Dressed.

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It’s on record that I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to embracing dresses. I fondly recall wearing them as a six-year-old, but as I moved toward adolescence – I stopped wearing them pretty much altogether unless it was for a very rare special occasion. I went through a lengthy period where I just felt more comfortable in jeans (read: covering my legs). In fact, it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I actually even started buying dresses again. (If I met me 10 years ago, I wouldn’t even know me!)

However, as I’ve gotten old older, I find myself accepting my femininity much more than I ever have. I’m not at all saying that being in a dress over a pair of jeans epitomizes femininity by any means, because it doesn’t; but because of my resistance to them – I’m attributing this recent development to finally giving in to the fact that I’m becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

I still don’t own as many dresses as a typical woman might at my age, but as I’ve hit a recent new chapter in my life, I’ve felt a sudden shift in my relationship to them. I appreciate the different shapes of a dress, the movement, the ease; and yes, even the new-found comfort that I get in exchange. While part of me will always be a jeans girl at heart, it’s nice to not have the waistband digging into your stomach (because you’ve had one cupcake too many) or experience the constraint that you just deal with while wearing a pair of cute skinnies in the name of fashion! Even better, I’ve come to love how a simple change in styling/accessorizing can take a dress from weekend casual to office chic (by easily adding a blazer). There’s an incredible versatility when you have a good dress in your closet.

And thus, I’ve been coveting a new dress (showing my legs and all) lately. Go figure!

In an ideal world, they’d all be in my closet ready to greet the sun and celebrate the warm days ahead. In reality, a post dedicated to getting “dressed” will simply have to do. Here are 15 of my absolute favorites, at a variety of price points – because let’s be real – who in the world can actually afford a $400 dress most of the time (and I hate when bloggers only showcase high-end designers).

Perhaps a splurge on at least one is in order in the very near future. From Forever 21 to Shopbop….here’s to getting dressed. xx

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4 thoughts on “Dressed.

  1. I would definately consider #3. I love how it hides the middle area! Still a little pricey though….I’ll wait for a sale!

    • This is one my favorites, too! And yes, $140 is pricey, though you’d be surprised when doing my research for this post how hard it was to find anything less than this! This is sort of the caveat: if you spend more upfront from a quality designer it ends up being cheaper than constantly replacing $20 Forever 21 dresses every 3 months due to poorer quality after just a few wears. Either approach is a-okay in my book, but I try see what I’d rather invest in when making those decisions as I’ve gotten older, but always being on a budget myself (who loves fashion, but hates shopping) makes it very tricky. Aye – being a woman is so expensive! xx

  2. I’ve always been a dress person, and I might have the opposite problem (too many dresses. And too many cheap ones, at that!). I’ve been really keen on bows lately, and I really want one with a bow back. Although all the ones that I’ve found are made of some rayon/viscose material, which doesn’t last very long. Like you, I’m trying to buy items that last longer.
    Brittney
    Another Beautiful Thing

    • It really seems to make the difference when you invest in quality pieces, though no shame to keep within budget and go less inexpensive! If I see anything with a bow on the back, I’ll let you know. Thanks for dropping by! Look forward to checking out your site! xx

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