Many of our beloved readers have come to me asking for taffeta dresses. I will admit that my initial response was “Taffeta? Really?” Okay, that’s a lie, my first thought was the “Taffeta, darling” gag from Young Frankenstein but my SECOND thought was “Taffeta? Really?”
I think many of us, especially those of us who were raised in the ’80’s and early ’90’s, have a problem with taffeta. It’s loud, it’s crunchy and sometime in our history we were once forced to wear Something Horrible With a Bow –mine was an electric green choir dress with puff sleeves a drop yoke waist and a butt bow big enough to draw other, smaller butt bows into its orbit by sheer gravitational force.
But I am not one to hold grudges, so I went out yesterday to Nordstrom to find –and actually try on– some taffeta dresses and to my surprise, some of them were pretty good. I don’t think I’ll ever be a taffeta person but if you are, you’ve got some pretty nice choices for party wear this season. Let’s take a look.
This first dress by Donna Morgan is aggressively not my style but could really work for the right girl, especially for those of you who like a little bit of Renn Fest in their party dress. Even though it didn’t work on me, it’s nice to see an unusual sleeve.
I liked this one a bit better since I’m a sucker for a shirtwaist, and eyelet seemed to be such an unusual treatment for a winter fabric. The sleeve is good but tulle poking out makes this a very young dress so if you’re a lady of a certain age, you might want to try it on and make sure it works on you, by JS Boutique.
And now my favorite. I actually really love this dress. There is a sleeve issue so I’d definitely pair it with a chubby little angora cardi. Toss on a double-strand of 50’s pearls (or a blocked beret and earrings?) and maybe a pair of shortie gloves and it’s very Ralph Lauren does Dead Poets Society. Love it!