Over the course of the past 4 years, I’ve gained over 100lbs, then lost 60, started working out again, and I’m left with a closet full of clothes that don’t fit, and a budget that doesn’t allow for a new wardrobe. Luckily, I hung on to a few things from my thinner days and I stare at them on a daily basis, willing myself to fit into them. Every so often, I’ll put a dress on that has an empire waist and squish my enormous chest into it, praying that these post-nursing boobs will eventually deflate to their original B size. One of my absolute favorite evening dresses is this one from Banana Republic. I saw it several years ago and immediately knew that I had to have it. Unfortunately, as a single mom, my budget didn’t have the wiggle room for a $145 dress, much like how I now have no wiggle room in the top part of most of my dresses. I stalked this dress for months and finally found it on sale for $45. It was my time to pounce. It is burgandy silk with gold thread running through it to create the lovely floral pattern. I love the one-shoulder look, and the dress is insanely flattering for a woman with an hourglass or pear shaped body. It is one of those dresses that, I believe, will be fashionable for years. I wore it to one of my best friend’s weddings in Key Largo years ago, and a few other places here and there. I eventually grew out of it, and it is one of the few dresses that I try on, on a monthly basis to see whether or not I can get it zipped. Luckily, I was able to comfortably zip it up on our anniversary, and I wore it proudly. Do I look plus-sized to you?
I paired it with gold Gianni Bini heels from Dillards – the same shoes I wore when we got married. They are still as uncomfortable now as they were then, but absolutely gorgeous. I went without a necklace, but wore a couple of simple pearl bracelets from a set that I got at Francesca’s for $18, and a vintage piece that my grandma gave me years ago. I used to have gold drop earrings to wear with it but I couldn’t find them so I wore simple pearl studs in my ears as well. I wanted to draw attention to the collarbones that have been hiding for the past few years and have now come back out to play rather than an abundance of jewelry. I swept my hair into a low ponytail and used a Bun Donut to give my low bun fullness and symmetry. I then swept the extra hair out to my right shoulder, keeping with the asymmetrical neckline of the dress. My hair took literally 3 minutes to do and I can’t wait to get the video up on the blog for you to see how easy it can be to have elegant hairstyles on the fly. I literally bought nothing for our Anniversary date outfit. It felt good to revive an old favorite and pair it with newer jewelry. I’m so glad it fits again and I can’t wait to wear it again.