono? Some super black heels?

  • replied 7 years ago

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    You need to provide crash helmets if you are going to wear this dress :) Love EVERYTHING about it :) I vote kimono too it is the sleekest option imo.

  • Vix replied 7 years ago

    Hi Suz --

    As expected, that dress and color are absolutely gorgeous on you. 

    I'm actually not in love with the black kimono due to time of year and your coloring since I know you will be photographed for this gala -- in winter with a darker leg, sure.

    If you feel you must be protected from the frigid A/C I don't mind the floral print or the fuchsia silk (I prefer the shape of the former). Mary's shawl might be just what you need, however!

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    Love, love, love it! Please wear to the gala! With the Kimono topper!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Wow wow wow! It's almost a shame to cover that amazing dress with a jacket. If you must, I like the black kkmono. Separately, I do really like the Zara jacket, too.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I'm with Caro - this dress needs to come with its own crash helmut. WOWZA!!!

    Zara jacket is fab too Suz.


  • tarzy replied 7 years ago

    This dress. Oh my.

    This dress is amazing. People will think you're a best selling Times author. People will think you're a movie star.

    The pants are okay, but this dress... this dress is fabulous. Please - allow yourself to be fabulous! 

  • citygirldc replied 7 years ago

    If I had your body type, I'd be wearing sheaths more often. The color, the length, the chic - factor... all an A+++.  You look wonderful.

  • Mia replied 7 years ago

    Hi again Suz...

    Ok, I am wondering what a black strappy would look like with the dress.  I looked at the styling on all the similar evening dresses in the same colour on Net-A-Porter and they had dark shoes (mostly strappy with bare leg) or silver pointy toed ones.  Not that this site  is like the law or anything but it may bring the eye up to the fab dress and the face a little more.  Anyway, give it a go if you have a pair. I just keep seeing you in a shoe with a little less visual weight with this dress.  Again, don't sacrifice too much comfort but go as high as you can.

    Love the earrings and bag you show in the photos.  Hope it's nice night so you don't need to cover the dress.  A shawl could be perfect for the car and if the ballroom is too freezing.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Mia. I don't own any strappy dressy sandals at all, nor do I own any high heels, really. I do have some dark pointy toed pumps with a slightly higher heel than these gold ones. I could try the outfit with those, and I could also go shopping! :-) And I don't mind doing that. 

    I think for leg lengthening on me, I prefer a shoe toned closer to my skin colour. Silver could work -- in which case I would have to change the clutch and jewellery -- but that is also do-able and I am not against it. 

    I did look around at strappy dressy sandals when I was at Yorkdale and to be completely honest, I wasn't all that impressed with what I saw. The styles just didn't really sing to me. 

    Interesting that you feel this shoe has visual weight. To me, they almost disappear because of the pale gold. I guess we perceive things differently -- always an important lesson. 

    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond with your thoughts. I am off to look at Net a Porter now! 

  • Kristin L replied 7 years ago

    I think the dress looks AMAZING on you. I like the Zara jacket, but I'm not sure about the jacket with it. 

  • Mia replied 7 years ago

    I am probably so over thinking this.  I have same issue with finding strappy.  I see them in magazines or online and think "great" but when I get to the shoe stores they are pretty terrible and I don't wear over 3 inch heels either.

    I have looked myself for a silver pair and as delectable as the Gianni Rossi ones on Net a Porter appear the heel height alone makes them a "no fly zone". I did see some at J. Crew but they didn't thrill me, really your gold ones look a  lot more fab for a lot less $$.  Wear them and enjoy!

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    I just want to share in the celebration - this dress was made for you (and Angie and Fernanda no doubt)! I also like the black kimono if you need a coverup. You look absolutely wonderful!

  • carolbee replied 7 years ago

    Suz, this dress makes you look awesome. Of all the jackets I prefer #12. I recently saw a photo (not sure where) of Jane Fonda wearing a gold moto, would love to see something like that with this.

  • Debora replied 7 years ago

    OMG, I can't get over how stunning you are in this dress! Please wear it! I love it best on its own and with the kimono topper. Shoes and bag are perfect! You will be a shining star!

  • Jenava replied 7 years ago

    I think this dress is so amazing on you, you could wear a trash bag as a jacket at it would be gorgeous!!

    All of these jackets are beautiful with it!

  • missvee replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous dress! And I love the Zara jacket too.
    You've made some great buys here.

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    OK, I just had to pick myself up off the floor and I don't have a crash helmet : ) Suz, this is breathtaking! Truly! Wow! Insert superlative here.

    Once the pants come back from the tailor you'll have to post side by sides for us.

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Is there anything you can't wear, girlfriend? You look AMAZING!! (Double exclamation points, because you're at least amazing times 2!) You need about 10 galas to go to because all of your outfits are fantastic. 

    Number 13, Kimono, for sure.

  • replied 7 years ago

    OH. MY. GOODNESS! I have never seen anything so fab in all my life as you in that navy dress. I love how the color is light enough that it doesn't look "almost black". What cut! What fit! *swoon*

    I, too love it the most without a topper. What about a leather jacket draped around your shoulders while seated? Would that be too casual or "in your face"? It would would look really off-hand, and not like it was supposed to be a "set" with your dress or part of your outfit. Then if you have to get up and make a speech, you can just slip it off. I LOVE the shoes, clutch and earrings. Perfect in my book. 

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    LOVE!  You look amazing in this!

    Suz, this is almost exactly like my NM dress (aka the knockout dress).  It's the same color and similar ruched construction (I think!).  The only difference is the neckline.

    What a winner!

  • JulieJohn replied 7 years ago

    Late to the party, but what a party! First off, I just love this forum and everyone's support and shared celebrations. You ladies are a treat!

    Suz, you look dynamic in that sheath, like a beautiful exclamation point! I love the shoes with it, no problem noticed here though they are invisibly eye-catching, like glass slippers would be.

    My favorite topper is the floral Zara, and it draws the eye to your lovely face.

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    Love the dress on you. I would go for the pashmina or one of the last two toppers, probably the pashimina though, because it would show off the dress better.

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