Friday, July 22, 2011

The Girls In Their Summer Dresses

This young lady appreciates a good dress
This week, the New York Times ran a *eh hem* groundbreaking trend piece on the resurgence of the dress as a summer wardrobe staple. Designer Nicole Miller says dresses were "unhip" four or five years ago, which is what makes them cool now.

It's a little weird to me that the times paid someone to write about how great dresses are because they've never not been great. Ms. Miller says dresses are having another moment because vintage-inspired styles are becoming increasingly popular. But for those of us that love vintage, we've never stopped loving dresses. Other than accessory hand-me-downs from my mom, aunt, and grandmother, the first piece of vintage clothing I ever owned was a dress. I'm trying to force myself to stop buying vintage dresses when I buy vintage so I can mix and match things more easily.

That being said, the author is spot-on about how easy dresses are, and how put together you can feel in them. I thought it was especially interesting that she referenced the 1939 short story "The Girls In Their Summer Dresses" by Irwin Shaw, partly because the story takes place in November. It's a great little story. It begins:

Fifth Avenue was shining in the sun when they left the Brevoort and started walking toward Washington Square. The sun was warm, even though it was November, and everything looked like Sunday morning--the buses, and the well-dressed people walking slowly in couples and the quiet buildings with the windows closed.

Read the rest of the story here.

What do you love most about dresses, and what's your favorite dress shape?

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  1. i've always been obsessed with vintage since i was a kid. especially the 20s. but i somehow mostly wore trousers. only a few years ago i grew more confident on who I want to be and how this should look and since that i prefer dresses above all! it's easy and it's glamorous at the same time.

  2. I was the same. I used to be quite a tomboy. I think a better slant/conclusion to this article would've been that we're now starting to see dresses don't have to be dressy.


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