Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mona Sterling

Oh, hi Betty! So nice to see you. How's Don? And little Sally?

What a hoot to run into you here! Yes, it's a fab boutique. When we moved out of the city, I was afraid I'd never find good clothes again. Just in case, I left Roger instructions to bury my ashes at Bergdorf.

That's a pretty dress. Where'd you get it? It's awfully snug; is it comfortable? Oh, this old thing? I picked it up last season. Roger says I can only replace my wardrobe every other year; he's not partner yet!

I'm on my way to the beauty parlor? Want to come? Yes, Gladys is a magician. The things she does for me. Men don't understand how hard we work to look good for them. It's a full-time job. Well, at least we get time off for cocktails.

Do you need a light? Yes, these matches are very cute. I got them at Henri Bendel. For all the money I spend there, the least they can do is give me free matches. Roger says Lucky Strike is going to put us on Easy Street soon. Fingers crossed!




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Looking Back In Time

Most of my wardrobe is contemporary. And most of it is bold. Short dresses with dramatic prints; top/skirt ensembles in interesting combinations. Those styles were a natural way for me to ease into feminine apparel.

But I'd like to expand beyond them. I'd like to explore clothing worn by women in real life. Last year I experimented with modern pencil skirts and formal office attire. That was fun. It made me feel more connected to real-world female experiences. Instead of play-acting, those clothes feel more authentic.

Last week I re-watched the entire seven seasons of "Mad Men." Among the show's virtues is its detailed and accurate focus on Sixties fashion. I found myself transfixed by the women's outfits.

A style I want to play with now is the skirt-suit. On "Mad Men," there were two types -- pretty, colorful ones worn by office workers and glitzier, more elegant-looking ones worn by wives. I've never worn or even thought about wearing a skirt-suit. But due to my admiring how good the female characters on the show look in them, I'm yearning to try them. I'm actively scouring thrift-stores looking for examples of these two styles.

I bought one of the latter today which I'll show it to you soon. I'm eager to find one of the former, but they're proving hard to locate. That style of skirt-suit isn't common any more and actual vintage clothes are never big enough to fit me. But I'm actively continuing the search.

Have you ever worn a skirt-suit?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fashion Math

I have a fashion math question for you. How can a $10 gown make you feel like a million bucks?



Saturday, May 16, 2015

The End of "Mad Men"

"Mad Men" is one of the best-written masterpieces of television. After seven seasons, it ends on Sunday. I'm sad to see it go. I watched the first episode when it appeared and got instantly hooked. I've seen every episode since then and am entranced by the fabulous characters. Don, Peggy, Roger, Betty, Joan.

In addition to the top-notch drama, the accuracy of earlier eras' fashion and objects is exceptional. I recognize the telephones, the lamps, the furniture. And the widespread drinking and cigarette-smoking. The show depicts those times so well.

Here's how I feel...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer Skirt

Among the sentences I never thought I'd get to say in this lifetime is -- I found the prettiest skirt and can't wait to show you!!

Is your wardrobe ready for Summer?




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I'm Odd But Happy

I have two deep passions -- thrifting and motorcycling. Both bring me joy.

Last month when the weather finally turned nice, I vowed to ride more. But where? My brain searched for destinations. Then it hit me -- I can travel to thrift-stores in faraway places that, because of their distance, I'd never been to before. It's a brilliant concept -- I enjoy the long rides there and get to shop in new stores.

Thrift-stores offer me treasures -- feminine clothing that not only expands my wardrobe but broadens my life-experiences. For an affordable price ($5-10), I get a ticket to female adventure. It's great fun to learn how maxi-dresses feel on your body, to grasp why bodysuits are loved and hated by many, and to explore new styles. Most of you know I have deep yearnings to attend a prom or fancy ball; wearing elegant gowns may be as close as I'll ever get.

Today was a good day. After knocking off work early, I rode my trusty steed (BMW K1200LT) to two thrift-stores in distant lands. At one, unknown to me, I was watched as I pulled in. As usual, I headed first to the fancy gown section to see what was available. I spotted an elegant, long grey gown that retails for $300-500. The price was marked $19.99 and, because it's Wednesday, everything in the store was 50% off. So I bought an expensive fancy gown for $10. That's a bargain!

As I was leaving, a well-dressed older gentlemen stopped me and complimented my motorcycle. He launched into a long conversation about how he's wanted to ride motorcycles his entire life. We chatted for over twenty minutes and he ate up my tales of motorcycling adventure. Many non-riders love the vicarious thrills we riders offer through our stories. The man and I had a nice time talking. Then I saddled up and headed off, as he admired the smooth poise of my graceful handling of a big machine. I control this 800-lb monster like a part of my body.

During our entire conversation, I was holding a woman's fancy ball-gown in my arms. Yes, there's something incongruous about wearing biker-gear (black leather jacket, heavy boots, etc.) and browsing through racks of dainty sundresses. But it's what I enjoy doing and, currently, it's legal.

Do you do things that surprise people?