Photos courtesy of Jane & Marilyn
Do you find dressing for special occasions challenging? Finding something high quality that fits well and suits the occasion can make shopping more of a chore than a pleasure. I want to wear clothes I love for years, changing accessories with the seasons to give them a new look and feel, but with some companies’ throw-away attitude to fashion that can be challenging.
Enter Jane & Marilyn, for an entirely new fashion experience. Designed by lifelong friendsturned business partners Jane & Marilyn, and named after their namesakes Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe, this high-quality line of ready-to-wear, demi-couture and couture dresses is made from the finest fabrics. Light weight wools, silks and cottons mean a dress by Jane & Marilyn will last for years, and flexible styling makes them incredibly versatile.
Recently I visited Jane & Marilyn’s Oxfordshire Atelier and tried on many of their wonderful designs. I was so impressed by the fit and quality, I was absolutely spoiled for choice. After much deliberation, I chose two styles, Gina and Joan (left and right respectively).
Length and size can be tweaked so dresses fit perfectly and there is a large choice of colours in each fabric available for most designs. I had a choice of almost fifty fabrics for my Gina dress! (left) This style is perfect for just about any social occasion, and I am thinking of ordering it in another colour later in the year.
Photo by Alex Harris | Photo by Guy Harris
Gina’s sleeves can be worn down or turned up to three-quarter length to suit the temperamental British weather.
Jane tailored the neckline and shoulders in my Joan dress (right) so it fits me like a glove, yet is still comfortable and easy to wear. Sadly it was a very grey day at the Henley Regatta, but the gorgeous blue and whites of my dress still shone through and I had so many compliments!
Available in UK sizes 8 through 16 (US sizes 6 through 14), dresses by Jane & Marilyn can be adjusted to fit perfectly with their demi-couture service, or you can choose their couture service and have a made to measure dress designed from scratch for you and you alone. In the style of the 1950‘s, dresses by Jane & Marilyn are made to flatter your curves, providing ‘Grown up glamour for real women’.
As Jane says, “In the past, we’ve found it a challenge trying to find clothes that are flattering, sophisticated, look good with a hat, and also meet dress codes; we created our label with that challenge in mind. We chose the 1950’s as our inspiration because it’s not only very glamorous, but also works perfectly for special occasions.”
I love Jane & Marilyn’s fresh take on retro for the modern woman and I look forward to wearing their wonderful dresses for years to come.