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“Some dresses are worn by only one person,
and so that’s the kind of person they like.”
-The Secret Lives of Dresses, Erin McKean
Does style make an imprint on us, or is it the other way around? Our featured book, The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean, delves into that idea with charm and heart. Read the review, then find out how you could win a copy of this Book of the Month!
The plot is as clean and simple as a ’50s shirtdress. Dora was raised by her grandmother, Mimi, a vintage store owner. Although Dora juggles a barista job with plans of completing her bachelor’s degree early, she still fears that her nebulous future plans in academia will disappoint her hardworking grandmother.
Unfortunately, Mimi suffers a severe stroke, which also threatens the well-being of the store. Dora leaves school and her job indefinitely, expecting Mimi’s full recovery. Becoming more and more involved in the store upkeep, Dora eventually has to confront greedy relatives in order to preserve Mimi’s mission to keep vintage alive.
While Dora’s personality is hard to find at first, its light slowly brightens. Through a series of scenes and flashbacks, some humorous but others mundane, I gradually became attached to Dora as she gains confidence and conviction. Her eventual bravery is satisfying and encouraging. In a scene where she reveals an aunt’s nefarious plans to take over the vintage store, I cheered for Dora in my head.
I very much enjoyed McKean’s rich descriptions of beautiful clothing and the occasional vignette from a dress’s point of view. Unbeknown to Dora, Mimi had been writing “secret lives” for dresses in her shop. These stories serendipitously fall out of pockets, folded up like a paper wish. In these dress’ stories, Dora finds sweetness, intrigue, and even solace, as will the reader.
The author, Erin McKean, has a fondness for vintage. Aside from having an impressive list of lexicographer positions, including the CEO and co-founder of Wordnik, McKean is also the author of the blog Dress A Day. In it, McKean revives forgotten dress patterns and dotes over fab finds. After reading the novel, I highly recommend checking out more “Secret Lives of Dresses” on her blog. Along with the novel, they’re pieces that will surely inspire some creative writing and vintage shopping!
I encourage adding The Secret Lives of Dresses to your next dress order from us. It’s sure to enhance you, and your dress’s, style experience!
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Discussion topic: Tell us your style story. Does your favorite outfit have a tale to tell?
Feel free to respond to your fellow ModLovers, too! Happy reading!
My favorite item is my Michael Kors blazer, it is a light plaid with a beautiful lilac silk inside, I found it while rummaging through the racks at a thrift store for a whopping $5! What a steal, it was in perfect condition but perhaps a few sizes too big & it had shoulder pads, but for $5, who cares! After about $20 of alterations, it was perfect for me. When I got in initially it was with the intention to wear it to interviews. But it quickly became my go to piece for an outfit pick me up, it goes with everything! From long flowing dresses to jeans and a t-shirt, it is by far the best $5 I have ever spent on a single piece of clothing.
Lots of my outfits have stories behind them. I remember first dates in a sweet little sweater and so forth, but my favorite dress is actually one that I made. I found the purple and cream wool plaid in Scotland with my mum and decided that I was going to design the dress myself. It’s got a Forties vintage vibe to it. Plaid skirt and cream silk top, complete with vintage pearl buttons I got out of my mum’s button box. It’s my finest creation to date and I’m very proud of the work I did. It’s a bit fancy for many of the things I do right now, but it’s perfect for parties and gatherings and I know it’ll gather lots of stories!
hey! my favorite item is my red mohair coat that i’ve had since i was practically born. sounds weird, huh? that a girl like me would wear a coat from when i was 5. i got it during halloween while dressing up as little red riding hood. at the time, it was floor length and i was drowning in it. i was a pretty chubby baby so it looked really ridiculous and adorable at the same time! now, i still wear it, and the sleeves are a really pretty 3/4 and the length is like a regular coat; even better, it’s actually pleated! and the fur trim is black….i always get comments on it, and i really just feel like a princess when i wear it :] or even little red riding hood!
My favourite outfit is a red babydoll coat i bought on a sample sale. it has puffy elbow sleeves, large round buttons, and flares from the bottom. the bright colour brightens up my day and everyone compliments me when i wear it as the coat it is or as a dress! it flatters me even when i feel bloated or sick so i always rely on it to make me happy = ) when something never fails you, your days are soo joyous!
I know exactly what you mean! I think everyone should have a piece like that–something that makes them feel invincible! 🙂
While I have tried my hand at cute business casual, my true comfort clothing belongs to the bohemian realm. My favorite outfit not only boosts my seratonin and confidence levels; it reminds me of the bond I have with my Grammy. In my quaky teenage years, she introduced me to two staples of my current wardrobe: Indian print skirts and Goodwill t-shirts. In them, we would lounge under the weeping willow in her yard, or go for walks on cricket-orchestrated summer evenings. These pieces were the only thing that kept me comfortable during the awkward throes of puberty, and, paired with practically any summer shoe or granny boot and a cardigan or scarf, are still the go-to outfit when I am in need of something everyday, comforting, and effortless.
My first ever vintage dress I got at a garage sale for a few dollars. The woman who was running the sale saw me and told me to get it(trying to be a good sales woman of course), she said it would fit me perfectly. I was only 16 at the time, and my mom thought it was gorgeous and got it for me. The woman said she had found it at a vintage store a very long time ago, and that all of her grand daughters had worn it at different times. For all the love it had been shown, it was in wonderful condition. And to this day it’s still my favorite vintage find, for it got me started in this world of fashion and history.
One of my favorite tops is an oversized men’s shirt from the thrift store. I’ve worn it as a belted tunic to a joyous family Thanksgiving, as a swimsuit coverup during the most beautiful summer of my life, around a campfire with friends that mean everything to me, and just lounging around the house with some coffee and a good book or movie. That’s only this chapter of my shirt’s story; I wonder what the others have been.
I have lots of favorite dresses. One dress that I own though, was given to me by my friend right after her grandmother passed away. It is so gorgeous. It was a dress her grandmother wore in 1942 on her honeymoon. The beautiful dress is in cream, but has brown, maroon and orange tones with flowers in the same colors all over it. It was worn on the night right after the couple wed. Often this woman’s husband bought her beautiful dresses throughout their marriage, as well as the fact that her father was a tailor and she learned how to make her own clothing too. They had a few kids and seemed to have it all. Yet their lives were both tragic in different ways. He went crazy in the later portion of his life to the point where the day he was to be released from the psychiatric ward, was the day he decided to hang himself with one of the wires in his room. Years later his wife suffered from Alzheimer Disease. Her life ended in the summer of 2010. I get to wear the dress and am keeping it for a long time, possibly for life. I also own a fur stole of hers given to her from her husband on their anniversary in 1964.
My favorite outfits are ones that I have created with family members. Outfits that I’ve been taken shopping for, or outfits that I’ve been to holidays or celebrations in.
My favorite dress is ModCloth’s own Too Much Fun dress 🙂 When I wear it I feel bright, fun, different, and happy. Strangers are always stopping me on the street to tell me how much they like it (something that NEVER happened before ModCloth!) and once at Shakespeare in the park a pair of older ladies (maybe in their 70s-80s) came over to tell me how much they loved it, and that they’d worn almost identical dresses when they were my age. As someone who’s always loved vintage style, and has always wanted a perfectly 50s look, it totally made my day 🙂
This book looks so much fun! hmm.. thats a tough question. I don’t know that any of my clothes really tell a story. I just try pick up pieces that I feel represent my personality, fun, flirty, and fashion-savvy.
My favorite outfit is my a dress that I bought in Paris, wore on a first date and now I remember these things fondly every time I wear it!
I’m a very sentimental person and I feel like every piece in my wardrobe is imbibed with memories from the times they’ve been worn. One of my favorite pieces is an old denim jacket that my mom gave me for my birthday when I was in middle school. Jean jackets were totally trendy and I couldn’t afford a new one. My mom found a fabulous one for me and I’ve been wearing it ever since–through middle school, high school and college, and now grad school–for nearly 10 years! That’s a lot of memories! It looks great with so many things. It was actually warm enough for me to wear it today and I got complimented on how great it looked! The best pieces really do stand the test of time.
My favorite outfit is my 1950s retro reproduction swing dress. I was in fashion design school and we had to make our own little mini collection in our final term. i have a hard time comeing up with ideas when i’m told to do stuff so i was having a hard time coming up with a theme for my collection. at first i just put together a simple skirt just to show as my sample. we had one week before our 1st garment was due for a grade and i didn’t want the skirt any more so i had to hurry up with something new. one night i was watching I love lucy and fell in love with the dresses and the full skirts. I knew i wanted to recreate that vintage feel but i wanted to stick to the plus sizes that i had been working with. i got out of bed grabbed my pattern paper, pencils and rulers and got drafting a patteren for a dress. the next day i make my sample from muslin had my fitting( i was my model). i still haven’t went shopping for fabric and would be able to go until the day before it was due. after i got my fabric had to go to school and stayed there till 10pm for night class. when i got home at 11pm i got to work. it took my three and a half hours non stop from cutting to finish to get the dress made. and even made a hair flower and belt from left over fabric. i got to bed around two am and had to be up to get ready at 5 am. ithe next day i get to school dress, a cup of strong coffee, and looking like i had a full 8 hours of sleep. since i made the dress for my body i had to try it on for the class. well i got an A and the was taken around the school in my dress to show the other teachers. no one knows that i made the dress in under for hours and it’s my favorite outfit in my closet.
When the weather turns cold, I reach for Opie’s coat–a marvelous grey and cream wool knee-length coat with a thinning satin lining. Opie was actually my best friend’s grandmother and when she was nearing death, I helped sort and sift through a life-time of saved EVERYTHING. Because I was a juicy-sized woman, like Opie, the coat fit me perfectly. I absolutely adore this early 1950’s coat and can’t wait for a dip in the temperature’s so I can wear “Opie’s coat.”
For me, every outfit, everyday, has a story to tell. My attire is an outward expression of who I am and it is a message I am sending to the outside world!
My Favorite outfit is Mixed Matched with pieces of new & old styles!
It doesn’t have exactly a history, but I remember when I was playing videogmes with my boyfriend on my room and he saw my Super Mario Bros. 3 jacket hoodie. You should’ve seen his face, and now he’s always begging me to use it, teehee hee.
And the book sounds adorable :3
I don’t really have a certain style. I’m more of a jeans and sweater kind of girl. I never was one for dresses, I go more for comfort. My favorite piece of clothing is my grey cable knit sweater. I love it. I wear it with everything, even though the zipper fell off a long time ago 🙂 I’m wearing it now, actually. But I am afraid a hole has started to appear over one of the elbows so I am not sure how much longer it will last.
Most of my favourite clothes live more than one life. A perfect example is a yellow dress that I own that always calls to mind the time I wore it on a night in June two summers ago and stood on my best friend’s rooftop, shouting into a summer hail-and-thunderstorm. It has since been shrunken in the wash and stretched out the wrong way, so I’ve been spending this winter crocheting a new bodice for it. Soon it’ll be a whole new dress completely, and a clean slate upon which I can draw a new, fabulous memory. 🙂
If I don’t win this book, I will have to buy it afterall “Mimi” is one of the main characters in the novel – how cool is that???
My favorite outfit is casual wear: comfy jeans and comfy top!
My favorite outfit intertwines with people important to me and a certain part of my life: a red scarf, a corduroy brown blazer, and red leather sneakers.
I found a red scarf lying around the house during a bad flu. Other than a fever and a raspy voice, my neck was incredibly sensitive to the winter cold. So when I found the scarf, I started wearing it but continued to do so long after the flu. It was later on that my mom told me the scarf belonged to my grandpa, who passed on around the time I got sick. It kind of comforted me knowing I had something of his, so I kept it, wearing whenever my neck got cold or I missed him.
The red sneakers were an investment when I started working at my job at a clothing store. I worked behind the scenes, walking and standing all the time, but still wanted something cute. I ended up finding the sneakers at a local shoe store and liked how “different” they looked. For a while I wore them, but stopped when someone told me they looked ugly. But after a while, I started wearing them again. I realized that my style was my own and if I liked it, that was all that mattered. The sneakers reminds me of the time when I started to grow up or learn about myself a little bit more.
The corduroy blazer was one of the first things I got with my own money in high school. I started wearing it right around the time I met and started dating my current boyfriend. We spend a lot of time just going on walks, learning each other, so I wore my blazer a lot. The blazer reminds me of when I began to fall in love with my boyfriend.
I usually wear all three things together, especially around autumn/spring time when I go for walks. When I do wear them I think of the beginning of when I began to grow (really grow up) and find out my personality and style. Because frankly, it takes a while to bring both out into the open and be confident to show them.
That might be the most romantic story I’ve ever heard. Whenever my grandma and I go through her closet she tell me about all the memories she had in them. My style story has got to be one with amnesia. I tend to forget what I’ve worn before, and wear it again and again. Every now and then I make this awesome discovery (normally in a thrift store) that changes up my look for about a week, but then I’m right back to the same old thing. I guess I need a bit more inspiration.
Sometimes I have a feeling I was born in the wrong decade! The style of the 20s, 30s and 40s finds its way into my outfits be it scalloped edge heels, a feathered hair band, a bit of lace, red lipstick or a long string of beads. These little touches make me feel a bit more feminine and stylish as I go about my day! My favorite outfit is a 40s black and white tuxedo dress I found at goodwill for 6 dollars. Who knows who it belonged to? A budding actress? A housewife? How many people wore it? Where was it worn to? I love that I have this bit of mystery and that every time I wear it out to a play or a bar, I imagine what other venues this dress has seen.
Ah! So many of my clothes have stories behind them… how can I choose?
I made a dress out of New Kids on the Block sheets to wear to a meet & greet with the band in 2009. The dress was my own pattern, and is actually a cute halter dress. I even made sure to put Jonathan Knight’s face up front and center on my chest. When I went in, he thought the dress was so cool that he took a picture of it with his Blackberry! This will always be my favorite fashion story that I tell. There was nothing like having my first love notice me for my talent and passion.
The dress that would definitely had a lot to say would be a simple black one, that I wore at last year’s new years eve (09-10)!It was the night I met again my love!If only my dress would say something about my feelings!!Other than that my vintage jean shorts!The whole summer, countless moments, loads of compliments!And of course..who was the previous owner?!Last but not least a tiny little leather bag my mom gave me a few years ago. She had when she as at the age of 10!So the bag is around 40-50 years old!!Imagine what that bag would have to say!! 🙂
Pretty book, I can smell wonderful stories! :))
My style is ever changing I think it could be called– 70’s Retro Boho Surf Hippie, but who doesn’t love a fabulous elegant dress!
My favorite is a little dress I bought in Spain some 15 years ago, perfect– sunny, flattering, appropriate for most occassions; it could be dressed up or down–with pumps or bright white keds on the beach. I lived in that dress and it is still in my closest.
The book sounds great and I love the Blog too!
I have this little red dress that I wore on one of my first dates with my husband. It brings me so many memories of that time in our courtship. I wish I could fit into it. 3 kids later I’m sad to say it doesn’t but I’m hoping to one day fit back into it and go on a date with my husband lookin smokin hot! This book sounds absolutely delightful and would love to read it.
My favorite outfit is my comfy brown sweater, jeggings, and my brown boots. I love the way I look and feel in this outfit. It suits my style well, comfortable but cute. I like to add a necklace that I made which adds a little flair and personality. The sweater also reminds me of my dad because he gave it to me for Christmas, and I remember it was one of the few gifts from him that I really liked and feel good about.
I am enjoying reading these so much! Lovely!
My favourite outfit at the moment is the result of accidental find! Walked into a vintage store after work as I was early meeting up with friends over Christmas / New Year frantic period. Was just killing time really and was a little tired and feeling uninspired. Spotted a gorgeous blue vintage dress with patterns of birds and flowers on it and a nice full bottom…1950s Mad Men dress. Tried it on, fitted like a dream. Wore it for the rest of the night! 🙂 Felt very inspired and happy by the end of the night!!
My dress has many stories to tell. The day my boyfriend since 8th grade asked me to be his wife, I wore my dress. The day I was told that I made the Dean’s list, I wore my dress. The day i picked out my baby pug, Lu Lu, I wore my dress. The day my best friend Victoria died of breast cancer, I wore my dress. My purple dress that I have owned since a young teenager, has many many many stories to tell. Some very happy stories that changed my life for the better, and some very sad stories that took away someone that was a part of my soul. Dresses have many stories to tell.
My outfits have sort of been assembled around the world. I’ve studied abroad 3 times during my college career, and each time I’ve created a totally different look. It’s beyond just maturing, but really incorporating the world into my closet.
My style story’s just beginning. I used to be strictly a jeans and t-shirt girl until I recently moved to the city and discovered I actually can pull off pink lipstick! Every piece of clothing I own has some sort of story behind it (thought not always an interesting one), but my absolute favorite is this simple, purple plaid shirt-dress. I was wearing it on the day when I knew for certain the new path I was heading in was the right one, and ever since then, just putting it on gives me the confidence to get out there and take on new adventures.
I like things that make me feel like all of my days are sunny , carefree Saturdays! Always my favorite day of the week to just play around, ride my bike, make mud wedding cakes decorated with flower petals,lie in the grass and watch clouds float by overhead. The clothes that I wore on that day were my favorites and i saved them for that special, once a week day. Now I realize that every piece I purchase should make me feel so carefree and confident and magical. Modcloth merchandise all fits the bill!
My favorite outfit is my lace top with my skinny jeans and my short boots. I just get memories of going ice skating and having chocolate milk under christmas trees outside in them, nothing real specific but definitely noteworthy only to me
Well I really do not wear many dresses. I am more a of a pants/skirt kinda gal 😉 However, Its a part of my wardrobe which I would like to explore and venture. The dresses I do wear are usually for formal events. In thinking about the dresses I currently own I would have to say my favorite is this half shoulder electric blue cocktail dress. Its beautiful! Its knee length with sheer pleats there is a blue bow on the half shoulder and the waist is a satin material. I’ve only worn it twice, once on New Years eve a few years ago and recently to an awards gala. I feel like I’m walking the red carpet anytime I put it on. Its just one of those dresses that instantly makes me feel glamorous! I feel this dress was made for me it brings out my best features.
My favorite outfit is definitely Modcloth’s Acorn-ucopia dress. I am not a designer or fashionista by any means, but if I were, I would have dreamed up this dress. Good thing I didn’t have to 🙂 I love all things cute and quirky, with a 50’s flair, so this was perfect for me! I wore it for my engagement photo shoot last weekend because when I feel comfortable in my clothes, it shows 🙂
When I was six years old I had a dress that I would loathe to take off. I used to wear it day after day after day and litterally sit under the washing line in my underwear waiting for it to dry. This was my Daisy Dress. it had a big picture of Daisy Duck on it. These days, at 24, I have a different kind of Daisy Dress, a beautiful black and white maxi dress with Daisy flowers on it. And while I no longer sit under the washing line waiting for it to dry, I still love wearing it. I wear it with gladdiator heels to glam it up or a simple pair of sandles to soften it for a day at the beach. This dress has seen me through many times, and I hope it will see me through many more. It is comfortable and feminine and my Daisy Dress.
My favourite dress is one that I found on the sales rack in a store that I barely go into, but something drew me there that day. The dress is vintage style and covered in tiny coloured flowers, with ruffles down the front of the dress. It’s made of a lovely silky material and is simply beautiful. There are so many great memories in this dress – It has accompanied me to parties, nights out dancing with friends, and casual events aswell – and I can’t wait to create even more wonderful moments in this dress. It’s amazing how much a piece of clothing can make our night, become part of our very selves, or simply make us feel beautiful.
I love my vintage inspired mini-checkerboard print dress. Sweetheart neckline, big black buttons, the perfect fit! I found in on vacation so no one else in my small town has it!
I found a vintage 1930’s wedding dress for $8 at the local hospice attic. I am sure it has a secret life. The sales lady said she was glad ‘it found a home’ when I tried it on and it fit me perfectly. I must have reminded her of whomever she belonged to before. 🙂
My fav. Outfits are ones i buy with my grandma. Becayse i dont see her alot <3
My favorite outfit is the first “real” designer dress I ever owned – a Betsey Johnson tea party dress with lovely layers of frothy lace in blush and tan. I bought it used on eBay for a mere $68; sometimes I wonder who wore it before me and what prompted her to sell such an amazing piece. My gain has been her loss, which makes me feel guilty, yet happy.
My favorite outfit is actually a Modcloth dress. Its the sharing a scone dress. Whenever I wear it I feel overwhelmed with love. My now fiance got it for me for Christmas and I rushed to put it on. And right then in there in our livingroom he proposed. It was the happiest moment of my life. Thanks for giving me such a wonderful memory Modcloth :).
My favorite outfit is chic and spunky, fun and sad. I wore it to my beloved grandfather’s funeral and have never worn that exact outfit sense, but I see it in my closest and I feel close to him. I bought the skirt, shirt, tie combo spefically for that dreadfull day and even though it was a funeral I see the memory of his love of bright colors shining through. No black in this memorial outfit.
I bought a beautiful pink and white 60s style party dress that makes me look and feel like a young debutante. I wore it for the first time to a fancy restaurant and while walking there somebody yelled out across the street that they loved my dress. I felt like the most beautiful woman ever. I love vintage style and have tried to learn to sew to make something from a vintage pattern, but alas I am still producing garments that look like a child made them. I will not stop trying until I can finally create my own timeless garments.
I’m not really sure you could say my clothes all have a story. I think they’d all talk too much if they were ever given an opportunity – mainly on their opinion of the many adventures in my life. All I’m positive of is they are the one thing that always encourages and inspires me to move forward and hope. My accessories however, they all have an individual story – that is for sure! Especially one of my watches – it holds the story of how I fell in love, how I oddly met this gorgeous boy, and how I talked and talked of him, until suddenly he appeared in my life and stayed.
My favorite dress is a tinsel sweetheart a-line dress that I actually bought from modcloth. Every time I wear it I feel like a fabulously charming woman in a 1950s musical. It’s probably because the skirt has the most fantastic swirl to it. I wore it with a cream cardigan to a screening of “The Bishop’s Wife” at my campus library. They show classic movies on their original film reels once a month and I always try to go. It’s usually me and a bunch of senior citizens but this time there was a really cute guy my age and we played “I’m secretly looking at you” tag throughout the whole movie. I blame the dress.
well i have a few favorite outfits. i mean don’t we all? i’ll only mention 2 cuz they’re really neck and neck. the first is my 8th grade graduation dress. my mom bought it and it was at a time i HATED everything she bought me and it turns out it was the most beautiful thing i’d ever seen in my life. it was at a really rough period within my family and i only remember good things from it. the second is a yellow sweater i wore to see my best friend on sunday. he wasn’t feeling himself and i called off work. we ended up going downtown and he kissed me that day : ) i don’t care if i end up with him but that sweater (paired with my grey tank, skinny jeans and magenta flats) will always hold a fond memory for me and that day. good TIMES haha
I have a few items that have good stories behind them. My favourite is my gorgeous blue/green shot taffeta gown that my mum bought me for my year 11 prom when I lived in the UK (in 2006). It was in a little shop run by a chinese couple and the dress was a one off. My mum had seen it and though I should try it on. It fitted beautifully, like it was made for me! the shop owners said that I was the fourth person to try the dress on that week and was the only one whom it fitted! they even insisted on taking a photo for their catalogue. I felt like a princess! Unbelievably, I was able to wear the same gown to my yr 12 formal (with no adjustment) 3 years later when I had returned to Australia! It fitted even better the second time!!
My favourite outfit is not something you wear everyday. In fact, I seldom get to wear it. My favourite is my gorgeous tutu. When I was growing up dancing, I always wore my sister handmedown tutus. But then I actually got to get my own! I got to select the decor, colour and everything. When it came, I was in awe of it. The tuelle was perfectly pleated and so fluffy. The stones glittered so brilliantly in real life. When I wore it, I instantly felt so pretty and happy. Whenever I wear it, I don’t care about winning or losing, my spirit merely soars wearing something so gorgeous 🙂
My favorite outfit would say that it doesn’t get worn much because the weather out here doesn’t allow for it most of the time. It’s a funky cool “ethnic” print sundress with a blousy full skirt with (love this) hidden pockets. (I need my pockets — and it’s sad that more dresses can’t pull them off). Whenever I wear it I feel so breezy and confident. It takes me back to the days when my cousins and I would twirl around in our Easter dresses. We seriously would evaluate dresses by how much twirl they had.
I am just reclaiming my body 8 months after the birth of my son, so I am giving a lot of thought to my style. I used my pregnancy as an excuse to shed clothes I did not love. My favorite outfit right now is a thrifted shirt dress and some hand-me-down boots. This says it all: functional but cute but machine-washable 🙂 Perfect for a new mom with a new waistline.
My favourite items don’t really have a story but they do have a certain background. some of them i bought while i was on holiday, some i wore at a concert i especially enjoyed, some i made myself.
I have several “favorite” outfits that vary depending on the season/weather but my all-time absolute fave is my 901 jeggings with a cami/shirt and leather jacket. I can wear it with flats/sneakers for a casual look or wear 5″ heels and a fancy top to dress it up a bit. Although it doesn’t look too special and I wouldn’t wear it to a special event, it is what I wear most days of the week. I love dresses with ruffles, lace, and frills but those aren’t suitable for everyday esp. if you have to teach kids every weekday. As a little girl, I always wore big, puffy dresses with bows in my hair and lace socks/tights.. until the 2nd grade. I always thought of myself as a princess so I didn’t think there was anything wrong for me to dress like one. But when I entered the 2nd grade, I moved to a different school and all my classmates laughed at my yellow lace dress (I loved it because it reminded me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast). I looked at the other girls and they all wore t-shirts with jeans. From that day on I swore I’d never wear dresses again.. but I still haven’t grown out of the dress stage. Hehe. But now I save my princess dresses for Saturday afternoons and Sunday brunches.
If only those clothes could talk… I have a picture perfect memory for the outfits that made me shine at some of the biggest moments of my life: the vintage white spaghetti strap gown I wore when I graduated from high school (it was a traditional all girls’ school!); the flirty bell skirt and deep black V neck top I had on when I met my boyfriend; and the cheery yellow skirt and bow-tie pumps I wore to my first post-grad job. That last one seemed to say: Here I am, ready to start my bright future!
I don’t know what I would have said my favourite dress was before this summer, but I know for sure now. I call it my schoolgirl dress, it is vintage and appears to me homemade. I got it when I was shopping with my best friend at a super cool secondhand clothing shop. Their prices are usually a bit high, but they were having a “Dirt Cheap” sale. We had been wandering about the little shop, browsing through the racks for a while, but we hadn’t found much that we liked and/or that fit us nicely. Then I found it. On a rack of clothes on the sidewalk in front of the store, I found it. I was pretty much convinced before I tried it on, but when it fit me perfectly, the deal was sealed. It is white and blue, and it looks like a jumper over a long sleeved blue blouse, but it’s all one piece. It has red piping and details, a baby-doll fit, even little pockets. I love it. It was only $5 in that sale and I am so happy I found it. I love to imagine who made it. It is really well made and fitted, and quite obviously handmade. I imagine the skilled hands of a loving mother, sewing on the last button for her eagerly awaiting daughter. I love its mysterious history, and the new history I am going to make for it. I wore it the day I got my permit, and seeing it every time I open my wallet makes me smile.
I don’t have a specific piece of clothing or outfit I am attached to. But I love my jewelry collection. My favorite is a ring my mom gave me. We both loved it and I borrowed it all the time when I lived at home, but when I moved across country she sent it to me for my birthday. It makes any outfit sparkle and reminds me of her kind and giving nature.
As much as I’ve tried, I cannot pick only ONE style! I love different cultures, different trends, different looks, the different ways I can feel in my clothes, so my closet is a totally random conglomeration of anything and everything! It’s great. 😀
Right NOW, I’m loving a totally 50s style black and white sleeveless dress with a high neck-line, bare shoulders, and pockets (pockets!). Throw in some glossy turquoise pumps, a wide belt, big beaded jewelry, and an easy-breezy hair-do (I’m thinking big, loose curls with a bright red headband!), and Va-Va-Voom!
Of course, tomorrow, I’ll be loving woven leather, feathers, picnic-perfect mori-girl style (http://morigirl.blogspot.com/2009/10/who-are-mori-girls.html), but who cares?! That’s just me. 🙂 Why limit yourself to but one look? I can’t imagine…
My new favorite outfit is my recent ModCloth purchase. The “Parade Your Plumage” dress makes me feel so dainty and ladylike but professional too! I wore this dress for some recent photos I had to submit for my law school scholarship applications because of how the dress makes me feel…confident, beautiful and fun!! If I get the scholarship I’ll credit the dress!! I posted a pic on the ModCloth facebook page today. 🙂
I admit I only have one dress!
I haven’t worn a dress since I went to elementary school and even then, despite of looking like the sweatest child with my braid and my fringe….. I couldn’t stand it and preffered jeans and T-shirts, tree climbing and racing the boys to the other side of the playground. But last year… my lovely slim and tall friend pushed me int othe discount clothing racks of Jane Norman and there i had a most wonderful encounter with the most unbelievable dress I had ever seen. I do like dresses oh yes, but I thought, not for me. Yet this bright pink coral dress in peasant top cut fit like a glove made of second skin, I felt liek a chameleon. After twirling around in it indoors, I finally took it to a free open-air rock festival in thÃ© park of The Hague in the middle of summer, The looks I got…. ;3 Next time, I’ll go again and let’s hope I run into people I know! I bet they would not even recognize me… Dresses are now my favorite wardrobe items, I still only have one… but this alter ego of mine will soon become my main!
My favorite outfit is a navy blue silk dress. It has brass buttons on the top and feels like a mix between nautical and military. I wear it with my gray heels when I’m going out, or a pair of white flats to work. I wore the dress with a gray cardigan to a poetry competition and won! It makes me feel beautiful and girly, but with a nice little edge. It’s the perfect dress!
Most of my outfits have the same boring story- the clothes don’t fit my mom anymore so I get them. I’ve not been very lucky financially and so the only nice clothes I have are my wedding dress (which doesn’t fit anymore) and a dress for funerals.
I just recently discovered my favorite outfit. My sister bought a purple and orange polka dotted vintage dress for a Halloween party ( I don’t know what kind of costume she ways going for) and she gave it to me when she was done with it. It fits me perfectly and looks super cute with purple tights and a cardigan.
My favourite bought outfit is a lace dress I got two summers ago. I was working in England and had to save a lot of money to finally buy it, Then I wore it for the first time in the first gig of my band which mas my first gig ever!
I also love wearing the clothes I make. We truly share a story together from the very beginning!
Some of my favorite pieces are from my grandmother’s attic. I think I would really relate to this author!
My favorite outfit includes a dress from Rodarte for Target, which is light blue and makes me feel like I should be running through a gorgeous field!
My favorite outfit is very simple, but I love it. A gray t shirt emblazoned with “Everybody wants to be a Cat” from some musical years ago, a super comfy pair of jeans I got at Ross, a pair of socks with little scotty dogs on them and a pair of plaid sneakers that look a bit like converse.
My favorite outfit is a dress I bought just last year. I was working and on my break I scanned the clearance section for the best deals. I walked to the register with a cute, black strapless dress that had a blue and green flower print on the front that had a $7.99 sticker on it- a steal in on itself. Then when the dress rung up, the register read $0.01; I couldn’t believe it. I walked out of the store with a brand new spring dress for a penny! I wear it with just about everything, a cardigan, tights, boots, or as a beach cover-up!
I’ve had several favorites over the years…and still frequent Vintage and Thrifts whenever possible…your review reallllly interested me in the book!!!
I have one particular outfit that is special to me. A little back-story first: My boyfriend and I live on opposite sides of the country. We haven’t seen each other in eight monthes. Since we couldn’t be together for Christmas, we decided to send each other presents. So, he made a special trip to Los Angles to get me something. He bought and sent a very unique top. It was a black T-shirt, with a picture of a volume scale on it that lights up when there is noise. I wear this top with a pair of DC dark denim flare jeans and a nice pair of beige pumps. My boyfriend also sent me a wodden bracelet with different images of Buddha and other Indian Gods. It means so much because he went out of his way to get me something special. It is my favorite outfit, and I plan to wear it when he comes over for the summer!
I don’t think I can single out just one article of clothing, but many items were bought while visiting my mom and other family members in Texas, so whenever I wear them I think of those happy times. I’d love to win this book!
I collect vintage clothing, so many of the pieces in my wardrobe have their own little history. However, if I were to pick just one piece, it would have be my grandmother’s pink and blue housedress from the 1950’s. I found this precious piece in my mothers sewing rag bag, it had been used at one point at a paint cloth *insert horror*. I managed to repair it’s ripped and damaged facade, remove most of the paint and bring it back to life with new buttons. This dress is now one of my most treasured pieces.
My outfit’s tale begins back in the 70s. I was a shy teenager, who sewed an outfit for school. The halter was a scarf gathered on a gold choker necklace (remember these?). The miniskirt was made in 3″ squares of light and dark denim–a patchwork miniskirt. No one else had one of these. Everyone loved it. When I wore this outfit, I wasn’t shy anymore. This was my very favorite outfit of all time. Where is it, I wonder? Wouldn’t it be great if some other teenager found it and is wearing it now?
Wow! What an intriguing concept. It makes think back to outfits I’ve worn in the past and the memories they convey. There are some outfits I’ve only worn once or twice because of the not so pleasant memory behind them and others I wear all the time because they make me feel happy, wanting to relive a certain moment again.
Ever since I was born, my Papa gave me a dress on my birthday. It’s always been special to me, and so this year, when I opened up his gift, I was astounded to pull out and find the 1950’s party dress that I’ve been dreaming of since I saw in in the antique store down the road. It is the prettiest shade of ivory and has a red velvet bow in the back, the loveliest dress! Tears were shed I’ll admit, and it is now my favorite dress that I own. I only imagine what stories girls had in wearing it previously! Feeling like a princess for sure!
My favorite would have to be my vintage 1960’s polka dot cocktail dress purchased for $10 at a consignment store. I initially bought it as my wedding dress when I was four months pregnant. Long story short, I ended the relationship with my fiance which was one of the smartest things I have done. Whenever I see this dress hanging in the back of my closet, I pull it out and put it on, and I am reminded that even though it is tough being a single mom, it would have been even tougher being married to an alcoholic…
I buy a lot of vintage, so one can only guess the story of all the items. That’s what’s great about vintage clothes, all those secrets!
My Style? Different everyday of the week! Although, what i love most, being a hipster, being different, but being myself. Favorite Outfit, definitely has a story…. I like to be myself, which isn’t really the whole girly girl stereotypical thing… but i needed to be formal for the occasion, but i wanted to impress the boy i took alot of intrest too, my choice? Black Dress, Lime Green Polka Dots, with a whole Pin-Up Girl Twist.. It Was Girly, but still me…. End of the day? Month short Of A Year(:
Plenty of my outfits have little stories, or specific memories belonging to them I suppose. I can remember the shirt I wore for the first date with my now-boyfriend of 5 years, a dress I wore to my first “grown-up” holiday party, a blouse that my little brother got me for Christmas (he has surprisingly good taste!).
My style story? It’s an epic and a romance. My style has gone through so many phases that correlate with my lifestyle: In high school the fashion was distressed ultra low rise jeans and flip flops, in college; either sweats or the outfit i wore the night before, and in the city; leather jackets and high heels. Now, I prefer light, billowy, whimsical clothing. Things that say “I’m a romantic. I like feeling pretty. I’m a gentle person.”
My style began when I was a little girl watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, Grace Kelly’s elegance and Doris Day’s cute matching outfits! I only wore dresses then and I only wear vintage or vintage inspired dresses now! I believe dresses and red lipstick is powerful, it can change your life. No, seriously! After you put on your favourite dress and lipstick, the world is at your feet, you can do and accomplish anything you like. This type of confidence gives you wings 🙂
My favorite outfit contains the amazing story of adventure. They include my Tennesee cowboy boots, boots I had my eyes set on ever since I was just 6 years old. Paired with my favorite pair of DKNY skinny jeans, which signify the first time I went shopping with who I like to call my best friend today. Finally, the flowy shirt with the shade of olive green brings out a meadow field, where one can simply feel the reign of freedom. This is the tale of my favorite outfit. And the book? It sounds brilliant!
Color plays an important role in determining the “story” of my daily ventures, so to speak. Often, my mood is dependent on what colors I am wearing, so I try to keep that in mind when dressing myself in the morning. The mood I set out for the day in is often the difference between my day taking on a “drama” or an “adventure” theme. On days where I’m in a bad mood, I will often throw on a pair of cherry red boots, or wear a hot pink sweater under my blazer just to help perk myself up!
My favorite outfit is a yellow and white striped dress I bought at a vintage shop. I love shopping for vintage clothes because as a writer I like to imagine who wore that dress before me. It’s fun to imagine what that dress “saw” in the past and whenever I wear it I feel like I’m taking part in this much larger adventure.
I have two favorites. A lot of my clothing has stories behind it, because I sew a great deal of it myself and get my inspiration from all sorts of random things. But my favorite is a dress I made a few years ago–I found this great sheer, pleated, hand-dyed-looking fabric with some shinier flowers woven into the cloth, and designed a dress to go with it, largely without a pattern. And it turned out exactly how I envisioned it! So it’s pretty much my dream summer dress.
My other favorite is a vintage leather jacket, in kind of a rusty orangish color with dark brown piping and buttons. My mom bought it in the 70s, and passed it down to me as a teenager when she was weeding through some things. I was already an avid thrifter at that point and have long loved 60s-70s style. I’m a bit taller than she is, so it’s a little small, but I don’t care because it’s just that awesome and wear it anyway as my between-seasons coat. I was visiting a friend in a nearby city last week and it was fun to walk around and keep getting compliments on it from complete strangers! It makes me feel really hip and artsy, which I love.
Well I just love how everday I get ready to get out of my house I build a story with my outfits! If I’m not in a good mood I just wear something simple, if I want to me my day brighter I just wear bold colors..I love how much fun you can have by dressing up.
My favorite outfit is a blue silk betsey johnson dress that I have worn while competing in pageants and working as a movie extra. When I wear that dress, I think of all the fun experiences I have had.
my favorite look is a little bohemianesqe. a vest here, a flowy skirt there, etc. but my favorite piece is a silk strappless top with a bow in the back, with every vibrant color you can imagine. it is the highlight of my wardrobe, and it’s one of the only pieces that make me feel beautiful in it. it’s truly a friend in clothing form.
i’ll never forget the first time i set foot in my favorite vintage shop. It was cramped, dusty, and cluttered, but, as soon as i started searching through the various pieces of history, I could feel the stories unfold. Everytime I put on a piece of vintage clothing, I feel as if I’m a new person. I feel like i’m living her story and it fills me with a kind of confidence I’ve never felt before. In a way, the vintage dresses set me free, and,
in my opinion, sometimes a step backward is in the right direction.
My favorite dress was bought in a Salvation Army in Harlem. It has no kind of designer tag and was $12. It’s a modern take on the little black dress with a cutout pattern around the neckline. I bought it on a day when I felt like nothing and everytime I wear it I feel like nothing can hold me back.
one of my favorites pieces is from when i was cleaning out my grandmothers closet and it’s a batwing open cardigan, no idea how old it is but still in great condition. it’s grey with white flowers, just so pretty. i love wearing it just casually out and always reminds me of her.
My favorite item of clothing right now is the dress that I bought for my 21st birthday. It’s completely covered in sequins and is possibly the most amazingly obnoxious thing I’ve ever owned. A year or so ago, I would never have worn something like this, so it shows me how far I’ve come and how much confidence I’ve gained.
Funny thing, my favorite dress happens to be one that I don’t even wear anymore or should I say cannot wear anymore. I received it as a gift from my Aunt and Uncle. It was the only time the visited us. I was probably six at the time, and never even owned a dress myself. Well, never a dress that fancy. It was a deep green color with a beautiful lace top, a silk waistband, followed by a flowing and light skirt down to my knees. I have to laugh looking back at a picture of myself in it; I paired this fancy dress with long orange socks, black t-strapped flats, and a red and white patterned bracelet. Long orange socks?! LOL But what I loved most was how I looked so cheesy and happy in that photo. Man, does that dress bring back memories!
My Steve Madden Intyce boots are pretty much my winter staple. They go with so much and I have started pairing them with more colors.
I’m not sure if I have an actual favorite outfit. More like I have favorite pieces that make any outfit special. These pieces are usually items I bought while traveling overseas so they remind me of the country and the experiences I was having at the time. These pieces are also usually jewelry that has been passed down to me from grandmothers, great aunts and other great women with impeccable style. All of these pieces tend to make any outfit special.
It’s hard to pick just one favorite outfit from my wardrobe! My entire closet is full of stories with each piece. Lately, i have only been buying items I truly love so most things have been my favorite at one time or another. Whether the piece from a memorable vacation or a great sale each has it’s own story to tell.
my favorite outfit is my moccasins with wool socks and tights with a tight black and white floral skirt and baggy fitting think gray long sleeve shirt. It is so comfy but stylish in such a unique way and my now boyfriend told me it was his favorite outfit of mine! I knew I loved him once he told me he appreciated my style because most boys didn’t understand!
My favorite outfit is a floral romper with red knee- high socks and tan penny loafers and a simple bow on my hair. cute and comfy.
I remember I got my first pair of well-fitting jeans at the beginning of Middle School. I wore those things until they ripped in so many places it may qualified as public indecency had I worn them any longer. My solution? I cut them off, ripped some seams, and made a skirt so I can continue wearing those jeans. I just think they’re so loyal for sticking around all these years! Into the end of my freshman year of college and still going strong!
My favorite piece of clothing to wear is what I like to call my “angel dress”. It is blue and has sleeves longer than the hem of the dress; ridiculously gorgeous. I feel like a million bucks every time I wear it; it fits me like a dream and always looks chic. The most memorable time I wore it was just last month, when the love of my life got down on one knee and asked to marry me! Maybe I’m biased for the reasoning of loving it due to this event, but it will always hold a special place in my heart because of it.
It’s truly a special thing, the bonds we make with that gorgeous dress or perfect skirt. But in the same way, just a simple faded, worn-in pair of jeans can bring about the same feelings. MY jeans, that perfect pair, lay folded in my closet in their humble glory. Faded with genuine old-age, the knees are ripped, the hems have creases from being folded and cuffed. Even the faint smudge of Sharpie has remained through their journeys. Oh, they could tell some stories alright! Tales of sweet summer adventures, tears of frustration, and millions of laughs. They have become like a second skin to me. S
My favorite outfit includes a 1960s inspired, white lace dress with blue velvet trim and chunky, blue heels. I feel so elegant and feminine in the dress, and the chunky heels make me feel powerful. I bought the dress at a thrift store for a mere $20! It’s so versatile; I even used it in a fashion show that I did last fall!
So many favorite items, lately I’ve been living out of a suite case and there for my favorite items are probably all packed away. Although a good friend of mine knitted me a gorgeous chunky wool scarf in a stunning midnight blue color! I can’t wait to wear it.
My favorite dress is a dress I bought at JCPenney to wear to my brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner. It is bright, has pockets, and a swirly skirt. It makes me happy every time I wear it, and signals my hope every spring that summer will soon be here!
To buy my marriage dress was a journey. I had just two days left until the great day when I find it! I already bought one, but I felt in love with a white perfect dress! That’s it!
I got to raid my mother’s wardrobe a few years ago when I first went to college. All the clothes that she wore in her mid 20’s didn’t really catch my eyes, mostly flare jeans mixed with funky pattern tops. Among them was an old vintage dress with really big shoulder pads. Who wears shoulder pads nowadays? Yet I decided to wear the dress on my 23rd birthday, and surprisingly, got many compliments. One of them was I look like a run-way model. I don’t know if I did pull that off but the shoulder pads actually accentuate my pettite body and make me look more matured. Thanks mom. It is current one of my favorite’s dresses.
My favorite outfit is one I got for a competition for a scholarship at the school I will be attendind in fall. I didn’t get the scholarship but I still feel like a winner. The outfit is composed of a high waisted black skirt, lacey puprple tank black cardigan and boots, all purchased at Bannana Republic or Fred Meyer. Every time I put these items on I feel like a trillion bucks and sometimes I hang them up where I can see them because seeing them reminds me of how good they make me feel and that makes me smile.
I just love how every outfit does tell a story- and a different story! Whether I wear my hand-knitted scarf with my jeans from London, a DIY Tee and a vintage cardigan- each piece represents a memory.
Recently a favorite outfit was one worn while meeting a Biggest Loser contestant! Seriously a dream come true. I felt beautiful and healthy in it and loved the moment. (Ruffles and pink and skinny jeans-all I could ask for!)
my favorite outfit in general is a dress and good heels. i love dresses. i love the ease and the elegance of the RIGHT dress. I loved my prom dress when I was in HS — a million years ago when prom dresses still looked a bit like bridesmaid dresses and not at all like the cocktail/too-grown-up dresses young ladies wear today — i remember how pulled together the whole outfit looked from the beautiful jessical mcclintock off the shoulder ruffle, to the pink tights that peeked out beneath the tea-length hem, to the dyed to match ballet flats (so i didn’t tower over my date). I loved everything about that dress (and still do). I heard a woman once talking behind me to her friend — she said, “i never wear dresses. i just can’t.” WHO CAN’T WEAR A DRESS?? There is a dress for everybody and every body, every occasion, every time of day or night. If i could stick to dresses — i believe me, i try — i would. i just need to figure out how to ride a bike in a dress without risking life and limb. . .
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