Look, I know I’ve featured many of the different iterations of the Claudia here on the blog. First of all, I don’t think I can really be blamed, because if Deadly is the Female and Alexandra King keep making different versions of the most perfect dress that I can’t help but buy, what, exactly, am I supposed to do, if not take (hopefully) beautiful photos of them and share them with you all? Secondly, it’s a dress made by 2 small, women-owned businesses, and if this past year has taught us anything it’s that we should all be buying from and vocally supporting small businesses as much as possible. But thirdly, this is actually a Claudia I wanted for a long time but told myself I didn’t have any need for, so it was off my buy list until this past winter when, suddenly, I realised exactly how many ways I could style it–and what’s the point of having such deeply meaningful revelations if I don’t share them?? So today, my darlings, we are going to look at 3 different ways of styling the Claudia Maxi Gown, because I am in love with it.
There are certain dresses I think of as goddess gowns. There isn’t a particular characteristic that qualifies it beyond being full length; sometimes they have pleated skirts, sometimes boned busts with intricate pleating or gathers; sometimes they have bishop sleeves; and sometimes they have full flowing circle skirts for ultimate sweep and swish. It’s one of those ‘I know it when I see it’ things, and to me this lacy blue maxi from Chi Chi London is a Goddess Gown contender.
The vintage-lovers community has a lot of overlap with several other aesthetic communities, one of the most popular of which–or so it seems to me–is the ~*witchy*~ community. That’s never been a vibe that’s interested me, but I’ll tell you what, today’s gown can veer witchy-cute as well as full Hollywood glam and I’m totally here for it.
Every season I get excited to see what new pretties will be added to the Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female line, and my, my, my, if the rest of the AW20 line is going to shape up like this first lace drop, I am going to be one broke (but very well dressed) woman!
If there’s one thing the weather lately has been calling for, it’s a maxi dress. I only own a handful because I’m really specific about what cuts I like, but this floral number from Dolly & Dotty? It easily checks off the boxes on my list.
Now, one could try to argue that I already have ‘too many’ Claudia dresses from the Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female line. Could, but I would suggest no one even bother, because there’s no way they could convince me. I own 4 of the bishop sleeve knee-length dresses (a pure classic, I don’t regret a single one of those purchases,) a bishop sleeve velvet floor length gown (bought for my sister’s now-postponed wedding, which I will now be desperate to wear ASAP as a result,) and a chiffon-y delicious flutter sleeve knee length dress, which is a summertime glory. So, yeah, you might have thought I ‘have enough,’ BUT. BUT! That would be wilfully ignoring the fact that they’ve recently released their first line of printed maxis, and my goodness, they are gorgeous.