Summers are synonymous with heat, the beach and trips to the Hamptons. But what it’s really known for is wedding season! It’s all about reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances. You find yourself hugging distant relatives that you may or may not recognize around the raw bar station during cocktail hour. The “hey, how’s it going, everything is great” conversations fill the room as girls carefully put on their balancing act in 5 inch stilettos. They glance at each other revealing the other thing weddings are all about: checking out what everyone else is wearing.
I love summer weddings because you get the opportunity to put on something fun. However, finding the perfect dress is better said than done. I was invited to a wedding just outside of New York City right along the river. Since I was familiar with the location I knew exactly what I wanted to wear, but I didn’t see anything that I liked at all the usual suspect shops. One day at dusk as I walked through the cobblestone streets of SoHo feeling defeated after another unsuccessful day of shopping, I found myself drifting further down south. I stumbled upon a nondescript shop with two interesting characters sitting outside. I was greeted and encouraged to step inside and check out their inventory. I was doubtful but intrigued as I glanced through the window at the really cool pieces on display. “Oh what the hell” I thought, what do I have to lose. I stepped inside the shop and my mouth dropped. Clothes filled every inch of this place!
The walls and endless isles of clothing racks featured one-of-a-kind pieces from every era. A vintage Chanel jumper from the 50s, runway Moschino dresses from the 90s and even a one of a kind Levis denim jacket made for Bruce Springsteen with his signature on the inside. My luck was finally turning around.
Stayed tuned for Part II of Strappily Ever After, a story about how I found my one-of-a-kind piece by Zuzanna Kozlowska.