By Lily Guerrero
On July 21, Sexi Soprano Elizabeth Caballero announced via social media that she got married! Surprise! Besides the usual congratulations sent to the couple, the second highest comment was expectedly: “I love your dress!” This week, we’ll show you how to get Liz’s gorgeous look.
1. The Original: Eliza J Fit and Flare Dress, sizes 2-14 regular or petite, $198
Liz generously shared that she got her big day buy from Nordstrom, and it is still available! I love Eliza J dresses because they are so pretty and feminine, yet ladylike and mature. This particular fit and flare dress is fantastic for any body type and the belt helps to accentuate a small waist. The bonus of wearing a belt while singing is that can help with breathing and no one has to know! While Liz chose to feature this stunner on her wedding day, I suggest it for Sunday afternoon concerts, brunch meetings with donors, or even your church gig audition. The lace detailing is sure to strike up conversation, and it never hurts to hear a compliment! Buy it at Nordstrom here.
2. Ann Taylor Floral Garland Flare Dress, sizes 00-18 regular and petite, $149
This Ann Taylor piece features the same fit and flare silhouette as the original, but trades in lace for polyester, making it stretchy, and an inverted color scheme. Those who don’t like cap sleeves will appreciate this dress. I love that it comes in regular, petite, or tall. Make sure to sign up for Ann Taylor e-mails to get 25% off this dress before you purchase it! Buy it in store or online here.
3. Anne Klein Floral-Print A-Line Dress, sizes 2-16, $80
If lace isn’t your thing, but you love the floral print on a fit and flare, here’s your dress! It is knee length making it a perfect audition dress and paired with an eye-popping red belt or pair of pumps, you’re sure to be a knockout! The boat neckline brings attention to your beautiful face and keeps the panel’s eyes on your charismatic aria presentation. Buy it at Macy’s in store or online here.
4. Leslie Fay Floral-Print Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress, sizes 6-16, $35
Need a pop of color? This little blue number is a fresh take on the floral lace dress. I especially suggest this one for those wanting to accentuate their blue eyes or tan skin. The polyester and spandex blend gives you room to both breathe deeply and move freely as you perform for an opera flash mob or network at the season preview performance! Buy it at Dillard’s in stores or online here.
5. Chi Chi London Premium Metallic Lace Midi Prom Dress with Bardot Neck, sizes 2-12, $120
I love the romantic feel of this lightweight lace dress. The sweetheart neckline and scalloped trim add a whimsical feel to any occasion. I love this for an opening night party or an afternoon concert of arias. Pair it with some statement earrings or a jeweled headband for the ultimate fairy-tale look. Buy it at ASOS online here.
6. Catherine Malandrino Jocelyn Lace Bonded Organza Dress, sizes 0-12, $47
Organza is a great substitute for lace if you want to try a different type of material. This particular piece has a rounded neckline, which is more necklace-friendly than a boatneck, and the patterned belt helps to give the dress a feminine figure. Buy it at Dillard’s in stores or online here.