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My Grown-up Christmas Dress

The other night, I went to a formal Christmas party – which, really, is the best kind of Christmas party – and it was fancy.  I mean, yes, it was formal, so it was fancy in that sense. But, it was also fancy because with my master’s degree, I was one of the least educated people in the room. I would have been intimidated, had I not been wearing this amazing dress (also, everyone was super nice, so it was fine).

I will tell you a secret about this dress, though…it was free. I was given this dress, brand new, because the zipper was broken. But, you know, zippers are easy to fix, so with a little help from my neighborhood seamstress, I had the perfect dress for a formal Christmas party that cost me nothing* (*okay, she didn’t fix it for free.  So, technically, my gown cost $20).

I chose to keep the look simple with classic gold and silver jewelry, and soft gold shoes. The black panel in the middle is actually of my own invention because I need to do a few more crunches before I could wear this dress sans panel…

Btw, slits are pretty hard to get a picture of without pulling an Angelina Jolie, but when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with slits (they seemed so adult and sultry in a socially-acceptable way), so that picture in the bottom corner is for 8-year old me’s benefit.
1 - formal Christmas partyWas there an element of fashion that captured your attention when you were a kid?  Slits, shoulder pads, stirrups, elbow pads on men’s jackets (with those leather buttons that I always thought looked like crushed junior mints)?  Do you have any of those things in your adult life, or did they fall casualty to adulthood practicalities and changing style?

IBTLALC, pt. 3

Round 3 of “all dressed up with nowhere to go” brings me to my favorite type of gown – the formal one.  You’ll notice I’m wearing a fake engagement ring.  That’s because I’m beginning to think both black tie party invitations and marriage proposals are mythical creatures, so while I’m pretending, I might as well shoot for the moon.
1 - navy formalBelieve it or not, I’ve never actually worn this gown.  My mom picked it up somewhere – probably a thrift store – and kept it for a special occasion.  I inherited it to keep for my own special occasion when I tried it on and it somehow fit like a glove.  I really love its simplicity – as much as I adore sequins, there is something so elegant about a beautiful, rich, solid-colored fabric in a flattering cut.  (But, don’t be fooled – my shoes still have sequins.  You can take the girl out of the bling, but you can’t take the bling out of the girl.)

For my makeup, I wanted to do a contrasting lip to really make a statement, since the rest of my look (sequin shoes notwithstanding) is pretty understated.  My red lipstick was perfect for the occasion, coupled with a subdued neutral eye to keep from looking like a clown.

Thus concludes my study on holiday attire.  But, that is not where the conversation ends!  I want to hear all about your parties – and more importantly, your party clothes!  Write soon, send pictures! xoxo!

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