There’s something so wonderfully joyful about wearing an all out, no-holds-barred, wildly pretty maxi dress.
So much of my time, I think, is spent in a combination of workout gear, sweatpants, denim and turtlenecks, that a beautiful dress feels like a change of pace, a breath of fresh air. It feels like summer.
For a while, I tried inventing reasons to wear these glamorous pieces: a dinner out, perhaps, or a wedding. But as the wedding invites dwindled and the babies increased, my reasons became a little more grasping: a haircut, for example, is cause for a pretty dress. A request from my boys to “look like a princess”, or heck – showering – are all valid reasons (in my book) to rock a frock.
Truth be told, I don’t believe in saving anything “for good”. Life is too fragile, too hard. There are too many possible reasons that the elusive “good” moment will never come. So this means that we put our wedding china in the dishwasher (because we actually use it, yo), we sometimes drink Champagne on Tuesday (actually Cava, because, cheaper) and when I want to wear a pretty dress…I go BIG.
My real-life compromise? Comfy shoes. Always. I’ve been testing the limits here, but most gorgeous, glamorous maxi dresses look amazing with flat sandals, sneaks, or flip-flops. In fact…I almost think they look better when offset with a tiny dose of casual. Just like my wedding china. It might be a little worn from being put into the dishwasher, but it also represents years of memories, years of use.
I’d rather wear something a little bit worn, fearlessly, than perfection, preciously.
flip-flops: Reef Slim Ginger (my long-time favs)
sunglasses: Prada (last year’s colors)
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