a black dress to ring in the new decade

  1. Lyn says:

    This black dress is lovely. Definitely a classic and an investment piece. In my downsizing plan to make a move in the next year, I have donated clothing, etc. I decided to keep two older black dresses – one a fit & flare black velvet (11 years old), and the other a knit like material black sheath with a little standup collar (10 years old). They are both always fresh from the cleaners and stored in garment bags so they are ready to go. I have worn them to weddings, the sheath to funerals, or out to dinner. They are classics and will keep them forever. They are also very forgiving if you gain or lose a couple of pounds. Since retiring, our lifestyle is more casual, but it’s nice to be able to pull out one of these classics to wear with black patent heels, suede slingback pumps, or a dressy sandal depending on the occasion. Beth, I admire your dedication to this site, as well as your strength as a woman. Don’t forget to take care of yourself – it is the year of self care!!

    • Beth Djalali says:

      thanks so much for your kind words lyn, i so appreciate them. but isn’t it nice to have one or two dresses that stand the test of time. there’s always an occasion or two where we need to wear a spiffy dress.

  2. Black dress(es) check. Various shoes,high, medium, suede, glittery, etc (check). Assume none of these cover any space between mid-calf-ankle and foot.
    What do you suggest for stockings, tights, leg makeup or something I’ve not thought of yet. Thanks for your help. It’s chilly here, btw.

  3. Elaine K Sheehy says:

    Classy as always

  4. Julie Greene says:

    Hi Beth,
    Absolutely love the upholstery fabric on your dining room chairs…absolutely stunning. Have always loved Ralph Lauren dresses and the one you featured today is no exception. It looks lovely on you!

  5. Julie Mycock says:

    Hi Beth, a beautiful outfit and table decorations too. Xoxo

  6. jackie says:

    Lovely dress in both navy and black but imagine how truly beautiful it would have been in silk rather than polyester

    • Beth Djalali says:

      i imagine good old ralph has a silk version of this dress in his repertoire. and i’m certain the price point is much different. i’ve always loved the fact that he has luxury items for luxury prices but yet offeres an affordable version.

  7. Suzanne M Smith says:

    You look fabulous in this! I love the dress–it’s unique but classic. And boy–another 10 years under our belts. I am cherishing each moment of no pain at the moment! First time in 7 years, so I’m a very happy camper. I always think of that grandmother in the movie “Parenthood” –she says “life is like a rollercoaster–up, down, up, down. Some like the merry-go-round, but it just goes around. I like the rollercoaster. You get more out of it.” I’m with her- Life is definitely like a rollercoaster. Let’s hope we see lots of “up” in the future!

  8. Sharon White says:

    Wow, Beth. A new decade–now you are scaring us! I, for one, had not thought of it that way. So glad we all have you–and each other–to share inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom.

  9. Marilyn says:

    In this last decade I completely broke my femur bone in half while going over a jump.
    Because of my family’s concerns, I gave up the hunter/ jumper discipline.
    I took up dressage which is totally different. It’s challenging but very rewarding.
    I’m thankful for my health, family and friends.
    (Beth, May I gently suggest wearing hose when modeling skirts and dresses?)

    • Diane says:

      How can you tell she isn’t wearing hose by looking at a computer screen? Very sheer, fine gauge hosiery is newly undetectable in person! Besides, I think requiring hose to be worn with dresses/skirts is one of those “ rules” we women of a certain age don’t have to follow if we don’t want to.

  10. Rose says:

    The description of the dress says “slim fit”. Did you have to size up or take your usual size in a dress that’s not Ralph Lauren? I wear petites and that dress is also available in petite sizing. Just wondering sizing since I’ve never ordered Ralph Lauren and not familiar what would be normal fit in his clothing. Thanks Beth.

  11. jone says:

    love reading this, black is my favorite color. thank you elaine!

  12. Kate says:

    How about some stylish, festive shoe ideas for those of us who can (or just don”t) wear high heels anymore?

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