When I was fresh out of college and sartorially conservative, I believed the perfect party dress was one in basic, boring black. I think I read some magazine article that said no one can tell if you wear the same dress everywhere if the frock in question is generic enough. After a couple of years, I realized I didn’t care if people noticed how often I wore a particular outfit. I mean, if you don’t have anything better to do than keep track of my wardrobe, knock yourself out.
Since then, I’ve gravitated towards distinctive pieces. For a wedding last weekend, I wore a tartan strapless dress from my friend Zang Toi’s Fall 2008 collection. Here I am wearing the dress — and accompanied by Zang — in 2009 …
… and here’s how the dress looked on Saturday.
For a dinner a few nights later, I wore a new Mary Katrantzou dress. The typewriter-keyboard print should make this one pretty memorable.
In the early ’80s, when I was in high school, I took a typing class (using a manual typewriter) because my parents wanted to make sure I could get work as a secretary. A charming pothead named Lou sat in front of me in class. I had a major crush on him. I don’t know what happened to Lou, but I do know that nowadays everyone types with his/her thumbs, so I’m pretty sure typing classes are a thing of the past. I’m still a kick-ass typist though. I’m like Johnny from Airplane, without the glamour.
You can check out other ladies who choose to stand out in Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday post here.