A Dress for a Masquerade

You may have seen my recent post on Instagram and Twitter, in which I asked for help deciding between two dresses to wear to a Masquerade party. A lot of votes were in for the red one which is absolutely fabulous, but I ended up wearing this gorgeous purple dress instead. Someone made a good point that there would be a lot of people wearing red instead of purple and they were right! I was the only one in purple and owned it the whole night. In the end, it’s all about what you are most comfortable wearing. For an elegant evening at the Chihuly Exhibit in Seattle, wearing something so feminine and delicate was perfect for the occasion.


stylemissmolly_5275_blog stylemissmolly_5279_blog I was surprised to hear that the invitation said cocktail attire. When I hear the word Masquerade I immediately think of a Venetian ball, however, it’s possible the IT company my husband works for knew that a bunch of tech guys weren’t into dressing up. Either way, I love any excuse to dress up and a masquerade is the perfect reason to bring out the formal couture gowns from Third & Loom!

stylemissmolly_5394_blogstylemissmolly_5337_blogGoing into this event, I knew I would likely be overdressed. I mean not everyone has amazing gowns in their closet. But if you have a chance to dress up by all means do it! And ladies, let me tell you, if you’re going to wear a dress (no matter the style) you’re going to need to have the confidence behind it. There’s no hiding behind a mask in a gown like this! As long as I carried myself with a confident smile, whatever I wore would be appropriate for the event. And it was!




Let’s not forget to admire the delicate details of this incredible dress naturally called Forget-Me-Not. The purple flowers and black trim added the perfect balance of feminine and structured detailing. The purple silk and black tulle also felt amazing on me! It was so light and airy when I walked and I was completely comfortable the whole night. I ended up receiving so many compliments on this beautiful dress and I felt like a princess ready for her ball the whole night!


The only question I’m asking now is when’s the next party?! This girl needs another excuse to dress up!


Keep smiling!




Dress: Third & Loom (I want to wear them all!)

Jewelry: Rocksbox (get your first month free with code stylemissmollyxoxo)

Mask: His and Hers masks

Lipstick: MAC

Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. January 10, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    I have two words for you, princess – absofreakinlutely stunning! This dress seems to have been made exclusively for you and you owned it. And you are so right, its all about the confidence and your million dollar smile. Love everything about the dress, this post (and you)!!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • January 10, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Kusum! Such a sweet comment and YES, this dress completely won my heart! Love it so much I couldn’t help but smile wearing it!

      🙂 Molly

  2. Kait Elizabeth
    January 10, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    This look took my breath away!!!!! Absolutely stunningly angelic! I seriously can not use enough objectives to describe how perfect this look is for you. Just perfect Molly. Glad you felt like a princess, cause you definitely look like one! Hugs, Kait


    • January 10, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Oh my goodness Kait, thank you so much! You are so so sweet to me! So glad you loved the dress as much as I do!!

      🙂 Molly

  3. Raysa Garcia
    January 10, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    Breathtaking Molly! Seriously This dress was made for you. Stunning pictures!
    Xo, Raysa

    • January 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Aw thanks Raysa! It really was such an amazing gown to wear!

      🙂 Molly

  4. January 10, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Your dress is just gorgeous and you look stunning!! I love seeing your posts on Instagram!!
    Blessings to you!
    Valerie xo

    • January 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Valerie! It’s been so nice to connect with you on Instagram as well!

      🙂 Molly

    • January 10, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I’m super in love with this dress and thankful for any chance I get to wear something like it!

      🙂 Molly

  5. January 10, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Glad you owned it!! I love a good excuse to get completely dressed up (I’m always like umm can we get married again and get our wedding gowns back on? Lol) In the words of Oscar Wilde- “you can never be overeducated or overdressed”
    Great post beautiful!

    • January 10, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks, girl! You are so right. Love that quote by Oscar Wilde! I don’t mind being overdressed either and I keep thinking of ways to use my wedding gown too!

      🙂 Molly

  6. Diane
    January 11, 2016 / 12:53 am

    Molly you look absolutely breathtaking!! This dress was made for you, purple is definitely your color! You can never be overdressed for an event. As always your photos are magnificent! 🙂


    • January 13, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Thank you Diane! I never considered purple to me my color but I sure do love wearing it on occasion! Hope you’re having a great week!
      🙂 Molly

  7. Lauren Farrell
    January 11, 2016 / 6:48 am

    WOW Molly! You look simply stunning! This dress is incredible and the detailing, like the black stripes, is so unexpected but it just works! Love that color on you and your mask is so pretty too! What a different and beautiful post! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week ahead!


    • January 13, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Thanks so much Lauren! I agree, the black stripes are totally unexpected but it makes the stripes to unique and elegant! Thanks for the love! Have a great week!

      🙂 Molly

  8. January 11, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Breathtaking! That dress is truly a work of art, it must have been so fun to wear! There really aren’t enough excuses (in my life at least) to get that dressed up in Seattle. You look divine and I love how you paired it with the subtly purple lip color.

    • January 13, 2016 / 10:10 am

      Thanks Jesica! I didn’t want to match the purple too much with a purple lip, so I went for a more subtle color than the dark purple. Any excuse I can get to dress up around here I’m all for it! Have a great week!

      🙂 Molly

  9. Haley
    January 11, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Molly, you look absolutely stunning! This dress fits you like a glove and the color is gorgeous, good choice! I hope you had so much fun!

    • January 13, 2016 / 10:11 am

      Thank you Haley! It is so amazing to have a dress made to fit like this and Third & Loom is not only perfect for the occasion but has that down! I really had so much fun!

      🙂 Molly

  10. January 11, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    You look AMAZE!!! I love this dress! Great choice. I always prefer to be overdressed than underdressed any day.
    xo, Laura | have-need-want.com

    • January 13, 2016 / 10:12 am

      Thanks Laura! You’re so sweet! I’m with you! Overdressed any day other than underdressed!

      🙂 Molly

  11. January 11, 2016 / 4:18 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! This dress is so stunning! It’s always good to be overdressed for events such as these. I remember turning up for my first Christmas party with my work dressed in floor length red chiffon… everyone else was in cocktail attire but i felt great. Fantastic post and photos!


    • January 13, 2016 / 10:13 am

      That’s awesome Ellie! It’s all about how you feel and wear the dress with confidence! Glad you do the same! Thanks so much for your compliments!

      🙂 Molly

  12. January 11, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! How could you not wish for another event to wear that beauty!

    • January 13, 2016 / 10:14 am

      Thank you Alison! I can’t wait for the next time I get to wear this or another like it!

      🙂 Molly

  13. Autumn Dickens
    January 11, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! The purple suits you so well and the floral detail in the bodice is gorgeous. Great chioce!

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you! This dress really is so fun to wear! I didn’t think I was a purple person, but I love it!

      🙂 Molly

  14. Nichole Darrelle
    January 11, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Molly you look stunning! I love the purple dress. Sounds like a fun time!

    Fishbowl Fashion

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you Nichole! It really was such a fun time! I want to do it again! Haha!

      🙂 Molly

  15. January 12, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Absolutely breathtaking! You look like a princess who is ready for her ball dance! Beautiful dress and love the color and details. Amazing pictures! 🙂

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Aw thanks Rita! That’s really how I felt! Such an amazing dress to wear!

      🙂 Molly

  16. January 12, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Omg Molly, This dress is absolutely stunning on you! And these photos are just amazing. i love every single detail of this dress, the color, the flowers on the neckline, the backless back, the tail of the dress, everything! You are such a stunner!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you so much! I was literally blown away by every little detail of this dress too! Thanks for making me smile!

      🙂 Molly

  17. January 12, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    OMG so stunning!!! I love the sofa lilac against the dramatic black!

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Thank you Courtney! You’re so sweet! I loved the color combo too! Although my brother said I looked like a villain, haha what?!

      🙂 Molly

  18. Julianna Lynch
    January 12, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    This dress was MADE for you! I can’t get over how gorgeous you look in it and your pictures are stunning:) This looks like such a fun event!

    xx Julianna

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Aww girl you are so so sweet! It really was a fun event and I loved that I got to dress up! Hope you’re doing well and I hope we can get together soon!

      🙂 Molly

  19. Heather Johnson
    January 13, 2016 / 7:25 am

    Such a stunning gown and you look amazing! Thank you for introducing me to this brand – I had not heard of Third & Loom before. I have a gala to attend this spring, so I will be checking them out!
    Beautiful post!

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      You must check them out! They would be a perfect option for a gala! Thanks for the sweet compliments!

      🙂 Molly

  20. robin martinez
    January 13, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    You look stunning!! This dress flatters your figure and style, I think it was a great choice! I would be the same as far as having any reason to get dolled up. My BF is a Football coach and he has a banquet tonight and hey if there is an excuse to get dolled up, why not? Lol, anyways you looked amazing and I am sure you looked amazing out there! Have a great semester hun!
    – Robin Lee

    • January 13, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thanks Robin! I hope you had so much fun at your banquet! I love any excuse to dress up!

      🙂 Molly

  21. WhatWouldVWear
    January 13, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Molly, this belongs in VOGUE magazine! Seriously so stunning! The dress is divine and so is the photography!

    xoxo, Vanessa


    • January 13, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Aww that’s the best compliment ever! Haha I wish! Thanks so much! Have a great week Vanessa!

      🙂 Molly

  22. Marti Engle
    January 16, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    Simply elegant and stunning! Both the dress AND my daughter!!! 😄😘💖 and the best part?! Miss Molly, you are just as lovely on the inside! 😍

    • January 16, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Aww that made me smile Mom! Thanks so much for loving me always!

      🙂 Molly

  23. January 17, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Thank you Natasha! In the end I was really glad I chose the purple one! There definitely was no other dress like it! Hope you had an amazing weekend!

    🙂 Molly

  24. January 17, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Aww thank you Josette! With an amazing dress like this, minimal jewelry was essential. I really would love another chance to dress up like this. It was so much fun!

    🙂 Molly

  25. January 19, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Absolutely stunning! You look like a princess. I bet you were the belle of the ball. The mask is lovely too and I love your lipstick! What a fun occasion.

    • January 19, 2016 / 11:12 pm

      Aw thanks Asa! I sure felt like a belle in a gown this pretty! I wanted a simple mask to not detract from the elegance of the dress. Glad you like it!

      🙂 Molly

  26. January 19, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I agree with below! I can’t even put into words how wonderful this dress is on you. I feel like you and I are so alike because if I have a chance to dress up, gosh darnit I WILL!!! I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed. Besides, being overdressed just means you’re fabulous 😉

    • January 19, 2016 / 11:13 pm

      Yes girl! I think we would get along just great if we ever met in person! Always dress up any chance you get! Thank you for your lovely words!

      🙂 Molly

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