As previously discussed on this blog, as recently as last week, I set some Spending Guidelines at the start of the pandemic that were intended to make my Pan-Spend meaningful (supporting artists and small businesses) and rational (not much need for new clothes to wear to the home office), without allowing unintended consequences to go unaddressed (cannot let JCrew go out of business!). As a result, the Spending Guidelines have had a lot of special rules and exemptions.
For instance, there has been a special rule for The RealReal and an exemption for past-season Marni dresses that I remember from “the first time ’round” — i.e., when they were new and full-price. If I’ve carried a dress in my mind for years, doesn’t that mean something?
Admittedly, this rule does not serve any larger purpose than my own entertainment.
Thusly, this fun dress — which I had seen years earlier, during its first run on the market — came into my life last summer.
Perhaps you are looking at this dress and thinking that it is too much for working at home. That may be. But, the way I see things, I feel better when I look better. And wearing something pretty or fun always makes me feel better — much better — than wearing something unflattering or worn-out.
This is not to say that everything in my closet was unflattering and worn-out at the time I bought this dress . . . You can see how the Guidelines started to sprawl.
This dress works for WFH because it’s loose. It fits perfectly through the neckline and shoulders, but is boxy through the body.
I’ve made it less boxy — but not form-fitting — with a belt.
Here it is without the belt.
I am sure you are quick to spot the dilemma here. The belt partially obscures the charming detail (extra silver and yellow stripes) at the waist.
The Photographer and I took photos of this dress last summer with a silver belt and silver shoes, but now we cannot find them. I tell you this only to give you a sense of the options.
These guidelines will never be reduced to writing because written in black-and-white . . . they may look even crazier than they sound when described in bits and pieces.
This dress is highly Zoomable. In addition to the colorful, oversized windowpane check, a multi-layered ruffle appears in the frame.
The fabric is laser-cut, not hemmed, and the folds allow both the “right” and “wrong” sides of the fabric to show. That’s attitude.