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When I was a kid I was a bit of a tom boy. And by 'a bit' I mean 'a lot'. To the point where I can clearly remember being mistaken for an actual boy at several points growing up. Dresses, make up and hair styles were a foreign language to me. And to some extent they still largely are.
I definitely still don't get hair (can pulling it in to a ponytail every single day count as a 'style'?), and my excursions into the land of makeup tend to be limited to a subtle blush and a not-so-subtle layer or three of mascara. But I do most definitely get dresses now. Some might even say I'm frock obsessed. I love how a good dress can make you feel feminine and fashionable and flirty, even on days where you start out feeling blergh. I love how a dress is basically a complete outfit, no thinking about what goes with what. And I love how a dress can work with you at any age, at any weight.
Here are three beauties that are tempting me at the moment:
There's a reason that Lana Stepul is featured on the Etsy front page every second day, and that's because her stuff is gorgeous! This is her open back dress and I heart it a lot. The fabric, the colours, the nod to the 50s. Sigh.
This maxi dress from M Missoni has me weeping softly, just a little bit. I am very, very far from a fashionista but there are a couple of labels that I consistently covet and that I try to 'invest' in. I have a dream that by the time I'm 60 my wardrobe will be wall to wall M Missoni, DVF and Kate Spade (I am going to be the best dressed step-grandma ever!). It would be nice to add this to the collection. Sigh.
After an initial wariness, I've become quite a fan of ModCloth. I like that I can find dresses on there that hit my knees (I've realised I can't quite pull of the mini-dress any more), and that also fit perfectly around my enormous ribs (yes, I said ribs. I have a very big rib cage, comes from my father's side of the family. *cough*). Plus they deliver within a week and aren't prohibitively expensive. This gorgeously bright little number is one of the samples from a co-lab they might do with a designer called Eva Franco. I do hope they go ahead with it. Sigh.
Long live the frock!