I've never been a person to go out of my way to dress monochromatically, nor would it ever probably occur to me to put together an all-taupe look, but sometimes you're just standing there and notice these things staring out at you from your closet and you just sort of have to go there.
I've had this dress since the 90s, the shoes for several years, and the jacket is this season, last seen here. I wear this dress a lot. I wore it it when I was a background player in this cheeseball Lifetime movie they shot in Seattle. I wear it on cruise ships. I wear it with flats in the summer. It's a workhorse, and you just can't kill it. It's the perfect shift; short, yes, but I like to think that the length is balanced by the fact that it's not too tight. It's fully-lined, and that gives it just the right amount of slip to sort of graze over the body. It is one of the most enduring and well-made department store dresses I own, and when I put it on, I am instantly reminded of the cataclysmic nose-dive that the quality of mainstream fashion manufacturing has taken in the last decade. Yeah, that's right, I'm pining for the "good old days"; something that I am generally I loathe to do, because I find that most people are revisionist historians when it comes to what the "good old days" were really about. I mean, do we really want to go back to the 50's, that oft-referenced time period that so many people use to illustrate the idea of "family values", when what they're likely really referencing is gender inequality? No thanks. I'm just fine where I am, thanks very much.
Speaking of gender equality, the last time I wore this dress with these shoes, a male friend of mine said that I looked like I was ready to kick some ass, which to me, is the highest of all compliments.
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