When I started telling people that I would be participating in Frocktober, and aiming to wear a different dress every day, the most standard reaction was, “Wait, do you even have thirty-one dresses?!”, followed by a brief pause, then, “Oh, of course you do.” The tone varied from horror to amusement, depending on who I was talking to (horror: parents, or anyone else concerned about my spending habits; amusement: other women who like to shop). One of my flatmates simply says I have a ‘frock problem’.
Whilst I do have (just over) thirty-one dresses, they aren’t all exactly appropriate for everyday wear. Whilst some are wonderfully versatile, others serve very specific purposes and occasions, like cocktail parties and weddings, lounging about the house or slouching down to the local shops, the rare day I go to the beach, and so forth.
Ordinarily, this dress falls into the ‘must be willing to show a lot of leg’ category, or more appropriately, ‘needs to be worn with opaques’ and ‘should never be worn to work’, but as I work my way through the month I’m running out of everyday dresses and having to dip somewhat creatively into the rest of my dress wardrobe. A dress entirely inappropriate for work becomes a casual Friday winner with the addition of pants, rendering the dress more like a loose take on a peplum top.
Cassette Society dress / Sara Berman leather pants / Amy Tamblyn necklace / CoSTUME National pumps
Don’t let the pretty dresses distract you from the cause – Frocktober is a fundraiser! I’m raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, and if you’ve enjoyed this post, you can contribute here.