So, I went to a retreat center in the woods this weekend. The event is probably too specific to explain here (it's sort of a reenactment/roleplaying activity, but more of a fantasy-ish one than a historical one so there's a wide range of possibilities for what people can do), but basically there are a lot of people who attend who are very devoted to wearing costumes they've worked extensively on. For various reasons I have been a little bit ill so I wasn't able to participate in the re-enactment in the way I ordinarily am able to.
Given this background, I decided that I was going to wear pinup dresses ALL WEEKEND. Specifically, a different dress for every meal. I sometimes wore jeans late at night when it was extremely cold.
I kept my promise, and it was AMAZING.
Friday dinner: a pinup-style red dress which is actually a repurposed bridesmaid's dress from David's Bridal (yes really), real nylons with a garter belt, black heels. red hair flower.
Saturday breakfast & daytime: Bettie Page Sunny Days, with a wide-brim hat with mixed color flowers on it (so very Kentucky Derby style - there were horses involved in this part of the re-enactment so that made sense). Practical socks & shoes. Pearls. Black rose-shaped earrings.
Saturday lunch: The Anna with red & white polka dots, red hair flower, slide sandals with little kitten heels. a different pearl set.
Saturday evening: a wiggle dress that was a thrift store find but is kind of a cross between the Greta in style and the Micheline in powder blue in materials (so black lace & blue solid). silver necklace made of beads that refract light and can create a disco ball effect in the right conditions, matching earrings, big silver hairbow. I chose practical flats since after dark it's easy to trip on gravel, twigs, etc, but paired them with stripey silver stockings. A couple of layers under this dress, and over the dress.
Sunday morning: I wore Luscious in Mint with the same wide-brim hat this time with pink flowers, with a little white starched apron, black heels, black stockings. Pearls. Black rose-shaped earrings.
Sunday afternoon: The Anna with red & white cherries, same accessories as with the other Anna.
Sunday pinup-style bathing suit for hot-tub time: a cute little bikini I picked up which is bright pink with black polka dots, paired with my kitten heel slides and a pink hair flower.
I got SO many compliments on my clothes (and gave so many). I felt so happy to have set and achieved a personal goal in spite of having been unable to participate in the main event, and I actually have been wearing dresses every day since (I'm off from work for a couple days to decompress). This was AMAZING.