Betsey Johnson at the wedding

Betsey Johnson 's magic dress

At the wedding

When I planned my outfit for this wedding, I knew in my heart there was only one dress to wear: my Betsey Johnson black velvet wrap dress. Sleek and slimming, sophisticated yet flirty, this dress is the perfect choice. I have had a long-standing love affair with designer Betsey Johnson; ever since the 1970s, when I was a teen shopping with my mom on our Saturday morning adventures. My mom introduced me to Betsey Johnson, who, at the time, was designing under the label Betsey Johnson Alley Cat. It was not long after that I began to borrow her Betsey Johnson treasures. Eventually, the much-coveted red-plaid corduroy jacket with puffed sleeves became mine. Thank you for that, Mom. I wish I had it now.

It’s so nice to know that Betsey Johnson is still sharing her designs for new generations to enjoy. Perhaps there is a mother-daughter team out there right now, shopping on a Saturday morning, and the mother is introducing her daughter to the magic that is Betsey Johnson.

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4 thoughts on “Betsey Johnson at the wedding

  1. I love that dress…I love your story of the discovery of Betsey with your mom!
    Funny, she is one designer that has managed to stay hip & cool…some designers become classic but not hip. You know what I mean?
    This summer…you MUST borrow Libby. The two of you will have a blast “discovering”
    new fashions!xxx

  2. Melissa, a delightful story to read, and to imagine the fun mother-daughter shopping experience of being introduced to very creative Betsey Johnson at the beginning of her long and successful career. Thanks to the power of social media,my 13-year-old daughter introduced me to the current work of Betsey Johnson when she found the perfect dress by the designer for a big event in her life earlier this year!

    • Thank you, Lisa, for these thoughtful comments. The mother/daughter/shopping journey is a fascinating one, filled with memories and a framework for growing up. I needed to find my style with my mother at my side (and thanks to Betsey Johnson!), and once I did, I appreciated my mom’s fashion sense even more. Now that we are both older, my mother looks to me for fashion advice and I see that our journey continues; it may look different now, but the love is always there. xx Mel

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