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I am embracing the joy of dresses!!  I really think they are the way forward.

I read an interview with Kirstie Allsopp, where she said that she had thrown away all of her separates ‘because she didn’t have time for them’.  Kirstie now has a dress only wardrobe.  I recoiled in horror at the thought of ditching my lovely skirts and tops, not to mention my jeans!!! *shudder*  But there is some sense to what she has to say.

A dress is a whole outfit on one hanger.  You don’t have to worry about clashing colours or whether one half of your ensemble is in the never ending washing pile!  You just put it on and go and the only thing you have to decide is tights (pantyhose) or no tights?  You can dress it up in the evening with heels and sparkly jewellery and down for daytime with simple flats.

For those who claim that dresses are impractical:  this is my ‘cleaning up outfit du jour’!

A dress can hide a multitude of sins.  Actually I’ll rephrase that…..the right dress in the right size can hide a multitude of sins!!!   A wiggle dress might not be the most confidence inducing of garments when you’re feeling a little bloated, but an A-line or circle dress can work miracles!!  It probably goes without saying that wearing all one colour or pattern elongates your figure and the fact that there are no nasty waist bands makes for a much more comfortable and more forgiving look.

I think we’ve all been there.  A little over indulgence over the weekend and come Monday morning, your trousers/skirts are fitting tighter and giving you the silhouette of a figure eight!  I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve looked at myself in the mirror, pinched in at the waist band with ‘a little extra padding’ above and below it and thought: “hmm, a string of sausages, that was not the look I was going for today.”

With a dress you just don’t get that: the skirt skims over any lumps and bumps.

I’ll tell you what you do get with a dress…a boost!  Wearing a dress does affect your mood, I’m convinced of it.  I feel girlish in a dress, pretty and ladylike.   People treat you more like a lady when you a dress and I don’t care if I sound like an anti-feminist (actually I do care a little bit :-S)!!

So I’ve noticed myself reaching for dresses more and more and feeling less inclined to replace separates when I get bored of them they become tired.  Move over Kirstie Allsopp: I very nearly have a dress only wardrobe too!!

Some of these dresses are very old, some are very new and some could probably have benefitted from being ironed by someone who was more committed to the task!.  The only ones that I am certain you can still purchase are the black and white 50s dress from Peacocks, which fits like a dream, gets dozens of compliments and of course my beloved polka dot dress, made for me from scratch by The Buttonhole.

Love Rachel











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  • I’m also in a dress phase, but it is not successfully so far. I realised I was constantly wearing (non flattering) jeans and it was getting boring. I’ve been looking for dresses for the last couple of months, but haven’t found any flattering ones for me yet. You have motivated me to keep looking though.

    I like the red gingham one, is it a current dress?

    • VintageFolly

      Yes it is but it’s quite expensive :-S If you click on the picture it should take you there. I find that anything A-Line looks good and I try to find dresses with skirts that stop just slightly below the knee as it’s most flattering. But everyone’s body shape is different x

      • When I click it on it, I just get the picture. I also like dresses that finish just above the knee, but I struggle to find them, and I believe I’m above average height. Where do you buy most of your dresses?

  • Everything you say here is so very true. I’m in love with dresses, too, and wear them often during summer. I do have quite a few skirts, though, too, most of them for the colder months. I only have four pair of jeans (among those one pair of shorts) in my wardrobe, as I think, those can be quite practical sometimes. All my jeans are high waisted, though, which makes them much more flattering than modern jeans, I think.

    • VintageFolly

      I’ve found myself buying little cut of jeans recently, like 50s style pedal pushers and i LOVE them, especially with peep toes. They are going nowhere! lol x