A black lace cocktail dress paired with a velvet hat, a fur swing coat, and sparkly gold shoes.

 Hello!  Today I've got an (especially) fancy outfit to share with you.  Doug was in an opera scenes concert on Wednesday and Thursday nights, so of course I had to get all dressed up to attend.  Half of the evening was opera and the other half was musical theater... and both nights I was wearing a hat, which caused everyone sitting nearby to turn to look at me during a rendition of "The Ladies Who Lunch"!



 I've posted this handmade lace dress before at least twice, but I finally decided to let out the hem  (which showed evidence of at least two different previous lengths) from the above-the-knee length it was when I found it.  It changes the look of the dress a little, and I think I prefer it with the longer hem.  I suspect that it was taken up a few times to keep it in style over the years!  Have you ever found that a little alteration made a big difference in how much you enjoy wearing a garment?

Hand-embroidered black lace cocktail dress with gold gloves and a fur coat.

 The mink and Persian lamb swing coat is a newish acquisition from the thrifts.... I've always thought that swing coats are one of those things that looks good on other people, so it was nice to be able to pick one up to try out without much monetary commitment.  I was unsure about the fit in person, but it's quite warm and I rather like how it looks in the photos.  Always good to try new things, I suppose!

Glittery gold pumps by Cathy Jean

Gold lame evening gloves with a black cocktail dress and coat.
 
A black lace cocktail dress paired with a velvet hat, a fur coat, and sparkly gold shoes.

A black satin and velvet cocktail hat trimmed with bobbles and a coat with a silver mink collar.

A black lace cocktail dress paired with a velvet hat, a fur coat, and sparkly gold shoes.

Black velvet bobble hat: Modern Millie Newburyport
Black faceted necklace and earrings: Grandma
Gold lame gloves: Wakefield Uncommon Antiques
Persian lamb and silver mink swing coat: Savers
Gold glittery belt: Target
Embroidered lace cocktail dress: Goodwill
Gold glittery shoes: Cathy Jean in the mall