I recently fell back in love with dresses. I’m not sure when or why I fell out of love, but at some point it became much easier to wear tops and bottoms. Now that I’m in love again, I can’t quite fathom why I haven’t always worn dresses.
How did I fall back in love? I went into Jeremys Department Store in San Francisco one day looking for something -- who knows what. That’s not a usual haunt for me, or typical shopping behavior. But I walked in, looked around and snagged a dress that was in a print featuring my favorite acid green. Even better, it was an Alberta Ferretti, which, at full price, is out of my comfort zone. It needed a belt, but otherwise was the perfect dress for me. The salesperson was taken aback when I came out of the tiny dressing room to get a better look. She went off to find a belt, and while waiting for her, I discovered pockets. Yes, this dress, that felt like it was made for me, had side pockets -- which were completely camouflaged so no one else would ever notice they were there. At this point I was in a swoon. I grabbed the dress and hurried to the register before I could question my purchase.
This dress truly showed its stuff when I was in New York a couple of years later. I forgot to pack the lower half of most of the outfits I intended to bring. It was hot, so a sleeveless dress that skimmed without grabbing was just what I needed. I wore that dress, in comfort, to a matinee performance of Master Class with Tyne Daley, followed by an afternoon of drinking, then dinner. I wore it shopping, out to a fancy lunch, and to another dinner. We hit the Met, got on and off the subway, and in and out of cabs.
The dress was perfect. I got compliments on it, dealt quite well with the East Coast heat, and forgot that I was wearing the same thing over and over again.Read more...
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