Coffee, Tea, or …

by Erin on February 27, 2006


vogue 6785

I am a sucker, a complete and absolute holding-the-title-deed-to-the-Brooklyn-Bridge sucker, for a genre of dress patterns that can only be described as "Space Age Stewardess."

Like this one (which is $12 from Mrs. Cleaver's Kitchen on Ruby Lane). I saw this, and my first thought was "silver Lurex!" As if I ever have an occasion to wear silver Lurex. (We will see Halley's comet again before I have a good excuse to wear silver Lurex. I predict a lot of comet-related fashion then, anyway.) The last time I wore silver fabric of any description, it was a Halloween costume. "Bond girl." And nobody remembers that costume of mine anyway, because my escort to that particular party was Mr. Dress-a-Day, who was wearing black socks, wingtips, a fedora, horn-rim glasses, and an orange polka-dot dress … he was J. Edgar Hoover. (He also carried a pocket tape recorder and asked fellow party-goers if they wanted to hear "Bobby Kennedy doin' it.")

Anyway, I love these dresses (even though I don't think I can wear them especially well) and if I had the time to sew things for a highly speculative career change that involves as a necessary preliminary the development of the interplanetary tourism industry, I would make this up in silver, with a pale blue lining, with some kind of abstract planet-y logo on the matching belt. And then I would float effortlessly through the cabin, reassuring the first-time visitors to Luna Colony that it was an easy flight, nothing to worry about …

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Jerry February 27, 2006 at 11:23 am

Please tell me that Mr. Dress-a-Day’s tape recorder actually had sound effects on it. Bonus points for a thick Boston accent. I would have founded a church in y’all’s honor if you had gone as Clyde Tolson. True, nobody would have gotten it, but still.

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Erin February 27, 2006 at 11:46 am

Oh, yes, there were sound effects (recorded from cable television). Mr. Dress-a-Day is nothing if not thorough.You made me Google Clyde Tolson! You totally get points for that.

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Jerry February 27, 2006 at 1:42 pm

“Google Clyde Tolson” should be a euphemism for something. “I drank so much last night, I almost Googled Clyde Tolson!” Hey, has somebody already written an article for you about how “Google” is now a verb? Or has that topic been pitched to you now about eight dozen times?

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Kim February 27, 2006 at 7:55 pm

I am SO making Mr. Motley Krooie dress as J. Edgar Hoover next Halloween!!! He’ll hate it, but I will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Mr. Dress-A-Day gets huges coolness points in my book.

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Cari February 28, 2006 at 11:46 pm

And in my book too. That is a fantastic costume!I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t wear a slightly-toned-down version of the silver Lurex dress… maybe in light blue jersey instead? Still space-agey enough to make you giggle inwardly but not enough to get yourself involuntarily committed.

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