“Embrace the manufacturer whose clothes consistently do nice things for you.” Helen Gurley Brown, Sex and the Single Girl.
I got into Betsey Johnson only recently in a perfect storm of rediscovering Cyndi Lauper and a TJ Maxx opening in my town. I had two Betsey Johnson dresses in my closet that I’d all but forgotten about; one bought for me by a creepy roommate I had in Brooklyn in hopes that I would model it for him (and leave it crumpled on his floor–I did neither) and another given to me in a bag of clothes from the daughter of a friend of my F-i-L.
I like Betsey because her clothes are fun, flirty and sophisticated and casual, a rare combo indeed. It’s hard to find something that meets all three. Flirty clothes are usually fun but rarely sophisticated, and sophisticated clothes are rarely casual. I rarely give my loyalty to a designer, but as I began to acquire more and more pieces, I saw the quality, and decided that if I was going to spend money on a purse or shoes, they had better be nice ones. When I wear my spike-heeled black and white booties (which I bought because they reminded me of shoes worn by my Monster High Dollies) I get more compliments than on anything else in my wardrobe.
All my Betsey dresses are black. My office is pretty casual, but I can’t exactly show up to in an off-the-shoulder skull-print party dress. My favorite is a vintage piece from the 90’s that I got for $30 on ebay, with short sleeves, a drop waist and a full skirt. I live in it during office hours in the summer, but it looks just as cute with a sweater in the middle of a New York winter.
Now if only they made Betsey Johnson dresses for Dollies . . .