As always, the Grammys were entertaining last night — lots of good music and people-watching. It’s always interesting to see how the other half lives.
I wished they’d called; they could have stopped by and taken a spin through my closet. There’s no couture anything in there, and I don’t have any bedspread-sized doilies they could dye pink or old red capes left over from Catherine’s dress-up days.
However, they’d have been welcome to any of the three “good dresses” that have served me well.
Here’s a little appeal to the three of them:
Dear Fergie, Gaga and Niki,
I wish I’d realized you didn’t have the right thing to wear to the Grammys last night; I’d have been happy to loan you one of my three good dresses. All three are size 2, and knee-length (or thereabouts), so there’d be no worries about tripping or having to gather up yards of fabric to walk.
For future reference, here’s a little description of them:
The newest one, just a few years old, I’ve only worn once. It needs just the right occasion. It’s gorgeous, though: gray polished cotton sheath with an appliqued “necklace” of gray and dusty rose flowers at the scoop neckline. Beautiful with bone or pale pink shoes.
The two others have pulled special occasion duty time and again, and continue to hold up well thanks to their classic colors and styling. You might even call them vintage.
I purchased navy dress from Petite Sophisticate (remember that store?) for when my godson (now 16) was being christened. It is a sleeveless sheath,with a slightly swingy hem. Its matching long-sleeved jacket helps ward off the chill in places like the Staples Center, but the dress is equally beautiful without the jacket thanks to the blue and taupe embroidery on its bodice.
No need to beg Harry Winston for baubles, ladies; diamonds and pearls would just detract from the stitching. Add some sharp-looking footwear (I am partial to a bone-colored pair of kitten heels with a pointed toe and little bows) and you’re good to go.
My other “good” dress, pictured here, is a knee-length black Ann Taylor number purchased six years ago for Basil’s surprise 50th birthday party. It is endlessly versatile — keep it conservative with black strappy heels and a charcoal shrug, or punch it up with eye-popping shoes (I like hot-pink) and a cool necklace. (For this one, ladies, you’ll probably want to see Harry. Although you’re welcome to borrow the silver necklace that was my grandmother’s.) A nice Pashmina also helps transform this one (turquoise works well).
Next year, ladies, if you find yourself without the right thing to wear, don’t be afraid to call — I’m sure all three dresses will still be here, and you’re welcome to borrow any of them.