Yep, I wear dresses now
The various women’s magazines I’ve been reading since my early teens — Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, InStyle, Lucky, Women’s Day, O the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Self — often talk about how great dresses are because they’re so quick and easy and comfortable and you just throw one on and walk out the door. I always scoffed at that: it takes what, 20 seconds longer to put on a pants and a shirt? And why would a skirt ever be more comfortable than pants??
My dailywear dress collection (as opposed to formal dresses for costumes or theme parties) has increased 8-fold since last fall, from the 1 I had at the time, when I received the Mother Lode birthday package in the mail from an excellent friend. She included a short black and white dress that I was surprised to find that I really liked, and I’ve been slowly accumulating more dresses since then from Goodwill’s 50% Saturday or $1 Thursday sales. Some needed refashioning, others were wearable as-is, all worked with a thin belt and knee-high black boots. I’m interested to see if I keep wearing them into the summer when the boots no longer provide an anchor.
Oh, and the comfort factor of dresses? I’m learning about that now as I find myself uncomfortably larger than my primary pairs of office pants, and some skirts too. I need to figure out how to reverse this trend before I lose access to half my wardrobe. I think I’m on the right track: instead of having a mini banana cream pie for dessert after lunch today, I had the banana cream pie as lunch. I’m also going for a run this evening. Between these two strategies I should be back to last summer’s weight — which in retrospect was healthy, sexy, and all-around delightful — in no time at all. Right? Right??