I Don't Know What You People Are Thinking


Neiman Marcus dress

Seriously. Holly at LuciteBox Vintage has had this up as a Buy-It-Now on eBay for like, a week now and it's STILL THERE. I was looking at my list of to-be-blogged topics and thought "There's no way that dress is still up," but when I went to check, it was. Sheesh! What is up? Is everyone still getting back from Labor Day vacation? Are you still trying to get that last week of wear out of your summer sandals? Does everyone have the horrific head cold I came down with?

I mean, check out the back:


Neiman Marcus dress

That alone should have made you hit that handy "Buy It Now" button.

Anyway, it's navy, B36/W26, and just plain gorgeous, and pretty affordable at $74.

Everyone should have a very structured dark dress for the days where you Mean Business. This is a brook-no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners dress. I have one that is black crepe and insanely severe; but it can go from lady-scientist to hardcore-vamp with a change of shoes and a slash of red lipstick. This is one of those dresses, and believe me, once you have a dress like this you feel a renewed sense of confidence. It's like having a $100 bill in your pocket, an unmetered parking space, a new pair of kickass shoes, and a fantastic idea, all at once. Even when you're not wearing it. Just having it in your closet, ready to pull out in case of emergency, is enough.

So why is this one still available? I don't know. I am going to have to fall back on my traditional there's-no-good-explanation explanation: sunspots.

0 thoughts on “I Don't Know What You People Are Thinking

  1. The dress IS gorgeous, and there MAY be sunspot activity, but there could be other explanations. Such as: it’s navy, which can be tricky to match. It should fit me in the waist but I might have to take in the bust–and that would be difficult, given how structured it is. And, finally, buying vintage on-line strikes me as an inherently risky venture. For all the glories of a well-wielded tape measure, it’s still important to TRY IT ON.

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  2. Aaaaack! The neck is choking me! Give me a pair of scissors now! Phew. Relief. I feel better now. Oops. I ruined a vintage dress. Now I have a real story to tell when I sell in on eBay, just like that mom who sold an ordinary baseball for a gazillion dollars.

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  3. Well, darn! I was that size in 1964. Not now! If I was, that dress would be mine. Can’t talk my girls into it either – they like casual. Don’t forget – it needs a little hat!Marie

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  4. For me, too many dark stars aligned: the navy star, the 26-inch-waist star, and the choking-collar star. And, for some reason, it makes me think this is exactly what a severe schoolmarm at David Copperfield’s school would have worn! Sorry!

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  5. I guess you can take the girl out of the library, but not the library out of the girl, because I love it. I love the structured top and all the leg room underneath (so you can really kick ass in it).Sadly it’s a mite (and by mite, I mean 3-4″) too small for me. Too bad, because I’ve got several pairs of shoes I could wear with such a dress now (red slides, wine patent pumps, and brown curved-heel boots…) And how great would it look with these tights I’m coveting:http://www.sock-dreams.com/_shop/pages/socks_detail_ProductID_352.php

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  6. When I first saw it–I thought,”School marm”, too!! Eesh…much too severe, too tiny waisted, choking neckline. But I’m sure there is a one-of-a-kind gal who can fill this dress and knock off a great look…somewhere out there.

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  7. I would have a hard time getting into it. I would need emergency lipsuction to remove, well, half of my bust, 6 inches from my waist, the hips would work (I am smaller on bottom than on top), and I have lots of shoes I could wear, and I never adverse to an excuse to buy another pair…*grins*Linda

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  8. I adore this dress, EXCEPT the collar. I’ve been toying with buying it myself, but then there’s that collar again. If only it was a simple round neck. I have the “most” perfect Aurora Borealis choker with matching cuff to good with it a simple neckline….sigh If I could see/touch this dress and know that I could remove the collar then yeah, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

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  9. I would like to find the pattern for this dress because I would un-choke the neck, make the waist bigger and the bust smaller, and have the perfect winter dress to make again and again.

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  10. For my part, although I love the structure and color of the dress, I take issue with superfluous fabric flaps. I can’t figure out why this seems ‘superfluous’ to me, and not “devinely detailed”, but it does. Oh yea… and its too small;)

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  11. I’m no novice when it comes to hitting the BIN button or taking a leap of tape-measured faith in terms of vintage fabulosity. And fabulous this is. Problem is, I already have a few of these Fierce Fraulein dresses and far too few occasions that call for them. You’re right about the instant confidence they impart. I pull mine out whenever I need to strike fear in the heart of an underling or convince a client that I really am much more experienced than I look. I see the dress is gone now; may the buyer enjoy her new-found powers of intimidation!

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  12. This is EXACTLY the kind of dress I would buy – exactly – except for the fact that I don’t fit into it. In fact, I am on the plus-side of plus-size, so the one on ebay is a no-go. Then again, give me a pattern to adjust and I’d make mine in a heart-beat. I’ve gotten GOOD at adjusting looks for petite women into curvy-friendly numbers! :-)I love your blog. Thanks!

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  13. yep I’m joining the if only my waist was a 26 I would now own that dress crew, perhaps there is a pattern for the larger around of us who still would like to own an “I Mean Business” dress.

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  14. perfect dress for the perfect measurements. if only i could have “pregnant boobs” without the belly that goes with it, i might have the right measurements. (that sounds like i’m pregnant. i’m not, i’m just SAYING) :)

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  15. Darn, that dress would fit me, I’d look good innit, and I’d find shoes on the rack ‘o d00m on the back of my bedroom door for it. Sadly, I clicky, and someone else has gotten there before me & snapped it up. *cry*. Oh, well. There will be other dresses, oh yes. -d

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  16. Like it – modest, pretty and only a bit short for my taste; have no money and too much fat. I have to learn to cut out the beenies and weenies so I can make one for myself…

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  17. Minya, I interpret “structured” as just that – made with fabrics that stand up, crisp straight lines, and lots of very…buttoned-up and defined details. A pencil skirt = very structured, a peasant skirt = totally not. If I can picture it holding up without a person in it, that’s VERY structured.

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  18. I could never get into it either, but I really like it. I, too, have reservations about the collar. It seems to sit too high and the collar itself looks too small for the dress. I’d like the round neck idea with a vintage crocheted lace detachable collar.

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  19. I didn’t like it on sight, but now with the other comments I realize why. Way too tight neck! I don’t understand the front flap thingy either, I mean what is it? That plus I’m also a Plus size. Glad someone found it and gave it a home.

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  20. My first thought, upon seeing the first picture, was “Now izz the time on Shhprockkits ven vee dahhhnce!”The back is, indeed, stunning; alas, I, too, would have to cut the neck out. I can’t stand things touching my neck. Even necklaces. (((shudder)))

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  21. Wh is the collar tight? We wear turtlenecks, and we let FAR TOO MUCH OUT these days concerning our breasts anyway – espcially the over 35 crowd and up who do not realize their’buddies’ just do nt look good anymore, anyway! Beautify America; COVER!

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  22. always a pleasure to see the adorable Holly Lucitebox featured! and you are so right about the Ida-Lupino-aspect of the authoritative energy that dress inspires….

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  23. Eh? 35 and up? Sorry, but I know many a woman, 35 and up, who can still pull off a tasteful decollete. Give me a break… 35 and up. Sheesh.

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  24. Great dress, yes, but that neck has me choking just looking at it. Would definitely need to try it on before dropping $75. You made me aware that I really need a severe scary dress dress in my closet, though,for confidence building through wardrobe building! ;-)

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