I am in the middle of a long stretch of life consuming me. A long week in the truck, moving our customer from one facility to another (aka a lot of work), while still trying to work my other jobs. Then this weekend. September 30, 2023, I took a few “me” hours. Even after this little outing, more office as well as yard work. The following day, Sunday, more work between some pickleballing and the Browns game, then two days in Nashville for a trade show, a day at home catching up (after two days with six hours drives bookending each day), a day in the truck and then a four day weekend in Chicago visiting our daughters, again with bookending six hour drives.
I kinda nailed this outfit, just sayin’…….
Out the door midmorning and off with a basket of clothes to sell and turn into new things. I was fairly successful! I picked up a cute (albeit tight) skirt, a body suit, a great Henley and a blazer to die for! On what was a gorgeous day, I then stopped to do my photoshoot (content, baby!). Throughout I was texting my friend Blazine about the main purpose for the day.
In mid-November, I will be returning to Erie, for my annual few days with friends at the Lake Erie Gala. The weekend concludes with a ’50’s Sock Hop. I don’t really do shticky things, I have no intention to do the sock hop thing. But I wanted to do a ’50’s cocktail party look. Blazine met me at a fabulous vintage store, which was overwhelming. They had everything (quite literally EVERY thing) from decades going back before the ’50’s. From dresses of every type, to day wear, formal, cocktail, you get the point, to lingerie, to separates, on and on and on. So after trying on quite a few dresses, we finally settled on one. I cannot state how wonderful it was trying on these dresses. It took me back to my childhood, trying on “things” in secret. Blazine was so great, helping me zip into this or that, pulling one option after another.
For various reasons, these were the final options. You have to keep in mind, this dress was actually from the decade of the 1950’s, 70 years ago! Women had very small waists. Clothing had zero give, no stretch. I have bigger arms than most women, especially women from my youth (okay, just before my youth). Therefore, there were many dresses I had no chance of getting my arms into. You can see here a small sample of all of the dresses available.
So, I will leave it at this: which of these dresses do you think I bought? Remember, I have to be able to get into and out of it on my own. Cost is always an issue (I would NEVER do this if not for this event, these are way out of my price range). And I have to live in the dress for an entire evening. So many of these dresses, given the evolution of fabrics over this time, were simply not comfortable.