I have 15 dresses in my wardrobe. There are actually 21 dresses in my small Manhattan closet, but since I tend to buy more than one if I really love it, a few of these frocks have a twin or even triplet hanging nearby.
Most of the dresses I really like, and wear very frequently (if you follow me on Instagram, you already knew that). A few of them are just okay, and don't make me feel great and I really need to donate or consign them (paging Marie Kondo!)
Then, there are a few that I just love.
You know what I am talking about. The ones that fit like they were made especially for you, the ones you wear when you absolutely positively want to look and feel your best. The ones that can transform a blah day into an extraordinary one and any event into a special occasion.
The universal love of the perfect dress is what drew me to the book "Nine Women, One Dress" by Jane L. Rosen.
I was looking for one last light "summer reading" title to balance out the small mountain of other books I am also reading (more on those next week). The LBD on the cover caught my eye, as did a blurb on the back cover by the authors of one of my favorite summer 2015 books - "The Knockoff" - which I devoured in a single sitting and highly recommend.
This story - nine stories, actually - tells how a single dress transformed the lives of nine New York City women. It is a fun and easy read.
Even better, I picked it up at the New York Public Library. When you live in New York - the land of limited bookshelf space - that is always a bonus. I tend to re-read a lot of non-fiction books, and therefore buy them, but most novels and other fiction are generally a one-time thing.
Happy reading! Do you have a "go to" dress in your closet that makes you feel like a million bucks? What makes it special to you?