Dressing up time

It seems that the venue isnt the only thing to change with the Work Christmas Dinner, dress style is as well. Every other year since I joined, the rule has been formal, a suit for either gender, or a dress for ladies. Well, I guess if someone had really wanted to stir the pot, a man could have worn a dress, but anyway… Me, given my age, and the state of my legs (not a pretty sight because of various injuries over the years), I’ve always worn a trouser suit, albeit with a much nicer blouse than I’d ever wear to work, but…

This year, things have changed, along with the venue. Fancy Dress is an option this year! Thankfully those in our department thinking about the idea do seem to realise this needs to be classy, and not the sexy nurse/maid type, or equivalent for men! No, I’ve no idea how many in the whole building plan to go down the Fancy Dress route, I’ll only find out on the night, I guess. To be honest, I think its a great idea, but I wasnt planning on any difference to my look, until…

Sunday at work, someone turned to me, and said “I expect you to wear a dress this year, in that case.” Clearly she has never seen my knees, or my legs (she hasnt, believe me!), or she would never suggest it. I have heard hints elsewhere too, probably because I am about the only one who hasnt worn a dress in the past, so…And no, before you ask, I’m certainly not going as Cinderella or the type, I couldnt afford the dress lol!

One thought I have had, but have no idea if it counts as such, is the obvious one. Would dressing as a Flapper count as Fancy Dress under the circumstances? And did any Flapper wear a dress longer than knee length? Because even if I do so, it has to be ankle, or maxi length for me, or heading that way at least. I could ask a hairdresser to try and get my hair into a shoulder length bob look, I guess, though the fringe might be a bit fragile lol! No, I’m not going short, I’m butch enough looking without that!

Will it happen, me in a dress, dont hold your breath! Its bad enough that I’m even thinking about it! But I guess, if I must, the twenties look would at least be fun, though it would need a miracle to make me look like Brooksie all the same! But would that even count as Fancy Dress? And no, I dont think the robot look is what they have in mind for the dinner, lol! 😛

To be honest, given I dont normally bother much with make up, the trouser suit is easiest, I can stick with the norm. I start wearing a dress (of any kind) and people will expect make up too. And as I’m working that day, I cant bribe a friend to do it for me. So…

I’m off next week, on holiday, so will go on shopping trips (one definite, another probably), and now I dont know whether to look for 20’s style dresses, or deliberately avoid them! Do Flappers count as Fancy Dress under these circumstances though? Feel free to offer views.

In the meanwhile, a video to view, from the 1920’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGdN9cG0Ybw

What would it be like?

To be whisked back to the 1920’s, and dress flapper style? Mind, at my current age I’d probably be too elderly to be such a rebel anyway, even if I was. And yes, you’re right, I’d definitely miss the internet now, if that did happen to me lol! Its funny what you get used to, just about 12 years ago I thought a computer was a luxury I could happily live without, but now…maybe not? 😉 Mind, what they cost then, as opposed to what they cost now, quite amazing really, especially if you compare the capabilities of a modern computer as opposed to those of just 10 years ago.

No, seriously, I’d probably find the lifestyle back then very restrictive, and very basic compared to what I’ve now got used to. And lets face it, the concept of transatlantic air travel wasnt the norm, in terms of passenger flights, it didnt even exist! It didnt really exist in terms of passenger travel at all, let alone flying from Manchester to Chicago non stop, in just over 8 hours!

So alright, maybe going back to those days on a permanent basis for a modern middle aged woman wouldnt be fun! But alright, maybe a quick visit, just to meet someone before returning…that might do nicely! 😉

But lets hypothesize on an intermediate step. Back when I was a child, early teens apparently, due to help from Wikipedia with the dates, there was a series called Mr Benn. Wont mean a thing to the vast majority, if not all my readers, because as far as I know, it was only ever shown in the UK. Basically it was a short animated series based around the visits of said Mr Benn to a fancy dress shop run by a mysterious man, dressing up in an outfit her found there, and having an adventure as such, before returning to his normal life at the end of the programme. Now wouldnt that be fun, dress up as a flapper girl, walk out of the changing room, and find myself temporarily in the 1920’s as a young flapper girl. Hopefully getting to meet Louise Brooks, but at least being able to find out what her life was like at least, before walking back into modern life.

I know, there are fancy dress shops as such, but lets face it, most, if not all are more into ‘fun’ uniforms than 20’s outfits. But most arent interested in photo shoots dressed up or anything like that, let alone having the magic powers of the one in Mr Benn. But yes, getting dressed up, and being made up to look like a 20’s flapper girl, yes, I’d love that to happen. But I suspect that no place where this sort of thing can happen really exists? I know there isnt around here, thats for sure.  But in Seattle, New England, or somewhere else I can visit in the future where I could fulfil this dream, any ideas, anyone?

I wouldnt want anyone to get me wrong, the robot fantasy still stands, especially if involving a transformation scene, but currently the whole 20’s thing seems to have infected my thoughts greatly, especially one woman, but I’m not complaining about that in the slightest!

So yes, no prizes for working out who might be seen in the video tonight! A Cole Porter song, sung by the Maestro which sums her up perfectly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_QqaqXTirg

The plan is one more post before the end of the year, so I will leave certain comments until then. The video I use then might be a slightly apt one, without a sighting of Louise Brooks lol!

A real silver bodysuit

I dont deny being the owner of a few silver zentai suits in my time, here is a picture of me in one of them

Some might have seen it a while back, but for others it will be something new. And beyond the avvie pic here, its all you’re getting for now lol!

Agreed, I havent actually worn any of them for a while, its the one change that seems to have come about because my days off are not always in pairs anymore, and therefore time to chill as a robot is harder to come by. The main snag for that with a zentai suit is the obvious one you can tell from the picture, you cant do a lot else while wearing one. Visibility is restricted, even more so when you need glasses like I do to see much. And obviously the sense of touch is affected too, fine for a robot, but not so good for getting things done, shall we say. Typing in a mittened hand is bad enough, try do things around the house while wearing one lol! Obviously this robot doesnt need to be restrained at all times, but if anyone wants to do so, and either ‘plug me in’, or ‘upgrade my programming’, well I might not say no!

I know some know my loving for the fantasy at least of wearing latex, and yes, a silver latex catsuit would be wonderful. But given the time needed to get into latex, plus my figure, and maturity, well its not that viable lol! Zentai is in fact very comfortable to wear, and quite good material, even if some would say a bit soft for a robot. Might be better with a metal(lic) breast plate attached, though how possible that is, I havent a clue? Eye slits, and a mouth opening (zip or plain opening) would be handy extra touches for long term wear too. oh, and a crotch opening of course, that was usually the factor that brought a robot session to an end in all honesty! Clearly if it looked like a certain robot from Metropolis, so much the better, but thats just being greedy! Skull cap type headpiece (with or without electrodes, functional or otherwise) would certainly be fun within the suit too.

Dont know how practical the idea is, I guess thats why I’m tossing it up here, just in case someone knows someone, or otherwise? Cost, you tell me, for the perfect robot suit I could live in for decent periods of time, and get on with life, well its worth a bit, so…but cant deny it, there are times when I do miss not just being able to slip into a silver ‘robot’ suit, let the mind relax, and let the suit take control of me. Oh, alright, the last item is pure fantasy, but would be fun.

Any designers out there, or know anyone who could customise such a suit for me? Would make a fantastic Christmas present to myself, I must admit.

Turn me into a mermaid!

The other big fantasy of mine

Certainly currently no more feasible than turning me into a robot, to do this properly, and in some senses at least, probably more tricky, as being able to breathe underwater in comfort definitely sounds a complex physiological change lol! Not that I suspect turning internal organs into internal wiring and the like would be easy I suspect, well not without nanotechnology and the like!

The big difference is, whereas a really good robot outfit doesnt seem within the standard fancy dress realm, the mermaid one definitely is. Why, because I guess the latter is cute in a sense, whereas in films at least, the former just tends to be intimidating I guess? Also I suspect the likes of Ariel, and Darryl Hannah in Splash created a more romantic image of mermaids than there used to be. She used to be the so called siren of the sea, luring sailors to their death etc, something Ariel would never dream of doing lol!

The long wig (used to always be blonde, but has Ariel changed that too?) is fairly compulsory, unless you have very long hair anyway! So does the ‘seashell’ bra, which I suspect has varying degrees of comfort to wear somehow, but tends to be fairly standard in look. The big difference is generally the tail. These can be anything from something so wispy that you could probably walk in it, right through to a tail so strong and rigid that a girl would need to be carried everywhere! Funnily enough, the latter would appeal to me more.

A camera shoot dressed as a mermaid would be great fun, though clearly, the stronger and more rigid the tail, the better for me! The ability to swim underwater woiuld be even better, but very unlikely shall we say? Thats not to say I wouldnt mind a photo shoot in a really good, silver, metallic robot outfit, but suspect the former is more viable somehow?

Cost is a major reason why neither is likely to happen though lol!