If I die and by some celestial clerical error actually make it to Heaven, I know two things will be true. One, I’ll probably be slightly disappointed –living in Texas can spoil a girl for such things– and two, there will be a great big Saks Fifth Avenue right inside those pearly gates.
I am an unapologetic Saks booster, and I think outside of major cities, Saks often gets a bad rap. It’s not scary or snobby and most of the shoppers don’t have hospital wings named after them. It’s just a department store. A very nice department store, but a department store all the same.
And here’s a secret: they give better swag. For example, my don’t-leave-home-without-it lipcolor is Chanel’s Rouge Double Intensite in Rose Garnet. It costs the same no matter where I buy it, but if I buy it at Saks, I get all sorts of high quality sample goodies thrown in, PLUS a handwritten thank-you note in the mail three days later.
They also have, hands down, THE most gorgeous adult cocktail dresses and formal gowns for plus size women. Not grown-up prom gear, but real dresses –often surprisingly affordable– that are worthy of a woman who is past her acne and algebra days.
could you DIE? I could die. This Tadashi ruched metallic dress is pure eff-you drama, you have to be a WOMAN to carry off this dress. Look at that detailing on the torso. It reminds me so much of Alexander McQueen’s incredible fall collection but infinitely more wearable –and affordable for a plus-size gal. Also? Sleeves.
Here’s the cocktail version, which is easier to carry off –you don’t need to be as tall as a goddess for that one– and still gives you buckets of waist slimming glamour. I’ve seen this one in person, it doesn’t look as “wet” as it does in the image. This, for the people who said they hated ruching, is how it’s done. Also, a similar look in capri blue.
Finally a sweet but unsentimental party dress in silk chiffon. Silk chiffon –unlike it’s tragic polyester cousin– floats beautifully, drapes like heaven and is flattering to almost every body. This confection is available in black, plus a host of ever so slightly unusual hues. Now here’s a tough question: do I like it better in strawberry or forest green?
I’m glad we had this little talk.