The beauty of Bright Young Things’ little black dress is that you can dress it up, dress it down, wear it frontwards or back, open or closed, and pretty much any way your heart desires. Picking through my closet the night before, I tried to choose pieces that would make the LBD modern and stylish—until I realized that none of my clothes (flowery curtain-esque frocks, dresses with birds on them, and countless muumuus—don’t ask) really fit that bill.

Eliza Starbuck said the challenge would like playtime, so I approached it like a costume party.

Then I remembered designer Eliza Starbuck mentioning that the challenge would be akin to playtime, so I decided to approach it like a costume party. In the end, I grabbed a cream-colored lace petticoat and some sparkly peach Vivienne Westwood + Melissa jelly heels—but something was still missing.

That’s when I spotted a pair of lab glasses that I’d used to protect my eyes while sawing wood. I’d been meaning to upcycle them into something funky for a Lady Gaga concert I went to on Independence Day, but life had gotten in the way. I was in a sheer-tastic mood that day, so I fetched some white lace from my fabric drawer and decoupaged it over the glasses with some Elmer’s.

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When I entered Cobblestones, it was like walking into a fantasy closet. People say that fashion is shallow and materialistic, but I like to believe that vintage clothing is the exception. Every elbow-length glove, every well worn-in Mary Jane, every mohair cloche hat has its own story.

People say that fashion is shallow, but I like to believe that vintage clothing is the exception.

It’s possible that I took the concept of “playing” too far, as evidenced in the write-up of my comical, weapon-filled dress-up session on the Bright Young Things blog. But I’ll let you (and your votes) be the judge of that.

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