I’ve been thinking a lot about dressing while we’ve been in lock-down. Dressing for joy, dressing for function, dressing for bed.
-I’ve always had a thing for party dresses and not always enough parties to wear them. Now, I’m getting DRESSED to go to the store, but there is a section of my closest that’s not getting enough wear right now. Yet, I have more than one party dress on my current Wishlist.
-I want to write about how we should buy and wear whatever makes us happy. I DO believe in that. I’ve also ordered a bunch of leggings this week (they’re pants now?) and there are days when getting dressed at all is hard.
-While I love going into stores and finding something I didn’t know I wanted, I also love shopping online. In fact, I’ll tell you online shopping is so easy (and it’s like you get presents!). Right now I’m missing in person shopping.
-Things are difficult for everyone right now. Budgets. Stress. It all. Dressing for anything may not be at the top of our lists. I do think it helps, though.
These pictures are old. From years ago, on a Los Angeles spree, one afternoon in RecessLa (you can read about them here), on a whim I spent several hours trying on things. We took pictures and laughed and just enjoyed the fashion. It turns out, I had a ton of these on my phone. Looking through them made me smile. And for all my thoughts about fashion right now it made me realize:
I miss abandon.
I miss spending hours falling in love with new things and trying them on. Imagining where to wear them. I miss finding a thing I didn’t know I needed and walking out of a store feeling new.
There are friends of mine who are already planning to dress BIG when this is over (that’s a US statement. I know in other parts of the world you may already be able to be out and about without fear). And I’m on board with that. But I do worry that I will still miss abandon. The random. The surprises.
I miss good surprises.
So. Now. With what we have. How do we invite abandon in? Order something exciting online? Try a new online store? Shop all the vintage on IG and Etsy? I’m in. But I’m open to all ideas.
How are you dressing with abandon right now? How do you think we should invite it in?
This was a vintage dress, I didn’t get it, but I’ve found similar and have linked them below for us all.
I’m wishing us all a little abandon this weekend, whatever that looks like!
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