When we receive an invitation to a wedding, a cocktail party, a formal dinner party — isn’t our first thought ‘Oh what will I wear?‘
Our second concern it that we have to spend money unexpectedly, money that might not be in our budget at this time. What is the answer? Thrift Shops!
We talked about thrift shops yesterday – and today I want to point out that besides all the other bargains you can find there, it is a very good place to find a dress for that special occasion – not being an everyday item there is usually a big choice, and they are always in good condition. because the previous owner probably only wore it once – and for the price you pay – $50 – $75 – you can afford to buy it for just one occassion too, without thinking what you will do with it later
As for the style, you can find dresses from the 1950s – a style that is in again now – look at this photo – yes, it is a dress from the 1950s – and it is what everybody is wearing now – just remember what you saw on the Red Carpet a few weeks ago – isn’t this what most actresses wore – a staples gown. So if you take your time and look carefully you will indeed find something up-do-date and suitable for your special occasion at a price you can afford -even if it was not really in your budget.
I left this one for last because it is not a necessity. But a fur vest will give a very feminine and attractive touch to anything you wear.
If you don’t like wearing real fur, you can find a vest made of imitation fur. They are so well made today that it is hard to see the difference. You can actually only tell when you touch it. So if you like real fur, or not, a fuzzy, warm, cozy looking vest will make any jacket, or sweater, or even a coat look new again
But if you would like real fur, and the price ticket is a little high, there is another way to get it. We know that nothing is ever for free, so we have to do some work. Do you have a fur jacket hanging in the back of your closet which you have not been wearing,(or maybe your mother has one she does not wear)? The type of fur really does not matter, as you can see in the picture above. And don’t let the style of the jacket hold you back. Because once you take the sleeves out the look will change totally.
I had a fox jacket, with huge, wide, sleeves which made me look like a football player – the reason I never wore it. So I took it to a furrier and had him take out the sleeves. OK, he charged me $150 for it, but now I have a very nice vest for a fraction of the price it would have cost me if I had bought a new one. To find a furrier, look up “Furriers” on the internet, and find one in your town. When you take your jacket in for the alteration, ask BEFORE how much he will charge, and don’t let him talk you into buying a new one – yours will look just right once the sleeves are gone. If you live in Manhattan, I had mine altered at the: Ritz Furs, 345 Seventh Ave, 9th floor, New York. NY 10001. 212 265 4559.
But let’s say neither you (or your mother) have a jacket that can be altered, there is another way to get one for little money. The other day I was in a Thrift Shop and there were 6 fur jackets for sale. All in very good condition. There was a mink one, a racoon one, a rabbit one, a long-haired lamb one, and a squirrel one – what a choice – and none of them was more than $50. So adding that to the price of the alteration, you will have a real fur vest around $200 – a fraction of what you will pay for a new one, which can run into thousands of dollars. No. I am not exaggerating – check it out yourself in any fashion magazine or store.
The vest, (shown below)worn with an evening gown is not what most of us will need, –but then I should not say so, YOU might! Here is an option
If I could not talk you into a fur vest, you can still add a little fur to your look by wearing a scarf made of fur. Again you can find them in real fur or imitation. They will enhance anything you were and really zap up your jeans on the weekend.