Fancy Hems for the Holidays

vintage betsey johnson dress holiday outfits

Dear Kaitlyn,

I hope you had a great end to 2013! Christmas Eve dinner tends to be the more formal night for my family, and it’s kind of a tradition for me to wear something black and a pile of jewelry. This Betsey Johnson dress is an old favorite of mine that transitions really well throughout all of the seasons. It came with a small black slip, but I swapped it out for one I recently got from Ruche. This slip is fancier and has tiered chiffon ruffles at the bottom. It also has the added benefit of adding a little bit of length to this dress, which I have always felt was on the edge of  too short.

vintage betsey johnson dress and beaded anthropologie belt

Wearing a vintage Betsey Johnson dress and being photobombed by Jack the labrador retriever | Delayed Missives by Alexandra Shook

This is Jack. He’s into taking long walks around the lake, ear scratches and photobombing.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! See you in 2014!



  1. says

    Oh, that slip is A+! I recently got a slip with a little lace around the bottom so that it looks less sliplike if it peeks out, but it still pretty much looks like a slip. Your slip and dress were made for each other! (Also, your hair is looking FANTASTIC.)

  2. says

    Oh Alex, I love this dress! A gorgeous black dress with pretty details– I mean, what else do you need? I love the addition of the slip to create the beautiful layered effect on the skirt.

  3. says

    Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    What an adorable dress, I love the lace on you and your dog is also very cute!

    Have a great new year,

  4. says

    it’s always a tradition for you to wear black! Love that your family dresses up :) We were too in a hurry to have the grandkids open gifts and head up to the mountain that there wasn’t much time to sit and enjoy a meal this season.

    Happy New Year!

  5. says

    It’s so nice to have a lovely go-to LBD for all occasions, and the addition of the slip is great, and the fact that you were able to go tightless is pretty awesome too. Happy NYE Alex!