Friday, November 8, 2013

Product worth the Price: Hollywood Fashion Tape

Last month, my friend Kat and I went to see Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 for the second time each. She had seen it in its first run downtown, and I had seen it in its second run in the Meatpacking District this summer, and we both loved it. It is one of my absolute favorite shows I've ever seen, and everyone I talk to who has seen it is also in love. Now that it has moved again, this time to Times Square, Kat and I decided to go again and enjoy it in its new space.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
image from Dave Malloy, where one can hear the music
To make it a little more fun, I decided to wear a black velvet jacket and my most Russian-aristocrat chandler earrings so I could feel like I was just a little bit steampunk that night, and I chose a black dress to pair with it. The back of the dress should have covered my undergarments, but having lost a bit of weight since the last time I wore it, I didn't realize until it was too late that it was hanging a little low, and therefore was not terribly flattering. What was worse, of course, was how uncomfortable I felt.

When I complained that I was warm but couldn't take my jacket off, Kat immediately came to my rescue. In a very Mary Poppins fashion, she started pulling options out of her bag, finally landing on her Hollywood Fashion Tape. I was a little skeptical it would hold, as I've never had luck with double sided tape, and in the past it's always left a residue on my clothing. But she reassured me of its strength with a story about a gala she attended and a friend's dress that popped open, and how the tape saved her from total embarrassment. My friend said she no longer ever goes anywhere without it. I certainly had less to loose than her friend did, and it worked for her, so I figured I should give it a try.

It worked beautifully! In fact, it was so strong that I almost got stuck in my dress later that evening. After removing the tape, there was no residue on my clothing. I decided then and there I needed to find this magical tape.

So it was to my absolute delight that I came home to a handwritten note this week from my friend. That alone (in its beautiful envelope!) would have been a lovely surprise, but she wrote because she was sending me my very own package of the tape! I used it the next day to hold a cardigan in place, and was again very, very pleased.

From this point on, I am taking my friend's lead, and never going to be without this tape. Being uncomfortable in something one is wearing can ruin an evening, so the way this tape corrects a wardrobe malfunction, and restores confidence, is absolutely worth its cost.

(I test a lot of products. In order for it to be a Products Worth the Price, it must be an item I've lived with for a while and absolutely will purchase again.)

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