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Karen Willis Holmes Shelly-Samantha (+ with optional detachable bow)

AU$2,310 • Save 57%

  • £3,000 Retail price
  • -£1,700 Discount (57%)
  • Shipping
  • £1,300 Total


Label: US 8 Approx (AU 12)
Street: UK 8 Approx (AU 8)


Height 173cm with shoes
Bust -
Waist -
Hips -


Shelly-Samantha (+ with optional detachable bow)

  • A-Line
  • V-Neck
  • V Back
  • Straps
  • Floor Length

The Dress

Karen Willis Holmes has a chic collection of mix and matchable tops to bottoms with her bridal collection. It allows the bride to be creative, and maximize her favorite features! I chose the Shelly-Samantha, from the designer's Monsalvat collection. (You can find professional images of the dress here - This dress allowed me to draw attention to my upper body slimness, and highlight my neck/shoulders, arms and back.

There is a wonderful aspect to this dress...the side panels which are slightly see through. I was drawn to this feature of the dress as it adds something edgy and interesting to the look, but isn't immediately noticeable. The dress gives a classic first impression, and leaves those who look closely with a little something extra to look at texture wise on the sides.

I also added a attachable/detachable bow to the back of the dress via my alterations specialist. I bought a sash from Karen Willis Holmes to match the fabric, and had the bow made during the alterations process. It snaps on and off the dress, with the snaps hidden beneath the belt. I wore the bow for the more classic parts of the wedding (first look, ceremony and cake cutting) then took it off for the dancing portion of the night.

I have loved this dress so much, and hope it finds a great home on a new bride looking to mix a classic and edgy style together for her special day.

I'll throw in the bow/sash with the dress; it retailed for £ 275. I'd like to ask for at least half the price of the dress, however there remains a small stain on the very bottom of the dress (which can actually be removed if the dress is hemmed again). Therefore I'm knocking off a few hundred for this.


I am 5.6 ft (170 cm) in height, and we hemmed the dress to work with 2.5/3 inch heels. The original train is in tact. As mentioned previously, we added on attachable/detachable bow beneath the belt. The majority of the alterations were made to the straps, where we had to cut back on some fabric to help keep the straps from falling off my shoulders. We added in removable bra cups, so if your bust is bigger than 34C there is room in there for you. If you are in London, I can happily refer you to the seamstress for further alterations should you need them.

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  • Condition: Used
  • Dry Cleaned: Yes
  • Color family: Ivory
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Year: 2018

Seller Emilee

  • London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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  • Last seen 88 weeks ago


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Karen Willis Holmes Shelly-Samantha (+ with optional detachable bow)

AU$2,310 • Save 57%

  • £3,000 Retail price
  • -£1,700 Discount (57%)
  • Shipping
  • £1,300 Total
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