When I have previously asked for feedback on this blog, some of you expressed a desire for more Casual Friday ensembles.
Though no one asked for it, I imagine there might be a small amount of interest — a scintilla, perhaps — in dressy ensembles?
So, here I am in the dress I wore to a friend’s wedding in October.
This dress looks like a heavy satin (though it is 100% NYLON) and features a full skirt. The skirt, when I bought it, was even fuller and overwhelmed me, so I asked my tailor to reduce it by about a quarter. Much better.
It seemed to me that the fabric and cut of the dress require something more dramatic than my day-to-day jewelry.
Fortunately, I have an enormous, fake-diamond bracelet.
My somewhat avant garde party dress!
Do you see that it’s a little off-kilter?
Half a collar.
You may also notice the faux flap pocket? It’s supposed to look a little like a flight suit.
I’ve been weeding through my closets for the last week, trying to reduce my clothing by 25% — a number I have set somewhat arbitrarily.
I had a number of party/cocktail dresses — six — so this seemed like good place to be aggressive. Though to be fair, some of the dresses were seasonally limited.
It was interesting for me to realize that the two dresses I bought in my 30s would have looked thoroughly appropriate on any Mother of the Bride. The dresses I bought in my 40s are significantly less conventional. Put another way, Directrice 34 was older than Directrice 46 is.
If we’d started taking pictures a little earlier, you might have more views of this dress, but we didn’t and we lost the light. And then it started to rain.
Here is one of our last photos, taken as these realities were setting in. I think it has a mysterious, interesting quality to it . . . A little Vertigo-y.
In fact, I am not hearing eerie music or voices. A cute dog — who looks like he’s getting ready to misbehave — has caught my eye.
Dress: Marc Jacobs Flight Asymmetrical Collar Dress; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bag: Furla Metropolis; Bracelet: NEST Jewelry