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Everyone around me (in internet land) seems to be going through harrowing emotional turmoil, so I’m going to write about something deeply superficial and frivolous.

For Christmas my super fine husband got us tickets to hear our favorite band play in Brooklyn over Valentine’s day weekend. We’re going to make an event of it–stay in a nice hotel, have some epicurian dining experiences, etc. I’d been looking forward to it until I realized I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR. OMG! Going to New York (actually, going anywhere) always makes me feel like a country bumpkin. It might be because all my clothes are made of flour sacks and I have hay in my hair and a pig in my purse, but that’s just how we roll in O-hi-o. I refuse to style my long hippie hair or wear makeup, and I never learned how to wear high-heeled shoes. My mother taught me these things were artificial and anti-feminist. On the other hand, I am not frumpy. I really like clothes, but simply don’t have the knack of looking fashionable. I used to be pretty comfortable in my skin, but getting older and being infertile have combined in a really bad way to totally undermine my confidence.

So here’s where you come in. I made this dress (take a close look at the fabric–it’s the coolest thing ever!) for a wedding last summer. I’d like to take it, but it’s winter now. I need to get something to put over it–a cardigan or a jacket. (I’m also debating whether to put some little cap sleeves on it. Strapless dresses don’t actually flatter me-wish I’d remembered that before making it.) Left to my own devices, I’d just get something lame that looks terrible. So has anyone seen any cute stuff that you think might transform Country Bunny into City Bunny? Jackets? Boots? Magic beans? Use the accessory wall wisely.

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  1. JB #

    How about 1) either a black or white sweater or a cropped black jacket, 2) black tights, and 3) black leather boots. Maybe some 4) chunky silver jewelry. Voila! City bunny! Ready for NYC! (Make sure you end every statement with, "No disrespect.")

    January 23, 2010
  2. I was thinking of either a black or white sweater as well. Besides that I'm no help.

    January 23, 2010
  3. JC #

    Black or white sweater, I like JB's advise about black tights and black leather boots.Other stuff…I think tights and tall boots are really cute (but I don't wear them b/c I live in FL). Leggings and a long sweater top/dress is cute too. And HAVE FUN!!!

    January 23, 2010
  4. Do not take my advice. Anyone who can make that dress far surpasses my fashion know-how. Just get that hay out of your hair.

    January 23, 2010
  5. What an amazing dress…you have some serious talent!!!!I would recommend a little cropped jacket, tights, and boots for a more youthful/about town sort of look. If you want to go glamourous, what about a long black coat, gloves, stockings, and heels? Either way…you are going to look amazing!!

    January 23, 2010
  6. I lurrrrve Japanese echino fabric! Such a gorgeous pattern! πŸ™‚ (There is nothing country about that pattern, by the way!) I dig belting a cardigan with an unexpected belt. Paired with a really funky necklace and some boots–sounds like a plan to me! What about something styled similar to this, but with your fucking awesome dress instead of a painfully overpriced skirt:'s your fave band? Sounds like a fun night! πŸ™‚

    January 23, 2010
  7. Sounds so fun and that dress is GORGEOUS! I agree with Trinity – a belted cardigan. Maybe even a red cardigan with a wide black belt. Black tights + boots will look awesome as well. You are so talented, my friend! I can't sew a button.

    January 23, 2010
  8. Black sweater, black tights and tall black boots. I would add in a red purse and chunky silver jewelery. Have an awesome time!

    January 24, 2010
  9. Al #

    LOVE the dress – very pretty! I'm also fashionably challenged plain jane – so take some of the other fashionista's advice! Have fun πŸ™‚

    January 24, 2010
  10. 1. Very impressed by the dress-making skills, but unfortunately unqualified, by dint of lack of fashion sense, to assist.2. Now have yen to visit Ohio to see the pigs in the purses of the locals.

    January 25, 2010

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