I was planning to wear something vibrant and very SATC2 for #RLTEvent, but it just didn't happen. After being on IV medication another 33 days going into the event my weight loss program went straight down the tube, my IV tube that is.
Being self conscious about the weight shift I experience at the top of my body because of HIV and the extra weight from being on the IV drip, vibrant colors were simply out of the question. I didn't want to look like Spongebob at the top of my body. Yes, it is true that people wear darker colors to camouflage undesirable weight, but for me, it is also true that I just love the color black.
When I originally went searching for something to wear for #RLTEvent, I was looking for a gray lace dress from Ann Taylor that I had seen in Essence magazine in an article featuring celebrity make-up artist Tia Dantzler. I was hoping that they had it but I was not very optimistic about the fit. Typically, dresses do not fit my body shape and I end up wearing separates 99% of the time. Well, the gray dress hadn't come in and I noticed a little black dress. There was something about the simple elegance of it that caught my eye. I didn't think it would work because of my body shape but I tried it on anyway. And OMG!! To my surprise it fit me perfectly.
Breakfast's at Tiffany's. In fact, the simple elegance of Audrey Hepburn has for the most part helped to define my style.
RLTEvent can go across seasons. You can simply slip a cardigan over it for the colder months. You can dress it down with kitten heels or up with stilettos. You can accessorize until the cows walk from Chicago to L.A. If you like, you can add color with your wrap, shoes, or handbag. It is the most perfect dress to own.
Look at the first ladies in the pictures below. The dress that First Lady Obama is wearing in the middle is fun and fit for the red carpet. The one she is wearing on the right is a modern twist to the one that First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is wearing on the left. These two dresses are timeless. My suggestion is to go with one with simple lines. If you have more curves you may want to consider an a line dress. For those of us with no hips and behind, a straight dress may be your best bet. My overall suggestion is to try on black dresses until you find the perfect fit. When you discover it, you will know without a doubt. Happy hunting!!