Wednesday, June 9, 2010

dresses!

We all agree, then, that Emily Dickinson must have been a little zingy to garden in a white dress. But I confess, I do love a dress. I don't wear them often--mostly to church or to the occasional event (wedding, funeral, fancy dinner). I love how dresses and skirts swish around my legs. I like how a well-cut dress brings out the best in my body type while concealing the worst. I like how ladylike a dress makes me feel. From girlhood on, I've always owned dresses and worn dresses.


I think I'd have enjoyed living in the 50's and wearing crinoline. I wore poufy skirts to my junior prom with crinoline beneath to my wedding. I spun in twirly circles admiring my full skirts on both occasions.


I confess, I'm a lady who says "Yes!" to wearing a dress. And Friday night I get to wear one to a wedding--lucky me!

Spill it reader, are you a lady who likes dresses? What's the most ladylike outfit or clothing you love to wear? Remember, all your comments enter you to win a copy of Alyssa Goodnight's FABULOUS novel Unladylike Pursuits.



25 comments:

  1. I only like to wear dresses in the summer. I hate wearing nylons or tights. In the winter I'm usually cold if I wear a dress. A summer skirt or sun dress I'll do though.

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  2. I'm with greeneyedmom - I detest pantyhose so I only wear dresses in the summer. I love them, too, but I don't have even a single one right now! I have a hard time finding dresses that fit well and are flattering, too - the current styles and fabrics were not designed with round people in mind.

    I, too, would have loved wearing crinoline. I love listening to my mom's stories about wearing pretty dresses with petticoats underneath.

    Love these photos - just the kind of dresses that would make me feel like a lady with a capital L.

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  3. This is so funny as I am wearing a dress today, actually! And I hardly ever wear them - I'm much more of a skirt fan. But I was in Target and saw a cute, brown, cotton shirt dress and couldn't resist trying it on. Now I will probably wear it all summer.

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  4. I am mostly likely seen in a skirt..even in the summer. I like the look-

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  5. I wear dresses in the winter - but only with my warm stockings (not nylons) and boots. They are excellent for justifying the boots, and for some reason my husband is a sucker for a dress.

    In the summer, I love sleeveless dresses with sandals for garden parties. So simple and cool.

    And I love crinolines too. So swishy and fun!

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  6. I do love dresses. There's just something feminine and sweet about a twirly skirt, and what Little Bit aptly calls, "Ooh-La-La!" to be found in a slim sheath.

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  7. of course I love dresses........I wear skirts exclusively... and my favorite is a biased cut stripe that has four panels....and yes, I wear it in the garden.......all dirty and flowing and love it

    I really don't feel feminine without a skirt on - I feel like I could jump on a horse! (which i do)
    -the white dresses, from what I understand, were to keep the ladies "ladies" in the garden-

    we were constantly tested then no?

    good to see ya!

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  8. No, I don't usually wear dresses. In fact, I haven't worn one in almost five years.

    My younger girl, on the other hand, loves dresses. She has graduation from elementary school tomorrow and will be wearing a retro 50s style sundress with a fitted bodice and a full skirt with a detachable crinoline.

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  9. I love to feel feminine and girly, and dresses are a necessity! Lately, I've been wearing jersey knit dresses because they are so light and simple - a very quick outfit to pull together too. I felt stunning in my wedding gown, and I really admire dresses from the 40's and 50's.

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  10. Thank goodness I caught this post this week, and not last. Because this week I have a dress to wear to my oldest daughter's wedding in two weeks, and last week I did not.

    I saw a lot of what they called "retro" dresses, collared, belted, with the full skirts, while shopping! (I did not buy one, but thought it over carefully.)

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  11. I do love dresses. I don't know why, but it makes me so happy to see a group of girls/ladies in swishy dresses. Maybe because it looks like they're celebrating their girly-ness?
    And I go barelegged in the winter-hate hose with a passion. But then I live in SC, so it won't kill me.
    I started getting back into dresses and skirts when we lived in France. NOBODY wears shorts there except the tourists, and I didn't want to stick out in a crowd. It was too hot to wear pants with no AC, so dresses and skirts were the answer.
    Well, didn't mean to write a book here. :)

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  12. When I was eight, I never wore dresses. I was a tomboy. But one day my mum and grandmother convinced me to wear this beautiful swirly dress to a birthday party. I arrived at the party and all of my soccer-playing guy buddies were like "A DRESS?" so I did a twirl as prettily as I could. They fell about in hysterics crying "WE SAW YOUR PANTIES!!"

    So I did not wear a dress again till my wedding day. It's been a long, gradual journey for me, but I now love skirts again!

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  13. I love summer dresses! They keep me cool in the heat and and are a no fuss quick way to dress as you can slip on a pair of sandals and go... unlike a more complicated outfit that takes forever to find all the matching bits and pieces!

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  14. I'm disappointed your prom dress and your wedding dress didn't make the post today. What's up with that? I have the prom dress picture if you need it!

    I dress up every day and don't mind it. But I prefer pant suits - much more comfortable than wearing nylons every day. I wear more skirts in the summer w/o nylons and love it.

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  15. I'm not a fan of dresses... I don't like my legs touching each other. Especially now with my recent layer of blubber my body up and decided to put on without consulting me. Rude, eh?

    But as long as my thighs don't stick together too much (ew), then my favorites are long slim skirts with a slit to the knee artfully done somewhere... just so I can move.

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  16. I love a good dress too, although I wish my legs were better. :)

    I like all the tie-in's to U.P.! Excellent!

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  17. I looooooooooove wearing dresses!!! Mostly casual ones in the summer....some reasons are because you only have to pick "one" thing....not a top and bottom, also because they are so much cooler.....it dawned on me when I was in the Bahamas and all the ladies at the straw market had them on in 99 degree heat...

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  18. I do like my dresses and skirts. Not really twirly though--I'm more of an A-line gal.

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  19. I hate dresses! I have never liked dresses. The only dresses I own are the ones I had to buy for my kid's bridal showers and weddings. I don't like how I feel in a dress....so uncomfortable. I LOVE jeans and t-shirts.

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  20. The photos you use here represent the best of what a dress can be: flirty, fun, feminine, classic.

    I do like dresses a great deal; I haven't worn them as much as I'd like in recent years, though, due to the "down 'n dirty" nature of daily life. I get my fix from MAD MEN these days...

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  21. You bet! I am all about dresses, all the way. It's like a one-stop outfit choice. Pull it over your head and go! It's a great way to feel put together without too much effort.

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  22. I, too, am a huge dress fan. Dresses are easy. And skirts of any sort protect me from the most evil of pursuits: finding pants that fit.

    You must tell me ... where did you find that last photo? That dress is TO DIE FOR!

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  23. I love dresses, and I'm with you on the crinoline thing...I have a handful of vintage numbers that I wear to weddings and parties that have wonderful skirts w/sewn in crinoline and boning in the bodice and hidden zippers and covered buttons and LINING....the details do something for one's posture and figure, which I appreciate more than I can say.

    Great dresses in your post...love all of them.

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  24. I love dresses! I love to wear them year round, with or without nylons or tights. Skirts too. The funkier, the better!

    Unfortunately there is still some baby weight that needs to be shed. And one thing I loathe, is a dress or skirt that is too tight.

    Just because the zipper closes, doesn't mean it fits...

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  25. Dresses are just so damn easy. No mixing and matching – put it on and go. I am, at this moment, in a white sheathe dress with a red patent leather belt and red patent leather shoes!

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