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A Dire Need for Dresses!

Our friend, Barbara wearing the "Diana" Dress.

Our friend, Barbara wearing the “Diana” Dress.

I am in heaven this morning!  Just received our latest shipment of new dresses!  I have to rein myself in so I don’t just try them all on!  They’re practical, appropriate for playing in the orchestra, wearing out to dinner, to auditions, interviews, performances.  They’re elegant – the Bamboo rayon drapes well, yet doesn’t cling.  It moves with you when you walk.  There’s the feminine flutter of a hemline, the sweet detail of a rosette at the small of your back, placed just so…  I love these styles and want all of them!

The big three for Fall:  The classic “Diana” dress, with it’s scoop neck, modified Empire waist and three-quarter sleeves.  It’s tea-length so it’s comfortable and covers everything.  This dress is named after one of our favorite women, Diana Dorman, of the Lamplighters Music Theatre Orchestra.  Next, we love the “Carol Ann” style, The popular cowl neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and straight style to cover the knee, take you from work to a night on the town.  This dress was named after our lovely, dynamic Fashion Director, Carol Campbell.  Then, lastly, we have my personal favorite, the “Cleora” dress.  This scoop neck style has three-quarter sleeves, each decorated with a single, charming rosette, which echo the lovely rosette which anchors the ankle-length fabric in the back.  I named this dress after my sister’s best friend, Cleora, whose beautiful 1940’s face evokes memories of wartime romance and roses under a white trellis.

Each of these dresses is available in sizes XS – 3X, in black; new colors coming!  $198.00.

Over-Fifty with Flair

We have always known that we are constantly being judged by someone, somewhere.  Our hair, our faces, our bodies, or our clothing; nothing is ever perfect, but usually the harshest criticisms come from within ourselves.  We’re not tall enough, young enough, thin enough; the list is endless.  Recently there has been a much-needed backlash against this mostly unfair censure of ourselves.  It’s about time we stopped the self-hatred caused by outmoded social concepts of beauty.

Women of a “certain age” are more beautiful with those lovely, laugh lines.  Bodies change as we grow older; our waistlines thicken, but our legs get thinner.  Sometimes it’s a tradeoff.  It’s really a matter of attitude, and attitudes are not so difficult to change.  The key is feeling at peace with oneself.  Our taste in clothing, and how we want to present ourselves to the world also shifts.  We, at Brava! say, “Embrace the new you!”

We are happiest when we look our best. Self-worth needn’t be tied up just in how others perceive us.  When we get a new hairdo, or a new outfit, there is a lifting of our spirits.  This translates into how others view us as well.  Are we not attracted to people with positive attitudes?  If buying a new dress make us feel more positive, then we say, “Do it! Do it with flair!!”.

At Brava! we’re saying a lot of positive things these days.  We’ve added several interesting new styles to our dress line.  Besides the classic Diana dress, we now have Patty, Cleora, and Carol AnnThese dresses are flattering to many body types, and appeal to different age ranges.  How do we do this?  We look for what we like, what fits our bodies and our needs.  Our current Brava! clients range from 23 to 67 years old.  They are musicians, singers, writers, counselors, home-makers, actresses, office professionals, designers and artists.  We know what makes women happy, strong and confident.  Brava! listens.

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