My last outfit post was very much a casual affair. I mean, it couldn’t really be more casual – I didn’t wash my hair, put on makeup or even bother with underwear. Yeah. It was THAT casual. As casual as you can be in a dress, anyway. So I thought today I’d go with something completely the opposite…
I don’t get dressed up all that often. Ok, when you have picked yourself up off the floor from laughing, hear me out… I know I am usually the most overdressed person in the room. But I’m normally over dressed in a, ‘You look nice, are you going for afternoon tea??’ kind of way rather than a ‘WOW! LOOK AT YOU!’ kind of way. I wear dresses and skirts far more than trousers or jeans and my love of heels is well documented, so I am in no way suggesting I am the Queen of casual or anything – quite the opposite, in fact. I guess what I’m trying to say is that while my look is certainly not laid back, I think it tends to say ‘smart’, ‘feminine’ or ‘put together’ rather than glamourous.
It may be in part because as much as I love clothes and looking pretty, I also have an innate aversion to feeling like I’m drawing attention to myself, so my choices tend to err on the side of ‘demure’ (I hate that word, much like I do ‘modest’, because I think it compounds the idea that women need to cover up and behave like nuns whereas I think they should wear what they damn well please, but I couldn’t think of a better word…)
This dress is not particularly demure. Sure, it has a conservative enough hemline, but it’s pretty low cut, clings to all the bits I’d normally have under wraps and – to to it off – is the brightest of bright shocking pink! It is a dress which ver much invites people to look at you, which normally would be the opposite of what I’d choose. There is something about being on holiday though that makes all of that seem irrelevant. Your skin is clear and tanned, your hair is soft and shiny, you just don’t care that you’re carrying a bit of a holiday tum… Being on holiday just somehow makes you feel confident enough to wear things you wouldn’t usually wear, and since that resulted in me wearing this rather gorgeous dress, I think I need to find a way of having that holiday confidence all year round!
Or I could just go on more holidays, one or the other….