Last Saturday our church had it's annual women's "untea" event and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to wear a dress. I honestly can't tell you the last time I wore a dress but I'm sure it's been a couple of years. I'm not sure why that is, maybe my life just doesn't involve as many dress occasions or maybe I just fell out of the habit.
Since it's been so long I thought I'd head out to Kohl's and see what I could find. I actually tried on
five or six dresses before settling on this smock top one by Vera Wang (same). It was actually on the clearance rack in the junior section and under $20.00. (I am 5'3" and am wearing a large so it appears longer on me.) I know, how lucky was that?
It is a great weight for summer and fully lined which is what I was looking for. The arm line is actually not bad without the pretty white shrug sweater (same) I found, but the temperatures were still a little cool to go without something covering my shoulders. The sweater cost more than I wanted to pay but I liked the way the shoulders fit and I know I will wear it a lot plus I had some Kohl's cash and a 30 percent off coupon and I got such a great deal on the dress. (This is the justification I gave my husband, anyway. Did it work?)
I opted to go with chunky black sandals (same) to dress it down just a bit but it looked nice with my nude pumps as well. I kept the jewelry simple with a coral necklace (same) (similar) because there was already so much going on in the print of the fabric.
Even though it had been a while, it felt good to put on a dress for the afternoon. I don't know why I waited so long to wear one again. I suppose I'm just so comfortable in jeans now that I don't think beyond that. Now I can see myself adding one or two more to my wardrobe this summer. Hopefully by then I'll get some sun on these legs of mine.
I suppose stepping out of our comfort zone could be our encouraging word for the day. Sometimes we place ourselves in a category based on our age, occupation or social status that needlessly limits us and prevents us from trying new things or even retrying something that wasn't a success before. And I'm not talking just with fashion but with anything that sounds fun or exciting. I'd rather look back on something that didn't work out than live my life with the regret of never having tried. What about you?
If you missed any of my summer fashion series you can find them all linked here.