Here’s a “What Wendy Wore” outfit for ALMOST every month of 2016. Click the photos for the original posts.
In January, I wore a vintage Lemington Ridley dress to Jewelers of America’s GEM Awards (the Oscars of the jewelry industry). I hadn’t worn this dress in 10 years, and before that, I only wore it once. I thought of “purging” it from my closet many times, and I’m so glad I didn’t! I felt great in this.
I had the honor of attending Vanity Fair’s Oscar party in February and I wore another “Oh, this old thing?” dress. I got this vintage Lillie Rubin dress in 2006. I was going to wear it to an Oscar party back then, but I wound up wearing it elsewhere after realizing that gorgeous actress Gina Gershon had already worn it to a Hollywood event. I was pickier back then! Nowadays, if I found out that a beautiful actress had just worn my dress, I’d wear it anyway and seek her out for a funny photo.
By March, I was making a serious effort to wear dresses that I’d been holding onto for years. I first wore this unlabeled vintage gold dress to the Oscars in 2004, where Renee Zellweger sweetly complimented it. In 2008, Bill Cunningham photographed it. This year, I wore it to the Catholic Charities Gala Benefit at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.
Believe it or not, I don’t spend my entire life in fancy, old gowns. I wore denim shorts to the Coachella music festival in April. I had such a good time that I’m going back next year.
It really is more fun to look at the fancy gowns, isn’t it? I got this Zac Posen at Trudie Styler’s charity sale in 2008 and wore it in Vienna this June.
One of my favorite accessories is a disposable plastic rain poncho. Seriously! I have about eight of these in my closet right now. This one came in handy for the torrential rain at a Paul Simon concert in July.
I did a video for Platinum Guild International in August, and wore a Keith Haring-print dress I got from Patricia Field in 2015. I wish I had a few more dresses like this. It’s very comfortable.
At the end of September, I was in a rush to wear any summer dresses that hadn’t had an outing this year, including this one I got from JC de Castelbajac in 2013.
This Versace skirt is about 13 years old. My designing friend Stacy Lomman was the one matched it with a vintage Ossie Clark top. I’ve worn it that way repeatedly, including this October.
I haven’t done the outfit post for my November look yet! I will try to do it tomorrow. Meanwhile, here’s a tease: my hairstyle by Julie Matos.
I didn’t take a single head-to-tie outfit photo in December. I skipped my December 23 birthday dinner and numerous other outings because MrB and I came down with a bad bug. We got it nearly simultaneously, so we were both cranky at the same time. It wasn’t fun! Right before I got sick, I went to a party celebrating Bella Hadid’s Paper magazine cover. I wore a bunch of necklaces.
What are your New Year’s Eve plans and what are you wearing? I’ll be wearing a dress from this post!
UPDATED TO ADD: Here is the November outfit.