Getting Away With It
Even though we are both in our 40's, Both Queen Marie and I are women who strongly advocate the 'wear what the hell you want' ethos. If you like it, it looks good on you and you can afford, then you should have it and enjoy it. However, we do still draw our own stylistic lines in the sand that we generally don't cross. Lines of comfort only perceptable to us, but ones that keep our wardrobes from getting entirely out of control.
As I prepare to enter my 41st year of life next month, I find that I question my choices a lot more than I ever did. To the onlooker, my style might not seem like I consider very much at all, but the truth is that things I used to buy without nary a thought nor a care I now find myself questioning if I can 'get away with it'.
When I ask myself that question, I have to also ask myself what exactly I mean by 'get away with it'? Do I mean, "do I look young enough to wear this?", or perhaps "have I the body to carry this off now?".
Upon consideration, I guess both are true. We all probably ask ourselves these same questions when we get dressed, to some degree, but as you get older it feels like there is more riding on the answer - young women who look daft are judged much less harshly than older women who look daft! And even people as bullet proof as me can't help but be aware of it and even react to it.
Which is why this dress in Pixie Market has me conflicted.
I want this dress so badly. I can imagine it with my trainers or pretty Miista shoes. I can imagine it with black tights and gold shoes in winter. Then I picture myself in and the picture is almost comical! It's of a middle-aged lady prancing around in what looks like a dolls dress. That shit didn't work out too well for Baby Jane did it?!
So then I go back to my original question; "But can I get away with it".
What I'm really asking is, "Can I get away with looking like a demented, broken down actress?" and at the back of my head, there is a little voice saying to me, "yes you can...." then I realised it's sold out in a medium.
Sometimes, the Universe makes the decision for you...