There are certain dresses that no matter the style (shift, wrap, etc.) they are quintessentially DRESSES. Then there are others, such as the gorgeous, floral Tibi number that I finally wore last week, that are more FROCK than dress. I love this frock, but I do admit that it’s quite full-on and not right for every occasion. Funnily enough, I think I’ve had a hard time wearing it due to a completely unfiltered comment that my 10 year old cousin made when I attempted to wear it to a family wedding a few years ago. There we were all getting changed in my aunt’s guest bedroom. I had my dress on and was busy sorting through accessories when my cousin got a glimpse of me and shouted out, “OMIGOD! You cannot possibly wear that. It’s awful. It’s like something a 70 year old would wear!” Slightly embarrassed by the outburst, I attempted to explain that this was in fact a highly-fashionable, albeit slightly retro, frock. Pointless. My cousin stood her ground, repeating endlessly that it was frumpy and old-looking and that I looked completely unpretty in it. It was probably that last comment that broke the camel’s back. Unpretty???? I silently changed into a beige Tracy Reece number and we trooped off to the church.
Isn’t it funny how other people’s opinions can affect one’s perception? I actually had a hard time wearing the dress following that episode. Silly, I know, but true.
Last week I attended an event at an art gallery and finally felt the occasion was a perfect match for my fierce floral frock.
Nail Polish: A List by Essie
Sandals: Bruno Magli
Photos taken by Irys Kornbluth