This was the 6th gown I purchased, having returned the first 5. When I saw this one online, I actually gasped at how beautiful it was. It is every bit as lovely in person. The actual color is slightly more light grey in tone than what displays on my monitor. The tan insets and waist treatment are a color I would describe as taupe. All beautiful. Besides hemming, the only other alteration I need is to bring the bodice up to best recreate the look the online model has (thus my review of a bit larger than usual for a 14W). It's lightweight (so many other gowns are heavy) and will be a pleasure to wear. I've purchased sparkly pewter heels to wear with this dress in April at my son's wedding. I'm so happy I didn't settle for a gown that just wasn't right for me and that I found this perfect one.