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Let me preface this post by saying that in real life, I can be quite a poor sport. Usually when I attend a club or party with a theme, I ignore the theme completely. Themes are fun on Goth blogs, but in real life they usually enter the realm of Disco Attire and such silliness, and I just don’t drink enough to make things like that okay. When we were invited to a friend’s birthday party and told of the Black and White theme, I knew I could live with that one. In fact, I was quite excited to wear my newest Stop Staring dress.
Upon selecting my outfit for the party, I immediately jumped on the Greatlookz Web site and ordered some white crocheted gloves to match my white scarf. Wow; who knew that whites would be even more difficult to match than blacks?!? I had three different shades of white in the end. I still was delighted with the overall end result.
I made the giant hair flower from a stem I picked up at Michael’s. It wasn’t the prettiest flower they had, but those stems can go up to more than $15!!! This one was $6, which I thought was pushing it for a DIY thing.
Nude fishnets and ankle-strap platform shoes were the finishing touches to this forties-inspired outfit. Oh, and glasses. I normally love to wear my glasses (that’s why I never got Lasik) but I don’t like them when I am trying to go glamorous. However, the morning before the party, Perseus happened to do Happy Feet right on my eyeball, and I happened to already have an eye doctor appointment scheduled for that day, so there was no hiding the “corneal abrasion.” No contacts for a full week: doctor’s orders! Mr. Kitty made me feel better by calling me a “Sexy Gothic Librarian Vintage Movie Star.” I can live with that.
This dress is a prime example of why it sometimes better to save up for a few quality pieces than to blow your whole clothing budget on a lot of little, cheap items here and there. A dress like this never fails to make me feel amazing and self-confident to a degree far beyond what I feel wearing a top from Forever 21. Of course, I like the variety (obviously) that can be achieved by mixing these fabulous, quality items with a fair amount of more affordable things. It’s all about the balance, and right now I’m focusing on shifting the balance a bit more toward quality over quantity.