For those of you that think nothing good came out of the 80s, take a look at this fantastic Diane Von Furstenberg dress from that decade. I picked up this number just last Friday from Lula Vintage Wear to help combat my end of the season wardrobe malaise. This dress couldn’t be easier to wear — pull it over your head and tie the belt. Done. It’s also a great foil for colorful accessories, like this necklace from StyledLife. And, while the good fashion karma from this dress doesn’t completely off-set the horrific karma from the perm mullett I rocked in the 80s, it is a gigantic step in the right direction.
Say what you want about Cosmopolitan
(I think it’s basically dreck), Helen Gurley Brown
had style. Not everyone has the balls to rock fishnets and miniskirts into her 80s. (Balls or not, that look is a No for me at any age.) And she said at least one thing I agree with completely: “What you have to do is work with the raw material you have, namely you, and never let up.” I am going to remember this as we slog through the last weeks of I-am-so-over-it summer clothes. And, when I let up, I will thank you not to mention it.
Today, I have not 100% let up. Even though I phoned it in on this favorite dress, I am rocking it with different bling. I am a huge fan of this particular bling because it achieves that elusive thing: a blend of vintage and comtemporary that works. Here, the vintage piece is the shorter number with the spectacular, beaded tassel. I scored that one at Lula Vintage Wear. The contemporary piece is the longer string of raw emeralds from StyledLife. No mouseburger today for me.
And, yes, that is Joe Biden on my PC behind me — shirtless and waxing his Trans Am. I find it easier to practice law this way.
Old business first: for those of you worried that I am still struggling with the sticky zipper on Tuesday’s dress, rest easy. As it turned out, the dress came off as easily as a prom dress, and there was no walk of shame yesterday. What there was yesterday was a whole lot of cranking out of a motion-to-motion-a-motion-for-a-motion. Who wouldn’t find such work fulfilling? In my zealous advocacy for the client, I neglected to capture yesterday’s ensemble. Or was it my Tourette’s-like cursing that got in the way? Either way, whatever I was wearing was covered in grimy, lawyer grot by day’s end. Good riddance.
Freshly cleaned, today I offer again for your consideration this pretty, pink dress, now with different accessories. Me still likey. Vintage belt (and dress) from Lula Vintage Wear and necklace from StyledLife.
Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
Isn’t it interesting how trends recycle? Take this dress from the 50s. It has these great knife pleats, which were on trend again for Spring this year. http://www.polyvore.com/spring_2012_best_shapes_knife/set?id=44130788
The neckline and buttons on the dress make a necklace impossible, at least as far as I can see. Instead, I’m wearing an awesome bangle from StyledLife, an ancient jeans belt from Ann Taylor (a place I don’t think I have set foot in in over 10 years), and my favorite Marni sandals, which I bought in NYC years ago during a weekend break for a trial in Connecticut. I love a sturdy high heel.
A word about the location for today’s and yesterday’s photos. As the photographer for both pics remarked today, “There’s a lot going on.” And she wasn’t talking about the dress. All I can say is never trust a lawyer with a clean office. And a nod to an awesome French guy (is there any other kind of French guy?), Eric Ripert, who graces my PC in the background.