Friday, March 16, 2012

Smart Shopper


This dress was another purchase from when Sal and Mike were here, and it was also another item on my shopping list: basic sheath dress. It seems my tastes are shifting towards the simple and unfussy lately. This dress is utterly perfect: it has a good amount of stretch to it, the subtle darts at the waist give it shape while still being really flattering, and the asymmetrical pleated ruffle gives it some visual interest while still looking classic. I got this dress for a steal at Jeremy's, a local shop that sells discounted designer clothes. Many of their items are damaged, but this dress is perfect as far as I can tell.

When I got home from work I wore this dress, sans cardigan, to our neighbors' open house. This was no ordinary open house; it's a spectacular Victorian mansion, the gem of the entire neighborhood, and it's listed at $3.8 million. One dresses up for an open house of this caliber. Thankfully I was already dressed, so I waltzed on over and tried to look natural amongst people who actually have $3.8 million to spend on a house.

The next day our neighbor called to thank Mark and I for coming, and also to say how great I looked in my dress. Just as the open house was no ordinary open house, this was no ordinary compliment; when a sophisticated gay man with impeccable taste calls specifically to tell you how great you looked, that's a compliment to treasure up and enjoy for a lifetime. I'd gladly have paid full price for this dress to get a compliment like that, so you can bet I feel like a smart shopper now.

Dress: Escada Sport
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Tights: Wolford
Boots: All Black
Earrings: Wendy Mink
Bracelet: Betsey Johnson

12 comments:

notSupermum said...

Wow, that IS a great compliment! I was also going to say how lovely you looked but as I'm not a sophisticated gay man with a $3.8 million house, I'll keep quiet :-)

Patti said...

Smart shopping, indeed! This dress looks gorgeous, and I wager you'll be enjoying it for a long time. You look wonderful!

AugustMagnolia said...

Cute tights too!!

Terri said...

It's a very striking dress, as are the tights. It is easy to imagine why your host called to relay the compliment.

LPC said...

Yes! And the tights! The tights!

Megan Mae said...

Stunning dress and the tights are the perfect complementary piece. Congrats on the awesome compliment!

Shybiker said...

This dress is especially stylish and I concur with Megan that the tights are a terrific complement. You always look good.

Kristian said...

Those are the coolest tights!

Megan said...

I predict that this dress will get a lot of wear. What does the back look like?

Audi said...

Megan: It's tough to see in the photos, but the side panels of the dress are a boucle sort of fabric, and the back has that same textured fabric in a wide stripe running straight down the middle.

Katha Strophe said...

This dress is so amazing and your tights are just fabulous - fantastic outfit, no wonder your host called!

Sheila said...

What a fabulous dress! I love the pleating details on it - and I agree, that's a compliment to treasure!