Hello Directorate! I’ve had some difficulty over the last two weekends aligning my schedule, The Photographer’s schedule, a presentable appearance, and the golden hour. I have a list of ideas for posts, but no photos. And thus, I am showing you some seasonally inappropriate dresses that we photographed last fall.
I bought these dresses during the pandemic when I was literally going nowhere because: (1) I believe that special occasion dresses should be bought when you find them because you can’t find them when you need them and (2) I believed that I would someday, again, go to a party.
Behold the first seasonally inappropriate dress, which I did wear to a party last summer (in season).
I saw this dress in the window at Hu’s Wear in Georgetown in 2021 (I think it was 2021) and the image stayed with me. Eventually the dress appeared on YOOX in 2022 and I was waiting for it just like a spider.
There is a lot of fabric in this dress. The entire bodice is heavily ruched and lined. The overall effect is bulky, but so pretty regardless. The skirt featured high slits, front and back, which I had Fatima close.
Importantly, it rustles.
Behold the second Pandemic Party Dress.
I told you that I was getting strange during the pandemic. If you thought I was exaggerating, now you can re-assess.
To be fair, the dress features several things that you know I like: texture, the color grey, a shot of bright color, asymmetry, ability to double as a potholder. But perhaps the combination of all these things is . . . a lot.
One thing is certain. I doubt I will ever run into someone wearing the exact same thing.
I found this dress on The RealReal and it cost nearly nothing, tempting me to roll the dice and text Fatima. Interestingly the only alteration it needed was easy and fairly inexpensive. It was too big through the bust, waist, and hips. See that yellow stripe running down the back? It used to be 8 inches wide. Rather than take the dress in at the sides and add darts in the bodice, we simply got rid of roughly 3 inches on either side of the zipper.
A charming surprise was revealed when the dress arrived at my apartment. There is a cobalt blue stripe running down the inside of a fold in the skirt. It appears when the dress is in motion or seated, but cannot be seen when standing still.
I am not sure what time of year or occasion is right for a sleeveless, thermally-insulated potholder dress. Nothing says “cookout” like a potholder — but I think it ultimately reads symphony, ballet, or cocktail fundraiser in the spring?
Perhaps I need to get myself down to the Kennedy Center this month and give the other patrons something to think about. It’s a form of public service. Remember this dress?
Green floral dress: Victoria Victoria Beckham from YOOX; Silver dress: Roksanda from The RealReal