Tuesday 25 September 2012

Ballet worthy fashion? Help!

In yet another attempt to avoid reality and tomorrows neurology appointment, I have once again badgered my eldest into taking more ridiculous photos. All to help decide what I should wear to the ballet this Saturday. Yes, that's right, I said 'ballet'. Following on from a post, where I admitted my love of D grade scifi movies, a night at the ballet may seem a rather counter-intuitive pursuit. But my tastes are rather eclectic, something a scan of my ipod favourites, or book shelves, would quickly reveal.

In truth I am taking my mum to see Swan Lake. Going to a traditional ballet in all her finery, was on her Bucket List, so for her 70th I decided to go all out and shell out the big bucks to see The Australian Ballet's production. We are also staying at the beautiful and historic Hotel Windsor, yet another item on her bucket list (and mine) so it's a wee bit of a glam weekend. I have no idea how I'm going to make it through a night out in the city, but hey, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now I'm concentrating on the fact that we're going to have a bit of a posh weekend that neither of us are ever likely to ever do again, and simply enjoy the moment.

Now my big problem is, what does one wear to the ballet? I really have no idea. I have a budget of $0 so am forced to shop my wardrobe. I have scoured its darkest recesses and it seems my "let's get gussied up" wardrobe, is a bit lacking. Not much call for ball gowns and pearls over the last few years, I haven't purchased a ballet/black tie worthy gown in the last 10 years. In fact, the red number below could be classed as retro given it's over 20-yrs-old. Only the blue option is new. I was lucky enough to win that from another fabulous Australian fashion blogger and stylist, the all round lovely Cecylia last month. I am also faced with one more fashion obstacle, that being my still dodgy left ankle which has relegated me to one pair of black wedge heels I can wear, and even they give me a sexy limp. I do have accessories, not that I am at the point of deciding on those yet, or my hair, or makeup, or how I'm going to put on compression stockings with ankle that feels like an open graze when touched (gotta love neuropathic pain). Instead I'm going with baby steps and starting with the dress.

So I'm asking for your help dear readers. Which of the following are a "Yay", which simply make you giggle at the crazy woman, and perhaps most importantly, which are a big fat "Hell No!' for the ballet?

No 1. A nifty red number from way way way back in the day.

Eldest son insisted I put in at least one stupid shot. This is my version of the 'broke down' models on ANTM. Hope you're happy boyo!

No 2. Yet another old Chinese inspired dress. I never throw anything out.

   Are we done yet?

No 3. Miracle of miracles this one is under 10 years, just!
Yep, still can't put much pressure on that left ankle. Bloody hurts!

No 4. Another that just slips in under the 10 year mark. Must admit I do like that the lace overlay hides any errant cake that may be eaten.

No 5. About my only longer line black dress. Another oldie from back in the 90's. Actually wore it for a friends wedding way back in the day.

No 6. My only new dress thanks to Cecylia. A nice fresh Spring colour.

Help me Interwebz! As the photos show I really have no idea what to wear. PJs don't class as black tie do they?

Michelle :)

Early 90's supermodels and George Michael seemed an appropriate musical accompaniment given half my wardrobe is from that time period.


  1. My pick would be either the red or black wow! Love them all really but love those two more .
    Loved going to the ballet ages ago i used to get in with a pass being a dance teacher and all lol... Go red that's my input today :-) x

  2. I really like 1 and 5. They look fabulous on you!

  3. Also, I have to ask if you've ever seen Dance Academy. It's a kid's show, but SO good (especially series 2)! I also really enjoy Summer Heights High for a laugh.

  4. I vote for number 5! :) Hope you have a great night with spoons to spare!

  5. I am going to be different and say I like 3 and 4! I think the black lace overlay look is very now and you can never go wrong with black in Melbourne. The color of number 3 reminds me of Heidi Klum's Emmy dress from last night (all you need is a thigh high split) I love your new blue dress but yeah...more daytime. I hope you and your Mum have a fabulous time!

  6. #1 is smashing! I love that red on you!! My second favorite is the black one!!!


  7. I love 1 and 4. You look stunning in all of them though. I hope you have a great time, and I'll be thinking about you tomorrow!

  8. #5 for the ballet - but you look like a hot mama in all of them. So glad to see you are getting out on the town. Hope you have a great time!

  9. Hard choice! My favourites are 3 and 4 for ballet and I love 6 too. I hope you have fun and Bob is relatively well behaved =]

  10. 1 & 5 although I like the red best because it fits you the best, I like the front of 5 very very chic. (6 for lunch) Have fun, spoil both of you, please take photo's of the hotel room. (I know its sad but I can't afford them), confession I have never been to the ballet and always wanted to. I hope Bob stays away, wine and perhaps the quinine lol in the tonic of a gin & tonic would help. xx

  11. Definitely the red one!!!! It's hot!!!! No.5 is also a beautiful dress and looks amazing on you. But I think the red one is more unique and has a lot of character - much like you!!!!! A hot night on the town!

    By the way - I'm an avid reader of your blog - curious to know how the neurologist appointment went? Let us know!

  12. RED!!!!! you look totally babin'!! But I also like number 4, very ballet appropriate!


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