Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If you want to get dressed up, get dressed up!

Last week I posted one of my fashion shows on Facebook. This one was all about dressing up in vintage.

I posted this theme because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard women say “I love this, but I would have no place to wear it.” And I say, let’s make places to wear things that make us happy. I got a lot of agreement from others on this, and ideas.

Did you know, for instance, that there actually IS a small but growing dressing-better-to-work day with its own hashtag? #fancyfriday is the name.

Facebook reader and vintage maven Jessica shared her photo of a #fancyfriday dress (“Designed by Blauner for Bonwit Teller label, which I believe was by Evelyn Dawson, the designer for Suzy Perette.” Yes, she’s really a vintage fashion maven! Check out her blog at No Accounting for Taste.) Isn’t she a gorgeous sight? 

We have reasons to dress up, yes? Just a dozen:

1. DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) meetings, as Facebook reader Leigh Anne mentioned. The women love history and love seeing her vintage fashions.
2. Any historical society gathering: Think museum exhibits, boards, historical preservation groups.
3. “Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.” - Lady Duff-Gordon
4. Dress for the every day theater of life like you are the leading lady.
5. All your regular clothes are dirty.
6. Go to an historic hotel for a drink.
7. “Life is a party, dress like it.” - Lilly Pulitzer
8. “It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” - Hans F. Hansen
9. “If you're sad, add more lipstick and attack.” - Coco Chanel
10. Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness.
11. #fancyfriday
12. You will make people happy...maybe most especially yourself


Louise said...

I love this idea. I do dress more formally than most of my friends, and that's how I like it! It takes no more effort to put on a dress or suit than put on a pair of jeans and you'll stand out. For me, dressing 'up' makes me happy, and is something I'll continue to do.

Denise said...

Wonderful post! You've just inspired me to wear vintage to a blues show. The performers are a bit on the "vintage" side so why not the fashion :)

denisebrain said...

That's a great reason!

Charlotte Issyvoo said...

This is probably one of my mottoes. I'm disabled and spend a lot of my time flat on my back. If I go out at all, it's usually just for a coffee and to do some writing at my local cafe... and I almost always dress up "just" for that. Why not? I like it. The people at the cafe seem to like it. I get a lot of compliments. The other day, a man there said, "Your style is impeccable." Where's the downside?

Plus, of course, I have a style blog. That's always a great excuse to dress up. I owe it to my public, darling! :)

denisebrain said...

But of course darling!