My toddler self wasn't much different from my menopausal self with respect to magpie qualities. It sparkles? Shiny things? Sold! Except I was shopping with my mother who didn't develop a taste for sequins until the 80s and then only to adorn a tee shirt here and there. Now I ask you, how could a child with such a deep love for the sparkling, twinkling metallic plastic be expected to accept her mother's refusal to purchase a full length, sheath-style evening gown in red white and blue sequins? I knew I couldn';t wear it, of course but I couldn't see any good reason that she would want to pass on it. It was...well, probably horrible in a "Let's copy a Bob Mackie and sell it to housewives" kind of way but that just makes it all the better. She didn't want the gown, so I did what any small child being denied the flashiest thing she'd ever seen would do-I threw myself into a display bin of underwear and screamed bloody murder between sobs, as you do. She still wouldn't buy the dress. She bought me a water-globe instead to shut me up. I never did forget that gown though, and in one way or another I'm still pursuing it. You can be quite certain if a red, white and blue sequin gown ever crosses my path, I'm going to buy it. Meanwhile, I wear what I like and enjoy getting dressed. It might not always be flashy, but it is definitely, me.
Conventional wisdom is that large,
middle aged old women should wear neutrals, in non-bulky fabrics and.../well, no. I'm not wearing a steady rotation of black and beige, and if bulky knits add a few pounds, who cares? I know the fact I have a teenager is misleading, but trust me, I have more years behind me than ahead and I don't intend to spend what's left dressed in a style I'm uncomfortable with because of the number of candles on my birthday cake. And I'm going to eat that birthday cake too, thanks very much. Embrace your inner toddler and wear that which you desired but were denied. You're an adult now-who's going to stop you? By all means, if neutrals are your thing-wear them! But please, please, please, don't let anyone dictate what you should like.
OK, stepping down off the soapbox now...
Vintage acrylic polo neck-Goodwill
Vintage acrylic cardigan-Goodwill
Vintage acrylic crochet skirt-New Life Thrift (I think?)
Vintage Johanssen handbag-Can't remember
Vintage Monet necklace-Thrift World
Scarf on bag-swiped it from Danny's collection
Polo neck-retail, a few years ago
Vintage cha-cha braceletes-both Goodwill
Rings-=all over and gifts
Vintage suit-a vintage shop about 20 years ago
Pearls-can't remember, probably Jordan Marsh in the 90s
Vintage earrings-yard sale
Couldn't be bothered to crop the photos-ooops! You can see my hat boxes at the top of the stairs.
Vintage Pendleton skirt-Goodwill
Vintage ACTIII velvet jacket-Goodwill
Vintage handbag-can't remember
Clogs-retail ages ago
Bangles-antique shop and Goodwill
Vintage Monet pendant necklace-Goodwill, I think
Standing beside the highway in a 50s lace gown. Why not?
The netting on this poor dress shreds a bit more with each wear but isn't terribly obvious so I keep wearing it. Eventually it will fall apart. I don't typically wear a shirt beneath it, but it IS January.
I'll leave you with a photo of the pillow I didn't buy, even though it matched my coat. Sometimes you just have to say, "No." Hope January is treating everyone well.