A dull metal sparkle dress for the White House Ball (Rousse)

The other two women in the dressing room had attended balls at the White House on many other similar occasions, but this was my first time.

I had no say in my outfit. It was delivered with the gowns for the other two women by a White House aide. When I unwrapped the tissue paper I found a beautiful slim long skirt festooned in thousands of dull metal sparkling sequins, and a sleeveless top in the same material. Then I spotted the label – size 7 – and worried that the two garments would not fit. One of my companions, who was busy unwrapping a blue dress of her own, explained that a US dress size 7 was a UK medium and that my outfit was just the right size for me.

I tried it on and it looked great – apart from the shoes. I was not going to risk falling over on the red carpet so insisted on wearing my everyday clumpy black footwear with my sparkle dress.

I wondered whether we would be allowed to keep our new outfits after the ball.

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