Good Old Trudy
I have a dress (pictured above) that is almost ten years old and still looks as good as the day I bought it. I call her Trudy and she's never let me down. I bought Trudy on Clearance at Cache, with intentions on wearing it for a more conservative event. Then I wore it again to dinner on vacation. Then I wore it to a wedding. Then... well you get the idea. Trudy is one of those dresses that works for almost any occasion. Depending on how much wear and tear Trudy got, I either dry clean her first or if she's not soiled, carefully fold her and put her back in my "special" Rubbermaid bin.
Having one go-to dress (or Trudy) is essential. It's rare to find a garment that is appropriate for almost any occasion and when you do, you should take extra special care of it. I can't remember how many times I have been standing in my closet amongst thousands of pieces of clothing saying, "I just don't know what to wear". When in doubt, I pull Trudy out.
Trudy never stops being a great dress for several reasons. First of all, it's a faux wrap dress which is universally flattering on every body type known to woman. There's a ton of stretch, so 10 lbs. here and 5 lbs. there doesn't make a difference. Trudy has a perfect balance of 3/4 length sleeves, so you can wear it for warm or cool occasions. The length is a few inches above my knee, but still appropriate for a work event. There's just the right amount to cleavage showing where my breasts are not exposed, but still has an element of sexy. My favorite part of Trudy is the dark floral print. It not only hides any bumps and bulges, but also gives it a warm tropical feel.
The picture above is the last time I wore Trudy. On vacation, at dinner, in Charleston, SC, last Fall. She's happily tucked away in her bin and I'm sure she'll come out again soon and make an appearance. If you don't have a dress like Trudy, make it a shopping priority (or just call me and I'll help you find the perfect one). Wrap dresses or shift dresses always look classic. You'll be so happy one day when you're digging through your closet thinking, "I have no idea what to wear". Trudy is always a great choice!