Wednesday, 14 January 2009

The Dresses I Don't Quite Know How To Wear, Vol. 1

In my vast and much-loved wardrobe, there lurk dresses that even I am tentative about wearing. I adore them - otherwise I wouldn't have bought them - but every time I go to wear them, they just seem ... wrong. Too loud, too much, too conservative, too WASP, and in the case of this dress, too slyly in-between:

green-zebra

Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with the wearing-a-tutu-to-the-supermarket scenario, but this dress isn't that crazy. Nor is it ordinary. It's not quite gaudy, not quite classy. Not quite All Night Long. In short, I don't know how to wear it - or where. But don't fret, lovelies, I am nothing if not determined! At least I know pairing it with a zebra mask works!

(Forgive these photographs, I was completely without makeup and had just scrubbed off a lot of silver face paint.)


The second dress is excessive. It reminds me of the New look photographs in Paris, except it is in no way subtle or understated. Everything about this dress is loud: The pattern, the colour, the taffeta, the silhouette, the cape collar, the buttons (!). I love it, I think it's beautiful and tacky in a Patricia Neal in Breakfast in Tiffany's kind of way, but really ...

I put it to you - where and how would you wear this (ignoring my very best bunny impression)?

red-cape-collar

7 comments:

meredith graves said...

Oh my GOD, I want that first dress so badly! What a perfect specimen! I am rubbish at ebay and I need to find dresses like that... aughhhhh.

Leah said...

I actually LOVE both of those dresses! The first with the Zebra mask is perfect and the second is just amazing with the collar!

I can see what you mean by not knowing quite where to wear them. They are rather amazing though!

Pony said...

meredith - i love it so much! i am a stealthy ebayer (and i should be, by now!) but i HAVE to give up my habit. sure, it leads to dresses, but it also leads to financial ruin ...

leah - i really love them, too, they're two of my favourites, in fact, so it's annoying that i can't quite make them fit into my life!

hehe i'm glad you like the zebra mask :)

Anonymous said...

When one is a mover in art circles there is no excuse for 'when' or 'where' when it comes to clothing... exhibition openings are your answer.

Pony said...

Haha - that's very true! I should definitely go to more of them, if only to take my wardrobe out for a spin ;)

eleanor said...

i would, quite simply, wear the first dress absolutely everywhere. it is so so beautiful. but, if you actually feel the need for an occasion, it would fit perfectly at one of the May Balls we have in Cambridge (one of the pros of going to a kinda elitist old university is that all the colleges hold balls in the summer). so yeah, find a way to get to one of them...

as for the second: afternoon tea in a park somewhere, but with jelly and brightly-iced cakes and cream soda instead of proper tea and dull teacakes.

Pony said...

Okay, haha, I'll make my way to Cambridge then, shall I?

& I had one of those afternoon teas yesterday! Only with beers and ginger rogers cocktails instead of creaming soda!

:)