Manolo for the Big Girl Fashion, Lifestyle, and Humor for the Plus Sized Woman.

October 14, 2007

Not Your Mother’s Little Black Dress

Filed under: Fashion — Twistie @ 1:35 pm

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.
PersephonePlus shirred dress


  1. Ooooh, that *is* nice. Not very (um, at all) goth myself, but I like that dress.

    Comment by Meg Q — October 14, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

  2. Muah ha ha haaaa….I LOVE Halloween! Twistie, I’m concentrated and colorful as well, but there’s something about October that doesn’t make me want to break out the wonderful browns and oranges and golds and reds (that comes in November)….I want blacks, deep purples, and blood reds. I love the dress…my inner Gothchild is yearning to break out, buy the dress, and line eyes in smoky charcoal, dip fingers in the dark purples, and leave matte bloodred kiss prints all over my mirrors (of course, since KateriBella is nearing the big 3-0, it’s just not acceptable to go out in public wearing that…and the husband cleans the mirrors *large sigh* — KB would be snickered at). Did you add the frame to the picture? I love it as well!

    Comment by KateriBella — October 14, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  3. This is what I love about this dress, MegQ: it’s Goth for girls who don’t do Goth!

    KateriBella: the frame was on the pic at the site. I love that she does that with her designs.

    And have fun with your inner Gothchild! Heck! I’m 45 and I plan to sit down and give myself a manicure in sparkly purple later today. If you’ve got the bod for the dress, then go to it and be superfantastic. Alas, the Twistie, she lacks the shoulders and the boobage this particular dress is best suited to, but there are other dresses on that site that are calling my woefully empty pocketbook to refill itself immediately if not sooner.

    Superfantastic doesn’t end at thirty. Oh my no! At thirty, it’s just beginning.

    But do be kind to the mirror-cleaning husband. Those are hard to come by.

    Comment by Twistie — October 15, 2007 @ 11:29 am

  4. Yessssss my precioussssss!

    Comment by Jennie — October 17, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

  5. I just stumbled on your blog when i was lookng on google. I have to say that the information here was the most complet that I found anywhere. I am definitly bookmarkin this to come bck and read later

    Comment by ugg shoes — August 9, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Powered by WordPress