This past weekend was the Daytime Emmys, one of my favorite weekends of the year.
I rarely have chances to get really dressed up, so finding just the right outfit is a fun little search. Over the years, I have gotten smarter and started looking for sale dresses in early winter. Even if they are one or two sizes too big, I know I can get them altered to fit.
I look for “fit and flare,” which I know that is a good fit for me (plus it camouflages all that tummy). This year I bought a beautiful blue dress, and I thought a brocade coat would be fun too. So I googled that and it took me to eBay, where I found the perfect H&M coat and hit the buy now button.
The coast was one of the special lines made by designers for H&M, and when it arrived it was clearly designed for a taller person. Every thing about it was too much — too much collar, too much sleeve and too much length. My friend Cynthia (the stylist) has always said repurpose … so that’s what I did. I took it to my cleaners and she shortened it, eliminated the puffy sleeves, took off the front pockets and took it in a bunch. The end result is exactly what I had envisioned, and I love it!