November 1, 2016 5 Comments
A few days ago, I was unpacking my winter clothes and putting away my summer clothes, and I realized that there was a small section at the very back of my closet that had gone untouched for years. The garments hanging back there literally had cobwebs and a thick layer of dust on the shoulders. It was the Haunted Zone!
I pulled out these garments to decide if there was any justification for keeping them any longer, since I obviously hadn’t been wearing them frequently. One was the skirt-suit I bought for a friend’s wedding in 2000 and wore a few times after that, but it’s out of style now. One was a silk blouse I bought in a thrift shop, which is nice but too big for me. One was the red velvet micro-mini cocktail dress I bought in 1992 and wore to a couple of college parties, but I really thought I’d passed it on years ago! (I found that I still can squeeze into it, but it’s absurdly tight in the hips, and it always was uncomfortably short!) All these things need to be given away.
But then there was this dress, this sort of elegant party dress that I’d totally forgotten I ever owned. As best I recall, this is the story behind this dress: I was shopping for an outfit for a special event, a springtime event, and I wasn’t finding anything appropriate that fit me, but then in the downtown Macy’s this dress was marked down to an extremely reasonable price, like $20, and it fit so well that I bought it anyway. I thought that although it really wasn’t a springtime style, I could wear it to the event if I couldn’t find anything more suitable. But then I did find a nice springtime dress at another store, so I hung this one in the closet, thinking I’d wear it to some other special event in the future.
The event I was shopping for may have been my brother’s wedding, which was 7 years ago! Not only do I not attend a whole lot of dressy events, but I really had forgotten that I had this dress. Now what? Read more of this post