Okay, okay. I’m going to be the first to admit how hypocritical this post may seem after yesterday’s post. But I will remind you that I’m not against the idea of dressing up altogether. Even though I have just really started to take a fascination with fashion in only the last few years doesn’t mean that I like to present myself poorly. And I do like dressing up when the occasion calls for it.
That being said, I maintain that my idea of dressing up is different from others’ idea of dressing up. I’ve never been the type to wear revealing clothes, and I think that is evident through all my dresses.
Also, I may need to reintroduce all of you to my clothing inventory project, which, by taking a quick glance at my blog posts, I haven’t updated since June. Whoops. I guess the new year’s as good of a time as any to continue. Besides, I’ll actually get to use my checkmarks again, and that’s almost always a good thing in my book!
Who doesn’t love a good sweater dress? So this may look boring, but this is just one of the ways I styled it, and I love the way it looks and that the dress is so versatile:
Black dress with handkerchief hem and taupe flowers: S.L. fashions (bought at JCPenney 2009)
__1 daytime party dress (for summer)
*Own 0, need 1.
Extras (dresses that I own that are in addition to those on the “you’re covered if…” list):
Okay, fashion readers. Here’s where I need your help. Seriously, I didn’t really think I had a lot of dresses. And I still don’t think I do, compared to others. In the Lucky manual, it actually lists 4 additional dresses to what I’ve listed here (2 work dresses for summer & 2 work dresses for winter), but I’m not much for wearing a dress to work. I feel a little uncomfortable in a dress at work; I’m more of a slacks and shirt kinda gal. I wear skirts to work on occasion, but even that’s pushing my boundaries. But I do like having dresses in my arsenal. Problem is, these extra dresses don’t fit into any category listed in my clothing inventory list. I don’t really know where to wear them; I’ve worn them as being a party hostess, to family dinners, and I think to my birthday party, but they don’t really fit in neatly anywhere because they’re all sort of fall-like–neither winter nor summer. If you disagree with me, feel free to let me know. But here they are:
Strappy star-print dress (with POCKETS!!!): Torrid.
I’m in absolute love with this dress and wear it every day if I could. I’ve already worn it three different times to three completely different things: an outing to a movie with friends (casual), our Halloween Housewarming Party (pictured above. I was the night sky.), and a semi-formal date with the husband. Once in the summer, once in the fall, and once in the winter. So I’m not quite sure where to place the dress and whether or not it’s daytime or evening or party or weekend. It’s quite versatile!
Leopard-print dress: MNG by Mango (gifted, but I’m pretty sure it’s from Macy’s, 2012). Shirt & belt: Too lazy to look up. Robot ring: Charming Charlie (bought 2012). Turquoise necklace: ??? (thrifted).
I may or may not have mentioned it before, but it’s my mother that introduces “scandalous/risque” items into my wardrobe. I’m the prim and proper one, and she’s the one who wants me to sex it up a bit. The irony is definitely not lost on me. Anyhow, she had a mischievous little giggle when she handed me this leopard-print number. I didn’t think I was sassy enough to wear it, but it was a few weeks before my 30th birthday party that I was gifted it, so I thought it would make the perfect “Dirty 30” ensemble. Because a leopard-print dress is about as dirty as I’m daring to dress. 😉 I know, I know, I’m a coward. Anyhow, I ran across a website (can’t recall what it is now) that gave tips on how to style leopard print so that it worked more as a neutral than as a wild print. It suggested pairing it with red, much as you would pair red with anything brown or black and white. I had fun with this outfit, but haven’t had the courage to wear it out yet. What do you guys think? I also want to be able to wear this dress more often, but am still too shy to. Hopefully I’ll get over it soon. Again, though, it’s more of a fall item and I can’t figure out which category it fits in.
Black dress: J.B.S. Ltd. (thrifted 2010).
Ah, the trusty LBD that you can take into any season and any occasion. Just doesn’t fit neatly anywhere, and that’s okay by me.
Black dress with brown spangles: R&K Originals (bought 2007??? from JCPenney???).
This dress makes frequent appearances because I think it’s a really neutral dress and I reach for it when I want to throw on something semi-fancy and don’t know what to wear. It’s been featured at many a Thanksgiving dinner and, most memorably, my own bachelorette party. I wouldn’t wear it in the summer, but it doesn’t seem like a weekend or party dress, either. I don’t know.
Dress with blousy top and black skirt: connected (gifted 2012).
If I wore work dresses, I think this would be my ultimate work dress. The only problem is I think the top is too provocatively cut. I do like the way it looks at me, but can’t for the life of me think of a place to wear it.
Black/gray/green plaid dress (pattern shown in second picture): ??? (gifted 2011).
Again, if I wore work dresses, this would be top contender. But I can’t think of where to wear it right now. I feel (shocker!) that this is actually much too conservative to be worn anywhere else.
Brown ruched front dress: elementz (bought at Ross??? in 2007???).
Again, like the brown spangled dress, this is a catch-all dress. The second picture is of me at my 28th birthday party, but I’ve also worn this to a lot of Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners. I don’t quite know what to do with it otherwise.
Dress I ended up donating:
Brown and white polka dot dress: American Living (bought at JCPenney 2009).
I was in denial about this dress. It was a really really cute dress with a retro vibe to it, and for a few years I fooled myself into thinking it looked good on me. But during my major wardrobe rehaul of 2011, I realized the bust line didn’t hit me in the right place, and the sleeves fit awkwardly on me. It served me good while it did, but alas, I had to let it go.
What I’ve learned:
*I have entirely way too much black and brown in my dress collection and not nearly enough color! Shocking for me, as the rest of my wardrobe is filled with bright colors that make me happy. That needs to change. Also, I’m due for a good sundress sometime. The other thing is that I believe little black dresses are overrated. I would actually love to see a shift to a little (navy) blue dress. It’s such a flattering color on everyone, and the blue lends itself to be mixed and matched with a variety of great pop colors such as yellow, pink, turquoise, burgundy, or gray. Those colors with black, while they match, just don’t seem as fun.
Dresses I haven’t worn yet:
Leopard print dress (not in public, anyway); blousy-topped, black-skirted dress; and black/gray/green “work” dress. I really want to work up the nerve to wear the leopard print one, and I think I do want to try to wear the black/gray/green work one, but the blousy-topped one, I think I may have to donate. I just can’t see myself wearing it anywhere, much as I love the way it looks on me.
Final dresses shopping list:
__2 weekend dresses (for summer)
__1 daytime party dress (for summer)
These are the kind I’d want to buy that would fit the bill for the above (I didn’t end up buying the first one because it rode up way too much in the back, and didn’t do the second one because both of the people I tried it on in front of agreed that it didn’t look good on my body type):
Multicolored feather print dress with orange belt: American Living???, JCPenney 2012.
If you’re still reading by now, I’d like to send you a big thank you and hug for letting me indulge in this clothing inventory. I owe you a big, shiny gold star (and if I know you personally, possibly a coffee or beer or glass of wine) 🙂 . It feels really good to finally be doing this again, because this is huge on my to-do list and it’ll be a great accomplishment for me when I finally get it all done. I’ve been wanting to organize and catalog my wardrobe for years.
And finally, if you wish, here are the usual questions to answer:
1) What is your favorite dress out of the above? Your least favorite? (As in, do you have any “what was she thinking?!?” impressions of any of the above?)
2) Aside from what is noted above that I need to add to a shopping list, is there anything glaringly missing from my collection? Is there anything you would suggest to round out/compliment what I already have?
3) After seeing the pictures, do you think I’ve miscategorized anything?
4) Do you have dresses that are strictly for the fall or spring? And if so, how do they differ from winter or summer dresses? Or do you think every dress you own should be able to span all four seasons?
5) Do you think any of these dresses are out of place in my wardrobe (i.e., does one or more dress(es)) not fit the fashion profile/personality of the others)?