April 15, 2010
Today's Outfit: Easy Breezy 50s Teeny Bopper
(from The Reader's Digest Teenage Treasury printed in 1957)
You know, as a teen girl and until fairly recently, I really hated teenagers. But over the past year, mainly through the process of forgiving and accepting my own adolescent self, I've come to appreciate and empathize with this "demographic", especially the ladies. I could go on and on, or I could just quote Neko Case who sums up my feelings completely:
"Don't let the wolves in pretty girls. Your hearts are so tried and so innocent, while your flimsy blue gowns tied around you, around curves so comely and sinister... They blame it on you, pretty girls." ("Pretty Girls" off Blacklisted ).
Like so many many things I once hate that I come to adore, I hope teen girls will always be in my life, not just so I can guide them, but because they are the future of fashion! So, to get to my point, I was excited for a surprise lunch with my friend's teen sis today. As adorable and motivated as she is, I'm sure it is but a matter of time before her graduation from beauty school makes national headlines (start booking appointments now to avoid waiting later!) I was so excited, in fact, I broke out of my recent trend of wearing a gray tee and l/jeggings. Instead, I put on a non-flimsy blue dress. A dress so healing to my spirit it merits introducing my concept of the Easy Breezy Dress
Some key defining features of the Easy Breezy Dress:
You want to wear it everyday, you feel so comfortable and so yourself in it! It matches tons of your shoes and accessories. It is flattering and matches so many of your favorite makeup looks. And if you are me, an easy breezy dress must match my everyday boots. When you walk lots of places, you are into comfortable shoes. (That and my foot tattoo is still healing and most shoes rub right up against it!) Do you have any dresses that qualify as an Easy Breezy?
*Vintage 1950s Dress: thrifted about two years ago in Virginia. Yeah, I really am that gifted. Don't even think I'd leave you all hanging without a close up:
After about a year of speculation, I have determined the brown things are fruit gathering devices. Does any one else have a clue?
*petticoat: free pile (for the full story)
*lipstick: the irreplaceable MAC Russian Red which looks amazing with light blue fyi.
Don't know why, but I just love photos of me where I am pretending to be shocked. If teen Melina had known she'd one day own such a fabulous wardrobe and nearly all of it thrifted or gleaned, yeah, she'd have made this face! Before I take off, here is one last goodie:
Yikes! Glad I didn't come of age in that household! Her dress is kinda like mine though, huh? If "Milady" lived in Oregon, she'd probably have western boots on too.
So, what about you guys-- had a painful adolescence you're learning from? Do share. Til then,