|Hat (Loreta Corsetti Couture Millinery); Dress (Betsy & Adam); Faux Fur Stole (eBay)
|I happened upon the lace clutch at Macy's months after I got the dress, and added a vintage brooch to the belt; Black crystal cocktail ring (Macy's); vintage 1940s gold and diamond watch (Wyler, G. Thrapp Jewelers)
|Earrings (Givenchy, Macy's)
Of course, it's always wonderful to receive compliments, but this particular statement was food for thought. I guess a hat with a cocktail dress is a bold choice, though perhaps less so on New Year's Eve, but I hadn't really considered it brave. Was it that I was confident enough to wear the hat or was it that the hat gave me confidence? It's probably a bit of both, and I chose it because is was just so "me." I loved it; I loved my dress; and I was excited to wear them. The fact that the outfit was so well received by others was icing on the cake (but a very delicious cake, to be sure!)
I've mentioned it before, but I generally prefer to shop alone, and most of the examples of "buyer's remorse" in my closet are the result of too much emphasis placed on the opinions of shopping companions or overzealous sales clerks when I was otherwise "on the fence" about a particular garment. As I've gotten older, I find that my wardrobe is more and more driven by what makes me feel my personal best, even when the choices are unconventional. I suppose that having the courage to be myself could be considered brave, and that is my wish for all of you in 2014. Have the courage to be unapologetically yourself - it's a brave new year!