Yesterday was a "two maxi" day, which is note-worthy, because I have few "one maxi" days (this sounds like I'm discussing "feminine protection" instead of dresses) , much less two. While I admire how Vix and Curtise rock their vintage maxi-dresses, I have always felt more comfortable in skirts that are above my knee. However, I'm always willing to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to getting dressed and it's summer, which is the perfect season for a long dress.....
Maxi Dress #1
I found this dress at the London Community Players costume sale fundraiser earlier this summer. It was handmade, from a substantial fabric with a unknown fibre content (I do hope it's washable). I loved the colours in the pattern and the basic shape. Even though the fabric is relatively thick, it was very comfortable to wear in 26 degree Celsius weather. I wore it to the Western Fair Farmer's Market with my bestie, and then out for a coffee, and a quick stop at Talize.
Maxi Dress #2
I found this made-in-Zimbabwe dress at a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Toronto a couple of years ago. I didn't try it on, and didn't even know if I would wear it, but I was smitten by the embroidery and the fact that it was under $10. As a piece of art, it was well worth the price. It deserved to have an evening out, so when Christine, owner of Renegade announced she was having a party to celebrate her first year in business, I knew what I would wear.
Heather had not been able to attend any of the previous Renegade parties so I was happy she was able to go with me to this one. She looks freakishly tall in this photo (I'm 5'7 in flats) - I'm crediting her platform wedge sandals for the extra height. After seeing this photo I realized the pattern on our dresses seems to be drawing one's eye to our respective pelvic regions. Now that I've pointed that out, you can't stop noticing that, can you?
Christine, owner of Renegade
Christine and her partner are very active in the local Roller Derby community so there are always derby girls at the store parties. The gal on the left is Sugared Hits and Reign in Blood on the right.
The women at the Renegade parties are always better dressed than those at any other party I've ever attended (not that I go to many parties). They are thrilled to have an opportunity to show off one of the fun dresses they have recently purchased from the store, like this great cat print one.
I really liked this skirt with the Virgin of Guadalupe print
Kayla always brings her best style game to the party
There were a lot of eye-catching accessories, including zombie shoes and a witch bag
Some people brought their significant others, and Aimee and Dave, who are both very active in the local theatre community, looked perfectly coordinated in black and white.
The icing on the cake of the evening was a performance by local band, Marcellus Wallace. Their high energy motown groove had us all dancing, and the fancy footwork and charm of the lead singer made them fun to watch as well as listen to. I had never seen them play before and by the end of their set was an enthusiastic fan.
Thanks again to Christine for hosting a great evening of yakking, snacking, drinking, shopping and dancing!