Best Dressed

One of the best things about being a girl is that we get to wear dresses!    

Women have historically always worn dresses and skirts and it has really only been the past 100 years that women started wearing trousers and only since the 70s have trousers/pants/jeans become fashionable for women to wear on a daily basis.  

I bet, if you think about it, wearing a dress is not the first thing you think about putting on when getting dressed in the morning.  Most of us think about comfort and convenience, and for some reason this equals not the simple and flowing elegance of a dress but instead it equals jeans, tailored pants, or cargos, hardly ever a dress.  What happened to the dress?  Is a dress no longer the go-to outfit for the modern woman?  

via The Sartorialist
Thinking about this more, I remember throughout university and during my 20s the only time I was enticed into wearing a dress was because I had to attend a formal function such as a wedding or a Ball.  As a little girl I only wore dresses, but as I matured, I wore almost nothing but jeans, cargos and trousers.  How did this happen?

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Something else that is glorious about dresses is that they come in so many styles, shapes, fabrics, and prints. It is positively endless the choices we have. 

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Ultra feminine Valentino worn with Doc Martin boots, image vía Lee Oliveira.
Alexa Chung rocking this red mini.  Image vía Lee Oliveira.
Free flowing floral worn with gladiators, inspired! Image via here.
Pretty and girlie gingham via here.
Image via here.
Summer denim perfection.  Image via here.
Victoria Beckham knows it, designing a whole line called Victoria which she has devoted entirely to the dress.  Image via here.
Simple bohemian elegance of this blue flowing dress by Free People.
Even the ever-classic black looks appealing to me right now. Image via here

While curating all these gorgeous examples of women wearing dresses, it seems hard to believe that the humble dress is often my second choice when trying to decide what to wear each morning. Since I began thinking about writing this post I have worn a dress every single day.  I have unearthed some from the back of my wardrobe that I had all but forgotten I even owned.  

How lovely that they now have a new lease on life and even better that I also have more than a few new choices when getting dressed in the morning!  



Sources:  Lee Oliveira, The Sartorialist,,, MrNewton.

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3 thoughts on “Best Dressed

  1. And sorry! i just noticed your blog wasn't on my reading list – on my blog homepage…i needed to update my list to take into account more recent blogs i was following. It's there now though!

  2. Hello Heidi, I adore the plaid outfit girl with the little yellow purse.I myself am a skirt and dress fan. I don't know why? For me,it's easier to put a dress on. Finding jeans that accomodate a short waist is why I don't own many pants. Also….who wants to wear pants when it's hot and summery. Have you ever visited Flickr's wardrobe remix group (virtual of course) – a couple of years ago they had some fabulous feminine and quirky dressers. It is all a bit more samey sameness now though (the remix group that is)

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