Monday, June 25, 2012
Visible Monday: Sheer Temptation
Over the past few months, I've thrifted several sheer pieces and I do know exactly where that started. Susie Bubble is forever adding sheer things over a fully styled outfit underneath. I like her look, but had never even sampled it myself. It was January when instinct laid my hand on today's dress. I know that I purchased it for the sheer buttoned back But then, once I got it home, I found myself wondering what event the dress might have been designed for. Its navy. Its length is conservative. It has shoulder pads. AND, it has a huge organza bow on the back. It's too fussy for church and too prissy for a wedding.
I've put off posting this look because when I first styled it, I had no backless bra and that shows in this look. I've since acquired one and was amazed by the stick on cups that latch together. They work! And I now own three dresses that require such an undergarment.
I have pondered shortening the dress, removing the shoulder pads, and perhaps even the bow. And, then, I read Elsa Schiaperelli's autobiography, Shocking Life.
The book is a delightful read, although I'm uncertain how historically accurate it might be. The chapters follow her from childhood, where the historical whimsy is greater and the material feels more reliable as she ages. I was stunned to learn that SHE rather than the proponents of 1980s power-dressing initiated the use of padded shoulders. And somehow I think she might have approved of the bow, although a shocking pink would have been more appropriate to her sensibilities.
What do you think? Is the dress worth revamping? Could I shorten it to the knee and add a big pink YSL bow? Is it worth the trouble? Or should I just get over the experiment with sheer and act like a grown-up?
This post is part of Patti's 52nd Visible Monday event. And I'm late to the party!