THE Dress

Or my LBD LOD – little olive dress.

This is a dress I bought at Ross of all places about 4 years ago.  I tried it on and asked the BF’s opinion.  He said, and I quote, “it looks like a paper bag”.  I left it behind.  Then realized he was crazy and just used to the more bodycon fit of the time, and went back the next day hoping it would still be there.  Things sell FAST at Ross, as we know.  It was.  I paid the $8, yes only $8, for my now most versatile dress I’ve ever owned.

I have the ubiquitous LBD, as prescribed.  It’s nice.  But I’ve worn it 3 times.  In over 4 years.  Yep.  Not THE dress for all occasions as I’ve been told.  At least not for my life.  Now, the olive dress . . . it works in FL and in Tahoe.  It’s neither too dressy nor too casual.  It is, well, just right.

Last weekend we got ready to go out on a dinner date.  I eagerly put on my newest red dress I wanted to wear.  Problem was, we were only going to Olive Garden at like 5:30.  Not exactly cocktail attire appropriate.  As BF rightly reminded me.  So, off came the red dress and on with the olive.  Perfect.  (I’ll save the red for after dark and a fancy restaurant.)

It was that night that I realized I’d had my ‘LBD’ all along.  My humble little ‘paper bag’ dress, as I affectionately think of it.

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High/low mix outfit

I wore the Equipment Parker top with my Old Navy skirt last weekend out to dinner, then shuffleboard, and hit the casino scene for a bit and some impromptu dancing.  A high/low mix I really liked.  Finished with mesh silver belt and Madden cut out booties.

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I liked the repeat of the silkiness in the fabrics, and the cut out theme in both the top and the shoes.  The show of leg, balanced by a higher neckline, but then the peek of arm, felt like just the right amount of sexiness for my age and mood.

At first I was concerned the color scheme seemed too fall/winter but keeping in mind that temps dip into the 40’s at night in my climate in summer, it felt seasonally appropriate.  That, and wearing it after dark.  😉

This marks a departure from my habit of ‘saving’ the good stuff.  A silk shirt that retails for over $200 would have, in the past, not made it out to such a casual, average night out.  But since I can only really dress to go out on the town maybe once a week, that leaves precious few times to wear the stuff I really love.  And that’s the point, right?  To actually wear all the cool stuff we buy!