Sunday, 19 October 2008
The LBD 20 years on
I loved this dress by LK Bennett when I first saw it in my InStyle magazine.
And this is a big BUT - there were two problems.
1. It cost £499.00
2. I had pledged NOT to buy any more new clothes for a year.
After catching a glimpse of the dress in almost every magazine I saw which seemed to taunt me in a "na na na na na!" kind of way, I remembered.
I remembered that 20 years ago I wore a similar style dress for my husband's very first Christmas Do.
It was 1988 and we were fresh out of university - very excited that we finally had real jobs.
I splashed out £49.99 on the dress from the Next directory.
The only difference (I felt) between this dress and the LK Bennett dress was the long sleeve which had never felt right as they were too long.
After much trepidation I dug out the dress, took to the scissors and began.
I found the red belt on a shirt I had bought and put it all together to wear on Saturday when we went out for a meal.
I had originally planned to wear the dress at Christmas and looking at the photographs I think it may need a little more work around the arm holes but ta da!
As a footnote it may interest you to know that most of the clothes I wear are a standard British 10. This dress is very snug and a size 12 which may say something about the sizing policy over the last 20 years!
Belt: Off a shirt
Diamante Necklace - Inherited from my Grandmother
Boots - Tesco