Here is a shot that shows the before and after. The left photo is the starting photo fresh from RAW conversion. The right photo is the photo after spotting, selective softening and sharpening, NIK Sunlight filter and a "secret technique" to change the color of the dress without having to do a selection at all. What do you think? And do you have before and after shots to post?
By the way, this kind of side by side comparison of images has an almost optical illusion effect on the eyes. So cover each image with a piece of paper as you examine the other image. It will make a big difference in the way you see the image.