Today’s dress is very vintage. The beige and black thin-striped acetate and rayon fabric was very popular in the 1980s, which is when I bought this tailored shirt-dress by Dawn Joy for JCPenney. I have seen this same fabric in various incarnations over the years, but have liked none as much as I love this dress. My colleagues in Dallas, Texas, may well remember seeing me wear this to work many times in the 1990s. It has long been a favorite wardrobe staple of mine, and I am thrilled to be thin enough to wear it again, and doubly thrilled that I never gave it away.
Today I added a wide stretchy black belt from Target and black patent pumps by Call it Spring for JCPenney that I ordered online last year, and added a simple choker-style necklace of onyx and gold chain links with matching post earrings, also vintage pieces from long ago, along with a black and gold seashell ring I found at the Renaissance Festival last fall, a stretch bracelet of black stones, a black and gold beaded "charm" bracelet I’ve owned for decades, and my favorite gold-metal chain-style bracelet watch from Chico’s.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, indicating six more weeks of winter weather here on the east coast. Indeed, a cold front was due to pass through Maryland today, so I added an adorable fitted, short-cropped, black knit sweater by Apt. 9 which I found at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $3.81. Perfect.
On my way home from work I stopped at my gym, where a blood drive by the Red Cross was being held, and donated a pint of whole blood for a worthy cause. The gym staff never sees me in a dress and heels, and they were full of complements, which made me feel very good.