When I was in college, I had the most amazing animal-print sequined dress. I have no idea what occasion was my excuse for buying it in the first place - not that I needed an excuse because it was absolutely fabulous - but I'm not ashamed to say that I wore it for any and every occasion, costumes encouraged or not. Hey, I lived in New York City before the Great Recession and I was an invincible undergrad! It's a miracle I didn't wear that dress to class.
I'm not sure what happened to the dress after NYE 2008, the last time I wore it. I can't imagine that I donated it or trashed it; I'm hoping it's stashed away somewhere in my childhood bedroom. Even though it's at least two sizes too small for me right now, I thought of that dress earlier this morning while planning my outfit for tonight's Purim party.
Purim is a festival celebrating yet another biblical story in which a bunch of people tried to kill the Jews but failed. (I blogged about the historical/religious side of Purim last year.) These holidays are usually marked with feasts, but Purim is sort of like the Jewish Halloween: we get dressed up in costumes, make a lot of noise, and drink. Tonight, a few friends and I are heading out to Sixth & I's Purim bash in downtown DC, and I used that fantastic dress as my inspiration for my fantasy outfit...