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Le Professeur Gothique’s Monthly Homework Assignment for February was to find something buried in our closets that we had forgotten about, and put it to use! When I saw her announcement for this theme, a certain item instantly popped into my head (okay, so it wasn’t exactly forgotten, at least not literally). I hadn’t worn it for years, yet any time I looked at it I refused to even think of getting rid of it. I initially took this as a sign it was destiny that I should put this relic back into my outfit rotation. Now, I’m not so sure… ;-D
Yes, the item in question was this velvet cape. I bought it ages ago at Hot Topic and used to wear it to the clubs religiously. Partly because I was more into the vampire-oriented fashion that was popular in the scene at the time, and partly because I just didn’t have many options in my wardrobe back then. I still think it’s lovely, but it’s just not “me” anymore. And oh, the cat hair. I removed cat hair, put the cape on, removed cat hair again, took photos, removed cat hair again, went downstairs, and was about to remove the cat hair AGAIN when I finally decided to change into a different wrap. You can expect to see this cape one more time, when I do a “cleaning out my closet” post! It would be the perfect addition to a cat-free home.
My dress actually fits into this theme as well. A “vintage” piece by Shrine Hollywood (vintage meaning about 10 years old, which I would say is vintage for Shrine!), I used to wear this empire-waisted gown to every wedding where black was acceptable. At some point, I just stopped wearing it and it sat in the “very fancy” section of my closet, feeling unloved. Unlike the velvet cape, when I put this dress back on my love affair with it was instantly renewed!
I thought it would be a perfect time to showcase this dress here on the blog, in light of our recent discussion regarding the empire waistline. Some of you expressed a preference for this style when applied to long dresses, some on short dresses. Some said they love the look altogether, and some declared that it just wasn’t for them. I was glad to see such a diversity of opinion on the subject, as I had previously thought it was a “love it or hate it” kind of thing.
I wore this outfit to a club. As much as I continue to love the dress, I have to say that I realized I don’t care to wear full-length empire waists to go dancing. Something about how it hangs, while being so elegant and statuesque while standing still, felt frumpy and awkward while dancing. It didn’t move with my body the way a skirt hitting at the natural waist would. I kinda felt like I was dancing in very fancy pajamas… I’ll still be showing this dress a lot of love in the future, but I’ll save it for dinners and other more sedentary events.