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The art of the dress.

I used to live in jeans and checked shirts. In my early teens, I was obsessed with cowboy novels and western paraphernalia and my idol was Doris Day's Calamity Jane. I wasn't a girlie girl, I was a tomboy, through and through. As I got older, I lost that image, but I still lived in denim or 'combat' style trousers, usually accompanying a floral top or a nerdy t-shirt.

Three years ago, all that changed. I can actually pinpoint exactly when it happened, because it happened when Moose and I started dating. I'm not sure why exactly, but I think it was mainly in part that I now had a guy I wanted to be pretty for. Sure, everyone can bleat on all they like about how looks shouldn't matter and how image isn't everything, but just as sure as I wouldn't fancy Moose if he made it very clear that his appearance low priority, I felt far more desirable for having made the effort. I always tried to look nice and smart when I left the house, of course, but all of a sudden jeans just weren't cutting it anymore. After all, I loved being a girl, I loved makeup and styling my hair and all those disgustingly clichéd things that one associates with 'being girlie', but I didn't really consider dresses and skirts. My knees hadn't seen daylight since I was a child. It was time to bring those bad boys out.

So I started wearing dresses. I loved the quirky 'pixie girls' we started seeing on television (here's lookin' at you, Zooey), and realised I could be just like them if I wanted to. The more I became sure of myself and my image, the more I became less Calamity Jane and more Doris Day.

Today, I decided to give my wardrobe a good clear out. Three black sacks worth of 'donation' clothes later and a handful of items I'm going to try to sell on eBay, I can actually close my cupboard doors. As the dresses began to pile up on the bed, I decided to actually count how many I'd accumulated in my past three years of knee exposure.


I own 72 dresses.

I don't even know what to think about that.




Apr. 3rd, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
damn lot of dresses. :) dresses are the best tho. just pull them on and you're done. i wear them all the time now! and damn, i want to be like zooey. not just cos she looks like a disney princess, but she's funny and quirky. new girl makes me laugh out loud. nothing else does i think!