Betsey Johnson & Thanksgiving Dressing

Happy Thanksgiving! Well…almost… at the very least it’s time to prepare your dressing. No, I don’t mean the kind you’re going to stuff in that big bird that’s taking center stage on your table next Thursday. (Do you call yours “dressing” or “stuffing”?) I mean dressing as in “What the heck are we going to wear?!” This is, by far, the greater question for me.

I am not in charge of “the feast” – haven’t been in over 20 years. My mother-in-law has graciously taken on that task since Mr. T and I have been married. And being low-carb, sadly, stuffing (yes, I call it “stuffing”, as one should) is no longer on the menu for me. *sniff* *sniff* So, naturally, all my energy can easily slide into the oh so “important” thought of “what to wear”! I’m sure that was first and foremost in the thoughts of the pilgrims at the first Festivities!

I’ve played with multiple ideas this week, but I’ll admit that my mind went instinctively to a dress and to a specific dress – my newly thrifted Betsey Johnson! It is quite possibly the most fun piece of clothing I own, maybe that I have ever owned. But, what else would we expect from Betsey!

Do you see what I mean? Fun, right?! Look at these wonderful colors! Of course my lousy photography skills DO NOT do this gorgeous dress justice! Additionally, the fabric on this dress feels amazing! So soft and silky! Check out the amazing  sleeves on this piece. This is the first time I’ve ever actually felt the weight of the sleeves on something I’ve worn, but you get use to it very quickly.

For me, holidays just make me really want to dress up. Of course there’s nothing wrong with dressing up using pants or jumpsuits. I’ve certainly done that. But, there’s just something about a dress that feels so much more festive – and, of course, feminine!

I don’t know when I fell in love with Betsey and her fun and carefree designs, some of which, admittedly are even a little too quirky for me, but whenever it was that I was introduced to this whimsical and energetic woman’s designs, it was immediate love and I’ve never looked back.  At 76 yrs. old, Betsey seems as dynamic as ever, still entering runways doing cartwheels, with no signs of slowing down! I love the description she once gave of her style – take a leotard and add a skirt! Fun, flirty and feminine. Just what I love in clothes, as well – even if I don’t take it quite as far as the spirited Ms. Johnson does!

Of course, I know that this is going to make me the most over-dressed person at Thanksgiving dinner. (Mr. T’s family is pretty casual.) But, I’m ok with that. I’ve come to accept the fact that if I want to dress the way I want to dress – if I want to be who I want to be – I’m going to stand out. I’m going to be different. I hope that you’ve gotten comfortable there, too. That you’ve become OK with who you are – comfortable in your own skin – comfortable with your own brand of beautiful, your own kind of special – just the way God made you to be. And, I hope you take time this week to thank God for that – for you – because you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

If you look very closely at the pattern, you can see that there are little deer hidden within the array of colors. Notice I kept the jewelry to a bare minimum, a simple pair of yellow hoop earrings, because the dress has so much going on visually already. Additionally, I wore tights and OTK boots because the skirt is just slightly on the shorter side.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!


2 Replies to “Betsey Johnson & Thanksgiving Dressing”

  1. We always dress up too…and why not?? It’s fun for us, so why not enjoy it.
    As for that dress, it’s SO lovely, Ronnie!!
    I was just putting together my outfit last night. I’m going with a dress too, and a hand knit sweater over top.


  2. Oooh, can’t wait to see, Jodie! I’ll bet the sweater is amazing! I wish I were a better photographer because these pictures really do not do this dress justice! The colors are so incredibly vivid and sharp, and the feel of the fabric is outstanding. I brought it with me to the workshops I did and people just loved it, though very few thought they’d have the courage to wear it! LOL! And it was such a great deal on ThredUp! Her boho dresses so rarely show up ANYWHERE. I was so excited to find it!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend, and to your mom, Nancy and Rob, as well! 🙂


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