Velvet Slip Dress & Over The Knee Boots: One Of The Bad Guys

Velvet slip dress, over the knee boots and black sweater. How to wear a slip dress in the Winter.

I’ve spoken on the blog before about how very easy it is to spread negativity and cruelty while sitting behind a computer screen hammering away at a keyboard. Remember last year when I tracked down and called out the troll who left a nasty comment on my blog?


…I still cannot fathom how a grown woman would find it to be acceptable to cut down another woman for no other reason than to be cruel. This week I unfortunately have been part of a situation in real life that I have even less of a grasp on. I have zero tolerance for intentional cruelty; particularly when it is based upon speculation, innuendo and complete and utter ignorance. What was already a stressful difficult situation was intensified a thousandfold by the thoughtless self-serving and vicious words of individuals who knew nothing of the reality.

While social media in all of it’s iterations certainly has it’s positives, for example, without it I would have never had the opportunity to meet so many of you whom I’ve come to think of as friends. Social media has helped to make the world a much smaller place which I believe to be a good thing. But as we are all aware, it also has it’s dark side. Social media provides a readily available forum for the proliferation of ignorance and cruelty and once it starts, it spreads like a wildfire.

This week there were several separate and entirely unrelated situations directly involving only a small number of individuals and their families in our three school buildings. But the situations affected all of us within those buildings to varying degrees. Due to privacy issues, what transpired was not the business of the public at large. There was no nefarious sinister secret plot occurring; it was simply not the business of anyone not directly involved.

Enter social media. Since only general information was provided, as it should have been, a number of individuals decided to take it upon themselves to fill in the details as they saw fit via social media. In the process they hurt good people. And for no other reason than to fuel their own need for self-importance. To add insult to injury, our local newspaper, which is notorious for public school bashing, jumped on the bandwagon and ran a front page story.

As a group, we were portrayed as the enemy; the bad guys who are apparently up to no good with something to hide. I assure you, that portrayal could not be further from the truth. The vast majority of my coworkers are like myself; we went into education because of our love of children. Part of that love includes protecting them. And if protecting the few from the unwarranted intrusiveness of the masses makes us the bad guys then so be it; I’ll gladly be one of the bad guys.


This gorgeous burgundy velvet slip dress from Shein was a welcome addition to my little velvet collection. Today it’s making an appearance as a skirt since a bunch of snow is not exactly conducive to slip dress wearing. When looking for something to layer over the velvet slip dress a strange fact became apparent. I do not have a basic loose fitting slouchy black pullover sweater. How is that even possible? So what’s a girl to do? Raid the hubby’s side of the closet of course.

This is a men’s Old Navy sweater that I have layered over the slip dress. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it did the trick in a pinch. I upped the warmth factor with a pair of Berkshire tights and my ever present black over the knee boots. When a warmer day makes an appearance (maybe like four months or so from now) I’ll wear the dress layered over a tee so you can get a look at how truly gorgeous it is. The lace detail along the side slit is also around the neckline…it’s seriously gorgeous and I’m a sucker for lace. It’s actually dressy enough that if you’re on the hunt for a standout look for New Year’s Eve, this just might be the dress for you.


A slip dress is a super versatile piece. It can stand on it’s own when the weather is warmer and once it cools down it’s the perfect layering piece. A slip dress works beautifully over a tee or turtleneck and it can also do double duty as a skirt when it’s layered under a sweater.


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Dress: c/o Shein;  Boots: ASOS (Similar);  Sweater: Old Navy (Similar)

**Dress was provided c/o Shein. All opinions expressed, as always, are my own.



  1. 12.16.2016 / 10:44 pm

    Far be it for me to pass judgement on something of which I have no knowledge but in the time I’ve known you, it seems impossible that you would do anything, intentionally or otherwise, to hurt children. Or anyone for that matter.

    p/s I love the sliver of lace on your velvet dress xoxo

    • debbies
      12.16.2016 / 10:58 pm

      Nope. Never. We had three medical emergencies, totally unrelated in every way, plus the sudden unexpected and utterly heartbreaking and unbelievable death of a little one due to an unpreventable health issue all in the span of two days.
      The emergencies necessitated lock downs, simply meaning that everyone had to stay in their classrooms until the emergency workers had done their jobs. Somehow it all turned into this disturbing scandal that “something was going on” in our schools. Complete unmitigated BS. We were all mentally and emotionally exhausted and heartbroken, the last thing we needed was a group of individuals who should have been supporting us instead turning on us.

    • debbies
      12.16.2016 / 11:00 pm

      And yes….that lace is pretty delicious! 🙂

  2. 12.17.2016 / 2:44 am

    I am sorry you had this experience. It s awfull what people blurvout on SM. I never understood a slipdress other then wearing it as nightwear. But wearing it as a skirt is a great idea and the color is gorgeous!
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    • debbies
      12.17.2016 / 10:40 am

      Thank you Nancy! The world would be a happier place if we all minded our own business…and wore more burgundy velvet! 🙂

  3. 12.17.2016 / 11:34 am

    Debbie, it is unfortunate that things can get so out of hand so fast! And media is such a fire started in so many of these situations. So often they go for the throat, rather than investigating the truth and that only results in more chaos and misinformation. Sorry you had to be involved in that! Love your outfit. That slip dress is beautiful. I love the velvet sheen and your hubby’s shirt looks great over the top! It doesn’t hurt to raid our spouse’s closets once in a while! Hope you have a great weekend. – Amy

  4. 12.17.2016 / 9:57 pm

    Sorry about your tough times. My faith in humanity keeps dipping lower and lower.
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  5. 12.19.2016 / 8:28 am

    So sorry about this unsettling incident. I have received comments on Facebook that no one in my long life would ever say to me in person. You will rise up, as the truth does have a way of disinfecting garbage. And mean people, we will always have some with us. xox

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  6. 12.19.2016 / 10:11 am

    Wow, I am sorry that this happened this week. These situations are certainly hard to navigate, but it seems you have done your best and taken the high road. As far as your look, simply gorgeous! I love your slip dress and your OTK boots are fabulous!

    xx, Elise
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  7. 01.2.2017 / 12:38 pm

    I’m a believer in communication. Lies and gossip are not communication. And newpapers are supposed to give us news, not lies and gossip and opinions masquerading as facts. The whole situation at your school was tragic because of wagging tongues. How sad. 🙁
    I love seeing how you use slip dresses. I just bought this burgundy one, and last summer I bought a grey one that you posted. (It seems that you inspire me to buy things!) Before that, I had bought a sheer ivory mesh dress but wasn’t quite sure how to wear it. Lol! The Free People blog wasn’t much of a help, but you have been a great help. I love your bold style that is uniquely you! You have a sexy personality, a great body and beautiful, thick hair to top it off. 50-something is vibrant and wise, is it not? As a 60-something, I can say that we don’t have to lose it yet!
    XOXO from Angie, YourTrueSelfBlog