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.
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.