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What You Wore: Company Holiday Party Update

By Amalah

(Presenting! A detailed update to the cocktail-dress dilemma! An actual, real-world look! Me, slacking off because dear GOD, I have to wrap presents and bake cookies and ASSEMBLE THINGS and I’m pretty sure the directions on Noah’s new art easel thing are in Chinese and probably leaching lead as we speak. Anyway, please enjoy your fellow Smackdownateer’s tale of How She Got Gorgeous.)
Hello again Soopergenius Amalah!
I thought I would let you know how my foray into the world of cocktail dresses worked out! I followed your most excellent advice and since my bust and hips measure the same, went for a sheath dress. I never in a million years would have thought to wear ANYTHING but an A-line!
It’s a stretch satin sheath dress by Donna Ricco, $158 at Nordstrom’s, and was the first one I tried on. No spaghetti straps, as per orders since the girls are quite bountiful; and the shirring/ruching at the waist made for an optical illusion that I swear took 4 inches and 20 lbs. off my midsection. The back was a deep V too, which I loved since I have no fat there at all (look there! Not at my thighs!!).
I tried it on with Kate Spade kitten heels at the store and though I loved them dearly, I was not about to shell out $275 for a pair of damn pumps. Buttery soft boots, well, that would be another story! But I thought the dress looked fine with a lower heel, so I picked up a pair of Linea Paolo patent leather peep-toe heels at Nordstrom Rack. Originally $89.95, they’d been marked down to $56.90 and then again to $34.90. And they’re very comfy, too!
The only piece of your advice that I didn’t follow to the letter was open-toed shoes with pantyhose. I’ve been cursed with spider veins since the age of 14 so I either wear hose, pants, or tell people I have a tattoo of a road map on my legs. Nordy’s control-top jet black sheer stockings: 3 for $10. Earrings by 1928/2028 at Macy’s, $18.00 minus 25%. Thin sparkly headband by Banana Republic, $18.00. Fashion advice from Amalah:
priceless! Thanks again! (And happy birthday, too!)
Debbie (otherwise known as “Pincess Mommy”)

Way to rock it, lady! Sophisticated, classic and the headband adds the perfect amount of glammy fun. (Glammy. It’s a word.) (Now, anyway.) Satin is a tough fabric to pull off, but the ruching cinches your waist AND solves the puckering-across-the-gut problem that most satin dresses suffer from. Fabulous.
I wish you many more glammy parties and places to wear it to.
Happy Holidays, everybody. I wish YOU lots of pampering and comfortable waistbands for maximum cookie consumption.

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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You look fabulous, Debbie!
Merry Christmas to all!

The Muse

Debbie – what a great dress on you! And I can say that, as I have the same one! 🙂
Mine is the same silhouette, but has red roses on it – I bought it last year for my boyfriend’s 30th birthday dinner down in New Orleans. I may actually wear it for New Year’s this year – I completely forgot I had it and what a fab dress it was until I saw you picture.
Thanks for reminding me (and saving me the extra $$ – this means I can spend it on fab accessories)!


That is a seriously perfect little black dress!

Suzy Q
Suzy Q

You look great, Debbie! Thanks for sending in the update.