Saturday, December 8, 2012

Go Big or Go Home




After having this flower print 60's dress hanging on the front of my closet door since I brought it home from the Manhattan Vintage Show in October, I decided it was time for a coming-out party.  The dress cried out for a hat, and before I knew it, I was at work, dressed like this.  I should have collected a couple of bucks from everyone who either said, "why are you wearing a hat", or, proclaimed, "You're wearing a hat!"; I would have had enough money to buy another hat.

On the rack, the pattern on this dress was intimidating, as were the ginormous butterfly sleeves, but when I put it on and it fit perfectly,  I had a "Casablanca" moment, where I thought, "dress, this is the start of a beautiful friendship".  The most puzzling comment I received was from a female colleague who confessed to me that she didn't know how to interact with me when I was dressed this way, and that it made her feel a bit uncomfortable.   Even though the phrase "get over it" came to mind, I kept it to myself, since I was dressed like a lady and everything.

I'm wearing:  60's dress -  Manhattan Vintage show
40's hat - The Sentimentalist
Ankle boots - From Mars

On an unrelated note, apparently I have at least one fan in Washington!  A woman whose photo appeared on my blog last year told me that she had recently been in Washington, DC, and was stopped on the street by someone who recognized the fabulous red plaid coat she was wearing from seeing the photo of her wearing it on my blog - I mean, what are the odds?  Definitely a "SQUEE!!!" moment for me.

24 comments:

  1. You're dressed really nice. I don't understand how what you have on could make anyone uncomfortable. But, then I love graphic print black and white dresses

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  2. First of all, I love the dress. You look smashing!! And I love the hat! Isn't it funny how people react? Once, I found a gorgeous, silky white dress. It was not overly formal (came from a regular dress shop), but the day I wore it, women kept asking me "where are you going" and "are you going to a wedding?" ???? No. I am at work. And I would not wear white to another person's wedding. But the guys LOVED it!!! ha. You look great!!

    xoxo
    Lynn Dylan

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    1. I got nothing but positive feedback from the men in the office - they don't spend as much time analyzing what someone's wearing, they either like it or they don't!

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  3. Oh, Shelley!!! *wipes eyes* Thank you (via your colleague with the fragile discombobulated sensibilities) for the best belly-laugh I've had in ages, omg. Not only did it garner the most stupendous feedback ever, I had already decided this has got to be my favourite outfit of yours, or at least top 3 as you have so many good ones.

    I love everything about it, from the fantastic hat to the truly, amazingly glorious dress, the black under-layer and excellent purply booties - everything!!!

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  4. Oh that dress is so cool. I love the way you styled it and those ankle boots are awesome.

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  5. Dahling, you look mahvelous! What is it Debra Rapoport always says? if you look good, you feel good & if you feel good, you look good." You're firing on all cylinders. Fab dress. Love the hat. Adore the attitude!
    Jean & Valerie

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  6. This outfit is fantastic on you. I have no words but I'll give it a try. I can see why you decided to purchase the dress at the Vintage Show, as it does fit like a glove. The 40's hat plays perfectly with the 60's era dress and the pop of color on your feet finishes off the ensemble with pizazz. You've never looked better!

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  7. I'm still chuckling about the person who didn't know how to interact with you! Ummm...the way you usually do? It's only clothes, albeit ones that look fab on you! It's still the same you in them, no? People can be so unfathomable to me sometimes. I used to often wear a leather pillbox hat that would garner comments like "Is that some kind of religious headgear?" Huh? It's just a hat!

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  8. AMEN to that, my dear friend. That dress rocks and so do you, y.eahhhhhhhhhhh
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  9. I think this must be one of my favourite outfits on you, Shelley, that dress is a dream! Big bold Mary Quant-ish print and big bold angel sleeves, plus the fact that it fits perfectly? Who wouldn't love that dress? And with a sassy little hat and the very welcome return of the pink boots, I am a little in love!
    I admire your restraint with your collague, I think a forceful "get over it" would have been quite appropriate in reply to such a bizarre statement. While I can appreciate that clothing which differs from the norm can be a little intimidating or curious for other people, I don't get how someone who already knows you could feel uncomfortable about a dress and a hat! People are funny sometimes...
    Great story about the red coat lady!
    xxxx

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  10. I appologize on behalf of any FIMS staff that couldn't appreciate your style. Our faculty is supposed to be about being different, standing out in a crowd!! Your dress rocks and I can't wait to see it on you in person next time you wear it to the office! :)

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    1. This is anja btw... Dunno why my name isn't coming up...

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  11. Shelley, the dress is gorgeous on you, it's so feminine - even though it's 1960s, the style reminds me of something from the 20s. You've really styled it beautifully.

    Well, I guess that woman was being honest, but sometimes honesty is over-rated, especially since there isn't much you can say in response to a comment like that (You could say, "Well I often want to hurl when I see what you come up with, but I keep it to myself" but my natural response would be, "What am I supposed to do with that information?").

    Oh aren't those seemingly improbable blog recognition moments the best? I had a woman stop me in Toronto once, on the other side of the city from where I lived and shopped, and she said, "Are you Kelly, the Grunge Queen?". She proceeded to tell me about how she read my blog all the time and bought second-hand all the time, though she never told her friends the latter as she didn't think they'd understand her not buying new. The last bit left me feeling slightly perturbed but otherwise I felt like a rock star!!

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  12. Holy crap that dress is fabulous. Great pattern, great style, great lady wearing it!

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  13. freeeakin' amazing! The dress is glorious! And the fact that someone recognized another from your street style blog is just the feather in your awesome cap. Congrats!

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  14. I think you look absolutely sensational, wish more people on my campus would dress up a little... though it is very hot here so hats would be of the 'sun' variety.

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  15. Looks amazing I think it looks great on you !!!

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  16. WOW--what an amazing dress!! I would've snatched it from your hands if I had been in the store where you got it!! I love it with your hat!! You look fantastic!
    Pffft to the co-worker--she needs to take a chill-pill and get over herself.
    My male co-workers hardly notice if I'm wearing clothes at all.......

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  17. You styled this dress so well! I so agree with it's calling for a hat for a proper finish! Kudos my dear!

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  18. Right, that's it. I'm getting the next flight over and stealing that dress. I absolutely love it. You've got an amazing wardrobe and I think that might be the finest thing I've seen on your hot bod, and that's sating something! Your colleague is a cretin, that's all. x

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  19. O,gawd,I loooove that frock! It's bloody awesome! And the hat is fab, and sets it off perfectly!
    People say the darndest things.....drives me BATTY some days!
    XXX

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  20. fabulous dress, love that graphic-floral print and great sleeves!, it fits you like a dream! and your hat is just perfect!, really gorgeous!
    besos

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  21. You're gorgeous, love the hat and the dress, bold and quirky. I wasn't a hat person until I bought a few hats in the past few years, now I don't want to leave home without one! Love your blog!

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  22. THUD!

    That was the sound of me FAINTING from the EXQUISITE SPLENDIFEROUSNESS OF THIS INCREDIBLE DRESS!!!

    You look absolutely FABULOUS, Shelley - I could NOT love this amazing frock more!!!

    Sarah xxx

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