I love being the hostess. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday or just a casual dinner party with a few people. I love being in the middle of it. Going from guest to guest talking and getting food out to everyone always makes me feel like dressing up. . . okay, so I’m likely to use any excuse to dress up. It’s true. Our last dinner party was a great occasion for it though.
Mr. Determined caught a few shots of me after I got done setting up board games in the living room in front of our fireplace. This new dress is from AMI Clubwear. I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by their dress selection, thinking that I’m way too old to pull it off anyway, but I was apparently wrong. I found some dresses with great coverage like the one above and went for it. Even though AMI had so many pairs of heels that would have gone great with it, I ended up wearing my own favorite sky-high Mary Janes to keep the look simple.
The material of the maxi dress is a bit stretchy and very slinky. It feels like a thicker, more high quality version of the forgiving fabrics they use in costumes. Being large-chested, it’s an ongoing problem for me to find dresses that don’t warp at the top or become way too loose at the waist. I really liked the way the dress conformed to my shape. I am only five feet tall, so it was a bit on the longer side for me but worked with the big heels. Without hemming it up a bit, I definitely couldn’t wear it with flats. Short girl problems. This definitely requires no-show lingerie though and the slightest seam shows up as a big line. (I ended up settling on the lacie by Victoria’s Secret.)
The slits up each side are high enough to offer a lot of mobility but still far enough down to remain modest. That keeps it appropriate for a lot of venues. I’m going to pair the dress with a black bolero when it gets colder and enjoy the fact that it’s a short sleeve dress in Summer. I adore it and plan on wearing it frequently throughout this year.
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