In my very first write up for Manolo for the Big Girl, I presented a diatribe against the Little Black Dress. I stand very much by my words. The Little Black Dress is only for those who look good in Little Black Dresses…Plumcake and the late Audrey Hepburn spring to mind as exemplars of women who wear the look well. I am not one of these women. I wear black…well enough, sort of. I don’t do little. I’m concentrated and colorful and that’s all there is to it.
But now it’s October and Halloween looms large in my mind. I’m re-reading Poe stories such as The Tell Tale Heart and thinking of sitting down again with Ray Bradbury’s October Country and having a good cry over The Homecoming yet again.
This is the time of year when I do look at black dresses and recall my long-ago dreams of living in the house, helping Gomez sharpen the fence each morning and wearing one of Morticia’s fabulous black gowns.
Alas! I will probably never live in a house that large or that spectacular. I will never look that good in black, and there’s no way I could live hobbled in those tiny-circumfrenced skirts, tripping over the trailing bits dangling across the floor. My legs may not be long, but they need space in which to march.
But while I cannot live the dream (and no, I’m actually not at all bitter about that, though I will admit to being quite wistful at this time of year), I can offer up the best Gothy looks I’ve found for those who do wear it well. I’ll never be Morticia Addams, but I’ll be Goth Twistie (a bit like a whimsical, more colorful, tiny Darth Vader without the whole breathing thing) and I’ll enjoy the heck out of it!
Here’s a beautiful black dress for the theater or any parties you may be attending from PersephonePlus. It’s available in either penne velvet or a slinky black knit, and may also be ordered with long sleeves or a shorter skirt. And luckily, the velvet version also comes in midnight blue, purple, cranberry and forest green for those of us who just don’t do the black thing well.