I almost donated this dress because I thought it was for special events (I bought it for my nephew’s wedding years ago), and my life is casual. When I tried it on again though, I loved it for the funky asymmetrical design – one of my current passions – and the flattering neckline. Keep!
Always room in my closet for a dress with some attitude:
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The dress is by Calvin Klein (similar), purchased at Ross Dress For Less for under $50. I wore it to the wedding with hose (!) and heels. Now I’m adding casual wedge sandals (sim) and non-traditional jewelry. The cuff is an amalgam of stuff, crafted together by an artist on Etsy (sim). Kind of romantic, kind of industrial.
The necklace is a treasure – a camphor glass piece with diamond chips (sim) – from the 1920’s, that my grandmother Lucy wore at her wedding. Grandma Lucy was my virtual mother, and I loved her dearly. This piece makes me well up when I wear it, thinking about how beautiful she was in 1929, and what a challenging life she had.
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You are absolutely beautiful in this dress, Patti. And what a beautiful story about Grandma Lucy and your necklace. So pleased you kept this dress, it will be fashionable for ever. xx
So glad you kept this dress, Patti! It is especially lovely with your meaningful accessories.
I also love discovering new ways to wear my old dresses, while keeping a door of my closet open for new friends. 🙂
Wow Patti, this dress is beautiful and it looks so good on you, so flattering ! Great job =) and thanks for hosting the link up ! Kisses
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Beautiful dress, how good of you to keep it! And that necklace of yours is darling, I love treasures like this, the fact that it belonged to your grandma and that she wore it to her wedding – your grandma would be so proud that you treasure it that much! Love, Kirsten xx
What a good job you rescued that dress, it looks wonderfully cool on you! xxx
So glad you didn’t give it the axe! It’s stunning!
So glad you didn’t give the dress away – it is sooo flattering on you, and as you discovered, you can make it casual just by changing the accessories. The necklace is a beautiful momento of your grandmother – I’m sure she would have loved to know you are wearing it over 80 years later.
Good Save! yea Patti.
Patti, I loved this dress when you featured it first and still love it now. Isn’t it grand when you can divert something special into the everyday stream and therefore save it? Great styling, very clever x
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Patti, how on earth could you ever think of throwing that gorgeous dress out??!!?? It is simple, elegant, different, whimsical, sophisticated. OK I know you have a more casual lifestyle now, but still. What a beautiful dress.
I think you did a wonderful job in adjusting it to your present lifestyle. Loved the story about your grandma Lucy.
You look divine and chic in this dress, Patti! So glad you can share that with us 🙂
Very chic dress! Love it!
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Love that dress!! It’s so playful. And, ok, as a history instructor, the story about your grandma and how she wore that necklace in the 20s, just got me all choked up too. I think about (and teach about) how hard it was for women back then… Thank you for sharing.
That dress is definitely a keeper! You look lovely! I think one could even wear sneakers with it and it would be fun too. A black dress can be so versatile. Have a great week. Peace! Cheryl
Great tips Patti. I love that classic neutral sheath with the fun ruffle. =)
Such a pretty dress!
Can’t have enough LBDs and yours I love for its chic shape!!
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This is a great dress Patti…good thing you rescued it from donation! I love dressing down things that are meant to be dressed up so I love how you styled it.
a perfect little wrap dress! love that it is black and so versatile!
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Good decision to keep this dress, it is so good on you. Changing the way you pair it does make all the difference. Many thanks for hosting Visible Monday.
I’m glad you gave it another chance! Looks great. x
A perfect dress to have a cherish indeed, dear Patti.
I’m glad you kept the dress! It looks great! And what a pretty necklace with such lovely memories!
Thanks for the Visible Monday linkup! Have a wonderful week!
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Thanks for hosting Visible Monday once again. The dress you are wearing is the perfect example of an elegant dress with a twist. Suits your spirit.
Hi Patti! I love this post! First off, I love the dress and you look fabulous as always! I just went through the exact same thought process over the weekend with a dress I had purchased more for special occasions, that I had yet to wear because those occasions had yet to happen. (may never happen :)!) Like you, my lifestyle is more casual. I love the dress, so I clipped the tags and styled it with casual shoes and accessories and out for a casual evening with the family it went. I now have a fun dress for everyday that I love. I’ll have a post up with my musings of the dress next weekend. Glad you gave this one a second chance – its a great piece!
Thanks for the link-up!
I am a big fan of funky dresses! They should be worn whenever possible! Thanks for reminding us that clothing can span many occasion categories. Thank you as always for hosting too, Patti!
This is a great dress on you!
Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!
Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.
I am a huge fan of LBDs and yours is right up my alley, Patti! Especially love the ruffled front which is so flattering. You look gorgeous!
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Such a pretty dress Patti! I really love the shoulder line…it’s sleeveless but has that very slight extra coverage! AND YES….let’s wear the dress!
Even thought I’m not a lover of black dresses in particular—I’d consider this one a basic with an edgy feel!! I really think it’s a good keeper and you could make it quite versatile!!
I love that dress!
The dress is definitely a keeper! And it does look so good on you! I love the shoes too! 🙂
Oooh Patti I love the edgy shape of the dress – and how lovely that you’re wearing your grandmother’s necklace…? That’s so precious!!
Thank you for hosting my lovely, have a great week 🙂
So glad you gave it another chance, it’s way too classy to ever give away!!!
Nothing beats a classic black dress, and you look stunning in this one Patti x
I’m glad you chose to keep this. It is far too chic to pass on.
Wearing a memory is so meaningful.
It’s definitely a keeper! I bet this dress would look fabulous in winter with a leather jacket…
I’m usually a bit over eager to get rid of old clothes. I say over eager because so many times I’ve actually regretted getting rid of something…
Love the style of this dress!!
That dress is so definitely a keeper, Patti. When the weather cools… if it ever does down your way… wear it with a denim jacket and your sneakers. Attitude in spades!
What a great dress, Patti! You look amazing in this dress! Thanks so much for the link up!
I sort of think you can’t have enough black dresses-and they are great canvases for jewelry and scarfs and i love what you did with this one.