December 27, 2007

my party dress, part 2

Sorry for the delay in posting this picture, I have had many mixed feelings about this year's holiday party pictures...

Remember how in a previous post I wrote "when in doubt, take a picture"? Well, they took the pictures, except it was too late for me to realize that:

a) even though it was a darker shade of silver, it still was not the best color for my complexion;

and

b) the neckline of the dress gave me somewhat of a "uni-boob" look.

Don't ask me why I didn't notice these things at the store where I bought the dress... sometimes I guess I refuse to face reality (what do you mean I can't wear a sparkling silver dress?!?!?).

Oh, and let's not forget

c) I need to exercise "pronto" and "regularly"!!! Gone are the days of "I can eat whatever I want" and "I don't exercise because I don't need to". :(

But enough about my complaints...

If you have noticed, the picture is cropped and you can't see my legs. If you've read the post where I first wrote about finding the dress, you will remember me not being sure how to accessorize it, or better yet, what kind of look I was going for, elegant or more casual.

Well, here is your chance to share your fashion ideas and tips with me, and win a surprise prize. :)

Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what am I wearing on my legs and on my feet. The first person that guesses correctly wins!

======UPDATE======

Congratulations Megan! :)

22 comments:

D'Rae said...

I am going to guess opaque black tights and killer black patent shoes.

Megan said...

I think purple heels would look pretty with a silver dress like that! Maybe nude legs? I don't know - I'm new to high fashion. ;)

NY Spender said...

d'rae you were close, but that's not it. Please feel free to try again. :)

NY Spender said...

Hi megan, sorry but no. Even though your ideas would have made a very nice ensemble. Try again.

Megan said...

D'oh! :D How about black tights and silver shoes?

(BTW...do you have any tips on finding designer clothes online? I saw a Kenzo coat in Europe earlier this year but it was WAY out of my price range. I was hoping to find it at a discount outlet now that it's out of season. Sorry for the random question! :) )

Megan said...

Also - you looked good in that dress!! I don't know what you're worried about!

Sunflower Optimism said...

I would go with something matte to counteract the shimmer of the dress. Can't really tell what the pattern on the dress is, but if there is not too much visual texture I would go with fishnet stockings and black peau de soie heels.

I think the dress fits you well and looks good on you. Your dismay can be attributed to the photography - it is always difficult to take pictures of reflective materials. The shimmery silver fabric reflects in a way that may not be accurate.

I like sparkly things too, although I don't dare wear anymore, except for my gems :-)

NY Spender said...

Hi Megan,

black tights and silver shoes... no. So far d'rae is the closest still.

NY Spender said...

Also Megan, for discounted designers online you can try yoox.com or bluefly.com.
And thank you for being so kind :)

D'Rae said...

here's another try. I'll stick with the opaque tights but change the shoes/heels to pewter?

NY Spender said...

Hi Sunflower,
the dress is made of small sequins. There was no pattern, just a lot of shine! lol
Sorry but your guess was not correct. :( Please try again.

NY Spender said...

I guess it's time to help out with a hint... I went for more of a casual look, and I figured this was the last year to exploit the 80s...

NY Spender said...

d'rae, sorry, but no still. :(
you girls are starting to make me feel like I wore something completely unthinkable (meaning horrible)! lol

Megan said...

I am so curious about what you wore now!! ;D How about black tights and black patent ankle boots? I'm having trouble remembering 80s fashion except for spandex bike shorts and hot pink. You weren't wearing bike shorts were you?? ;)

Or....nude legs and black patent shoes? Now I'm just trying throwing stuff out! hehe

NY Spender said...

Hi Megan, you made me laugh! Ok, one more hint... I was not wearing tights...

megan said...

Ok - no tights and exploiting the 80s means you were wearing hot pink leggings and black patent LA gear, of course.

How about black leggings and some black patent heels? (Or some patent jellies? ;D)

NY Spender said...

Great Job Megan! :)

Get in touch with me at nyspender@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Wow! NYspender, You surprised me. I was convinced you selected a ravishing pair of silver strappy high heels. The style you chose was refreshing and hip (Is that word still used or hopelessly archaic?) Youthful and playful. Good choice.

Sunflower Optimism said...

Okay, that works! I should have listened to my daughter who said leggings, LOL. I thought it would have been too "bottom heavy" to have dark stockings and dark shoes with the lighter colored sparkly dress and bare shoulders. But the leggings/bare foot sandals balanced it all. Both top (shoulders) and bottom (feet) were "light" so the eye was not particularly drawn to a completely dark bottom half.

I am working on developing a "fashionista" eye, but I come from an art background and what I look for is a sense of proportion and balance with tone, colors and texture.

Nicely done, Megan!

NY Spender said...

Hi Anonymous,
I knew from the minute I bought the dress that the possibilities were endless. I could have worn it in so many different ways (which I will in the future, as soon as I get at least 3 months straight of exercising, and maybe some spray-fake-tan).

Considering I was the hostess, and I was going to be standing on my feet for at least 6 or 7 hours, I wanted to wear those shoes you see in the picture, because they are one of my most comfortable ones. I didn't want to wear nude legs because I was bare on top already, and it would not have been appropriate for the occasion.

Now if I wore black tights it might have been too dark on the bottom, just like sunflower said.

So I tried to break it off with leggings.

I'm glad you like it. :)

NY Spender said...

Hi Sunflower,

I had the same thoughts as yours, as I didn't want too much contrast between top and bottom. Luckily the leggings were sheer, so not as dark as you would imagine leggings to be.

I'm glad I passed the "art critic eye" test! :)

Megan said...

Thanks! :) This was a good exercise for me - anything that challenges me to be creative is a nice change from daily life (working on a computer).