Confession: I am a sucker for deconstructing fancy dresses. I don't think I ever feel more lovely or feminine than when I'm wearing an evening dress with a broken-in chambray shirt. I don't know what it is about it, but I love feeling the silk whisper around my ankles as I head to the bar and turn the corner, or the way the light from the street lamps gets caught on the satin and makes it blush. I feel like it's the modern equivalent to how Grace Kelly clicks across the marble floor and pauses at the bar in white satin gloves, or how Doris Day smooths down her full skirt and orders a pink champagne. Not many women wear show-stopping cocktail dresses out anymore, so this is a quiet compromise. It makes you feel charming, and oh-so aware of it.
And saying that, obviously I'm not wearing this to go grocery shopping or leafing through books in the library. I reach for it when it's time to go to a dinner that involves three courses and lots of happy banter, or to some dimly lit bar where one orders drinks in short glasses and scratchy jazz mingles with the late hour.
Though give me some time and I probably will start wearing this grocery shopping. Ms. Kelly would be proud.
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DRESS: Macy's (ions ago)
SHIRT: Forever 21