A Queen Dress in Gunmetal Gray

This dress is an absolute love of mine. I explained in this post about my style journey and my intention to dress more like a Managing Director and a girl boss and because of that intention I've been changing up my style. And this dress fits perfectly with the image I want to portray. 

Dress; Saji's Couture, Earrings: from India, Sunglasses, Bag: Aldo, Ring: Malabar Gold & Diamonds, Watch: Parfois, Shoes: New Look

The first thing that made me thirst for this dress is the colour. It has been a long time since I've had a dress in gunmetal gray, a shade I adore because of its elegance and minimalism. It's a beautiful neutral that doesn't look boring or blah because of the richness of the hue. 

The material makes the colour stand out even more. It's a satin crepe which is very soft and pliable and has a subtle shine. Because of this, the gray looks like it has more than one shade. I adore satin for professional outfits. It has an elegance of its own. The movement and fall of the material add so much grace to any outfit. Although I must admit, I have never had a dress in satin before. I've got a lot of blouses that look super elegant in satin and silk, but not dresses. This entire dress made from the material makes it look very polished and luxurious. And of course, it flows like water when you walk, as seen from the photo below.

I LOVE the length of the dress! I wouldn't think that such a length would look flattering, but to my pleasant surprise, it does! It makes the entire dress look more serious and substantial. On that note, when my friend Sajida of Saji's Couture gave me this dress to try, it was a full-length gown. It looked fabulous even like that and I was head over heels for it but she was very clever and told me she'll make the dress shorter so I can wear it to the office. She showed me how short she'd make it and I thought that was genius. So now instead of having a gown that I would wear only on occasions, I have a dress that I can wear much more frequently.

I love the detailing of the dress. The halter neck cut with the black pearl buttons lining the seam is very creative and unique, and the use of black pearl buttons adds so much more sophistication. It's such a 'queen' dress. 

The pearls have been used on the sleeves as well as on the cuff. I could write a sonnet on these sleeves. They're exactly how I like my bishop sleeves- very wide and gathered into a stiff and wide cuff. When done with a flowy and soft material, it has a really beautiful effect of ballooning out near the cuff and flowing with your movement, making you look all delicate and graceful and fairy-like.

The dress has a high waist and a wide belt that defines and cinches the waist. The belt adds structure to the dress and defines the A-line of the skirt more. I also love how the top half of the dress is loose so a belt at the waist makes that poofiness stand out. Anywhere where a dress or a t-shirt or a blouse sits slightly looser on the body, it looks effortless. With such a soft material, it's important to have stiff structural elements like the belt and cuffs in this dress, or it would look too loose and boring. And of course, really good tailoring makes it sit well on the body. That's the best part about getting bespoke clothes.

It zips up at the back and is super easy to wear. I must admit here that satin and silk are NOT summer-friendly materials but they look impeccably sophisticated and feel luxuriously decadent against the skin. So it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. You just have to make sure not to wear satin when you know you're going to be driving around or have to be outside more. 

Since the dress is in a deep, neutral gray, I chose a bag and heels in pastel shades of soft blues, pinks, and lilac. The structured bag contrasts against the flow of the dress, and ankle strap heels add more sophistication to the look. This bag is one of my favourites because it has both of my favourite colours- baby blue and baby pink {my entire room is baby blue and baby pink}, the boxy shape is so cute while not being too small, the chain detail in the center and the alternate juxtapositioning of the colours adds so much uniqueness, and the scarf bow on top is ahhhdorable. I always get compliments on this bag.

I wore pink tassel earrings and a flower ring to accessorize. The pink in the earrings matches the pink in the bag and breaks up the monotony of the gray. 

I wore light green eyeshadow to add more colour, and dark lipstick to keep with the seriousness of the look.

I can't wait to try this dress with different shoes and bags, and statement jewellery with colourful stones. It's a very versatile dress that can be worn to the office or on date night. I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this one and those are the kind of dresses you want to have in your wardrobe.

You can read more about style, finding your own and building a wardrobe that's uniquely you, in my book, Loving Yourself In Style. Find the book here. It has an average rating of 4.4 stars on Goodreads and has fashion illustrations done by me throughout the book, for a fun read. It'll go on summer sale soon, so watch out for that!

What kind of dresses spark joy for you? Where do you think you are in your style journey? 
Leave me a comment below!

Until next time,

Shabana Feroze


  1. Looking gorgeous in that dress!! The length is lovely and suited for all occasions! :)

    And as always.. perfect stiletto heels!! :)

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  2. Beautiful Dress Dear. You are really a queen of the World.


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