A+ for Michelle Williams who has the right mix of sophistication and femininity in this lovely ensemble. The layered rara skirt and black bow belt exude this cutie pie look while the crystal embellished bodice is so stylishly elegant. And to top it off, her cropped cut conveys that classic Hollywood glamour slash 'I'm a mature female actress and you should take me seriously' vibe. She's so classy here, I do love a good cocktail dress which manages to have the same effect as a full blown slightly OTT Oscar gown.
The illusion of the high waist is also what intrigues me (also that my year 12 formal dress resembled a less awesome version of this dress). Either Michelle Williams is of the tall build or it's the high waist because there is no way that dress should end so high above the knees. Especially because it's tiered you expect to at least hit the knees but it finishes 'streets ahead' (I've been watching Community far too much this week). That's why I have this obsession with everything high waisted, skirts, pants, shorts, jeans, you name it. And I always tuck tops in. It makes your legs a little longer, which is perfect for short girls (even though it shortens the torso). The only thing I ask is that you have the right body to pull off the high waist - sometimes it can turn out horribly wrong and make you look more disproportioned.