Before I started this project, a dress was only a costume. It was a garment for weddings or baby showers and I always felt a certain nervousness about it. I wore dresses and skirts so infrequently that I barely knew what I even owned and it required a sift through “that” part of the closet where my letterman jacket and old Carl’s Jr. uniform reside. (I suspect this is how many men today feel when called to wear a tie. They know they own one, but they have to dig for it, they are uncomfortable tying it, and they aren’t really sure what sort of shirt matches.)
This project has changed all that for me.
Today, when I went to my closet to find something to wear, not only has my entire closet been opened up to all possibilities but I already own the right undergarments and accessories to make putting together outfits a pleasant experience. How many of us have tossed a dress or skirt onto the bed in frustration because we didn’t have the right pantyhose that match, or a slip, or the right pair of shoes? When women like me are only used to pants, dresses become stressful because we aren’t prepared with those extras!
Today when I went to my cousin’s baby shower, this dress wasn’t a costume. I didn’t feel ANY of the weirdness like I used to when I first started wearing dresses three months ago.
I felt truly beautiful today. This is what I started this project for in the first place! Yay to feeling lovely!
I did my hair a little differently.
I had my sweet big kid with me who doesn’t know any different than to just be her girly self (that scarf accessory was all her idea). I don’t care if she goes through a tomboy phase. The tomboy look can be cute too (obviously my own husband likes that look since that’s how I’ve been for the past 16 years.) All I know is that whatever force caused me to feel so uncomfortable in feminine dress, well…maybe I hope that force doesn’t get a full hold on her.
Have a wonderful day!