Suburban Camouflage

Greetings readership! It was not my intention to be gone form the blog as long as I have. As per the usual Standard Operating Procedures of living in Scotland, the rain has been on almost nonstop on my days off, and I only finally just got out to shoot some hasty photos.

However, I am happy to report that it's actually warm enough here today to actually wear a thing like this. I know most of you reading this are likely embroiled in the heat wave that have been seeing on my New York Times newsfeed, but that type of thing is as rare as unicorns here. But I digress. Let's talk about this plaid shirtdress.

My husband always likes it when I wear something plaid - it's a Scottish thing, so he tells me. Any time I put on something with a tartan print, he comes to life, like some sort of Highland Manchurian candidate. Lucky for him, I still have a bit of a soft spot for clothes that channel American Prep, so every once in a while something uncharacteristically pink and green and pastel and plaid and…dare I say…conservative comes out. This is a dress by Land's End that I found with the tags still on at the Goodwill in my hometown in Wisconsin last summer. I've not worn it yet (again, the weather), and it will likely end up a permanent resident in our house in Florida that is due to be finished at the end of the week (more on that in another post).

I liked the kind of 1960s backyard barbecue vibe of this dress…it evoked an image of a bunch of similarly-clad 1960s ladies all standing around the backyard smoking and gossiping while we ignore the kids playing with the ill-advised and deadly toys of the era like Jarts or the Swing Wing.


  1. I don't remember the Swing Wing, but there was a similar toy that you hooked onto one ankle, then swung a hard ball attached to a rope around and jumped over it with your other leg. Self-induced tripping hazard ... since you were usually on a hard surface to play with it, you lost a lot of skin when you fell. I dimly remember that some people also lost teeth.

    1. OMG…I do believe you're talking about the Lemon Twist! Granted, I'm a child of the 70s, but I was OBSESSED with the Lemon Twist! It was a plastic lemon that had little rattles inside of it, connected to a length of black plastic medical grade tubing with a little lasso for your ankle. I wanted one SO bad that I made one out of paper and played with it until my parents relented and bought me the real thing…apparently a reward for my creativity.

    2. Or perhaps they were trying to get rid of me...

    3. Skip It! My little cousins had them. Fun fact- when it breaks, as it inevitably will do while using it, it has the ability to shatter windshields!

      Love the dress! Will be on a plaid shirt-dress hunt now!

    4. LOL. I couldn't help but have that same cautionary feeling when I watched that vintage Swing Wing video. That thing, in addition to looking like a c-spine nightmare, looks like it could decapitate you!


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