This is not a fashion blog, I know, I know; I figure I can evolve a little bit. I’m fresh off of a wonderful, amazing, beautiful wedding last night and feeling zesty about life, love and a new-to-me-dress. And I’m trying to think of an excuse to post these amazing photos of me and my girls … how lovely are they?
Back to resale: see that thing above? I’m the one in the middle. That dress cost me $26 from Seek Vintage on Chicago Avenue. Wanna know how many stores I went to before finding it? Let’s count: Urban Outfitters, Akira, The Loft, J. Crew, Banana Republic, The Gap, Express and even American Eagle. Wanna know how many sleeved dresses I saw during my visits? 1. And it was see-through.
I’m not sure why it’s so hard to find a decent dress for a Sunday wedding. Is it me? Am I getting older, more modest? Is it the shops I selected? Sure, I wouldn’t expect something built for a grown woman with hips, thighs, ass, (okay, not me personally, I’m generally speaking here) tummy in American Eagle but in J. Crew? Banana?
I’m not trying to say anything new in this post about women’s bodies vs. teen bodies or the merits of clothes that cover your body properly, nothing like that. I’m just shocked that I spent all that time and energy in each of those stores, subjecting myself to half nakedness under fluorescent light, when all I had to do was stop into a resale shop blocks from my home for the perfect dress. The more and more I thrift for everything house related, the more I seek out stuff from the past for my closet. The cuts seem to be much more forgiving for my baby beer belly and everything looks so classy, elegant. I’m not going to be one of those folk that only buy used but it’s becoming more and more appealing everyday. The price tag doesn’t hurt either: $26 and I felt brand new, like a hundred bucks.
More photos from our mini photo shoot here.
Photos by Chibueze Mbachu.