Can I just talk about this dress for a minute?
You guys. If you don’t follow me on instagram (and you should! it’s fun!), you missed the incredible awesomeness that is my outfit today:
Dress and redingote from Blue Fennel Vintage on etsy, shoes by Remix
I enjoy having a fairly extreme hourglass figure. But I have never enjoyed it more than when I saw the measurements for this ensemble go up on etsy (sidenote: she’s having a sale right now! go!) because it’s pretty rare that something is exactly my size. I admit that I’ve been feeling pretty crummy about myself post-wedding. For me, post-wedding is not unlike post-holiday: a lot of high-calorie food and beverages were consumed in the name of celebration, and not a lot of shits were given about it at the time. And I wasn’t one of these brides who struggled to lose a lot of weight for the big day. I just noticed I was putting on a few pounds and bought a new dress (or two). So I didn’t leave myself a lot of wiggle dress room after the fact, and honestly, there were a few days where I felt like Regina George when all I could wear were my knit suits (sidenote #2: Mean Girls is ten years old? wtf?).
The point is, when the heavens opened and this set appeared, I knew I was about to feel pretty good about myself. No, I don’t believe the entirety of my self-worth depends on my appearance, and I vehemently do not believe I have to be a certain size in order to experience confidence. But damn, if it doesn’t feel good to find something like this and walk around all day feeling polished and perfect.
Let’s move on, shall we? This ensemble is comprised of two pieces: the silk patterned dress and the redingote. I, too, had to ask what the hell a redingote is and whether it was a real word. Turns out it is a real word, and it makes more sense if you say the words “riding coat” in an Americanized French accent. See? So it’s a kind of coat that was originally designed for riding, similar to a princess coat in that it’s fitted at the waist and flared toward the hem, but divided in the middle so that it flows gracefully when you’re riding through the countryside on horseback. Or something. But the dress is crazy awesome in its own right.
I had a pretty good day today, owing in no small part to this ensemble. Thanks, Stephanie!