It was September of last year, just before the holiday dresses started showing up at retail, that I decided to buy a new dress for a dear friend’s wedding. The search was on, and search I did. The search soon became a quest when everything I picked out seemed just not quite right. I wanted red. I wanted a print. I wanted something different. When I came upon this pretty red velvet dress by Betsey Johnson there were only a few days left before the big event. I jumped on it.
The problem with the frock became apparent when I got home; None of my undergarments worked under the dress. One showed itself in the back, another in the front. I searched the department stores and the internet for a backless, strapless bra, but there were none. That old standby had been replaced by stick-on cups that did pretty much nothing. Disgusted, but still in love with the dress, I wore it topped with a little black velvet jacket that hid the problem areas.
This year the dress has hung in the back of my closet, lonesome and unworn until this week, when by some very good fortune I stumbled upon a very fabulous, backless, strapless, bra. I got home, put on the once unwearable dress, and did a twirl. There’s not a bra strap to be seen.
Hello new-old holiday dress!
My treat to myself this season is this gold sequin evening clutch. I walked past it at Target about a dozen times before I finally decided it was OK for me to splurge a little. I find the dark matte gold sequins are both elegant and festive.
It was cold out the night I tried on the frock. The dressy heels I would normally wear would have been too chilly for an evening stroll. So I pulled on my dressiest black boots and my grandmother’s leopard faux fur coat. Later My husband and I wandered the dark and almost deserted streets of Beverly Hills, peering into holiday windows and smiling at the lights and decorations.
- The leopard print faux fur coat belonged to my grandmother
- Velvet dress by Betsey Johnson
- Black boots from Loehmann’s
- Sequin Kisslock Clutch from Target
Do you have a holiday frock?