Leave it to Lilly P. So much for not being ready to shop for fall. It helps when you have a fall line with a tag line of “wear-in now, layer-later.” While I love the PANK Gigi, the Cyan version came home with me because to date, the PANK isn’t in anything I like. However, this dress will be fine on the cooler (read: under 85) days now, on into fall with a jean jacket, and even into winter with leggings.
Just a reminder… I’m not THAT tall or leggy. On me, it’s a modest just above the knee frock. That’s part of the Lilly P charm for me; no, they don’t have a petite line, but most of their dresses and tops fit just right for my long torso and short legs. (But their skirts tend to be obscenely short, even on petite-skirts only me!)
Of course, if they have this in my local store next time… Is it too much to have TWO Gigi dresses?
For those not getting it… not only is it Lilly P and cute, I call Gretchen Greer Gg – pronounced Gee-gee, and I presume Gigi is also pronounced the same way. Pank. Gigi. Get it now?
We had a very relaxed, quiet weekend. My ankle is still a little tender, enough so that I’m back in flats. Never mind that I might just be at a crossroads where age and injuries might be dictating that I need to be in flats more often than not…
And I have a new Lilly P obsession… the Sadie Belt. I’m positive I’m going back for it in navy, but I might need all three colors. It’s very wide, and one size fits most. Given that my black wide belt popped off when I leaned against something Saturday night, I’m now aware that not just any ol’ wide belt works for me.
In fact, I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about that… what works for me. I’m going to be going through my closet and getting rid of a few things, maybe even some with tags still on ‘em. Instead of being hard on myself and chastizing me for buying things on impulse just because they were on sale (true), I’m going to note that some of the problem comes from being able to distinguish what I like from what works on my body.
Here are some things I’ve FINALLY accepted:
- My linebacker shoulders don’t look their best in a boatneck. Oddly, for some reason, I’ve been drawn to boatnecks since my early teens. I was really proud of myself today when I told the Lilly P manager that yeah, it is a cute dress, but I cannot wear their boatnecked styles.
- I am not an hourglass or “goddess” anymore. Frankly, I don’t really fit into a nice stereotypical shape right now. I’m much wider at the top than the bottom, but I also have a happy little waist…
- At 5 feet, 3.5 inches, I’m not really petite. Long-sleeved jackets and dresses SOMETIMES fit me best in a petite. Jeans and skirts? Either petite, or short rise, short length.
- It’s okay to find brands/designers/lines of clothing that I can count on to work for my body/style. I can’t even pretend that makes me boring, when one of those is the ever-colorful Lilly P. That being said, I can’t buy Lilly P online. I have to try every single thing on there.
- While I don’t consider myself Dolly Parton, between the shoulders and the girls, I have had to accept that tops and dresses that gather front and center and lack any other shaping are not my friends. I never look my best wearing such things, so… I don’t need to keep buying them and need to seriously consider passing along some of the stuff I do own that fits that bill.
- Along those lines, last but not least, if I don’t love it or don’t smile when I look at me in the mirror in it, I don’t need to own it.
- And the extra-credit bonus… I don’t hate orange or yellow. I just know I have to be careful wearing them near my face. Who knew?! If a color isn’t right for your skin tone/hair/general coloring, you can still wear it on the bottom!
What truths are you accepting?