Saturday, August 18, 2012

Simplicity

"A dress has no life of its own unless it is worn, and as soon as this happens another personality takes over from you and animates it, or tries to, glorifies or destroys, or makes it into a song of beauty"--Elsa Schiaparelli

I just read this quote in the 9/12 issues of Real Simple magazine and it spoke to me.  Our clothes can be lovely, but its wearing them that brings them to life and gives clothing meaning.  I love clothes and I want to WEAR my clothes...not just stare at them in my closet.  I adore dresses and this is why I WEAR them...I own many of them and I don't save them for a 'dressy' day.  I just wear them as often as possible and appreciate the glorious way they make me feel.

DKNY; thrifted!
This simple dress made me feel glorious today.

....and it was never worn!
Did I mention that is probably my very best thrift buy ever?  Its a DKNY dress...that was new with tags.  The MSPR was marked $275.00.  It was priced at $48 in the shop but was a 'white tag' special and reduced by 50%.  It cost me $25.00 and it was WORTH that and so much more.  It's still a 100% polyester dress, even though a higher end brand, but the cut of the dress is supreme and flattering.

Nine West patent pumps.  I adore these shoes; I've had them for 6 years and they have served me well.  The fishnets don't compliment the shoes...but I always wear them dancing...they make ALL legs look great and the textures helps keep my feet from sliding in my shoes.
I wore the dress to a bridal shower and then to Marcel's (my coach) dance party.  I just felt so great in this dress.  I think the hallmark of a good dress is its ability to make you feel great but also to make you forget about the dress you are wearing and focus on what you are doing or who you are talking to.  I felt so at ease and so NOT distracted by my dress. This was an expensive dress by THRIFT standards....but such an incredible steal it blew my mind.  I love no article of clothing better than I do a simple black dress with clean lines and a perfect fit.  Sometimes simplicity is best....and when you find it at thrift prices its a gift.

Brighton necklace.
As always, I had a great time at the dance party.  There weren't a lot of dancers tonight but that was a blessing as it gave me many opportunities to dance with my instructor and prepare for the upcoming competition on Aug 31.  I am feeling good and confident in my dancing.  I'm ready.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

20 comments:

  1. I love dresses too. My favourite is my Oasis Poppy Dress.
    That dress looks as if it was made for you.

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    1. Is your Oasis Poppy dress posted on your blog? I'd love to take a look!
      Thank you for the compliment, I feel like it was made for me...its my new favorite.

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  2. What a great find! As Choco Chanel said all women should own a LBD (it is black, right?), they are so versatile! It really show in the photos how good you feel in the dress. I left a response to your comments in my blog about the GSA meeting, and here is the link http://www.geron.org/annual-meeting.

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    1. It is black. Thank you for the Coco Chanel quote....I adore her.

      Thanks for the response to my comments on you blog and for giving me the link; I'm going to look at it right now.

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  3. I agree, if it makes us feel good everything/one around us is much better! Our clothing should compliment us! I don't know if you are a reader or not, but I read an interesting book: "the Secret Lives of Dresses" by Erin McKean that you might like. The owner of a vintage store with dozens of dresses brings them to life with the story each dress has.

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    1. Linda....I'm a very hungry reader and that book sounds like something I would love. In fact..I'm going to do an Amazon search. Thank you for telling me about it. I am always looking for my next great read! I will let you know how I like it because its going to be in my hands soon.

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  4. You must feel so glamorous while dancing and dressed like this. I just love your necklace too!

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    1. I think the dress helps me feel glamorous but what really makes me feel the most glamorous is when I am dancing to my best potential! I had a really good dance night last night!

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  5. What a gorgeous dress. I usually opt for simplicity, as well. There is something so classic about it.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. I don't think the photo does it justice...but it is now my new favorite dress.

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  6. What a steal on that dress! You look fabulous and the cut and shape is so flattering. You can never go wrong with a LBD :)

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    1. I think I got pretty lucky, that's for sure!

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  7. The quote is an excellent one and it is so true. It is not just the wearing of the dress either, but how one moves in it. I find that different dresses bring out certain sides of me. I've purchased a dress or two that are new with tags in the thrifts--I've a Ralph Lauren waiting in the wings.

    Do you ever have the urge to wear everything at once? I do!

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    1. Terri...I also feel that different dresses bring out different me's (lol....like my improper use of English?). This particular dress makes me feel better than just about any of my other dresses. It was so easy to wear. The picture does not do the dress justice. The cut at the neckline is divinely flattering. I got so lucky with this one.

      Maybe I don't want to wear them all at once...but I have them lined up waiting....kind of anxiously waiting to wear them...kind of like anxiously waiting for a new dance partner!

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  8. Love that first quote. I'm a big fan of dresses too - I find them a great confidence booster. Your DKNY dress is fabulous! And such a bargain too! This outfit looks so elegant with the patent shoes and necklace.

    Thanks for the tip off about the Secret Lives of Dresses - I'll have to look out for it!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I could wear a dress every day if the weather was cooperative!

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  9. I agree with you and the quote- clothes must be worn! Else given to someone who will actually use it! I'm making good progress on wearing everything in my closet- some never worns have actually been worn twice recently! Keep up the good work!

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    1. I need to do more remixing too....and I am going to give it my best effort!

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  10. that dress was such a score, and looks great on you!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. Thanks, Lyddie. It was a real score and I'm so happy with it I could almost cry.

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