For the past several weeks, my uniform when leaving the house for anything other than work has been: rubber boots, jeans, sweater, puffy vest. This is an improvement over the winter's uniform, which involved much more insulation--much more. But last week I was required to do some speechifying--apparently being vice-president of one of our local community organizations means more than just lolling around being fed peeled grapes--and felt like I had to look the part. Having unsuccessfully torn apart my closet last weekend looking for something other than jeans+sweater+vest to wear during film fest (I did shake up the foot wear a bit, because it wouldn't be film fest without my cowboy boots), I wasn't prepared to fall down that rabbit hole again, so I decided to try to actually shop here in Dawson, and was quite surprised when I was actually successful.
Shop #1 was a disappointment. I tried on two dresses. The first one made me look like a mouldy marshmallow, and the second showed so much cleavage that the polka dots and ruffles on the dress were rendered unnoticeable. Shop #2 felt like a long shot when considering my options, but thirty seconds inside the door and I found the right thing in the right size.
Natalya wrap dress by North Face. A little casual for Outside, maybe--but certainly Dawson-style formal wear. It's been years since I've owned a little black dress, and it was exactly the right thing for my speechifying. (Also exactly the right thing for speechifying: not sounding like a nervous twelve-year old during a public speaking competition. Apparently some things are harder to come by than dresses in Dawson.)
Portobello Road on a trip to England with my parents when I was seventeen. It has proved to be a successful grown-up sort of choice, considering that I wanted to go to Portobello Road because of this movie. The necklace has gotten a lot of wear in the many years since I bought it, and it rarely fails to garner a compliment or two. It's not quite like the Queen of Sheba jewels Carrie picks out in the movie, but I probably get better mileage out of this necklace than I would have out of a rhinestone tiara.
I expect to wear the new LBD pretty often this summer. With several boxes of jewelry to chose from and a dress that will look good with anything from flip flops to gold satin pumps, it will even be an excuse to bring out some of my lesser-worn pieces.