72 responses

  1. Kerry
    February 27, 2012

    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a backwards-dress executed so well! Or – at all, even! I am very impressed.

    02/28/12
    10:29 am
    Sheryl said...

    I know! I never would have guessed in the first shot that it was backwards … and after seeing second photo I have to say this dress was Knocked Out Of the Park.

  2. kathy
    February 27, 2012

    All things considered, you look amazing, and turning the dress around was stroke of genius. And that’s my favorite hairstyle on you ever.

    02/28/12
    7:04 pm
    Lisa said...

    How interesting. That’s how I always wore my hair when I was in my 20s and 30s. Felt that it was too young to do now, for the most part. And I agree that “all things considered” is the right thing to say.

  3. lauren
    February 27, 2012

    the polar opposite of celine dion’s dress-reversal – marvelous in every way. you realize you’ll be invited to my all-sequins party, though, right? it’s like diddy’s white party, but it’s like being inside a disco ball, and as guests mingle it sounds as if a gentle rain is falling all around us.

    02/28/12
    7:04 pm
    Lisa said...

    I’m there. I will sequin EVERYTHING.

  4. QueenBeeSwain
    February 27, 2012

    you are goooooorgie and true confession- my red carpet dress for an Oscars event last night was also from TJ’s. you know what they say about great minds ;)

    xoox

    kHm

  5. Jan
    February 27, 2012

    I wish I looked as beautiful as you with my clothes on frontwards.

    02/28/12
    7:05 pm
    Lisa said...

    Hahahahaha.

  6. materfamilias
    February 27, 2012

    Fabulous! How clever to turn the dress backwards!

  7. Diana B
    February 27, 2012

    Take the Kiton white cashmere suit out of the closet, straight to consignment and invest in a long gown and a style for the next dress-up event! Such a gorgeous face & fab body to see you in a cheap poly number (terrible seam sew) w/ cheap shoes, teacher-mom bad-dye hair and hippy wrap …. it just doesn’t do the strong, smart, clever tounged witty women with a many award-winning worthy blog justice. I’m sorry, I was just compelled to offer these 2 cents as constructive and most certainly not hurtful. Love your hairstye in the blog photo.

    02/28/12
    7:06 pm
    Lisa said...

    Diana, this is not hurtful at all. It was an experiment, and the party didn’t need my best possible shot. If I ever go to a serious black tie red carpet event, at a guess I will go the whole 9 yards. Knowing me.

  8. wool&misc
    February 27, 2012

    THAT COLOR COMBO! AND THAT SLIT!

    XX

  9. Vildy
    February 27, 2012

    For my money, evening wear is your strong suit.
    You might have to consider being the Grande Dame!
    I’ve checked out all the Oscar wear and, yes, the understated Cruz grey is good and I like Paltrow’s caped outfit but otherwise I truly think your bold and simple beats ’em all.

    02/28/12
    7:06 pm
    Lisa said...

    You are a doll.

  10. metscan
    February 27, 2012

    Well. The blue is definitely your color, and you look very pretty in what you came up with.
    But- did the invitation come out of the blue too, or what?
    Even in case of emergency, I don´t think I would have been able to pay for the clothes, however cheap they were.
    But, then that only tells something about me.
    You managed wonderfully, bravo!!

  11. The Preppy Princess
    February 27, 2012

    That is a brilliant look Miss LPC, wearing it back to front (or however one describes it) absolutely made my day, you are *so* ingenious. Your hair is gorgeous, so, so pretty, I can easily imagine cascading curls down your back. (BTW, the cuff looks stunning.)

    A totally fabulous look, regardless of where you found it!
    tp

  12. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen
    February 27, 2012

    Love your idea of wearing the dress backwards. Very clever. You look fabulous.
    Sam

  13. Belinda Hollyer
    February 27, 2012

    You look entirely terrific in that! I have always found TK Maxx a depressing shopping experience, but you’ve encouraged me to have another go.

  14. ida
    February 27, 2012

    Wow that blue is stunning on you with your hair…grecian look….does help with cheap clothes to have a trim,slim body.

    Real jewellery finished the look. Ida

  15. Flo
    February 27, 2012

    Double, triple, quadruple GASP! That neckline and cut-in shoulders are divine on you!

    Girrrrl, I’m tellin ya, you are radiant! And I hope you noticed when wishes-she-had-your-shoulders Gwyneth removed the coat at the VF afterparty, you could see that Tom Ford had attached shoulderpads to the gown so the whole ensemble would work.

  16. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita
    February 27, 2012

    well, you definitely worked it and OH BOY is that your color! you looked lovely!

  17. déjà pseu
    February 27, 2012

    Brilliant call to turn the dress backward!! I’m bookmarking this and Karen’s post for the next once-per-decade event where dressing up to that degree is called for.

  18. Louise
    February 27, 2012

    All my formal dresses are from TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, and Ross. The bling and the attitude attract way more attention than the label on the dress.

    You look marvelous! I love how your hair is growing out and how your shoulders look so great in this dress. Brava!

  19. Danielle
    February 27, 2012

    “Budget complexity is rarely successful.” That is one quote to live by, stylistically speaking.

  20. Dawn
    February 27, 2012

    Definitely made my Best Dressed List! Very well done.

  21. That’s Not My Age
    February 27, 2012

    You look fabulous – that Joan Collins colour is stunning on you. This really does go to show, it’s how you put a look together that counts.

  22. rb
    February 27, 2012

    You look fabulous!!!! It would never have occurred to me to turn a dress around. How did you manage that slit?

    Your readers were right. Your shoulders are an asset. Your proportions look perfect here.

  23. chicatanyage
    February 27, 2012

    Colour looks great on you. I am a fan of TK Maxx in the UK and often find some great designer bargains there.

  24. Terri
    February 27, 2012

    I gasped audibly as the first picture loaded! (And I had peaked at the Instagram last night). The color is absolutely beautiful on you and I am very, very impressed that you were able to put all of this together in such a short amount of time. Although I put my looks together inexpensively, the trade-off has always been the HOURS I spend at it. And I deeply appreciate the mention.

    02/28/12
    7:07 pm
    Lisa said...

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  25. Jessica
    February 27, 2012

    You look absolutely fabulous and your savviness in the purchasing and styling catagories deserve an Oscar unto themselves…Brava!!!
    xo J!

  26. Beau
    February 27, 2012

    Lisa, your fantastic physic and grace elevate this dress.
    You look so glamorous!
    Did you know that your body type is the most rare?

  27. Elizabeth
    February 27, 2012

    You look beautiful.

    02/28/12
    7:08 pm
    Lisa said...

    Aw. Thanks.

  28. MJ
    February 27, 2012

    If you had worn the dress with the slit in front you could have struck the same pose as Angelina Jolie. Very clever of you to have put together this look so quickly and inexpensively.

    02/28/12
    7:08 pm
    Lisa said...

    Get this. I took the photo before Angelina posed. Prescient or what?

  29. RoseAG
    February 27, 2012

    Nice looking outfit.
    You can’t go wrong with a rich flattering color. The sequin dress looks pretty good to me but I have to wonder if you’d be leaving a trail everywhere you sat down.

    It’s fun to go someplace like TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, particularly when they’re well stocked, and pick out an entire outfit that’s within your budget.

  30. Pink Benny
    February 27, 2012

    And the Oscar for the most affordable stylish outfit goes to……….. YOU ! Congratulations!

  31. Melissa
    February 27, 2012

    That cut & color could not look more fantastic on you, friend – well played! Funny enough I do the same wearing-it-backwards trick with a few dresses of mine . . .

  32. Sandy
    February 27, 2012

    Stunning! Your clothesreally show off your beautiful body, and your make up is so youhtful looking. Lovely to see you in some bright lipstick. Just lovely. If I had one little tiny quibble it would be the shoes. I think I would prefer something strappy. Maybe silver? Well, it doesn’t really matter but something a little more dressy.

    But you rule gilr!

  33. Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    February 27, 2012

    You look lovely.

  34. Lindy
    February 27, 2012

    Backwards? Really? Amazing!

    My mother’s advice on “TJ’s” (she’s on a first name basis) is to stick to solid colors, preferably black. I think that color blue is beautiful on you and the purple scarf adds some spark.

  35. linda
    February 28, 2012

    You look gorgeous! Your hair/shoulders/arms are fantastic. The beautiful blue is amazing on you.
    -linda,ny

  36. Duchesse
    February 28, 2012

    May I echo “amazing”? And wish you’d bought the gold sequins, too, because you never know when a disco ball will pop into your life. Also really like the mauve Grecian gown.

    As for the commenters advising that you upgrade the quality: one does not need it when a party involves a television. Your closet holds many beautiful things and you know when to which.

  37. The gold digger
    February 28, 2012

    Hey! Isn’t #2 the dress that Angelina Jolie wore?

  38. Mardel
    February 28, 2012

    Fabulous! And very clever to wear it front to back. I wouldn’t have known as everything looked so intentional. A perfect choice for something not to be worn often, if ever, again. Geesh, I spend more on opera tickets.

  39. tishjettt@yahoo.com
    February 28, 2012

    Well done. Why not shorten the dress and wear it from time to time in the summer? Only you can decide on the fabric front if it would be worth it. That color, Klein blue, is very “in” it was confirmed to me recently so you were — in spite of what you may have thought — right on message.

    The shoes are great. And, as I’ve mentioned in the past, your cuff is sublime.

    Can’t wait for your visit chez moi this week.

    02/28/12
    7:09 pm
    Lisa said...

    I’m looking forward to it soon. And I suspect this dress will wend its way to red-headed daughter.

  40. A Gift Wrapped Life
    February 28, 2012

    I think Royal Blue may be your colour………….and I need to have you shop with me, I am far too impulsive. XO

    02/28/12
    7:08 pm
    Lisa said...

    Any time:).

  41. Vix
    February 28, 2012

    Great choice to go with the solid blue; turning it backwards really suits what you show of your style. Drapey front or solid sequins/paillettes = somebody else’s statement.

  42. Belle on Heels
    February 28, 2012

    STUNNING!!!

  43. Karena
    February 28, 2012

    You look great and I am stunned at the price of your finds. Smart lady!!

    Penelope Cruz’s dress and hair were perfect!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

  44. Tabitha
    February 28, 2012

    Stunning colour combination and you have the most wonderful athletic legs.
    I too love your hair like that.

  45. kathy
    February 28, 2012

    I think Tish’s idea of shortening it for the summer is brilliant.

  46. Susan
    February 28, 2012

    Your beautiful shoulders are an asset. I’m so glad you showed them. You look great in this ensemble and it is fun that you could use it as an instructional moment.

  47. mary jo
    February 28, 2012

    You look great in that dress and color! I just wish Penelope Cruz’s Armani Prive dress had been this color. Honestly I was disappointed by the overall lack of color at the Oscars so I was happy to see your outfit!

    xo Mary Jo

  48. Jen
    February 28, 2012

    Love that color and cut on you – beautiful!

  49. Sandy
    February 28, 2012

    Hm? Have you thought of going back and getting the sequins? It really looked hot on you and I’m sure there will be an occasion where you can wear it.

  50. Duchesse
    February 28, 2012

    Yesss, another vote for the sequins! Really fun little number, why not?

    02/28/12
    7:10 pm
    Lisa said...

    Hmm. My shopping partner asked me if I wanted to go back for it. Perhaps I should have said yes. Would need it altered though.

  51. mags
    February 28, 2012

    Holy smoking hot, gunna go out in style, girl!! And that’s all I’m going to say ’bout that!!

  52. Loretta
    February 28, 2012

    What a buy! I never would have thought of looking there! The color of your dress is actually the color of the dress I am wearing to my daughter’s wedding. I had to fight my 86 year old mother for the right to wear it because cobalt blue is “her color”. She graciously lent it to me for the day!

  53. Susan Tiner
    February 28, 2012

    Nice work! I love it that you turned the dress around and I’m amazed that it worked.

    By the way, I clicked through to that older post and and thought it was hilarious. What a great story. I’m so glad you saved the dress — you should model it for us.

  54. karen
    February 28, 2012

    Whoa, Angelina ain’t got NOTHIN on that leg of yours! I love it. Why not wear the dress backwards indeed? And next year, flip it around and try it the front way to get a whole new dress. Your bod makes the dress look expensive. Did you have shapewear under that jersey? Karen

    02/28/12
    7:10 pm
    Lisa said...

    No shapewear. Hence visible belly curve but what the heck!

  55. Annie
    February 28, 2012

    Considering the short time frame you had you pulled together a smashing outfit Lisa.
    I’m a little envious because this blue is a shade I cannot wear and I love it.
    The price of fashion in your country is brilliant compared to the hefty cost of clobber down here.
    xx

  56. the gardeners cottage
    February 29, 2012

    hi lisa!

    brilliant idea with this dress. i would love to have seen it both ways. i think the color is just amazing on you and you look smashing in it. hope the party was fun and angelina’s legs got nothin on you girl. xo janet

  57. miss mindless
    March 2, 2012

    I would have never thought to turn the dress around! You looked amazing and those legs, who knew? You need to show them more!!!

  58. Jill
    March 3, 2012

    Well, Hellooooo….Sexy lady! What a great entrance…and your exit, I’m sure, was the talk of the town!

  59. Marilyn @ Pink Martinis and Pearls
    March 4, 2012

    You rock it, Angelina! :) xoxo

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