Every woman should own a red dress. The classic little black dress, or "LBD," may be a staple, but a red dress is a statement. Chris DeBurgh's iconic song wouldn't work nearly as well if it was "Lady in Black."
And there's no better time of year to make a statement in red than the holidays. This weekend's "Little Red Dress" fundraiser for the Hamilton County Humane Society and Toys for Tots was a sea of red, and every woman there made a beautiful and festive statement while raising money for two great causes.
The mission of The Gifted Gown is to provide formal wear free of charge to those who would otherwise miss out on important occasions (such as proms, weddings, and military balls) because they can't afford to dress for them. I'm proud to be a member of the organization's first board of directors, and to help its clients make their own style statements at special events.
I first saw this Betsy & Adam dress, albeit in a size 2, when it was donated to The Gifted Gown in the Spring. Though not my typical style or silhouette, I loved it. And I was excited that the organization would make this dress, originally sold at Nordstrom, a reality for a woman who would otherwise not have the opportunity.
But, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I wanted it for myself! So, I started stalking it online, and finally found one on eBay, in my size, for just $35. It still had the tags on it! I added the belt; jazzed up a black cocktail hat with a red velvet rose taken from an old Christmas centerpiece; and added a crystal broach to a $9 lace choker from Amazon to make the look all my own. I'm fortunate enough to not need The Gifted Gown, but I'm still a bargain hunter!
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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