There’s an interesting article in The Telegraph (not my normal paper of choice!) which claims that 33 per cent of women consider clothes “old” after wearing them fewer than three times, and that this is particularly the case for dresses which are often bought for special occasions and only worn once (like this dress below).
My instant reaction was “surely not”, but then I started thinking about the number of dresses and skirts in my wardrobe which I have probably only worn two or three times. I don’t consider them “old”, but maybe I bought an item on a whim because I liked the fabric or style, but then found that actually it doesn’t fit me as comfortably as I’d like, or the colour doesn’t go with anything else in my wardrobe, or really, I don’t have an event to wear it to.
I love 1950s dresses and the whole vintage style thing, and have in my wardrobe a number of gorgeous Lady V and other delicious dresses and really, I have nowhere to wear them.
Living in the rural north and being old(-ish) and somewhat introverted means that I don’t go clubbing, pubbing or out at weekends very often. My social life generally revolves around getting together with friends and playing music or going to festivals, none of which calls for 1950s-style vintage dresses unfortunately. See pictures below for festival attire crusty-traveller style!
I also work for an environmental NGO which means that I am often accused of overdressing for the office as most of the other staff wear fleeces and jeans which makes my dress-wearing even more out of the ordinary. However, I have a passionate hatred for jeans as they make me feel bumpy, lumpy and uncomfortable (although I do like jeans shorts in the summer). I feel so much better in a dress!
So meanwhile, I will continue to wear dresses to the office and bring the tone of the place up!
Tomorrow I’m going to be blogging about the unworn things in my wardrobe. I imagine most people have a couple of items bought but not worn, but I seem to have far too many and I need to wear them or pass them on.