Frock it two

There were lovely dresses galore,

Now here’s a few more!

My micro- goal of wearing all my dresses at least once has worked well. I only have a couple that I haven’t worn. One because it is more for cool weather and another that needs hemming. Here’s the rest of my audit.

I can date this dress with precision. I bought it for Mr Sans’ 40th birthday party. He has just turned 58. Eighteen years later and I’m still wearing it. Have I told you I don’t like waist bands? Well, this is another reason not to have them. You can fit in dresses for a lot longer.

Cut on the bias, for many years this dress was one of my favourites. And you know me. Buy one, buy many. I had this same dress in purple. It was my ABSOLUTE favourite. I wore it until it wore out. Was so see-through, I had to use a slip. OK, I could have tossed it out but I loved it. And I found a purple slip so I got a few more years’ wear. But sadly, it has now passed away.

In the same style by the same designer, David Lawrence, I have this dark navy one. It is slightly older than eighteen years old.

I bought this next dress, mainly because it was so cheap and I bought it at the same time I bought an exxy Ribkoff dress. How does that compute, you ask? Well, it makes it seem reasonable – to get two dresses for the amount. Anyway, I seem to get more random compliments when wearing this dress, even from students. Strange, because I’m not convinced about this dress. A little too low cut for me. And the material, while ruched on the front, is kind of piling. (The dress is also navy. Looks darker in the picture. I do seem to have quite a few navy dresses.)

And another navy dress with little zips as decorative detail. (Why can’t they just put in real pockets? Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?) This one is a little shorter than my normal length and made of thinner, more clingy material. I usually wear a stretchy slip under it. Still, so practical in that it is wash and wear.

This one is made of similar material. Love the pattern. I also wear a stretchy slip under it. Here’s a hint. Buy one of those Spanx-style slips in many sizes too big. I wear one in a size 18 – in dresses, I’m a 12. Wearing a bigger slip means the slip is firm but not tight.

That’s about it. No more work dresses. I have about the same, maybe more, casual and dressy dresses. My goal is wear out my dresses before we have the year off and then have a smaller wardrobe which I will renew each year.

What would you like to see next? Casual dresses? Work skirts and tops? Soon it will be winter and I could do a coat and cape challenge!

9 thoughts on “Frock it two

  1. You have some lovely dresses – I haven’t worn a dress now since Christmas. After leaving work I seem to spend my time in leggins and this winter a very thick woolly jumper! I like the print on the last photo but I do like the simplicity of the plain navy dress – the cut is very flattering on you – it would probably be the one I would buy – I had a similar one for a wedding teamed with a muted lime green Chanel style jacket. I still have the jacket – I grew out of the dress!

  2. You have a great dress collection and smartly bought dresses that would age well :). Must admit I only own one dress, bought several years ago at Cos in London. I have never worn it though it is still in style. Even before I retired last year, I always wore trousers to work, making the look professional with nice tops, jackets, and scarves (from my massive collection). As I had a very long, long commute (basically spending more than 3 hours a day in a car), comfort was my prime desire. At one point my organization was going to decree that women had to wear dresses (and pantyhose, heels, etc.), but when they realized there would be an insurrection (especially since only director-level men were required to wear suits), they dropped the idea. Good thing. I would have led the revolt.

    • Definite way to make me wear trousers: tell me I have to wear dresses!!!

      I find dresses more comfortable in the heat and humidity of Sydney. Hate the rubbing of trousers around the waist and between the legs. Come winter, I mainly wear jeans on weekends. Still wear mainly dresses with this tights in winter to work.

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