I love dress-dressing. For more than a decade, I was a uniformed fire fighter. I had no control over what I wore, beyond the freedom to wear navy or black socks. Other than unintentionally eliminating navy from my personal wardrobe, I loved it.
I truly find it stressful to figure out what I’m going to wear. Skort? Skirt? Capris? And then oh dear… what about a top? Is a tee too casual for the day’s plans? Is the right color clean? Darn… only dark bras are clean, so no light tops… (Seriously. This is how it goes in our little cottage in the woods most mornings.)
But a dress? Love it. I just grab one, step in, pick a pair of shoes, shove earrings in and I’m done. If I’m feeling jazzy, I can add accessories, but if not, at least I rather literally have the bases covered.
I know, it’s not always convenient to wear a dress. Yesterday I had to play the mix and match game, because taking Sissy to the vet is like toting a shedding, slimy, LARGE toddler with you; she wants to be held, so I have to wear something not too light – or any dirty paw prints will show – and not too dark – or too much white hair will show.
Oh – and speaking of the dogs, Sissy and I met our new vet yesterday. You can read all about that here.
But for the average day, a dress is carefree for me and gets me out the door with less stress. (And yes, I *DO* change into workout wear at home. If I’m not walking the dogs, I’ve found that those moisture-wicking fabrics wick slobber too…)
No, I haven’t gotten caught on a fire scene in a dress yet, but that’s the advantage of being Mrs. Chief. I can sit in the chiefmobile and knit and ignore the sooty, sloppy mess if I’m not appropriately attired. I’m also not talking a fussy day dress either; I’m talking something with simple lines in a machine-washable fabric.
My problem is, I’m in a blue rut. Every single dress I’ve been drawn to in the last few weeks has been blue. I already have a great, basic navy dress, the chambray above, and I need to broaden my horizons. (I also have a white lace and a green cotton dress in my closet, if that helps?) I’ve also missed the maxi bus. I like the concept, but haven’t found one I love enough to buy.