And then suitably inspired, I started trolling the stores, for a summer dress that would suit me. I won’t bore you with my frustrating experiences in some of Ottawa’s “fast fashion” stores. I’m saving that for another post. Oh yea. I have quite a lot to say about that.
For now, let’s just say that I ended up at Nordstrom, where I should have headed straight away. And consulted with my buddy Liz. While I was twirling in front of the mirror in a lovely, lilac tunic dress from Vince, Liz disappeared, and reappeared in the door of the changing room with this navy, mesh “Luna” shift dress from Rag and Bone. “Sue. Try this one,” she said. So I did. On the hanger it didn’t look like much. But… oh my, I loved it the moment I slipped it on. It is, hands down, the best dress I’ve ever owned.
My new best dress is navy; I love navy. And it’s comfy to wear. Loose without being too full. Short without being too short. It looks youthful… and since it hides all the bits that want hiding… totally age appropriate. And with the sportswear inspired, cotton mesh over the silk lining, it’s just a teensy bit edgy. I love the black ribbon trim around the neck, sleeves, and hem, and the exposed zipper in back. And the length which allows me to wear a small heel, or flat sandals if I want. You can see some of the detail better in this shot below.
My new best dress looks great with these Munro Nubuck sandals
. I searched and searched for sandals with a small heel. And I almost didn’t try these on because they looked so boring sitting on the shelf at the shoe store. But, like the dress, I loved them once I had them on. The sling-back strap fastens with velcro, which makes this hard-to-fit shopper very happy. And in my new sandals and my new best dress, with my old Cole Haan bag which I have not been able to consign or toss because I love the shape and style, I feel like a million bucks. Maybe even a little bit lady-like. Just when I thought I’d abandoned my lady-like outfits forever. This will be perfect to wear to that retirement party I’m attending next week.
My new dress also looks good with flat sandals, and a more casual bag, for summer lunching on a patio somewhere. I may even try wearing white skinny jeans under it. And for travel, it will pack well, and won’t wrinkle. It’s the perfect dress for my post-work, retirement life.
And speaking of retirement brings me to that new decade which I’m currently edging into… which brings me to that phrase I uttered a few paragraphs back. Age appropriate. Gasp. I know, I know… age appropriate is supposed to be a dirty word, or phrase, these days. Our age should not dictate what we wear or don’t wear. I, too, hate all those articles which tell us what we’re not supposed to wear after thirty, or forty… or sixty. But I must admit, my body and my face are changing, and most of that change is due to the passage of time… and gravity, of course. I can still look good in some things, and totally ridiculous in others. So while I won’t be dictated to by some blog or magazine article as to what I cannot wear, I need to listen to my mirror and my gut. If something feels too young, it probably is. If an outfit, which still fits my body, feels as if it doesn’t go with me, at age sixty, I won’t feel comfortable in it. And I shouldn’t wear it.
But having said all that. This short dress, with the very trendy, sports inspired mesh… feels totally appropriate for me… at age sixty. As I said above… best dress I’ve ever owned.
So. Tell me this… if I’m wearing a ‘best dress’ … does that make me eligible for the “best dress-ed list?” Ha.
It does in my house, folks!
So… any dress-y tales to tell, this week, dear readers? Age appropriate, or inappropriate, comments to make?