eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! it's pretty perfect!
I love the silhouette. It's dramatic enough, but fun and flirty, and retro-y enough to fit my style. And it still nods to the bridal for the traditionalists.
so basically...done and done! thanks for all your opinions. I WILL be turning to you for shoe input as well.
eta - yes i do have scoliosis and yes i am standing up straight there! i finally realized it is likely the source of some of my troubles with button down shirts.