Does anyone else downgrade their dresses? Move the snazzies out of category "with heels and make-up only" and over to "OK to walk the dog in"?
Last year this dress was a "good" dress. I wore it to lots of formal lunches, parties and end-of-year functions, as well as a wedding (and this dress for the reception dinner and dance afterwards) And this year I've made a few new party numbers to see me out for the seasonal social whirl... but I still love this dress and want to give it an outing once in a while... well, how could I not love it; it's lace!
Luckily it's quite subdued in colour and style and not overly sparkly or glamourous, so I've delegated it duty as a nice-ish everyday dress, just to wear out and about. In its early life as a party dress, I went through the ritual of the "gently swooshing by hand in a bucket" cleaning routine. Then started tossing it in a lingerie bag in with other delicates... then eventually, throwing caution to the winds, sans lingerie bag and just in with the general light clothes. The first time I dared to do this I worried how the gathered silk chiffon midriff and sash would hold up... but it survived that test and actually stood up pretty good. So I reckon it can thankfully shed the lace-and-silk-diva label and has earned its place in amongst the daily players.
Oh, and the heels aren't just for show; although I did wear thongs (flipflops) for walking the dog, here I was on my way to morning tea with the Monday gals... just thought I'd point that out after my post on "honest blogging" the other day...!
Dress; some design adaptions of New Look 6699, beige lace, silk chiffon midriff and sash, lined with swiss voile
Sandals; Marco Santini, from Marie Claire shoes