I know it’s Jeans World, but … Dresses are so compelling! — Read on…
(A Dress A Day + The Great Dress SALE + Sustainable Fashion? + Vote…on Next Topic)
Pretty dresses are life enhancing and we can all use more of that.
“Betty saw her vanity as a component of good manners. It was life enhancement for everyone. No charge! According to her, we owed it to each other to make an effort. She did not engage in deranged attempts to turn back the clock. For Betty, beauty was a positive thing, a life-affirming, creative force.”
— wrote Simon Doonan about his remarkable mother in the book Nasty, (I highly recommend).
In this post (and perhaps others), I will aim to help and encourage you wear more of them, more often. I’m going to show you some and even wear some for you, (bear with me, I’m NO model, and I'm 5 feet). I’ll also answer ALL of your pressing questions, really any question, and help guide you if you like. — I expect you to chime in, whatever way you wish, even send me your photos!
Let’s do it — The Dress-A-Day Challenge (7-Days 7-Dresses) — Celebrate Spring and all things pretty. Most of these will to serve you from Spring through Fall, many seasons and years, I think. That’s what I call fashion-for-keeps. I may break this post into 2-segments. There are so many offerings to choose from and the timing is perfect for a Dress-A-Thon!
The Great Dress Sale! — All month long, until April 30, I’m giving you 20% Off your first purchase.
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I Get Ideas … wear dresses with ease and comfort and feel pretty darn lovely. It’s a bit chilly now, you may need to layer and I’ve got tips for that.
Day 1: Liberty-Print Mini-Dress — wear to office and any place casual — with long-sleeve Tee under, boots & knee-socks (or tights), layer with chunky sweater (cardigan or pull-over in a solid color), for extra warmth or instead of the Tee. When it’s warm and summery, wear with fave sandals, that’s all. (Comes in other Liberty prints.)
Day 2: Hand-Painted Blue Rainbow Silk — wear for occasions, weddings, dates, parties, etc. — Wear to work with Little Blazer (belted optional). Also a demin jacket, shawl, light cardigan in solid color, midi-pumps, sandals, flats, tall neutral color boots. For those who are taller, try it with a Car Coat, it’ll look fabulous.
Day 4: Liberty Daisy Swing-Dress — wear almost anywhere (for daytime), to office, parties, picnics, dressy and casual — with little cardigan, fitted blazer, denim jacket, chunky sweater, all kinds of shoes, heels to flip-flops. (Comes in 4 other liberty prints too!)
Day 5: Vavoom V-Dress Another go-anywhere style; office, occasions, daytime to casual evening — wear with a little cardigan in gray or black, a fitted blazer, denim jacket, pumps, flats, sandals. A contemporary classic you wear and wear.
Day 6: Liberty Open-Keyhole Dress Let the sun shine on this loveliness. Wear on dates, occasions, to work — wear solo (it’s got long sleeves), with sandals or pumps. Chilly? Throw a cardigan over, or denim jacket, and you’re golden.
Day 7: Liberty Pleat-Dress w.Pockets — Run for this very chic, pretty dress. Versatile for day into evening, and to work — with small black cardigan and some great ballet flats, heels, sandals, in a solid color of red, black, turquoise, etc. It’ll serve you well.
Hope you’ve enjoyed these selections. Perhaps we’ll do more in the next segment, or other posts. It was hard to narrow down just 7 dresses, many others would work just as well. Feel free to pelt me with your questions, I’m happy to offer style tips. + Explore the shops, there may be other styles you might like more than these.
Sustainable fashion? — I’m glad this topic is growing in the number of people who wish to know. It’s a tough question and many don’t want to explore it further. That’s OK, enough of us do to make it another compelling topic. Well, it is and it isn’t — it’s never totally sustainable because it's “stuff". BUT, and this is big — it CAN be much more sustainable than it is currently. Here’s what I read by another person (designer/creator) asking this question—on a quest to live more sustainably, but not have to give up a love of fashion.
HERE WE GO: is it possible to be committed to social and environmental ideals and to love fashion? — Asks Nadine Farag, (as written in MR). Skip to — “a first-year PhD student delving into the challenges facing our global community … Meanwhile, my love for fashion never waned. But the more I learned, the more I felt that fashion directly collided with my values. From an environmental perspective, the cycle of consumption and waste generated by fashion’s churn taxes an already-strained climate. On the human dimension, clothes are often manufactured in developing countries that lack sufficient labor laws to ensure that workers receive fair pay and work under safe conditions. So I explored different ways to maintain my relationship with fashion.” (Then) “Instead, maybe fashion — the clothes I buy, the things I choose to wear — could be another way for me to put my beliefs into practice. For better or worse, consumption is a powerful act. We vote once every couple of years, but we spend money, in some form, basically every day. So instead of rejecting fashion, I decided to embrace it with a sense of greater respect than I had before. — I’ve learned that approaching fashion from this place of higher consciousness can mean, well, anything you want it to mean. At times, the conversation around sustainability can feel like an exclusive discussion that you can’t weigh in on if you don’t know how leather is tanned or whether fair trade is effective. Of course, it’s useful to understand the issues, but sustainability isn’t — and shouldn’t be — about a one-size-fits-all definition. In order for sustainability to mean something to you, it has to work within the context of your life. In the mean time, here are a few ideas to get started.”
Slow down your relationship with fashion—buy less, invest in timeless pieces. Why this matters: One of the main reasons our modern relationship with fashion is so unsustainable is that we buy too much. Fast fashion fuels this with prices that are often so low, we don’t have to question whether we really need or truly love that thing we’re about to buy. Low prices may seem like an advantage, but they have negative effects on both the environment (we buy more and waste more) and the workers who make our clothes.
Support artisans, buy handmade. Why this matters: Handcrafts are endangered all over the world as artisans can’t compete from a price standpoint with goods that are mass-produced. This has two adverse impacts: the loss of employment in artisanal trades, and the threat that traditional crafts and techniques will be forgotten. Buying handmade doesn’t just support a process, it often gets you a better end product — one that is more intricate and special, one that will last longer than its machine-made counterpart. (Etsy is a great source)
Find a tailor. Why this matters: Our clothes have a life cycle. Over time, they get worn in certain spots, their buttons fall off and they get ripped and snagged. When we pay very little for a piece of clothing, we tend to throw out or donate our clothes when they’ve had some (even minor) wear and tear. Practically, this generates waste and leads us to buy more clothes. Philosophically, we become at risk of viewing our clothes as disposable. And any true fashion lover knows that clothes are anything but disposable.