About six years ago, in grad school, I bought a floor-length purple velvet gown, quite fitted, just because it was $22 (which was more money then, but still cheap) and was really pretty, and looked good on me, and hey, you never know when you’ll need a fancy dress, right? (there was a department Christmas party once where I outfitted two other women from my closet)

Tuesday some friends threw an inaugural ball and I finally whipped it out my closet.