I’d been trying to find something red, or “colorful” since watching I Love Dick. Catherine has a picture of the women in red from one of the episodes, the one where the women in the show talk about the experiences that shaped their lives as women. And they were all wearing red. Anyway, it made an impact on me in many ways, but I also started trying to think more about why I do NOT wear color.
It’s not because I don’t want to draw attention to myself, or just fade into the background; the styles and silhouettes I wear do that already.
It’s not because I don’t “like” color – I do, just in extreme moderation, and only one color per outfit please.
One reason is that because, beyond how much I already think about what I wear, I do not want to think about what “goes” with what.
And ultimately, color just doesn’t feel like “me” most of the time. That may be a result of my training myself not to wear color though, so I could potentially “train” myself back into wearing color.
When I wore this dress, I felt youthful, fun, and “free” – in a weird way, like I was doing something I shouldn’t. Granted, I was on “vacation” with my family, and I mostly wore it at home, and then for a super-casual dinner, so I didn’t feel the pressures I feel at home, to look and dress a certain way. When I’m home, I often feel like I have to prove myself, or say something about myself with my clothing. I have to say, “I’m Different” and express with my clothing what I feel inside, that I do not “belong” here.
Anyway, issues aside for now, I love the dress, and after I tried on ALL THE SIZES, I settled on the XS, although it shows my knees. The other sizes did too, but they were a teeny bit longer. The other sizes were just WAY too big at the shoulders and bust for me, making the dress look even more tent-y (as my husband says) than it already is intended to be.
I like that it’s not a deep RED red also. I did try on this raw silk dress, and it was also nice, but I didn’t like the sleeves on me, same with this olive colored dress. I LOVED SO MUCH this silk dress (the color was really beautiful – I tried it in a small), but I have absolutely no need whatsoever for it in my life right now. Or probably ever. But it would make a nice summer wedding guest dress, or as a tunic with leggings for a beach vacation…
I was at the Eileen Fisher store with my step-mom and niece while in Florida because my step-mom got a 15% off coupon after her recent purchase (I mentioned I convinced her to try these pants, and she loves them), and she wants to start adding more pieces to her wardrobe. She ended up with the “matching” viscose top for her pants, and this tencel kimono cardigan which made a lovely outfit.
And yes, I bought a pair of white Birkenstocks. I love them. And they’re perfect to wear with this dress, because there’s nothing I dislike more than red and black together 😉
I’m reading too many things right now, which means in fact, I’m not reading much of anything. I’m sort of not into any of it, actually, and want to read some more interesting, jarring, thought-provoking books now. I have these on my list:
The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck
Lives of Girls & Women by Alice Munro
Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Harari
Becoming Wise by Krista Tippet
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Has anyone read any of those? Any other suggestions?
Well, I did it, obviously. I took almost a WHOLE WEEK OFF from “work.” I did work on some things here and there while I was in Florida, but not as much as I usually do. I really didn’t do much of anything besides lounge around the house, enjoy the lake with my niece & nephew and time with my family.
I did bring both my swimsuits, and interestingly, found that my Beklina swimsuit dried very quickly this time – I could wear it easily the next day – as opposed to when we were in Costa Rica and it took 48 hours to dry. And I loved wearing it; now I feel great about recommending it highly. I even went all out Florida and wore it to Target with my Emerson Fry caftan on top LOL
What did you do for Memorial Day? What do you have planned for this weekend?
Thanks for being patient with me while I took the week off!!
Oh, I also wanted to talk about social media, and why I’m not really doing it anymore. But maybe I’ll do that next week. I’m just over it. Over the pressure I feel after I post something – the pressure to always check and see how many likes I got – the pressure to compare myself to other bloggers on Instagram with many, many more followers than me – the pressure to keep up. I’m not interested anymore. I do enjoy engaging with a lot of readers who only engage on Instagram, or Facebook though. It’s all about finding balance….