Style Watch – Léa Seydoux, Bond Girl

With the newest James Bond movie out this weekend, we wanted to celebrate the beautifully modest style of new “Bond Girl” Léa Seydoux.

Check out some of her beautiful red carpet moments:

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Léa at the premiere of Spectre in London…

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… And later at the film’s after party held at the British Museum.

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Here’s to Léa’s beautiful sense of style and to the stunning silver dress she wears in Spectre! Cheers indeed!

Love Léa’s style? Wish you could own a gown like hers? Drop us a line at virtuousprom@gmail.com and ask us about creating your own custom made gown!

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Sarah’s Dress

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to team up with Shine Magazine to give away a custom made homecoming dress. We loved working with our winner, Sarah and were so happy with how her dress turned out!

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But, no matter how lovely the dress was, it in no way compared to how lovely Sarah looked in it! Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us, Sarah! You look absolutely stunning!

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We were so thrilled for you that you made homecoming court as well! Congratulations!

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Sometimes, it’s good to be different and stand out from the crowd, don’t you agree? ❤

Avoiding Dress Stress

It’s that time of year where around the country, down every school hall, girls nervously await being asked to homecoming.

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Rumors fly, expectations are set and then the waiting begins… and goes on… and on… and on….

For most teenage boys, asking out their crush is a daunting task. It takes a lot of courage to ask a girl you consider amazing and beautiful to spend time with you – especially a whole evening when expectations are unavoidably high.

I was never a teenage boy, so I can’t fully attest to their struggle, but I do remember asking out my crush to my school’s dance. Nate was home schooled, sweet and incredibly good looking. We knew each other casually from church, but as I picked up the phone to call to ask him to the dance, I felt my stomach drop out and my heart beat like a jackhammer. Nate fortunately said yes, but ladies, let me tell you – the experience was traumatic nonetheless!

As you’re waiting to be asked, just remember how hard it is for all of us to put ourselves out on the line and risk rejection. Be patient. And in the meantime, set yourself up for success by avoiding what I’ve lovingly termed “dress stress.”

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Definition:

  1. Waiting until the last moment for your crush to ask you to the dance, only to discover finding an appropriate dress is nearly impossible due to shortness of time.

Around this time of year, I get quite a few clients experiencing “dress stress.” They’ve just been asked to the dance (hooray!) but the lack of time to find a dress in addition to the struggle of finding modest formals in general leads to severe “dress stress.”

How does one avoid this? Get your dress early of course! I know traditionally most girls want to go with a date, but most of my high school dance experiences were with a group of my girlfriends and we had a blast! In fact, I think in some ways we had more fun – we could fully be ourselves, didn’t have to stress about the question of a good night kiss and we just had a good time.

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Going with a date, especially your crush can be amazing. But going with a group of friends can be just as fun. So get your dress early and if Mr. Perfect plucks up his courage, hooray! You’re already ready. If not, you have a gorgeous dress hanging in your closet and a great night already planned with your besties, which, in my book beats staying at home dejected the night of the dance any day of the week!

Why Buy the Cow, When You Can Get the Milk for Free? A Guy’s Perspective on Modesty

I should preface this post by saying I am a new guest blogger for Virtuous Prom….and I’m a guy.

In my long and short 27 years there is one thing I’ve learned for certain, and that is there is nothing more beautiful than the female form.  You ladies are the reason I didn’t do as well as I should have in school. I spent half my time distracted by you and the other half distracted by cars. Beauty is power and ladies you have more power over men than you could ever imagine. It’s important you realize this and remember “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

You have the power to make guys like me weak, and weak men aren’t men of God. Weak men can not be effective leaders, husbands, fathers, and friends. The world needs strong, virtuous men and I’ll let you in on a little secret: We desperately need your help to be that way.  Being virtuous and modest are the biggest ways you can help the men in your life be better men of God.  By making them better, you’re making yourself better in return.

Modesty directly reflects a persons dignity.

Let’s take Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus for example:
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…Who would you say is dignified and virtuous?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “The Forms taken by modesty, vary from one culture to another. Everywhere, however, modesty exists as an intuition of the spiritual dignity proper to man.” (ccc 2524)

Today’s society is consumed with sex, and thus makes modesty, virtue and dignity take a back seat. Sadly, more focus is placed on Kim Kardashian’s ‘behind’ than the beautifully modest Taylor Swift sending Christmas gifts to a good portion of her fans (yeah, I kind of have a crush on Taylor Swift…get over it!).

Men Like women…Women want men to like them. It’s simple. Sometimes to get male attention a lady feels the need to expose more of her body than her mind.Well, I’ve got another secret for you: you don’t need to. If the guy is a guy worth having he will be drawn to you first and your body second.  That’s not to say worth while guys aren’t checking out the immodestly dressed – they are – but they are checking out the modestly dressed too.  It just goes to show you that it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, guys are looking. So leave a little more to the imagination!  Most guys are scared to talk to you anyway and when you’re showing off your body you’re not helping us.

Men are in desperate need of help. The majority may not admit it, but we are.  For many guys modesty can mean the difference between thinking “Wow! She’s so beautiful right now” (with a slight dorky grin) and “Wow…I want to see what’s under those clothes” (with wide eyes and a creepy grin).  Being immodest gives way to lustful, carnal thoughts, and actions; furthermore, it turns you into an object, not a human.

Which one would you like guys to be thinking?

Living a virtuous life isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth while.

This is more than just a blog post; it’s a plea. A plea to women of every age, please help the men in your life by being virtuous. Please help us become the Prince you deserve, by being the Princesses you are. I hope that having an insight to the male perspective on modesty and virtue reassures you that it’s not all about showing your body off, it’s about showing yourself off.

What to do When Virtue Doesn’t Seem to Pay off

For those of you who love Jane Austen, I have found my Mr. Darcy (at least as he’s presented the first half of the book. For those of you who haven’t read Pride & Prejudice (or seen the movie), Mr. Darcy is the BOMB. He is the MAN of the early 19th century. Almost two centuries later, women still swoon when they think of having their paths cross with a real life, dreamy Mr. Darcy.

In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy is moneyed; cultured; dark, tall and handsome; provides stimulating (if not almost always abrupt) conversation, is rather lacking in common politeness, and does his best to stay away from promptings of what he fears to be a foolish heart.

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In those final exhilarating pages of the book, the reader finally understands that Mr. Darcy’s inner struggle has been with a heart so deeply capable of love and passion it’s staggering. He is in love with his darling beyond words, beyond reason, beyond that common love that so many believe is the real thing. He loves her completely – for her mind, body and soul; and his love is so overpowering he cannot begin to act rationally – he confesses his love and proposes, in the rain no less!

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So, recently, I met the most lovely creature. Unbelievably handsome, a fellow baseball fan, smart, sensitive, a great listener and, it’s hard to describe, but his character and personality were just perfection. I felt completely safe with him and was attracted to him like a magnet, but objectively I don’t think he would be considered charismatic.

When our paths crossed, as they did frequently (sometimes due to some choreography on my part!), I of course wanted to look stunning. I wanted to turn his head and have him see me as a woman, not just a friend

I knew the quickest way make his head turn would be to raise my hem line, leave a few more buttons on the top of my buttoned down shirt open… you know really show myself off.

I decided against this and went about my days and weeks cute but without compromising my standards.

Nothing happened. Wait a second, I’m being virtuous, a good girl in my choice of dress and I’m not being showered with blessings (i.e. Mr. Darcy)?

My thoughts crept back to how easy it would be to turn his head by dressing more provocatively. With all transparency, I played the idea back in forth in my head more than I ought.

As my ideas and emotions pinged back and forth like so many tennis balls, I realized more and more that being provocative would work.

As l realized this, though, I knew I wouldn’t want things to start any relationship with only inflamed sexual passion as the main motivator. Yes, of course, I want my future husband to find me beautiful and be attracted to me, but I want so much more! I want to be a Mrs. Darcy someday. I want to be loved for my loyalty, bravery, deep love of others and everything else good that makes me me!

So my Mr. Would Be Darcy, I adore you, but I respect myself more than attract you at any price. And, if you really are Mr. Darcy, I know you would respect that deeply in me. Until then, my true Mr. Darcy, I stay patiently and virtuously yours.

To Customize or Not to Customize – The Pros and Cons of Having a Dress Bespoke

Back before the Industrial Revolution made it possible to manufacture things like clothing on a mass scale everything was bespoke, as in “it was bespoken” and then made exactly to the client’s wishes.

Very quickly people realized that buying something mass produced was a lot cheaper and the tradition of bespoke largely died out.

Well, we’re bringing bespoken back! Yah!

You ladies don’t know where fab is at! Yah!

(Sorry, Justin Timberlake… I just couldn’t resist!).

But in all seriousness, having a dress customized can be a truly wonderful and amazing experience!

Here’s why:

1) You get to control the design. Whether it’s showing us a picture or giving us a jump off point for inspiration, this dress is your design and NOBODY else’s. It’s exclusively yours! One of a kind couture, some might even say!

2) It will fit you without needing to be tailored extensively.

One of the reasons we got started at Virtuous Prom is a good friend had recently helped his niece “hem” her dress by using double sided sticky tape. The niece and her family had made a special journey, traveling hundreds of miles to the nearest big city to purchase a prom dress, only to be greatly disappointment. They didn’t find anything there that was modest enough or that began to fit properly. Crushed, they selected the least of all evils for her to wear to the prom, went home and “hemmed” it with an office supply.

Hearing about this debacle made me want to help out women everywhere. Very quickly I realized that tall girls have problems finding longer dresses, shorter girls need them hemmed (which can be quite costly) and 99% of girls don’t have their bust, waist and hips all sharing the same size. One of our models has a 10/12 size bust, a size 6 waist and size 8 hips. When a pre-made dress fits her bust, it hangs down the rest of her like a potato sack!

Retailers do their best, but they just can’t account for the unique and beautiful diversity we all possess. Having your dress custom made, however, makes all those issues a breeze.

3) We will help you with every step of your design!

Most of the gals I work with have a really clear idea of what they’d like, but not everybody does. One bride, Lila, that I worked with was so nervous and overwhelmed that we literally went through every aspect of the dress step by step: Do you like lace? Ivory or white? A scoop neck? No sleeves? Long sleeves? And so on. She very quickly gained confidence and her dress turned out AMAZING. When I saw the finished product in all its glory all I could say was, “Wow, wow, wow…. about twenty times in a row”

Next on “To Customize or Not to Customize,” we’ll talk more about Lila’s dress, the in depth side of collaboration, the electricity in the air when she first saw her wedding dress and of course pictures of her on her big day!

In the meantime, here’s a selection of some of the custom work we’ve done recently:

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We were commissioned to make a dress based on a a $1300 gown from Latter-day Bride in Salt Lake City. We ended up saving the bride over $1,000 and we matched the pattern, cut and even the lace to perfection!

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